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Hitachi upgrades storage line

Hitachi Data Systems has announced a new enterprise storage lineup to include features such as a virtualisation which allows customers to manage up to 32Petabytes of internal and external storage. 

The TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform, is the first upgrade to HDS' high-end Lightning since 2000.

TagmaStore can combine as much as 32Petabytes of internal and external storage into a single virtual storage pool. It includes a third-generation massively parallel crossbar switch architecture that delivers two million input/output operations per second, allowing for faster interchange between storage systems, Hitachi officials said. 

Hitachi partners Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard will also offer the new system. Sun's version is known as the StoreEdge 9900, while HP's version is called StorageWorks 12000. 

Sun officials said the TagmaStore gives their customers new options in terms of virtualisation, particularly at the datacentre level.

"Our customers tell us they want to better manage all their storage and virtualisation, [which] is very important to them," said James Whitemore, vice-president of marketing for storage at Sun. 

For Hitachi customers with a large datacentre, the new offerings make upgrading even easier, said Tony Asaro, senior analyst at Enterprise Storage Group.

"Hitachi has given their installed base a very good road map to the future. To lure other customers, they need to demonstrate how effective their solution is with their exisitng customer base," he said. 

TagmaStore comes in three models: the USP 100 (a 77TBytes model), the USP 600 (154TBytes), and the USP 1100 (a 332TBytes model). The top model is scalable to as much as 32Petabytes. 

The new product also features logical cache partitioning, new methods for portioning data and new copying tools.

"With this capability, a company can devote different ports to a business unit or application, which could be a  very useful feature for an enterprise," Asaro said. 

Bob Francis writes for Infoworld


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