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Hitachi Data Systems Unveils 3D Scaling Storage Platform

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (BUSINESS WIRE) Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., today introduced the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform, the industry's first three dimensional scaling platform, enabling organizations to scale up, out and deep for unprecedented levels of agility and cost savings in their virtualized data centers. The Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP), in combination with the new Hitachi Command Suite management software, offers best-in-class performance, capacity and open, multivendor storage virtualization for large businesses and enterprise organizations.

Together, these solutions represent a major milestone in continued Hitachi Data Systems commitment to transform data centers into dynamic information centers where access to blocks, files and content is seamless and resides in a fluid and virtualized environment. (See related press release also issued today: "Hitachi Data Systems Announces Major Milestone on the Road to Enabling Data Center Transformation.")

"Hitachi has a long history of innovation and industry-leading technologies since first introducing heterogeneous storage virtualization within the storage system," said Hu Yoshida, chief technology officer and vice president, Hitachi Data Systems. "Today, only the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform and Hitachi Command Suite provide the scalability and integration that will transform the data center with new levels of agility, flexibility, performance and sustainability. With unique 3D scaling and management, customers can deliver capacity and computing resources as quickly as virtual servers are created. This platform was actually built for virtualized server environments."

The Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform is the only storage architecture that scales three dimensionally to help customers adapt flexibly for performance, capacity and multivendor storage asset utilization. Its data migration capabilities greatly reduce outage windows. Page-level dynamic tiering automates the page-based movement of data to the most appropriate storage media to simplify and optimize tier costs and performance. With new 2.5-inch SAS hard disk drives, it is the highest density storage available today. And, with more than 30 percent less power consumption for capacity stored than the competition, it is the most efficient enterprise storage platform. 3D scaling delivers extreme performance and capacity for robust disaster recovery and high availability systems:
    * Scale up to meet increasing demands of applications and servers:
          o Scale dynamically for performance, capacity, and connectivity without disruption
          o Add incremental resources as demand for storage resources increases by tightly     coupling them through a global cache
          o Scale resources nondisruptively, including caches, ports, and drives to meet demands
    * Scale out to support multiple servers with changing workload requirements:
          o Build out the storage system by combining multiple units into a single logical system
          o Provision storage dynamically to multiple host servers on demand from a common pool of storage resources
          o Tailor for workloads and server needs without compromise
          o Achieve the highest performance for open and mainframe environments
    * Scale deep to extend the platform's capabilities and value to heterogeneous storage:
          o Integrate multivendor external storage into the storage pool with scale up and scale out functionality
          o Provide a single platform for block, file and content with central management, data protection and search
          o Use lower cost external storage for lower cost purposes
          o Reduce OPEX through a common management framework

"Today's data centers are reaching an inflection point, evolving into something that is more agile, scalable and efficient," said Roger W. Cox, research vice president, Gartner, Inc. "Storage vendors that deliver on the critical requirements, such as 3D scaling, are what enterprises are looking for to transform their data center into an infrastructure that meets the demanding requirements of today's virtualized environment." Companies that will benefit from the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform are those with massive scalability requirements, such as virtualized server environments or those looking to facilitate and optimize their cloud deployments:
    * Deep integration with leading server virtualization platforms like VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V for end-to-end visibility from individual virtual machine to storage logical unit and protection of large-scale multivendor environments:
    * Integration with the Hitachi NAS Platform for best-in-class performance and scalability, single namespace, unprecedented intelligent file and objects tiering, and the fastest performing NFS protocol for VMs
    * Ideal foundation for organizations moving toward the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform, which consists of servers, storage and network assets managed as inclusive business resources to put the right data in the right place at the right time.

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