Hitachi Data Systems introduces new Flash storage offerings

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS) has unveiled new initiatives to help organizations extract meaningful insights from information that will lead to innovation and inspire global action. Today’s advancements in flash technology, advanced x86 servers and support for OpenStack are the next step in the overarching mission of the Hitachi and HDS Global Office of Technology and Planning (Global OTP) to leverage the unique engineering and R&D talents of both organizations to deliver proven solutions that address customer challenges.

“The new initiatives we are unveiling today further demonstrate our commitment to fostering a rich entrepreneurial spirit that produces innovative solutions for our customers,” said Akinobu Shimada, general manager, IT Platform Business Strategy & Planning Operation, IT Platform Division Group, Information & Telecommunication Systems Company, Hitachi. “We are excited to bring these innovative flash storage and server technologies to market, and to deliver on our shared goal to elevate the engineering power of these high-performing teams.”

Key deliverables announced include significant new flash storage developments that build on the HDS flash strategy, an extension of the HDS server and converged solutions offerings, and the company’s election to Gold Membership of the OpenStack Foundation.

The company has announced that Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) 150 now supports Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage modules, bringing enterprise-class flash to the midrange storage market. The new 3.2TB Hitachi Accelerated Flash modules are currently supported within Hitachi Unified Storage VM (HUS VM) and Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP).

Also announced is the availability of flash optimization software for HUS VM, delivering extreme all flash array performance of greater than 1,000,000 IOPS at sub-millisecond response times in a single system (100% random read, 4K IO).

Hitachi Servers and Converged Solutions

In addition to delivering innovations in flash technology, Hitachi is leveraging a 50-year continuous history of mainframe and server technology development to expand its leadership in server products and converged solutions based on the Intel Xeon processor. With a focus on datacenter requirements and a close engineering relationship with Intel, Hitachi has created x86-based servers with higher reliability, greater manageability and better performance than typical  “commodity” designs, which provides customers with real advantages and more compelling converged solutions.

The company has announced new Hitachi high performance blades for Hitachi Compute Blade 500 and Compute Blade 2000 Servers. These new server blades protect customer investment and allow them to incrementally add the latest technologies, based on the Intel Xeon E5-2600v2  “Ivy Bridge” processor family. The new blades perform better and reduce power consumption while retaining unique, innovative Hitachi features, such as hardware-embedded logical partitioning (LPARs) and automated cold-standby failover.

Also new is the PCI Expansion Blade for CB500. This new IO expansion blade allows CB500 users to combine existing integrated, shared network switches with dedicated PCIe-based host bus adapters (HBA) and cards, such as nVidia GRID K2 GPUs for shared virtual desktops (VDI) and server-based flash, which is typically used for acceleration of applications, such as Oracle database and SAP HANA.

OpenStack for the Private Cloud and the Open Software-Defined Data Center

In an effort to realize an open approach to the software-defined data center (SDDC), the Global OTP has announced that Hitachi and Hitachi Data Systems have expanded their support of the OpenStack Foundation.

Through a gold-level sponsorship, HDS and Hitachi intend to provide customers with the greatest flexibility and options to build fully integrated, programmatically controllable, scalable and cost-effective private cloud infrastructures that complement the OpenStack partner ecosystem. This expanded partnership reflects the long-standing Hitachi commitment to Open Source that ultimately enables and empowers IT organizations to drive innovation and immediate value within their environments.