New Hitachi Data Systems Technology Delivers a Business-Defined Approach for IT Infrastructure

Customers Gain the Most Available, Automated and Agile IT Environment Required for Today's Dynamic Business Needs

SANTA CLARA, Calif.— April 23, 2014 — Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced exciting new technology to accelerate customer success with Business-Defined IT – a closer linking of a company's business and technology objectives that demands a more responsive IT foundation. Called a "Continuous Cloud Infrastructure", this foundation can drive IT efficiency through a responsive, software-rich architecture that can quickly react to changing needs without continual redesign and disruption. A move toward Continuous Cloud Infrastructure ensures customers can build the most available, automated and agile environment for next-generation data centres.

With this goal in mind, Hitachi today delivers Hitachi Storage Virtualisation Operating System (SVOS), Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000 (VSP G1000), a new version of the Hitachi Command Suite management platform and significant enhancements to its Hitachi Unified Compute Platform converged computing offerings. Together, these technologies provide the foundation of an IT infrastructure that can adapt to continuously changing business needs, without disruption.

"Our customers across industries have told us that to keep up with the frenetic pace of business they are aligning the IT and business functions more closely than ever," said Brian Householder, COO, Hitachi Data Systems. "In order to execute in this business defined world, IT teams are looking to new infrastructure strategies to deploy more continuous, adaptable and scalable infrastructure. Businesses need solutions that don't require constant and disruptive changes to the technology they support. And that is what we are delivering today."

Hitachi Storage Virtualisation Operating System: Software-Defined Without Compromise

Hitachi Storage Virtualisation Operating System is the first stand-alone software implementation of best-in-class Hitachi storage virtualisation. This new storage operating system provides a common software architecture that will double the useful life of hardware architectures, span the breadth of the HDS infrastructure portfolio and enhance and amplify the benefits of server virtualisation. SVOS customers have greater choice, flexibility and a simplified infrastructure for a future-ready path to the software-defined data centre without the complicated layers required by competitive offerings.

As an evolution of the successful Hitachi enterprise storage operating systems, SVOS delivers the flexibility of software-defined architectures with the proven capabilities of Hitachi enterprise storage software. Primary features include flash optimization, advanced storage virtualisation, automated tiering, non-disruptive data migration and a new native global active device feature that will provide multi-system and multi-datacentre active-active capabilities without the need for an appliance – an industry first.

Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000: The Best Gets Better

The best software is best experienced on the best hardware, so Hitachi is also introducing the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) G1000, the first available system on which customers can natively deploy SVOS. This combination of marketleading software and the most reliable hardware on the planet provides customers a rock-solid foundation for mission critical applications in the enterprise.

Continuing Hitachi leadership in high-performance, trusted infrastructure, the system can start small and scale block-storage throughput performance of well over 3M IOPS, over 48GB/sec of usable bandwidth, and NFS ops/sec performance of over 1.2M in unified configurations.

The highly adaptable VSP G1000 helps companies deploy a single platform for all data, by growing to seamlessly accommodate a wide variety of customer needs, including:

  • A virtualisation controller without internal capacity.
  • Unified storage system with up to 8-node Hitachi NAS Platform (HNAS) clusters.
  • The highly available infrastructure for Hitachi Content Platform environments.

 

This flexibility, along with planned data-in-place upgrades mean customers can plan for a significantly longer useful life of this technology because of its ready adaptation to changing business needs, without the pain and expense of constant technology replacements.

"Our customers expect us to configure and deliver their enterprise solutions with no downtime exposure. Hitachi Data Systems' next generation VSP G1000 continues to define what highly available data access means. VSP G1000 extends the standard, set by the Virtual Storage Platform to incorporate multi-system architectures to support all workloads with one platform," said Yoshimasa Hashimoto, COO and Sales Director, NTT Australia.

Robin Cockayne, Chief Executive Officer, Revera, a leading New Zealand supplier of utility computing infrastructure, highlighted that "Clients expect extreme resiliency from cloud infrastructure providers. That's why we work with Hitachi Data Systems technology – because the integrity of Revera's Homeland Cloud IaaS platform is only as good as its technology foundations".

Significant Software and Solution Enhancements Simplify Customer Environments

  • Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) and Unified Compute Platform Director 3.5: On top of support for VSP G1000 and SVOS, there are new entry-level configurations of UCP for VMware vSphere and increased capabilities in Unified Compute Director, such as server profiling for simplified provisioning and enhanced disaster recovery integration.
  • Hitachi Command Suite (HCS): The latest version of the award-winning Hitachi integrated management platform supports the new global storage virtualisation features in SVOS, and offers a common REST API across the platform, as well as an updated, streamlined user interface.

 

Deep Ecosystem Integration and Solution Readiness

These new class-leading technologies come to market with integration across virtualisation platforms, databases and a variety of clustering and operating systems platforms, and can be quickly adopted to support a variety of workloads.

In particular, collaboration with strategic partners such as Microsoft®, SAP and VMware enables SVOS and the VSP G1000 to be certified in key initiatives like Microsoft Private Cloud deployments, SAP HANA Tailored Data Centre Integration and VMware Software-Defined Data Centre technology.

Additional Supporting Quotes

"We are pleased to work with HDS to enable customers to realize the value of the software-defined enterprise," said Sanjay Katyal, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. "HDS UCP with VMware vSphere(R) provides customers with a reliable and efficient enterprise converged infrastructure solution."

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About Hitachi Data Systems

Hitachi Data Systems provides information technologies, services and solutions that help companies improve IT costs and agility, and innovate with information to make a difference in the world. Our customers gain compelling return on investment (ROI), unmatched return on assets (ROA), and demonstrable business impact. With over 6,300 employees worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems does business in more than 100 countries and regions. Our products, services and solutions are trusted by the world's leading enterprises, including more than 70% of the Fortune 100 and more than 80% of the Fortune Global 100. Visit us at http://www.hds.com/anz/.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com

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