HDS announces enterprise-strength storage virtualization

HDS announces enterprise-strength storage virtualization

Summary: High-end enterprise data storage is in crunch mode thanks to the cloud on one side and innovative flash-enabled architectures on the other. Hitachi Data Systems thinks it has the answer.


HDS is one of the biggest names in data storage and is well respected for quality products. But like everyone else, they've seen that enterprise storage is changing faster than ever before.

Their strategy: a software layer between servers and storage that supports legacy apps while enabling data centers to incorporate new storage without disruption. The call it Continuous Cloud infrastructure.

The Storage Virtualization Operating System is a software standalone implementation of the storage virtualization used in their big iron arrays. SVOS separates control and data planes, so fast storage stays fast. The control plane configures bandwidth and I/O rates so shared resources remain shared and apps aren't crowded out.

HDS also introduced a faster new version of their VSP array, the G1000, which can run SVOS as well. You can also put other vendor's storage behind the VSP, giving it extra years of service.

The Storage Bits take

HDS isn't as well known as the industry's largest player, EMC, but that's mostly due to its successful OEM business, where other vendors resell it. Virtualizing existing storage with strong management tools is a proven way to lengthen storage service life.

With the transition to cloud and flash heating up the enterprise space, CIOs are pressured to do more with less while keeping up with deep-pocketed cloud providers. Preserving legacy investments while reducing management overhead is key to transitioning to a more flexible enterprise.

God created the universe in seven days, but He didn't have an installed base. For companies who want to move forward, the SVOS path is worth a close look.

Comments welcome, as always. Enterprise guys: How does storage virtualization fit into your thinking?

Topics: Storage, Enterprise Software, Hardware, Virtualization

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  • FC Fabrics for Continuous Cloud Infrastructure

    So where does the network fit into Hitachi’s solution for private cloud? The network is a foundational technology for connecting the key pieces of the infrastructure. Brocade fabric technologies, whether Fibre Channel or Ethernet, are the perfect complement to Hitachi cloud storage solutions. Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel and Ethernet Fabric technologies deliver non-stop networking, policy-driven management, and simple scalability and agility for enterprise storage and data networks.

    Specific to perfectly complementing the new HDS storage solutions, Brocade Gen 5 Fibre Channel platforms are purpose-built and proven for enterprise storage. Hitachi’s vision for an active-active data center includes local and remote data center storage connected via Brocade DCX 8510 Backbones with integrated FCIP blades. This is a fundamental component for the zero-downtime network infrastructure. Brocade Fabric Vision complements the hardware with a software layer that simplifies management and improves availability and performance through advanced policy-based monitoring, management, and diagnostics. It also accelerates the deployment of new infrastructure by testing and validating new network infrastructure prior to production.

    Hitachi’s Continuous Cloud Infrastructure is a bold new vision for enterprise IT infrastructure. The combination of Hitachi and Brocade technology provides an easy way for companies to transition to an infrastructure defined by the needs of the business today and into the future.