HUS First to Consolidate and Manage Block, File and Object Data on a Single Platform

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation has redefined unified storage with the new Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) and single management framework. The HUS stores multiple data types with more flexibility and more balanced scalability than any other midrange solution and helps customers manage their critical business applications and meet their growth requirements without compromising on performance, scalability or cost efficiency.

Hitachi Data Systems has also announced that its entire hardware product portfolio, including the new HUS, will be supported by Hitachi Command Suite management software.

As the first enterprise-class vendor to provide a single software management platform for all of its products, Hitachi Data Systems is helping its customers further reduce costs and complexity throughout the data center.

According to Sean Moser, vice president, Software Platforms Product Management, Hitachi Data Systems, “the roots of current unified storage products on the market today are based on the needs of smaller organizations that did not have the storage volumes, IT resources or budgets to acquire and manage separate platforms for block and file data. The traditional definition for unified management has focused on managing file and block on these general-purpose lower-end storage platforms. This all changes today as we bring to market the first enterprise-class unified storage solution. Hitachi Unified Storage helps organizations meet application availability and performance requirements with lower investment. Customers can deploy storage for all data types and easily grow to meet expanding requirements, while still meeting service level objectives for critical business applications.”

Adding to that, Richard Villars, vice president, Information and Cloud research, IDC, said that “IT organizations in mid-sized and large enterprises are struggling with a deluge of data and increasingly diverse data management needs. They require storage solutions that meet their growth requirements while simplifying operations, reducing the total cost structure, and quickly adapting to changing business needs.” He pointed out that Hitachi Unified Storage provides enterprises with a single foundation for efficiently managing block, file and object data without making trade-offs in performance, scalability or capacity utilization.

By Unified Without Compromise,Hitachimeans that HUS consistently and efficiently provisions, tiers, migrates and protects all data, regardless of type, throughout its lifecycle.

HUS further saves costs with data efficiency capabilities such as thin provisioning and automatic tiering. Built-in automation optimizes performance and makes it predictable to assure customers that they will get the most out of their investment. Intuitive and easy-to-use software that comes with each system has been designed to simplify even the most complex environments.

Hitachi Unified Storage supports object data through a unique object-based file system that intelligently adds metadata for each file and enables automated tiering and migration, fast file snapshots and clones, faster replication over WAN, and fast data searches.

Additionally, Hitachi Unified Storage supports Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) for a true object store with custom metadata and provides regulatory compliance. Unlike alternative systems, HCP can share HUS capacity with file and block applications from the same storage pool. Combined, this solution is far more space efficient and cost effective for customers than separate and siloed object store implementations.