Hitachi launches new enterprise storage platform


    Hitachi Vantara executives, Varghese Mathew, business director for the Philippines (left) and Joe Ong, VP and GM Hitachi Vantara Asean introduce the new platform. (Photo by Manolet Santiago)

    ENTERPRISE storage solutions just got a major boost with the introduction of the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) 5000 series.

    Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. announced the powerful next-generation storage and infrastructure foundation with a new scale-out, scale-up architecture for any workload. Working alongside with the new Hitachi Ops Center management software and updated Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System, it can accelerate data center workloads and deliver future-proof IT with innovative architecture that is the ideal foundation for modernizing data center, Cloud and DataOps environments.

    “The Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform 5000 series is the proving ground for our customers to gain a digital advantage over their competition and achieve better business outcomes,” Joe Ong, Vice President and General Manager, ASEAN, at Hitachi Vantara said.

    Hitachi VSP 5000 series provides the core data storage foundation for all digital business operations with the speed and scale to power existing as well as new, data-intensive workloads coming from multi-Cloud and AI-driven environments. It is agile enough to store block and file data and supports workload diversity ranging from traditional mission-critical business applications to containers to mainframe for workload consolidation that maximizes operational efficiencies.

    It is a completely new, enterprise-class flash array optimized to deliver best-in-class performance and resiliency by taking full advantage of SAS architecture, NVMe and storage class memory (SCM). With Hitachi’s new Accelerator Fabric, it is the world’s fastest NVMe flash array, which can help users get to insights and business outcomes faster with up to 21 million IOPS. Resource-intensive application owners can also see a dramatic improvement with response times as low as 70 microseconds.

    It also has a new dedupe optimizer uses advanced machine learning (ML) algorithms to perform on-the-fly optimizations of dedupe processes based on block size and other characteristics. This optimizes between in-line and post-process dedupe for maximum data reduction with minimal performance impact, delivering up to 7:1 total reduction. Its self-protecting IO architecture and quadruple redundant fabric deliver an industry-leading 99.999999 percent availability.

    The new Hitachi Ops Center brings AI to infrastructure management and operations to improve decision making and modernize resource delivery for maximum ROI, especially for BPOs. Ops Center can accelerate customers toward an autonomous data center by automating up to 70 percent of tasks and can offer faster, more accurate insights to diagnose system health and keep data operations running in top condition. The VSP Cloud Connect Pack adds an HNAS 4000 file storage gateway to move data to a public Cloud to free up additional data center capacity.

    Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS) powers the VSP 5000 series and is optimized for scale-out architectures, NVMe performance and next-generation storage media including SCM. It incorporates AI intelligence that adapts to changing conditions to optimize any workload performance, reduce storage costs and predict faults that could disrupt operations.

    The VSP 5000 series is the only storage system in the industry that offers the flexibility to mix NVMe and SAS flash media in the same system array to optimize cost and performance across workloads. Intelligent tiering leverages AI and ML to dynamically promote and demote data to an optimized tier to accelerate applications.

    The upgradeable architecture is future-ready to bridge from well-established storage technologies to the latest advances such as SCM and NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) without forklift upgrades or more hardware investments.