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Hitachi launches SMB storage

Hitachi Data Systems has unveiled an entry-level storage system designed to help small and midsize businesses manage their data more easily.

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has unveiled an entry-level storage system designed to help small and medium businesses (SMBs) manage their data more easily.

Speaking at the launch in Singapore, Ravi Rajendran, general manager for ASEAN at HDS, said the product is a "low-cost, entry-level" storage system with features typically found on enterprise-class storage products.

Dubbed Hitachi Simple Modular Storage 100, the product includes RAID-6 for data protection, support for multiple operating systems, as well as SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) and SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) drives. It also has an auto-migration feature that makes it easy for businesses to upgrade to higher capacities.

Targeted at SMBs with fewer than 1,000 employees as well as enterprises with distributed branch offices, the new HDS storage system comes with a basic configuration of six hard disk drives with a single controller, and prices start from about US$5,000.

The HDS Simple Modular Storage 100 is immediately available worldwide through the company's network of over 1,500 resellers, channel partners, systems integrators and the Hitachi direct salesforce.

Lynn Tan of ZDNet Asia reported from Singapore.