HDS Launches New Cloud Services and Solutions

By Stuart J. Johnston

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), Tuesday announced a roadmap meant to help customers preserve the value of their data while decoupling it from the applications used to create it and, ultimately, to put it into users' hands so that they can get the most value out of it.

HDS aims to achieve that by focusing its products and solutions around a three-tiered architecture of cloud technologies -- what it refers to as infrastructure cloud, content cloud, and information cloud -- in order to provide "a single virtualization platform for all data," according to an HDS statement.

"It is estimated that by 2020 there will be a 42x growth in data from 2009, and within the next three years it is estimated that there will be more than one billion applications in existence ... to fully realize this potential requires data and information to be stored, governed and managed as an asset," the statement said.

To support what it refers to as the infrastructure cloud, HDS introduced new Hitachi Cloud Services, Hitachi Cloud Solution Packages, and a cloud management portal. The idea is to lower costs and effort by selling customers "a fully managed, pay-per-use, private cloud environment on a customer's premise," HDS added.

In fact, the cloud services offerings provide many benefits of private cloud computing without the expense of purchasing and maintaining the infrastructure, while the cloud solutions packages let customers own and operate the infrastructure themselves.

HDS provides services for private file tiering, for file serving, and for Microsoft SharePoint archiving, while it provides solutions for file tiering, file serving, and SharePoint archiving.

"A cloud management portal is included with these new services and solution packages, providing customers with a self-service interface to access bill, payment and chargeback information," the HDS statement said.

Then there's HDS' content cloud. By building a single platform for customers' data, the data is freed from the applications that created it. At the same time, NAS technologies that HDS got in its September acquisition of BlueArc will provide a link between structured and unstructured information, and the infrastructure cloud and the content cloud.

Finally, the information cloud leverages private cloud storage technology that HDS acquired in 2010 when it bought ParaScale.

"The ParaScale technology serves as a key element of information cloud by providing a massive scale-out file system that can store and process both structured and unstructured data in parallel and at scale," the HDS statement said.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on October 27, 2011