Hitachi Adds Performance Booster to Midtier Storage System

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-01-22 Print this article Print

Storage vendor spiffs up its midtier offering by adding multiple processors to boost its I/O performance by about 20 percent, the company claims.

Storage hardware and software maker Hitachi Data Systems on Jan. 22 introduced what it called "significant" performance enhancements in its mid-range Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage AMS1000 that it claims boosts the systems processing power by about 20 percent. Hitachis new multi-processor design in the AMS1000 augments the storage systems business-enabling capabilities first unveiled in April 2006, which include 32 logical cache partitions, non-disruptive "on-the-fly" data movement across multiple tiers of storage, and enterprise-class RAID-6 data protection. The AMS1000 also features what the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company claims is an industry "first": embedded, multi-protocol support for iSCSI, NAS and Fibre Channel SAN.
"Performance is one of the fundamental core aspects of a storage system," said Tony Asaro, senior analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Conn. "The processing power of a storage system is one of the key elements that impact performance. Customers should plan for performance requirements today and for the future, and they need a storage system that can meet their requirements as they grow."
The AMS1000 also offers 4G bps Fibre Channel SAN connectivity, which aims to enhance the performance of high-end applications such as video-on-demand and medical imaging. The AMS1000 enables users to mix and match multiple tiers of storage in a single rack (including 73GB, 146GB and 300GB Fibre Channel and 500GB SATA drives), consolidate Fibre Channel SAN, NAS or iSCSI attached storage within a single rack—with the ability to isolate resources for consistent quality-of-service, secure multi-level access and deliver non-disruptive volume migration. Click here to read more about Hitachis 1TB hard drive. For example, data volumes can be migrated from economical SATA drives to Fibre Channel from RAID 5 to RAID 6 or from one RAID profile to another—dynamically empowering clients to adjust their storage infrastructure to their changing business needs or data requirements. "Driven by escalating costs, not only in terms of yearly outlays for storage, but also in energy and support costs, users are looking to consolidate and maximize the efficiency of storage assets," said John Webster, principal IT adviser of Illuminata, in Nashua, N.H. "By giving customers the ability to dynamically move application data between different classes of storage within the system, now coupled with a performance enhancement and multi-protocol interfaces, the AMS1000 is worthy of consideration as a flexible, long-term data consolidation platform," Webster said. Hitachis lineup of advanced midrange storage systems are all powered by dual-controller, high-speed bus technology and offer Logical Cache Partitioning, Virtual Ports, and Host Storage Domains within a single system. They also complement the Network Storage Controller or Universal Storage Platform as tiered or archive storage, especially when configured with SATA drives for lower costs, a company spokesperson said. Pricing and availability The AMS 1000 base system is priced at about $80,000 and is available now. "We expect the average AMS 1000 configuration to ship between 15 to 20TB at a price of approximately $115,000 and $130,000. The average configuration includes SATA and FC disk drives," Hitachi spokesperson Jennifer Mercer said. "No other vendor can provide the same level of performance and high-end features such as logical cache partitions, on-the-fly data movement across multiple tiers of storage (Modular Volume Migration software), RAID-6 and multi-protocol support at such an affordable price," Mercer said. "We are unmatched in this regard." Hitachi also announced Jan. 22 it has been positioned by IT researcher Gartner in the "Leaders" quadrant in its "Magic Quadrant for Midrange Enterprise Disk Arrays, 2H06" report. According to Gartner, vendors positioned in the "Leaders" quadrant have the market share, credibility and marketing and sales capabilities needed to drive the acceptance of new technologies. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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