HDS enters SAN market

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is shifting its business focus and has jumped on the storage area network (SAN) bandwagon.

The company announced last week the availability in the Australian market of its new non-proprietary SAN initiative.

"Our focus is definitely shifting towards the open systems market, and that's really because the [NT and Unix] markets are moving that way," Greig Guy, product manager, HDS said.

"We see through a number of projects in the area we used to target that there isn't that growth.

"[SAN] allows us to still focus on storage but also on all the other components with storage, right from the server to the box," he said.

According to Guy, although there is probably another six to 12 months before there is a significant take-up of SAN technology, companies are already preparing to move in that direction.

"I think a lot of [companies] are starting to understand that all the benefits that have been there with just fibre itself translate into what a SAN will be in six to 12 months, and they're ensuring their infrastructure is put in place now."

According to Guy, HDS' SAN strategy includes both storage consolidation and server consolidation, as well as a LAN-less backbone and interoperability with NT and Unix platforms. Access to a new interoperability lab in the US and SAN technical services are also key to the strategy.

The company is also planning to release its own NT server in six to eight months, Guy said.

"Given we haven't had the opportunity to know where we want to position [the SAN strategy] in Australia at the moment, the main thing we would be saying . . . is that we can interoperate with any other Unix or NT platform.

"It doesn't have to be a HDS server," he said.

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