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Hitachi Heads for the Archives

Hitachi Data Systems plans a March foray into the archiving game with a fixed content system that will compete with EMC Centera and others, according to industry sources.

Hitachi has been mum on details of the system, but it likely consists of an existing hardware platform and software from an OEM deal. Startup Archivas is considered a prime candidate to supply the software. (See Archivas Seeks Archiving Action.)

We believe HDS has plans to release a product similar to EMC’s Centera that targets the high-growth fixed content market in the March/April timeframe,” analyst Kaushik Roy of Susquehanna Financial Group wrote in a note to clients this week.

Another source pegs the Hitachi release to the CeBit tradeshow March 9 in Germany, and identifies it as “a combination of Hitachi hardware and Archivas software.” Another Wall Street analyst says the archiving system is definitely in the works for March, but was less certain about an Archivas tie-in.

Hitachi isn’t making any public pronouncements, citing “HDS policy not to comment on industry rumor or speculation.” Archivas did not return a call for comment.

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