HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies) has unveiled an update to its Active Archive scale-out object storage platform that enables customers to start with a smaller, less costly deployment and scale in capacity as their data volume grows.
Available immediately, the Active Archive System model SA-1000 enables customers to start from a baseline 672TB of raw storage capacity, while the original model introduced last year comprised 4.7PB.
Like the original, the Active Archive model SA-1000 is delivered as a pre-integrated 42U rack comprising servers, storage and networking, plus object storage software, ready to deploy in the customer's data centre.
The solution has been designed to address the growing business requirement for huge data stores, while removing the need for customers to build a cloud-scale solution themselves from off-the-shelf components.
"Today, our HGST Active Archive System received a significant upgrade. New software and hardware capabilities are now included with the ability to expand capacity based on need. This is key when addressing the needs of today's dynamic market," said Barbara Murphy, vice president of marketing for Western Digital Corporation, HGST's parent company.
The Active Archive System is based on object storage software HGST gained from its acquisition of Amplidata, and presents an object storage interface compatible with that of Amazon's S3 cloud storage service, enabling it to easily integrate with applications originally designed with S3 as the storage platform.
Each Active Archive System uses HGST's Ultrastar 8TB HelioSeal hard drives with 60Gbps of host connectivity via six 10Gbps Ethernet ports. The 672TB of raw capacity in the model SA-1000 can be expanded by adding increments of 672TB for a total capacity of 4.7PB in a single chassis.
For high availability, organisations can also deploy Active Archive Systems in a three-site configuration to geographically disperse data, with a maximum of 28.2PB of raw data capacity dispersed across three data centre locations, according to HGST.
The HGST Active Archive System model SA-1000 is available through HGST sales partners, solution providers, system integrators and selected OEMs. Multiple options for service and support are available, the firm said.
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