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Hitachi Unveils USP Hardware

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, the only provider of Services Oriented Storage Solutions, today ushered in a new era of enterprise storage performance and scalability with the introduction of the Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V, an all-new intelligent storage services platform with the ability to significantly outperform any storage system on the planet with a blistering 3.5 million input output operations per second (IOPS) of maximum performance, and, fueled by its next generation large-scale heterogeneous virtualization layer and Hitachi architectural innovations, substantially increase virtualized storage port performance for external storage by up to 500-percent over its predecessor.

“The USP V takes performance to another level,” said Tony Asaro, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “This is also innovation at its best — improving the architecture of a storage system to raise its performance at nearly all levels — in leaps. Performance is not discussed as often as it should be — if your applications don’t perform well — then your business suffers.”

Hitachi today also announced the world’s first 4 Gb/s Fibre Channel Switch (FSW) backplane in an enterprise-class storage platform, making Hitachi the only company with a switched internal architecture and a unique switched backplane architecture as well, providing customers with the fastest, most cost-effective way to process and transfer data through a storage controller engine — and with more immediate access to — and storage of — their business-critical data.

“Hitachi has once again proven that it can use the entire resource base of a technology company to produce an out-of-the-ordinary storage services platform,” said Hu Yoshida, chief technology officer, Hitachi Data Systems. “Hitachi’s ability to design a massively parallel crossbar switch architecture and separate data cache and control memory networks has provided the foundation from which the company continues to innovate on. No other storage architecture can provide this level of optimization, performance, or advanced storage services to thousands of externally attached storage devices. Moreover, Hitachi has architected security into the core of its storage controllers with the separation of control and data and the implementation of logical partitioning software, unlike other vendors who look at security as something to simply repackage around their storage system. With the Universal Storage Platform V, Hitachi has achieved what other storage companies have yet to envision and has clearly extended its leadership position in high-end, enterprise storage solutions.”

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS)