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Pentagon Deploys Hitachi

Army contractor picks HP-branded Hitachi box, saying it scales better than EMC's Symmetrix

The storage systems attached to the U.S. Army's SAN at the Pentagon have until recently been predominantly EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) Symmetrix boxes.

Now the IT subcontractor who oversees the SAN is installing a high-end storage system developed by Hitachi Ltd. (NYSE: HIT; Paris: PHA), saying it has the ability to scale to much higher capacities than EMC's gear.

NetCentrics Corp., which manages the server and storage infrastructure for the Army at the Pentagon, recently purchased a Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) xp1024, a rebranded version of Hitachi's Lightning 9980V, that will initially have almost 40 Tbytes of storage.

"We picked it because of the scaleability -- you can go up to 100 terabytes with the Hitachi system," says Bob Dixon, senior architect for engineering services at NetCentrics, which is based in Vienna, Va., near Washington, D.C.

In fact, Hitachi says its top-of-the-line Lightning 9980V is (theoretically) capable of providing up to 147.5 Tbytes in a single system, using 146-Gbyte drives. EMC's just-announced Symmetrix DMX3000, meanwhile, supports a maximum of 84 Tbytes of raw capacity (see EMC Debuts DMX, Part Deux).

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