HDS announces enterprise-strength storage virtualization

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?