HDS Brings Virtualization to the Midtier
Hitachi Data Systems unveils midrange offerings designed to bring its storage virtualization capabilities to a small-to-midsize audience experiencing rapid growth and shrinking storage capacity.Hitachi Data Systems on Monday unveiled several midrange offerings designed to bring its storage virtualization capabilities to a small-to-midsize audience experiencing rapid growth and shrinking storage capacity. HDS, a subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., announced the TagmaStore Network Storage Controller Model NSC55, a slimmed-down version of its virtualization-driven TagmaStorage Universal Storage Platform released last year. Currently available for approximately $150,000 in a 5-terabyte configuration, the NSC55 manages up to 16 petabytes of externally attached storage and supports midrange storage systems from EMC Corp., IBM, Sun Microsystems Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co., according to officials of the Santa Clara, Calif., company.
The NSC55 simplifies management of customers storage environments through a rack-mounted virtualization engine featuring local partitioning, a scalable parallel crossbar switch architecture for high availability and bolstered performance, and replication for business continuance. The new product is equipped with embedded NAS (network-attached storage) blades and native disk-base WORM (write once/read many) software tailored toward compliance and record retention requirements.