HDS teams with Microsoft for unified compute platform

By Kevin Komiega

-- Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) unveiled its take on unified computing today with the announcement of a platform that will combine computing, networking, storage and systems management in conjunction with a new OEM deal with Microsoft, under which HDS will distribute Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft System Center suite and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 products.

Hitachi's unified compute platform, which isn't expected until early 2011, will combine HDS software, storage and server products with Microsoft's System Center infrastructure software, Hyper-V virtualization technology and SQL Server database, as well as networking products to serve up an automated, virtualized, "cloud-ready" platform, according to Miki Sandorfi, HDS' chief strategist for file and content services.

The end game is to create a centrally managed data center resource with Hitachi's Universal Storage Platform V (USP V), Hitachi blade servers, and Fibre Channel and Ethernet components as the underpinnings.

Sandorfi says Microsoft System Center ties it all together as an extensible software layer for automated, end-to-end management of all processes for server, storage, network and applications through a role-based management portal.

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager and System Center Virtual Machine Manager will be integrated into HDS' unified compute platform, as will Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V.

The USP V will be the storage cornerstone of the system, providing Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning and the Hitachi Storage Cluster for Microsoft Hyper-V.

Sandorfi says the key to the unified compute platform is that it creates a repeatable template for deploying data center resources.

"Users can create templates in their IT environments and scale their resources with fewer questions about what services will be like," he says. "This type of solution allows customers to deploy resources rapidly and the entire IT infrastructure becomes completely invisible."

Related articles:

Hitachi, HP Plan for Converged Storage, Data Networks (from Enterprise Storage Forum)

Hitachi Enters Unified Computing Stack Market With New Blade Server (from ServerWatch.com)

Oracle-Sun ends HDS partnership



This article was originally published on April 19, 2010