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Hitachi Struts Mr. Universal

NEW YORK Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) ended the speculation around its next-generation storage system today by launching the Universal Storage Platform (USP) -- presumably named because it offers something for anybody who needs the highest-end enterprise storage (see Hitachi Preps Lightning Strike).

For those that want performance, Hitachi claims its system’s architecture delivers 68 GBytes per second of cached bandwidth, 2 million IOPs (input/output operations per second), and 256 concurrent memory operations; and supports 332 TBytes of capacity. For those that want functionality, Hitachi announced new virtualization, partitioning, and replication software.

HDS offered specifics on those features for the first time at a news conference today. While the performance numbers clearly give it an advantage over competitive systems from EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) and IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), HDS’s doubters wonder whether the new features have broad enough appeal to win substantial market share.

The system -- dubbed Hitachi TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform -- is not officially part of its previous high-end Lightning family. Hitachi will continue to sell Lightning and midrange Thunder systems, and they can work alongside the new controllers.

The new systems come in three models:

  • The entry-level USP100 has 77TB of raw capacity and 17GB/second of cached bandwidth.
  • The UPS600 model includes raw capacity of 154TB, 34GB/second of cached bandwidth, and up to 128 Fibre Channel interfaces.
  • The USP1100 scales to 332TB of raw capacity, with 68GB/s of cached bandwidth and up to 192 Fibre Channel interfaces.
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