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Hitachi leads storage virtualisation market

  • 05 December, 2006 13:16

<p>SYDNEY, Australia, 5 December 2006 — Bolstering its high-end storage virtualisation market leadership, Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), today announced that Hitachi, Ltd. has shipped more than 4,500 intelligent virtual storage controllers worldwide, outpacing competitors still attempting to gain a foothold in this critical market. By being the first and only major vendor to implement storage controller-based virtualisation, Hitachi created a new category with its ability to provide advanced storage, data and content services for externally attached arrays.</p>
<p>“Hitachi’s largest competitors have failed to adequately respond and there is now clear market validation with over 4,500 Universal Storage Platforms implemented to date,” said Tony Asaro, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “As each day goes by, Hitachi gains greater insight, knowledge, experience, and customer footprint, and is becoming the leader in enterprise-class storage virtualisation, while leveraging its flagship Universal Storage Platform solutions. It is a brilliant strategy and visionary in scope. The rules of the game are changing and Hitachi is well-positioned for the next generation.”</p>
<p>The revolutionary Hitachi Universal Storage Platform and its rack-mounted variant, the Network Storage Controller, continue to represent the pinnacle of high-end, enterprise storage systems and large-scale storage virtualisation solutions available in the industry today.</p>
<p>“Hitachi’s flagship products—the Universal Storage Platform and Network Storage Controller—are also its virtualisation products, unlike competitors who continue to rely on peripheral devices for their virtualisation strategy. Clearly, Hitachi is the leader in storage virtualisation in the industry today,” said Brenda Peffer, vice president, Global Marketing, Hitachi Data Systems.</p>
<p>“Storage virtualisation continues to be an IT imperative with the goal being better asset utilisation, consistent, dynamic and scalable performance with easily tiered storage, availability and dynamic provisioning capabilities. Virtualisation is an enabler for IT organizations to more effectively control and manage dramatic storage growth to meet today’s ever challenging information requirements,” said Carl Greiner, senior vice president and analyst, Ovum.</p>
<p>The Hitachi Universal Storage Platform continues to change the industry dynamics of data storage by powering an embedded virtualisation layer capable of managing up to 32 petabytes of internal and external storage, logical partitions for the creation of secure Private Virtual Storage Machines, and sophisticated storage-agnostic remote copy that greatly simplifies business continuity—driving continued market share gains that have positioned Hitachi at the forefront of storage virtualisation.</p>
<p>“Hitachi is enabling customers to work with a safe, stable platform that they already trust and are familiar with—an intelligent storage controller,” said Hu Yoshida, chief technology officer, Hitachi Data Systems. “CIOs don’t want to worry about another device and yet another layer of management sitting in the middle of the network in front of their storage systems. Network-based virtualisation products' access to physical volumes is based on managing an extent level mapping table in a device on the network. These mapping tables create vendor lock-in and an exposure to losing data. In Hitachi’s controller-based solution, external storage data is presented in cache for processing and then stored back so that the extent mapping is contained with the data on the external device and not in the network, which is the case with some vendors’ virtualisation appliances. In fact, Hitachi’s solution has no dependence on the network and can support direct attach, mainframe attach, and LAN/WAN attach. Based on our superior design, we have provided our customers with a massively parallel storage controller architecture that enables virtualisation by simply turning the feature on. It’s really been a simple choice for our customers.”</p>
<p>About Hitachi Data Systems</p>
<p>Hitachi Data Systems leverages global R&amp;D resources to develop storage solutions built on industry-leading technology with the performance, availability and scalability to maximise customers' ROI and minimize their risk. By focusing on the customer's perspective as we apply the best hardware, software, and services from Hitachi and our partners, we uniquely satisfy our customers' business needs. With approximately 3,200 employees, Hitachi Data Systems conducts business through direct and indirect channels in the public, government and private sectors in over 170 countries and regions. Its customers include more than 50 percent of Fortune 100 companies. For more information, please visit our Web site at</p>
<p>About Hitachi, Ltd.</p>
<p>Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 356,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2005 (ended March 31, 2006) consolidated sales totalled 9,464 billion yen ($80.9 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at</p>
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