January 27, 2015

Hitachi expands its end-to-end content strategy

Hitachi Data Systems (www.hds.com), the Japanese storage giant, recently announced a refresh of the Hitachi Content Platform with several interesting new features or enhancements.

As a historical extension to Archivas acquired for approx. 100-120M$ in 2007, Hitachi is serious about content storage and this announce solidifies HDS strategy in that domain. HCP is already strong in archiving mode with WORM, data destruction and digital signatures capabilities, but very often only considered for tier 2 and even more storage needs. In term of market adoption, Hubert Yoshida, CTO of HDS, recently mentioned an interesting number in his January 2015 blog: HDS has 1000+ HCP deployments representing a total of 215+PB. It's impressive in term of capacity and number of installations but on average it is just 215TB per instance.

HCP line comprises now 4 elements:
  • HDI or Hitachi Data Ingestor is the cloud storage gateway acting as a remote/branch file access appliance. HDS understands the strategic role of such component in an infrastructure as object storage provides easy remote data access via http but can't offer any file access based on standard file sharing protocols.
  • HCPA or HCP Anywhere is the Sync-n-Share companion.
  • HCP S10 is a brand new element in the architecture providing an on-premise capacity tier with erasure coding data protection mode. Physically S10 is an HW appliance with 60 4TB drives coupled with 6 cores CPUs in a 4U chassis. 80 nodes can be configured together to provide 18PB. This low cost tier is connected to HCP via S3 API controlled by the HCP adaptive cloud tiering capability. This engine supports already Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Google, Cloud Storage, Verizon Cloud or Hitachi Cloud Service for Content Archiving.
  • HCP supports the OpenStack Swift API and Keystone and is integrated with Horizon and could be used for Glance image service as well. This represents a new extension in API support and today HCP has a wide support of industry, standard and de-facto APIs.
2015 will be very, very interesting in object storage, follow my various comments and posts in next few weeks...
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