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HDS unveils new flash strategy

Jack Loo | Aug. 29, 2012
Announcements include flash controller from Hitachi and flash acceleration feature.

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has announced that it will be introducing proprietary flash technology developed by parent firm Hitachi for its portfolio of products.

"Up to now, the use of flash media to effectively support the demands of high-performance and time-sensitive cloud-based applications has been limited due to flash memory characteristics and controller performance," said Roberto Basilio, vice president, Infrastructure Platforms Product Management, Hitachi Data Systems.

"These conditions have forced customers to make compromises in cost, capacity and resilience," added Basilio.

HDS' new flash roadmap spans servers, storage and appliances to enable compute acceleration, caching and high-performance storage media use cases.

The foundation of this strategy is built on the new flash memory controller developed by Hitachi that promises high performance and writes endurance.

One advantage offered by the new controller is that it can increase read and write throughput by four times over conventional flash storage drives based on multi-level cell technology.

Meanwhile, a milestone in HDS' new flash technology strategy is the flash acceleration feature available for the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) appliance.

According to HDS, the improvements include cutting down input and output response time by up to 65 percent and raising  the scalability limit of VSP by up to three times.

"Having direct access to the vast hardware engineering resources of Hitachi clearly offers the potential for competitive advantage and differentiation, while Hitachi Data Systems own evolving software management platforms provide the flexibility to place flash wherever it can maximise performance, reliability and cost effectiveness," said Mark Peters, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group.

The feature for VSP is now available to new customers, as well as to existing VSP customers through a microcode update.


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