Hitachi Unveils Midrange Unified Storage System

By Pedro Hernandez

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) took the wraps off its new Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) hardware as part of its new single management framework approach to both file and block storage.

The HUS 100 family of midrange arrays pull double duty as NAS and SAN systems, including the ability for both file and block applications to share the same pool of storage via Hitachi Content Platform, the company's distributed object store technology. HUS supports thin provisioning and automatic tiering.

Automated storage optimization and data protection features result in speedy snapshots and replication over WAN, according to HDS. For Microsoft environments, the newly integrated Hitachi Application Protector software provides snapshot-based data protection, backup and recovery for Exchange, SQL Server and SharePoint.

Currently comprised of the 110, 130 and 150 model numbers, the HUS 100 product line tops out at 2,880 TB of maximum storage by outfitting the HUS 150 with 3 TB, 7200 RPM SAS drives. An assortment of MLC flash SSDs (200GB and 400GB) and 7200 RPM, 10K and 15K drive options are also available. HUS 100 supports LUNs of up to 128 TB and file systems of up to 256 TB in size.

Unified Storage Grows Up

Arguing that unified NAS/SAN systems are stuck near the bottom of the data storage ecosystem, Sean Moser, vice president of Software Platforms Product Management for HDS, says HUS brings the concept upmarket. "The traditional definition for unified management has focused on managing file and block on these general-purpose lower-end storage platforms. This all changes today as we bring to market the first enterprise-class unified storage solution," he states.

IDC's Richard Villars, vice president of Information and Cloud research, sees the benefits of HDS's strategy, particularly as a way for enterprises to combat complexity while corporate data storage requirements grow.

"IT organizations in mid-sized and large enterprises are struggling with a deluge of data and increasingly diverse data management needs," states Villars in a company release. "Hitachi Unified Storage provides enterprises with a single foundation for efficiently managing block, file and object data without making trade-offs in performance, scalability or capacity utilization," he concludes.

The arrival of HUS also marks a turning point for the company as it charts a new, unified course in storage management. Going forward, Hitachi's entire hardware product portfolio will be supported by Hitachi Command Suite, providing one-stop management that encompasses both file and block workloads.

Hitachi Command Suite interfaces with all of HDS storage systems and appliances, including Virtual Storage, NAS, Unified Storage, Content Platform) and Data Ingestor. It will extend configuration, maintenance and monitoring across all tiers of storage. The company also hints at a "business intelligence layer" for organization that are taking on a more service oriented tack toward their IT resources.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on April 25, 2012