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Hitachi Data Systems Unveils Cloud Enhancements to Help Organizations Increase the Value of Unstructured Data

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., today announced significant new enhancements to its award-winning object store, Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), and its bottomless, backup-free cloud on-ramp, Hitachi Data Ingestor (HDI). These new enhancements reduce overall costs by enabling organizations to better manage unstructured data growth, ensure content security in shared storage environments and reduce the complexity and inefficiency in traditional, cloud computing and distributed IT environments.

“Organizations are looking for new, innovative approaches to deal with the expansive growth of unstructured content and extract the full value of their data,” said Miklos Sandorfi, chief strategist, Hitachi Data Systems. “Our content cloud approach allows organizations to store billions of data objects and use intelligence layers to index and search the data independently of the application that created it. The data is available across devices, anytime and anywhere. By deploying HCP and HDI, customers will cut costs in managing, storing and accessing data and build a foundation for the information cloud.”

About the new Hitachi Content Platform and Hitachi Data Ingestor

HCP and HDI provide high availability from the edge to the core and use advanced replication, automatic failover, erasure coding, nondisruptive hardware and software upgrades, and provide proactive monitoring and reporting of any system health or performance issues. This combination of capabilities lets administrators respond to issues before they threaten service level agreements (SLA). New HCP support for spin-down disk in Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) minimizes power and cooling costs for a total cost of ownership comparable to tape-based solutions. With thousands of tenants now able to share a single HCP and use it in many different ways, there are no infrastructure silos. With content consolidated in one HCP system, a new HCP metadata query tool searches system and custom metadata to look for trends and relationships.

Content can be distributed to HDI and “pinned” to the remote location, ensuring local access performance to a consistent set of data and reducing bandwidth consumption and costs. In addition, HDI offers high availability configurations to ensure continuous operation for service provider customers or remote and branch offices in distributed, private IT environments. Together, HCP and HDI help organizations and cloud service providers lower costs and complexities associated with storing large and rapidly growing volumes of unstructured data, while enabling fluid content with fast access and data life cycle management. New features and customer benefits include:

Improved Operational Efficiency to Lower Costs

  • HCP leverages spin-down disk support in HUS to lower costs for large scale unstructured data storage and to reduce energy consumption
  • HCP works with almost any application with support for HTTP/REST, CIFS, NFS, Symantec Enterprise Vault Streamer and more
  • HDI VMware appliance support for high availability provides a lower cost alternative to meet high availability requirements with less infrastructure and complexity
  • New content audit services discover and classify content and provide recommendations for improved efficiency and lower cost

Greater Scalability and Reliability

  • Supports thousands of tenants and tens of thousands of namespaces per system, reducing costs per tenant and maximizing utilization
  • Advanced replication and failover capabilities ensure service availability
  • HCP improved component and performance monitoring and email alerting help proactively address any bottlenecks or hardware issues before they impact SLAs
  • Support for tape-based copies of objects help meet vaulting requirements

Robust Security and Control from Edge and Core

  • New object access control lists reduce the risk of unmanaged use of content
  • Active directory integration helps support corporate security policies
  • Custom metadata search identifies sets of related objects based on system and custom metadata
  • Content distribution and file pinning ensures fast, local access to a consistent set of data


Published Tuesday, April 24, 2012 9:48 AM by David Marshall
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