Hitachi spies opportunity in added San and Nas

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is to make major moves in the global high-performance computing (HPC) storage market.

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is to make major moves in the global
high-performance computing (HPC) storage market.

These moves, backed by an investment in BlueArc Corporation,include a five-year
worldwide OEM agreement and the immediate availability of the Hitachi
High-performance Nas Platform. HDS says that this shatters through the
barriers of existing file-based network storage offerings on the market

"Today's announcement signifies a strategic expansion of our
addressable market, enabling us, together with our channel partners
across the globe, to bring powerful, reliable, and proven
file-intensive storage technology to customers in the high- performance
computing market and beyond," comments Dave Roberson, president and
CEO, Hitachi Data Systems.

Commenting on today's announcement, Tony Asaro, senior analyst,
Enterprise Strategy Group, says, "This is another step in what I refer
to as the 'new' Hitachi Data Systems. Less than two years ago, I used
to say they were a great San storage company.

“But now it is clear that they are focused on being a great storage networking 
company with a more comprehensive portfolio of products that range from San, 
storage management software, digital archiving, VTL and Nas. It is really
important for customers to have other leading suppliers provide Nas
solutions so that they have more options open to them."

BlueArc's leading file-based virtualisation technology will complement
Hitachi's block-based virtualisation solutions.

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