Hitachi Data Systems has announced the launch of Hitachi Unified Storage VM (HUS VM), a platform offering enterprise-class storage virtualisation across file, block and object storage types, but aimed at smaller firms.
When used in combination with Hitachi Command Suite, customers gain a single pane of glass for managing their entire storage infrastructure, even one built from a heterogeneous mix of kit, according to the firm.
Available immediately, HUS VM can be viewed as a combination of the firm's Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) line introduced earlier this year and the high-end Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) with its automated tiering capabilities.
"We're taking that high-end enterprise virtual storage platform and we're going to offer all of its features and functions on a low-end enterprise machine, and in addition we will have the ability to consolidate block, file and object storage just as we can do on the HUS hardware," Hitachi's chief technology officer in Europe Bob Plumridge told V3.
HUS VM is designed as a unified storage platform for all data, offering a single architecture to serve all enterprise applications. It can virtualise both its own internal storage and external storage, including storage systems from other manufacturers, according to Hitachi.
This makes the product a "virtualisation engine" that serves as a single point through which all storage can be managed, Plumridge said.
And in order to take advantage of this, customers get a "completely universal" management suite in the shape of Hitachi Command Suite, Plumridge said.
"We believe this brings enormous advantages to our customer base because they now have one way of doing everything," he explained.
"It doesn't matter whether they are moving from one storage product range to another, whether they bring in high-performance NAS or a content platform, the management tools that they need to manage it all remain the same."
The HUS VM hardware can scale up to support 64 petabytes (PB) of capacity, the firm said, while the nodes themselves can be configured with solid state drive (SSD) options.
Hitachi said that HUs VM products are ready to ship immediately, and that it has been trialling the new hardware with pilot customer deployments for some time prior to the announcement.
Pricing for an HUS VM storage virtualisation system starts at approximately $156,000 (£96,000), with no built-in storage. This includes 3 years of maintenance support services.
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