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Hitachi targets midmarket with Thunder array

Hitachi Data Systems is hitting back at rival EMC with improvements to its product range and an information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy.

HDS will target small and midsized businesses with its Thunder 9580V, which boasts a 64TB capacity and nearly twice the capacity of HDS' Thunder 9570V product and of EMC's DMX800.

Meanwhile, QuickShadow software allows storage administrators to take point-in-time copies of stored data, instead of doing a full-volume backup, which eats up more time and disc space. HDs' HiCopy software feature will permit replication between the Thunder 9580V and the high-end Lightning 9900V Series.

HDS also boosted the capacity of the 9900 arrays. The company has doubled its cache from 64GB to 128GB, increased control memory from 3GB to 6GB, and will offer customers a new 73GB (15,000 rpm) drive option.

The company has also increased the number of ESCON (Enterprise Systems CONnection) channels from 32 to 48, with the aim of helping customers reduce the number of boxes they have on the floor.

Enteprise Storage Group analyst Brian Babineau agreed that EMC has been successful with Dell and that HDS may need to pay more attention to the midmarket, adding that the opportunity still exists because HP and Sun Microsystems have yet to refresh midrange offerings.

Scott Tyler Shafer writes for InfoWorld


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