HDS Tunes Up Data Ingestor Cloud Storage On-Ramp

By Thor Olavsrud

Aiming to help organizations store and manage company data on the cloud, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Wednesday tuned up its Hitachi Data Ingestor (HDI) backup-free cloud on-ramp and filer with new content sharing, file restore and NAS migration capabilities.

HDI is an appliance that organizations can deploy either physically -- with a minimal footprint -- or virtually. It acts as a NAS interface for the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), sucking in data from the edge and feeding it to an HCP virtualized object store at a core data center. Together, they orchestrate the centralization and automation of data and storage management, eliminating the need for tape-based backup.

HDS said the new enhancements help organizations provide a backup-free storage solution that can be distributed to IT consumers within an organization -- like remote offices, branch offices and cloud storage users -- while reducing the cost and complexity involved. In addition to providing cloud-based storage for remote offices and branch offices, HDS billed it as a tool for organizations building an internal private cloud and service providers seeking to build a standard on-ramp for cloud adoption.

"For many organizations, the ability to store and protect company data at one location can be a daunting task," said Miki Sandorfi, chief strategist for File, Content and Cloud at HDS. "With multiple sites, the ability to securely and adequately manage that data becomes exponentially more difficult. To help organizations with this challenge, Hitachi Data Systems has taken the general concept of object storage a leap forward with the new enhancements to HDI. Combined with HCP, the new HDI solution will allow customers to properly manage, protect and backup the data residing at the edge and reduce their infrastructure footprint."

The idea behind HDI and HCP is that HCP sits at a central hub in an organization's core infrastructure, while multiple HDIs vacuum up data at the edge of the network and send it to the central HCP store. Multiple HDI systems can now read from a single HCP namespace, which gives an HDI system access to other HDI systems.

HDS highlighted a number of new features, including:

  • Content sharing, which enables "edge-dispersion" of data across a network of HDI systems, giving users the ability to deploy a wide area content distribution framework
  • File restore, which gives users the ability to retrieve previous versions of a file in addition to deleted files. The users maintain file and directory access control
  • NAS migration, which enables users to transparently migrate data from NAS and Windows Servers to HDI. It supports automated throttling and continuous migration of data into HDI

Thor Olavsrud is a contributor to InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.

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This article was originally published on December 14, 2011