Hitachi rolls out new storage platform, management software

Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform reduces cost of ownership, power and cooling

Hitachi Data Systems on Monday rolled out its new Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) and new storage management software, Hitachi Command Suite. According to HDS claims, the VSP allows customers to reduce their disk drive costs by as much as 70% due to use of solid state and Serial Attached SCSI disks. The new array can also allow customers to reduce their total cost of ownership per terabyte by as much as 33% and also achive a 30% reduction in power, cooling an floor space costs, HDS says.

Hitachi Data Systems on Monday rolled out its new Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) and new storage management software, Hitachi Command Suite. According to HDS claims, the VSP allows customers to reduce their disk drive costs by as much as 70% due to use of solid state and Serial Attached SCSI disks. The new array can also allow customers to reduce their total cost of ownership per terabyte by as much as 33% and also achieve a 30% reduction in power, cooling an floor space costs, HDS says.

The new VSP has twice the bandwidth of the Universal Storage Platform and allows up to 255 petabytes of storage capacity under management. It allows 2,048 SAS 2.5-inch drives or 1,280 Serial ATA 3.5 drives and as many as 256 flash drives. Connectivity-wise the VSP supports 192 8Gbit Fibre Channel ports, 192 FICON host ports and 96 Fibre Channel over Ethernet 10Gbit ports.

The VSP uses the Hierarchical Star Network crossbar switch architecture, which joins multiple control chassis into one logical system and like its predecessor can virtualize Hitachi, EMC, IBM, Oracle/Sun and other storage. Further, it supports multi-tenancy and is managed by the Hitachi Commend Suite. The VSP also supports the VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration.

The array is now available. HP is also marketing the VSP under an agreement with Hitachi Ltd. HP is calling it the P9500.

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