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HDS Debuts "Net-New" Midrange Storage VM System

In order to separate itself from the rest of the pack (notably HP, NetApp, IBM and EMC), and set a precedent, Hitachi Data Systems has created a net-new SME storage system for companies with between 500 and 1,000 employees that is neither a trumped up low-end version or a dumbed down high-end offering. The result is the Hitachi Unified Storage VM (HUS VM), which HDS says is the industry's first unified storage product that provides enterprise-class virtualization for all data types -- block, file and object -- while offering the lowest operating cost in its class by up to 40 percent.

Based on the company's Command Suite software, HUS VM specifically allows block, file and object data to be stored on the same array and managed with a single suite of management tools.

According to Mike Nalls, senior product marketing manager with HDS, HUS VM supports multiple applications and protocols, which allows users to transparently manage pools of heterogeneous storage, which is good, because Nalls says there is a low level of awareness when it comes to storage virtualization.

Nalls goes on to say that the new system has a wide appeal to IT organizations, including CIOs -- who worry about vendor relationships and cost-effective numbers -- enterprise architecture designers -- who need to support company-wide product compatibility and time-to-value -- and admins -- who want to know how it runs and integrates into their existing tool sets.

Posted by Bruce Hoard on 09/26/2012 at 12:48 PM


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