Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has introduced the Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) family, a line of mid-range storage systems that can handle file, block and object data in one single platform.
The aim of HUS is to simplify the provisioning and management of storage in expanding datacentre environments, according to the firm.
Available later this quarter, the HUS 100 family stores multiple data types in a flexible manner, helping customers to meet their growth requirements for critical business applications, Hitachi said.
Unified storage provides a single platform for both file-level and block-level storage, which have traditionally been kept separate, as well as object storage with its associated metadata for such purposes as retention policies.
The problem is that implementing such a system can be complex to manage, something that HDS is hoping to solve by making its Hitachi Command Suite management software standard across its entire portfolio.
"With enterprise storage there are broadly three considerations: data growth, cost and complexity. With HUS and a single unified management platform, we believe we can address all three," Francois Zimmermann, UK chief technology officer for HDS, told V3.
However, while HUS is expected to be the mainstream "workhorse" storage platform for HDS, it is not expected to replace the high-end enterprise products such as the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP).
VSP "will continue in the market space it serves", according to Zimmermann, where HDS is providing transformation services to customers with a diverse range of workloads.
In contrast, HUS is better suited to customers with growing volumes of user-generated content, but which operate a relatively small number of applications.
Zimmermann said that acquisition costs tended to be only a small part of the overall cost of storage for customers, with management and other associated costs accounting for 80 per cent of the total.
"With unified storage and unified management, we can take a big bite out of that 80 per cent," he claimed.
The HUS family initially consists of the entry level HUS 110, which will carry a start price of £22,745, the mid-range HUS 130 and the high-end HUS 150, which can scale to accommodate 2.8 petabytes of storage, according to HDS.
All models support a mix of 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel and iSCSI host interfaces, the latter in 1Gbit/s or 10Gbit/s options. Drive choices include 7.2K, 10K and 15K SAS drives and SSDs.
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