Hitachi Data Systems today announced three new technology enhancements that simplify the tasks of implementing flash, unified storage with primary dedupe and converged infrastructures for rapid application deployment.
The company is bringing flash technology from its high-end storage platform to its midrange Hitachi Unified Storage Virtualization Machine (HUS VM) system and is introducing software for the system that will allow it to be used as an all-flash array.
The HUS VM integrates all the enterprise functions of HUS VM with the high performance, durability, and lower cost of the Hitachi Accelerated Flash module. The microcode in HUS VM has been optimized for flash to provide 500,000 IOPS now and 1,000,000 IOPS this fall. Hitachi claims that its Accelerated Flash modules provide 4 times higher performance and 46% lower bit cost than standard SSDs. With a 5U HUS VM controller, and up to 8 x 2U HAF drawers, this could be used as a standalone flash array with the advantage of full enterprise functions like snapshots and replication. HUS VM can provide flash services to applications through FC or ethernet through a unified front end.
Enterprises will be able to fit 12 flash modules on each tray in the HUS VM, with a full eight-tray system holding more than 150TB of capacity. That will double by the end of this year, as the company plans to come out with a 3.2TB module.
The flash modules are available now for US$28,427 each, and an all-flash HUS VM with 8TB of flash capacity costs about $300,000, including the Base Operating System and three years of maintenance.
Hitachi Unified Storage and Hitachi NAS have been also enhanced with new NAS heads, which double capacity and performance with our hybrid-core architecture that blends Intel and FPGA technologies. These new file modules can consolidate multiple NAS filers at a 30% lower TCO in the first year, according to HDS. These NAS heads include a no charge FPGA feature that provides workload aware, primary dedupe that you can set and forget.
Finally, the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform now includes Hitachi UCP Pro for VMware vSphere turnkey pre-configured solution with an orchestration layer integrated with VMware vCenter to view, provision, monitor, upgrade and performance tune the entire, stack including server, storage and networks for rapid deployment of virtual machines. UCP Select is server, storage, and network reference solution, which are pre-validated and pre-certified for deployment of Microsoft Private Cloud (Hyper V), and for Oracle Database Real Application Cluster with predictable performance.