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Storage platform supports VMware vSphere 5

Posted: 09 Aug 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cloud deployment? virtualised IT? storage array?

Hitachi Data Systems Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., has unveiled the integration of the VMware vSphere 5 and cloud infrastructure suite to help customers optimise and scale their IT infrastructures and accelerate their cloud deployments.

The Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) and Adaptable Modular Storage (AMS) 2000 family support for VMware vSphere 5 will leverage reliable, high-performance storage array technology for greater virtual machine (VM) density, flexibility, efficiency and performance in VMware vSphere environments. In addition, with Hitachi VSP, customers can extend the full features and benefits of VMware vSphere 5 to external, third-party storage arrays. This capability enables customers to further reduce IT costs by protecting their existing investments.

To fully realise the promise of their private or public cloud investments, customers and service providers will require a fully virtualised IT infrastructure to achieve scale and agility while lowering costs. As more applications are virtualised and the scale of deployments grows, storage plays an increasingly critical role in virtualised server environments. Hitachi VSP and Hitachi AMS provide an integrated foundation for growing VMware environments, giving customers unparalleled levels of flexibility and scalability.

Hitachi VSP has the external storage virtualisation capability necessary to address customers' top business needs to optimise application performance and reduce IT costs. The Hitachi VSP 3D scaling architecture will allow customers to scale up, out and deep to extend VMware vSphere 5 and its features including VMware vSphere Storage API integration, to third-party storage arrays for improved VM density, scalability and virtualised application performance.

The Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning (HDP) allows organisations to create a storage pool from which capacity can be used on-demand to improve application performance and capacity utilisation. The Hitachi Dynamic Tiering (HDT) simplifies storage administration, ensures predictable performance and reduces costs in a tiered storage environment. Hitachi VSP, with the industry's highest reliability and performance, provides the ideal platform for virtualising Tier 1 applications. Customers can take advantage of excellent reliability, availability and performance with large HDP and HDT pools, and use multiple tiers of disk in Hitachi VSP. Through automation, HDT better aligns storage tiers with business needs by eliminating the complexity of managing multiple tiers and moving data around.

The integration between Hitachi VSP, Hitachi AMS and VMware vSphere 5 will be an important enhancement to the evolving relationship between Hitachi and VMware. Since 2002, Hitachi Data Systems and VMware have delivered innovative, end-to-end virtualisation for storage consolidation, backup and archiving, business continuity and storage management.

As the leader in storage virtualisation and an Elite-level partner in the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program, HDS bridges the gap between server and storage infrastructures in customers' data centers and help customers optimise the operational efficiency and resiliency of their IT environments to save costs.

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