Hitachi launches HiCommand storage software

Seeking to simplify and virtualize its multiple storage platforms, Hitachi Data Systems Corp. (HDS) this week introduced its HiCommand storage software here at Storage Networking World (SNW) Fall 2001.

With an intuitive, Web-based management interface, HiCommand eliminates elements of previous HDS storage management software that users said they found "awkward," said Steve East, vice president of solution engineering for HDS.

"[The improvements] let the user determine how storage can be managed," and not vice versa, East said.

HiCommand helps storage administrators better manage storage resources within a storage network through mapping, data allocation, and up-to-date information on storage capacity and usage.

The first rev of HiCommand manages all of HDS' Freedom Storage systems, including the Lightning 9900, the Thunder 9200, and also Sun Microsystems Inc.'s StorEdge 9900, East said.

Sun, which cross-licenses its Solaris operating environment to HDS, is a partner in the development of HiCommand.

Storage management software giant Veritas Software Corp. has also partnered with HDS to offer interoperability of Veritas storage software to HiCommand.

On hand at the announcement, Richard Barker, senior vice president of cross products operations for Veritas, said "one of the most important parts of HiCommand is its two-way interfacing," which allows third-party vendors such as Veritas to interoperate with HiCommand technology.

HDS is offering to license HiCommand APIs to other third-party vendors interested in marrying their storage hardware and software products with the HiCommand platform.

Storage virtualization will also soon begin to play a part in HiCommand, said East, particularly as the technology increasingly begins to interoperate with other vendors storage systems.

"Watch this space," said East, who went on to say that HDS will extend HiCommand to other vendor storage systems beginning in the next six months.

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