Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has claimed its latest Network Storage Controller (NSC) has created a totally new category of storage hardware.
The NSC55 is billed by the vendor as an enterprise-class virtualisation engine in a rack-mounted, modular form factor with a mid-range price tag.
"It is aimed at medium enterprise and large corporate organisations that need 100 per cent data availability and functionality but can't afford a true enterprise data centre solution," HDS marketing manager, Tim Smith, said.
"There is no product in the market filling that void. It is specifically packaged to enable our channel partners to grow the size of opportunity they have traditionally engaged in."
Smith said the NSC55 was the only product from any vendor in the Network Storage Controller category but this was refuted by IDC storage specialist, Graham Penn.
"You could argue that EMC's Invista fits into that category, as in a sense does IBM's SAN Volume Controller," he said. "But HDS has an opportunity to seize early ground in this market because Invista is very expensive whereas the HDS focus is more broad-based."
National HDS partners included Alphawest and Volante, Smith said, but the NSC55 would also appeal to smaller, strategic partners with skills in particular vertical markets.
HDS vendor partners, HP and Sun, will brand their own versions of the Network Storage Controller.
In other news, HDS has announced two additions to its Thunder platform - Workgroup Modular Storage (WMS) and Adaptable Modular Storage (AMS).