HDS launches its new Hitachi Unified Storage platform

Storage vendor announces long awaited update to its storage offering

After months of speculation, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has unveiled its new Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) platform.

The update is significant for HDS, as it forms the first large update to the vendor’s platform in several years.

According to Hitachi Data Systems chief technology officer for Australia and New Zealand, Adrian De Luca, HDS has gone out of its way to make HUS a very flexible platform architecture, which is quite different to some of the unified offerings that we see on the marketplace.

“What the competitors are really designed to be are jack of all trades but an expert of none,” he said.

“They really aim to provide customers that are implementing the physical capability to connect and to provide, but not really optimised for it.”

Although he admits that these competing solutions serve a good purpose at the lower end of the marketplace, problems tend to arise as customers start to scale.

“They start to see a lot of trade-offs between either managing the files or not necessarily able to optimise the performance or managing experience of one versus the other,” De Luca said.

As opposed to being an appliance based product, HDS has designed HUS to be a “platform based” product.

“We are basing the HUS on a very robust and reliable platform that is an evolution of the Adaptable Modular Storage 2000 series, so this is the next generation platform that is coming out of Hitachi,” De Luca said.

“Thus, we can claim to have here three times the amount of performance of our previous generation with twice the amount of capacity, and this now starts to bring up the capacity of the HUS to three petabytes in a single rack.”

As De Luca sees HUS as a “very partner friendly based product,” HDS will be working with its local resellers in bringing the solution to market.

“A lot of our AMS products over the last four years have been sold primarily through the channel, and it’s a great entry point into the medium size market and it’s a good stepping stone into the enterprise market,” he said.

De Luca sees HUS as an extension of that, as what it allows a lot of HDS’s partners to do is add value added services around consolidating file servers.

“If a lot of these partners have been deploying server or operating system based file servers, they can now start to offer a consolidated offering in taking all of those sprawls of file servers and now start to bring all of those together,” he said.

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