Hitachi, IBM Upgrade High-End Storage Systems
Hitachi boosts Lightning 990V's capacity; IBM to enhance its Enterprise Storage System 800.Hitachi Ltd. announced a high-end storage upgrade Wednesday, while IBM is planning high-end and midrange upgrades next month. Hitachi Data Systems 148TB Lightning 9900V systems were announced last May, but originally shipped with just 73GB drives. They now ship with 146GB drive options, according to officials of the companys storage division, in Santa Clara, Calif. In addition to the new capacity, the devices connectivity has been doubled. The system now has up to 64 Fibre Channel ports, for connecting to storage networks and servers, and 32 Fibre Connect (FiCon) ports, for connecting to mainframes.
Hitachi also announced new Virtual Storage Ports, known generically as host storage domains. Hitachis implementation lets up to 128 servers attach to a single Fibre Channel port.