Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform - A Success Story Part Two
In my last post, I described the meteoric rise of the Hitachi Data Systems Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) since its introduction just one year ago. Its success is due in large part to its extraordinary scale/consolidation abilities and its reliability. My last post outlines the VSP’s scale/consolidation abilities, so today I’ll discuss the second of these features—the VSP’s outstanding reliability.
Despite trends in NAS virtualization and other appliance-based virtualization, nothing beats the rock solid reliability of Hitachi’s VSP—probably its top feature. Any growing enterprise with mission critical data should take a close look at the VSP for this reason. The VSP’s unique controller architecture can handle multiple cascading controller failures without going down, with very limited performance degradation. Software upgrades can be done without server reboots, which makes it the least disruptive to applications during SW upgrades.
One of our clients recently implemented the Hitachi VSP for this very feature. You can read about the full project in the CRN article, Denali Deploys Virtual Desktops To Give Doctors More Time With Patients. ASG handled the Hitachi VSP portion of this project. Here’s a quick summary from our own Pacific Northwest Regional Architect, Grant Loveridge:
“Seattle Children’s Hospital was having issues with their virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) system going down intermittently, and VDI plays a very important role at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Doctors and nurses rely on certain information to make critical decisions about patient care, etc. In short, the system just can’t go down! In the process of rolling out their VDI deployment, the customer quickly realized their infrastructure was not robust enough. There were some concerns about the backend storage not being able to handle the demands and patient information not being available to the hospital staff. Plus, the hospital operates 24 x 7, which means maintenance windows are very difficult to schedule.”
“The customer purchased the VSP to provide the reliability and scalability they needed—with just enough capacity to support the VDI pilot. The customer was able to get started with the VSP at an affordable level, using emergency funding. All upgrades were accomplished with no downtime to users or applications. They have since scaled the system to support many more users and applications. They also purchased a second VSP for disaster recovery and are using Hitachi Universal Replicator between sites—a project that is now underway. All in all, the customer is very happy with the VSP solution.”
With these benefits, I imagine the popularity of the Hitachi VSP can only continue to grow. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on its progress. If you have any questions about the VSP or our other Hitachi solutions, feel free to contact us.
About the Author
Anthony Sayre is an Advanced Product Specialist at ASG and our resident expert for Hitachi Data Systems solutions. You can contact him at asayre (at) virtual.com.