HDS offers 3D scaling to better manage data storage

  • TECH
  • Tuesday, 19 Oct 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: This year global data volume is expected to rise to a whopping 1.5 exabytes, or about 1.5 billion terabytes, according to Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Ltd. This is equivalent to about 75,000 years of DVD-quality video data.

The vendor said the volume of data generated by businesses and other organisations is growing at a rate of about 50% year-over-year, with unstructured data such as e-mail, images, as well as audio and video files, amassing at 10x the rate of structured data.

HDS senior vice-president and general manager of Asia Pacific Kevin Eggleston said that data drives the world and that information is the new currency.

“How an enterprise manages its data, can determine the success of its business,” he said, warning that businesses can fail if the company doesn’t have fast access to vital information at the time it is needed.

Also, rapidly rising operational costs to manage the increasing volume of data have caused many IT departments to realise that yesterday’s strategies of simply adding more storage — or increasing computing capacity — in the datacentre, doesn’t cut it anymore.

“Today’s datacentres must evolve into something that is more agile, scalable and efficient, to quickly adapt to changing business needs,” Eggleston said.

And, that’s just what HDS is providing to its customers with the recently launched Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) and Hitachi Command Suite (HCS) comprehensive management software, he said.

Both products are designed for a shared infrastructure that will enable applications and servers to scale beyond their typical limitations, while still providing confidence that the data is secure.

The secret behind this unique capability is a 3D scaling architecture and 3D management suite of tools. By providing 3D scaling in its storage and management platforms (not just capacity) Hitachi is enabling servers and applications to scale to new heights in consolidation, availability, agility and ease-of-use.

According to Eggleston, the VSP sets a new industry benchmark for virtualised, enterprise-class IT solution because it is the only storage architecture that can dynamically and concurrently scale up, scale out and scale deep for performance, capacity and support of multivendor storage.

Enterprises can scale up to support a large VMware cluster with thousands of virtual machines, or scale out to support hundreds of application servers with safe multi-tenancy.

The solution can also scale deep to include external storage as lower-cost tiers of storage, or to provide non-disruptive migration for technology refreshes or lease expiration, he said.

With more than 30% less power consumption for capacity stored than its competition, the VSP is also the most efficient enterprise storage platform to date, Eggleston claimed.

Meanwhile, the HCS offers multi-threading capability and has consolidated management databases so that it is simpler and more efficient to use, and has the ability to scale up to five million objects.

It also scales out with the ability to manage all data, and scales deep to provide closer integration with software and server APIs (application programming interfaces).

For more product information, go to www.hds.com.

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