HDS Virtual Storage Platform G-Series Revised

June 23rd, 2016

Steve Adil
Consulting IT Specialist

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) recently announced a re-architecture of their Virtual Storage Platform G-Series line. Comprised of four models – G400, G600, G800 and G1000 – the VSP line provides an Enterprise-class storage platform at a wide range of price points and scalability. Unique to HDS is their Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS), which is a federated model for array control. Every VSP G model – including the Mainframe capable G1000 – is operated by identical microcode. This separates the control layer from the hardware (and compute platform) layer, which is a requirement of a highly evolved software-defined storage infrastructure. HDS also provides “single pane of glass” management of the SDS architecture through the Hitachi Command Suite software.

HDS is building on its Software Defined capabilities by offering automated policy-based migration to the Cloud. Policies can be easily implemented to ensure that data is automatically and seamlessly tiered to private, public or hybrid cloud platforms, freeing up critical resources for Tier 1 applications. Hitachi continues to be in lockstep with VMware to deliver on the vision for software-defined storage, with full support for VMware vSphere® Virtual Volumes™. This support allows customers to maximize resources, reduce storage complexity and increase efficiency, by enabling application-specific storage service levels to be applied to each virtual machine (VM). In addition, Hitachi Virtual Infrastructure Integrator 3.0 delivers scalable VM protection by simplified VM backup, recovery and cloning services for VMware vSphere-based infrastructures.

The latest G-series announcement highlights the new integration of file services into the operating platform of all the models. Formerly, the hardware had to be partitioned internally if block and file services were shared on the same platform. Now, all services share the processing infrastructure, which provides:

  • Greater operational simplicity – no more pre-planning for and partitioning of internal resources;
  • Higher performance – the unique Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) design of HDS controller architecture provides vastly more parallel processing than competitive arrays. Performance is now greatly more scalable than previous models;
  • Less rack space consumption – integration affords a smaller form factor for the G-series, saving valuable Data Center real estate;
  • Reduced power and cooling consumption.

HDS build its reputation on reliability, offering a 100% uptime guarantee. With these announcements, HDS furthers its leadership position in providing solutions for modern storage challenges, using platforms that are prepared to participate in all of the important trends in storage and storage management.

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