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3PAR Hits Up Hitachi

Companies in the business of selling storage systems tend to know exactly what theyre looking for to meet their own storage needs. In the case of a division of Hitachi Ltd. (NYSE: HIT; Paris: PHA), its dream setup just happened to come from another vendor: 3PAR Inc. (see Hitachi Unit Installs 3PAR Storage).

Utility storage startup 3PAR boasted today that Hitachi ULSI Systems Co. Ltd., a semiconductor components division of Hitachi, has purchased and installed its largest storage platform, the 3PAR InServ Storage Server S800.

"They’re obviously very savvy storage buyers," explains Craig Nunes, 3PAR’s senior director of marketing [ed. note: with a wink and a nudge]. "This is just a great proof-point... And we love the irony in it as well."

Ironic, indeed. The two companies may use fundamentally different architectures for their storage systems -- Hitachi’s 9900 series design is cache-centric, while 3PAR’s S800 is a clustered distributed storage system -- but they go after the same market for open systems environments.

Hitachi, however, insists that this is no big deal. "I can't believe you're doing a story on this insignificant issue," says Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) spokeswoman Jodi Reinman [ed. note: no relation to the colorful Joey Reiman], pointing out that Hitachi is a huge company with many divisions, each with their own priorities. "It is common practice that different divisions purchase products from other companies... We don't see how this could be newsworthy at all."

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