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Hitachi Data Systems launches unified computing platform

OEM deal with Microsoft bolsters the deal

Storage Alert By Deni Connor, Network World
April 19, 2010 12:12 AM ET
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Hitachi Data Systems on Monday launched its own version of unified computing with the execution of an OEM agreement with Microsoft to distribute Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft System Center management software and Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

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The company will take these products and pair them with its own blade servers, storage, networking gear and management software and sell the bundles to customers who want to deploy on-premises or off-premises cloud environments.

The collaboration between Microsoft and Hitachi allows the company to also deliver Hyper-V virtualization technology. The Hitachi Storage Cluster for Hyper-V is an end-to-end server to storage virtualization package that provides high availability and site recovery for virtualized environments.

Hitachi is providing an initial set components that includes storage, server and network gear, Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V, Hitachi blade servers and Fibre Channel and Ethernet components. In addition the bundles can include Microsoft System Center Operations Manager and System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V. Support for Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware hypervisors.

In other news, the IBM System Storage TS7680 ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway for System Z is designed to combine high-performance computing with inline data deduplication. The system scales to as much as 1PB of physical storage capacity in a highly available clustered configuration that provides redundancy through automatic failover.

The TS7680 ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway delivers the ease of management, performance and scalability required to meet the data storage needs of today's data centers. By reducing storage infrastructure costs and providing inline data deduplication and simplified storage management, the TS7680 ProtecTIER can store up to 25 times more data to disk, resulting in reduced off-peak production batch windows and allowing for increased data retention on disk.

Read more about data center in Network World's Data Center section.

Deni Connor is principal analyst for Storage Strategies NOW and host of both the Masters of Storage and Masters of Servers Solution Centers.

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