Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. and the only provider of Services Oriented Storage Solutions, recently announced a new line-up of advanced network attached storage (NAS) services with the introduction of the Hitachi Essential NAS Platform and Hitachi High-performance NAS Platform 3000 Series. This news in concert with Hitachi's major advancements in enabling organizations to manage rogue data (see separate press release also announced today) signals significant breakthroughs in file services consolidation and management.
For many organizations, file storage sprawl continues to be a vicious cycle. First generation NAS filers are continuing to run out of storage capacity, resulting in server proliferation, increased complexity and higher operating costs. In addition, for large enterprises, deploying and managing file storage systems at each branch office can be an expensive and time consuming endeavor. Today, Hitachi is leveraging its proven best-in-class availability and scalability in SAN or block storage environments and is extending this capability to NAS with two new products that lower customers' total cost of ownership through file server or NAS consolidation.
Introducing the Hitachi Essential NAS Platform
For medium-sized businesses or enterprises with remote or branch offices that require reliable and cost-effective solutions that deliver file service, backup and server consolidation services, the Hitachi Essential NAS Platform is an easy to use NAS solution that delivers best-in-class availability and scalability at an affordable price. The Hitachi Essential NAS Platform consolidates and manages up to 512 terabytes of data in a 2-node cluster with access to data from Common Internet File System (CIFS) and Network File Systems (NFS). Ensuring high availability with clustered active-active failover, data stored on the Hitachi Essential NAS Platform is fully protected with Hitachi's proven enterprise-class RAID technology.
Available as a NAS gateway or standalone NAS filer, the Hitachi Essential NAS Platform comes with identical features and functionalities in both form factors--delivering the ultimate in flexibility for customers. The Hitachi Essential NAS Platform Gateway supports the Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage midrange product and the company's flagship intelligent storage services platforms, the Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V series. The Hitachi Essential NAS Platform Filer is bundled with the Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage and comes pre-installed. The system can be completely installed and configured using its intuitive NAS Wizard in minutes.
"As a service provider that serves both IT and legal departments, we needed an efficient solution to consolidate our file-base infrastructure that would scale to support over a billion files and hundreds of terabytes" said Eric A. Vanderburg, network operations manager, JurInnov. "We looked at NAS offerings from Hitachi and NetApp and it was clear that the new Hitachi Essential NAS Platform best fit our requirements for high availability and scalability. Implementing the platform allowed us to consolidate our file-based infrastructure saving us both capital and operational costs."
Introducing the Hitachi High-performance NAS Platform 3000 Series