Storage Virtualization - Latest HDS Solution Perfect for SME Market

Posted by Mark Teter, Chief Technology Officer
September 30, 2012

Hitachi Data Systems just launched the newest version of their unified storage technology, and it looks to be a great fit for the SME market. It’s the first storage virtualization platform that not only virtualizes, but manages and unifies all data types, and it comes with a 100 percent data availability guarantee.

As the CRN launch article states, “While the concept of unified storage has traditionally allowed block-level (SAN) and file-level (NAS) storage protocols to be used simultaneously within a single appliance, HDS is adding object storage to that mix. Object storage is data that is stored with a unique identifier, which includes metadata about the object that remains with the data as it is moved.”

We were the first VAR to get our hands on a test unit, and we’re looking forward to the potential it has for building private cloud computing architectures. Our customers here at ASG love Hitachi’s storage virtualization, and being able to virtualize both Hitachi and non-Hitachi arrays while protecting investments in existing storage capacity all at more affordable pricing is a strong message to customers.

The article goes on to say, “Because the HUS VM uses the same HDS Command Suite operating system as existing HDS systems, partners experienced with the company's Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) are ready to put these new resources into their customer sites, whereas those trained in the HUS 100 product will require little training for the HUS VM.”

I’m sure we’ll bring a future blog post into play that speaks to an implementation, so stay tuned.

About Mark Teter Before he retired from ASG in 2013, Mark Teter was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the author of 'Paradigm Shift: Seven Keys of Highly successful Linux and Open Source Adoptions.' As CTO, Mark regularly advised IT organizations, vendors, and government agencies, and he frequently conducted seminars and training programs.

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