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The HDS Story in 3D

F.Y. Teng | Dec. 9, 2010
A little about how Hitachi Data Systemss three-dimensional scaling platform and management software could change the data centre as we know it today.

On September 27, 2010, global provider of information storage solutions Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), announced what it referred to as a major milestone on the road to enabling data centre transformation. More specifically, HDS, which is a subsidiary of Japanese electronics giant Hitach, Ltd, launched the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) and a slew of new management software under the Hitachi Command Suite family, all of which are said to be designed and developed for enterprises working with virtualised setups and stepping onto the cloud.

A statement issued on the day of the launch said the VSP was the industrys first three dimensional scaling platform, which could enable organisations to scale up, out and deep for unprecedented levels of agility and cost savings in their virtualised data centres. The VSP meant enterprises could purportedly put together robust disaster recovery and high availability systems that would deliver extreme performance and capacity particularly since setups based on it could scale up to meet [todays high and continually] increasing demands of applications and servers…scale out to support multiple servers with [increasingly fast] changing workload requirements…and scale deep [enough] to extend the platforms capabilities and value to [more and more complex] heterogeneous storage [infrastructures].

The statement also said the VSP in combination with the new Hitachi Command Suite management software, offers best-in-class performance, capacity and open, multivendor storage virtualisation for large businesses and enterprise organisations…[and] represent a major milestone in HDSs efforts to transform data centres into dynamic information centres where access to blocks, files and content is seamless and reside in a fluid and virtualised environment.

Just before the big announcement, Computerworld Singapore was granted an interview with Randy DeMont, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Service and Support, who is responsible for all of HDSs storage solutions around the world outside of Japan. DeMont talked to us about the significance of the VSP, not just to HDSs business but also to the new world of enterprise computing, particularly as it relates to the way data centres are architected, built and maintained.

What prompted the development and launch of this new platform?
Were announcing our next generation of enterprise class products and really its a natural next step. A lot of our clients have wanted to scale up and scale out in heterogeneous environment. They want it to dramatically reduce their cost of operation.

So the software suite were announcing significantly simplifies the utilisation and management of storage and also automates many of the functions. The other thing were seeing as very, very common around the world is a lot of pressure on the environmental impact of major data centres. We have a lot of clients who have run out of data centre space, and theyre looking at the capital expenditure of acquiring new space. Theres the need to more effectively utilise data centre space, and by extension the environmental impact of the use of that space. A lot of clients who have the space say that theyre having trouble getting the level of power required to support their infrastructure, or that their infrastructure is generating so much heat that their air conditioning requirements are significant.


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