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HDS brings virtualisation to midrange systems

Hitachi Data Systems has rounded out its family of storage systems with a modular midrange product that borrows from its higher-end systems.

The new 9500 V boasts virtualisation software, dubbed Lightning, which is present in HDS's high-end 9900 array. With this technology, storage administrators are able to connect a mix of servers through a single port.

"HDS is following the industry and the move to modular," said Jamie Gruener, a senior analyst at Yankee Group. "It is trying to increase functionality and compete with EMC's Clariion product set."

Other competitors in the modular arena include Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems and IBM.

Earlier this year, EMC and Dell, through the companies' resell agreement, rolled out the CX line of Clariion modular systems that features the CX600, CX400, and CX200.

Like EMC's CX600, HDS's 9500 V uses 2Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity internally and delivers more than 30TB of raw capacity.

HDS also introduced HiCommand Tuning Manager Software, a storage resource management tool that integrates with HDS' HiCommand Management Framework. Tuning Manager allows storage administrators to set alerts and create reports that will assist in the future planning and deploying of storage from a single screen.

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