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Hitachi introduces Thin Provisioning on Externally Virtualized Storage



Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning software enables customers to allocate virtual disk storage based on their anticipated future requirements without dedicating physical disk storage up front. If the need for additional physical disk arises, capacity can be purchased at a later time–at a lower cost–and implementation occurs transparently, without any disruption to mission-critical applications. Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning software delivers several important benefits to customers including reduced space, power and cooling costs achieved by eliminating the management overhead of allocated but unused disk space, that is often replicated many times for backup or other operational purposes. Now, only the capacity that is required to hold the actual data is provisioned and replicated, requiring fewer physical disks resulting in lower “carbon footprints.” Not only does this provide significant improvements in capacity utilization, it also takes the guess work out of allocating storage capacity, reduces the risk of out of space conditions, and facilitates the acquisition planning for future growth. In general, Hitachi has eliminated some of the most pressing storage management headaches affecting data center managers today.

Hitachi Data Systems’ unique ability to provide a heterogeneous platform for all storage services is further enhanced with Dynamic Provisioning. Now, thin provisioning can be applied as a new storage service for all devices attached to the Universal Storage Platform V and Universal Storage Platform VM, and better yet, they all can be centrally managed and treated as one virtual pool of data storage.




I guess some engineer got to choose the marketing slogan. Say it after me and see the IT manager go incomprehensibly green:

"Thin Provisioning on Externally Virtualized Storage" = "You're confused and we want you to stay that way!"

Anyways here's the release!

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