Hitachi upgrades Virtual Storage Platform

Hitachi takes on virtualisation and cloud integration to help customers modernise their IT environments

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Hitachi upgrades Virtual Storage Platform Hitachi Bob Madaio: "The ever-changing fundamentals of IT demand that storage systems are agile, reliable and cost-effective."
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  April 26, 2016

Hitachi Data Systems has announced new upgrades and additions to its Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G Series portfolio.

The aim is to reduce the ongoing costs of traditional environments and exploit and monetise data which is often trapped in silos of technology. Furthermore, digital transformation has put data at the centre of business strategies and has made IT a key element, which has now put pressure on IT to modernise processes, systems and skillsets.

Bob Madaio, senior director for infrastructure solutions at Hitachi Data Systems said: "Hitachi Data Systems continues to invest heavily in innovation and in its industry-leading Virtual Storage Platform to help customers transform and modernise their IT infrastructures. The ever-changing fundamentals of IT demand that storage systems are agile, reliable and cost-effective. The enhanced VSP family meet those needs and beyond."

To help break down data silos and modernise storage management, Hitachi Data Systems has embedded NAS functionality, cloud optimisation and enhanced VMware integration into VSP G400, VSP G600 and VSP G800 storage platforms to simplify and accelerate data center modernization efforts. 

Hitachi's announcement means organisations have the option to include two high-performance NAS modules in the VSP G400, VSP G600 and VSP G800 systems. These modules help to reduce capital expenditures by providing a single, SAN and NAS storage platform for all workloads in a compact form factor.

Furthermore, operating costs also decline, as VSP G series systems require less power, cooling and space in the data centre. Adding further cost control, the new unified VSP G series offerings enable customers to leverage existing infrastructure investments regardless of environment - whether for remote offices where IP infrastructure is dominant to data centres utilising Fibre Channel technology or a cloud environment employing Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), Hitachi Managed Cloud Services, Microsoft Azure or Amazon S3 cloud services. The data migrator to the cloud software feature allows customers to create automated and intelligent, content-aware data management policies.

The Hitachi Infrastructure Analytics Advisor (HIAA) delivers increased performance while reducing costs and risk through intelligent analytics. HIAA identifies, diagnoses and helps resolve potential performance and capacity issues, including those concerning third-party storage.

The software identifies opportunities to improve performance and reduce risk through intelligent analytics with preemptive alerts. Customers can drive down costs with comprehensive capacity and performance planning using enterprise-scale IT analytics with long-term historical trending.

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