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Transforming data centres into information clouds: HDS Malaysia

AvantiKumar | May 31, 2012
Hitachi Data Systems Malaysia redefines unified storage, which is the first to consolidate and centrally manage block, file and object data on a single platform.

Hitachi Data Systems Unified Storage launch in Malaysia

PHOTO - (from left) Saravanan Krishnan, director, storage platforms & solutions business Asia Pacific; and Johnson Khoo, MD, HDS Malaysia.

Storage solutions provider Hitachi Data Systems Malaysia has announced the availability in Malaysia of a single unified management framework as part of its HDS portfolio, Hitachi Unified Storage, which is the first in the industry to consolidate and centrally manage block, file and object data on a single platform.

The new Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) and single management framework manages multiple data types with more flexibility and scalability, said Hitachi Data Systems Malaysia managing director Johnson Khoo.

"It helps customers manage their critical business applications and meet their growth requirements without compromising performance, scalability or cost efficiency," said Khoo. "In addition, Hitachi Data Systems is announcing its entire hardware product portfolio, including the new HUS, will be supported by Hitachi Command Suite management software. As the first enterprise-class vendor to provide a single software management platform for all of its products, Hitachi Data Systems is helping its customers further reduce costs and complexity throughout the data centre."
Khoo said the new offerings are part of making data centres into information clouds. "Data is the foundation of any organisation. The roots of current unified storage products on the market today are based on the needs of smaller organisations that did not have the storage volumes, IT resources or budgets to acquire and manage separate platforms for block and file data."

The traditional definition for unified management has focused on managing file and block on these general-purpose lower-end storage platforms," he said. "This all changes today as we bring to market the first enterprise-class unified storage solution to help our customers in Malaysia and around the world manage their data, reduce costs and gear for growth. Hitachi Unified Storage helps organisations meet application availability and performance requirements with lower investment. Customers can deploy storage for all data types and easily grow to meet expanding requirements, while still meeting service level objectives for critical business applications." 

Deluge of data

"IT organisations in mid- and large enterprises are struggling with a deluge of data and increasingly diverse data management needs," said IDC vice president, information and cloud research, Richard Villars. "They require storage solutions that meet their growth requirements while simplifying operations, reducing the total cost structure, and quickly adapting to changing business needs."

"Hitachi Unified Storage provides enterprises with a single foundation for efficiently managing block, file and object data without making trade-offs in performance, scalability or capacity utilisation," said Villars.

Hitachi Data Systems' Khoo said that Hitachi Unified Storage also helped to save costs with data efficiency capabilities such as thin provisioning and automatic tiering. "Built-in automation optimises performance and makes it predictable to assure customers that they will get the most out of their investment. Intuitive and easy-to-use software that comes with each system has been designed to simplify even the most complex environments."

"Hitachi Unified Storage supports object data through a unique object-based file system that intelligently adds metadata for each file and enables automated tiering and migration, fast file snapshots and clones, faster replication over WAN, and fast data searches," he said.

"In addition, Hitachi Unified Storage supports Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) for a true object store with custom metadata and provides regulatory compliance," said Khoo. "Unlike alternative systems, HCP can share HUS capacity with file and block applications from the same storage pool. Combined, this solution is far more space efficient and cost effective for customers than separate and siloed object store implementations."


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