HDS ships midrange NAS

Posted on October 01, 2009

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By Kevin Komiega

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) recently began shipping two new Hitachi Network Attached Storage (NAS) Platform systems—the NAS 3080 and 3090—setting its sights squarely on the midrange NAS market.

The entry-level 3080 tops out at 1PB of capacity, while the 3090 maxes out at 2PB. Both models feature integrated file-based tiering, enabling policy-based automatic data migration between Fibre Channel, SAS, SATA and archive storage tiers.

The systems are tuned to work with Hitachi's other storage products and the Storage Command Suite for centralized management of unified NAS and SAN environments. They are also integrated with Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint and Oracle in VMware vSphere environments.

The NAS systems are based on products from BlueArc, which launched the Mercury 50 and Mercury 100 in July. Fred Oh, senior product marketing manager for Hitachi's NAS systems, says homegrown software differentiates the HDS NAS systems from competitive offerings, including BlueArc's Mercury line.

"For the first time we are fiercely going after the midrange marketplace, and we're differentiating ourselves by focusing on intelligent tiered storage. We supplement the capabilities of the BlueArc systems with our own Intelligent File Tiering and Hitachi Command Suite software," says Oh.

The HDS Intelligent Tiering technology ties into the Hitachi Data Discovery Suite, which streamlines the search process across storage tiers.

Pricing for an entry-level 3080 NAS system with three drives, CIFS or NFS support, two virtual server engines and snapshot capabilities starts at approximately $70,000.

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