Hitachi Data Systems pimps 100% uptime with new cloud infra

Japan-based IT solutions company Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is building its software-defined data center portfolio with the launch of Continuous Cloud Infrastructure last week.

HDS expected that this new technology will drive IT efficiency through a responsive, software-rich architecture that can quickly react to changing needs without continual redesign and disruption.

The company has released the Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS), Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000 (VSP G1000), a new version of the Hitachi Command Suite management platform and significant enhancements to its Hitachi Unified Compute Platform converged computing offerings.

Hitachi’s COO Brian Householder said these technologies would provide the foundation of an IT infrastructure that could adapt to continuously changing business needs, without disruption.

According to Anson Lai, solutions consultant, Hitachi Data Systems Hong Kong, the multiple-data center active-active capabilities of SVOS will “enable connection across a cluster system spanning 100km apart, hence enabling 100% uptime.”

Lai added that users will experience just about two hours of downtime to migrate “any amount of data” from a third party system to HDS’ “Continuous Cloud Infrastructure,” which essentially comprises SVOS and VSP G1000.”

“In order to execute in this business-defined world, IT teams are looking to new infrastructure strategies to deploy more continuous, adaptable and scalable infrastructure.

“Businesses need solutions that don’t require constant and disruptive changes to the technology they support. And that is what we are delivering today.” According to a company statement, the Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System is the first standalone software implementation of Hitachi storage virtualization.

Common software architecture

This new storage operating system provides a common software architecture that will double the useful life of hardware architectures, span the breadth of the HDS infrastructure portfolio and enhance and amplify the benefits of server virtualization.

SVOS customers will have a “future-ready path” to the software-defined data center without the complicated layers required by competitive offerings, according to a company statement. Features include flash optimization, advanced storage virtualization, automated tiering, non-disruptive data migration and a new native global active device feature that will provide multi-system and multi-data center active-active capabilities without the need for an appliance. It is also introducing the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) G1000, the “first available system” on which customers can natively deploy SVOS, according to HDS.

The system can start small and scale block-storage throughput performance of well over 3M IOPS, over 48GB/sec of usable bandwidth, and NFS ops/sec performance of over 1.2M in unified configurations. The VSP G1000 helps companies deploy a single platform for all data to accommodate different business needs.

It has a virtualization controller without internal capacity and a unified storage system with up to 8-node Hitachi NAS Platform (HNAS) clusters.

ING Group, Osakidetza and Rabobank to consider new Hitachi cloud

Financial services group ING, Dutch bank Rabobank, and Spanish public healthcare Osakidetza have plans to implement the new system.

Dutch financial services company ING Group is considering Hitachi’s new system for its simpler data migration. ING has been using Hitachi-built systems for 15 years.

“Data migration is work — that’s the good part of it — but we do a lot of hiring of consultants to get the systems migrated which costs a lot,” he told ComputerworldUK. “Sometimes it takes a year or more to get the systems replaced. Hitachi’s new system and new tech can be virtualized, plus Hitachi is a reliable partner — they deliver on their promises.”

Patrick Sholte, cloud provisioning manager at Dutch bank Rabobank said that managing cloud provisions “is the main challenge for us in ICT and also business — to keep competing at the level our customers’ needs.”

Sholte believes that aligning cloud with business strategies is one of the most exciting aspects of the coming year and that although cloud has been adapted quicker in certain aspects of the business, particularly in customer focused areas, there is a lot to be done at the core of enterprise strategies.

He said, “When you delve deeper into banking you’re not really used to that as a normal mode of business. So it’s an interesting year for partnering in business and IT. This is critical for competition.” Osakidetza, which runs the public health system in the Basque region of Spain will be using the new systems to store its 18 hospitals’ 2.5 petabytes of information — 80% of which are radiological images. Effective data storage and management will also allow doctors to diagnose quickly and accurately, which Irazagorria emphasized “will save lives.”