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Hitachi Vantara Expands Virtual Storage Platform One Portfolio with Block Storage Appliance

Empowers mid-sized enterprises to transform data management with simplicity, security, and sustainability.

Hitachi Vantara LLC, subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., announced the launch of its block storage appliance as part of its Virtual Storage Platform One hybrid-cloud data platform.

Hitachi Vantara Virtual Storage Platform One Scheme

These offerings include 3 dedicated models providing businesses with a common data plane across structured and unstructured data in block storage, specifically designed to remove complexity, enhance data protection, and reduce carbon emissions. Enhanced with features to transform the data storage experience, the block platform data foundation is tailored to meet storage needs of the mid-sized enterprise market segment by leveraging the resilience, reliability, and sustainability of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform One.

The rise of AI and connected technologies has led to an exponential surge in data volumes, as businesses expect the amount of data they use to double between 2023 and 2025. As a result, businesses, especially mid-sized organizations, are being forced to rethink how to build and scale their data architectures. At the same time, the unprecedented amount of data growth has posed challenges for organizations looking to meet ambitious sustainability goals. According to a recent survey, 68% of IT decision makers indicated they were concerned with the impact AI/ML had on their organization’s energy use and carbon footprint, and 77% of respondents said that legacy data architectures negatively impacted their sustainability performance.

The Virtual Storage Platform One Block storage appliance reflects the latest in advanced data infrastructure technology, including the ability to optimize rack space while also reducing power consumption and cooling costs. The platform’s ease-of-use, complemented by features such as self-installation capabilities, Ops Center Clear Sight for cloud-based management, and dynamic drive protection simplify day-to-day operations.

Additional features include:

  • Intrinsic security and anti-ransomware: Hitachi Thin Image Advanced (TIA) snapshot software creates copies for immediate use in decision support, software development, and modern data protection operations. It ensures the confidentiality, compliance, and protection of data vs. security threats and actively defends structured data vs. ransomware.
  • Enhanced data protection: The platform features always-available copies of production data for stronger data protection, while TIA also saves up to 90% of disk space by storing only the data blocks that have changed to maintain efficiency.
  • More sustainable flash mid-range appliance: Facilitated by Dynamic Carbon Reduction technology, Virtual Storage Platform One Block reduces energy consumption by switching CPUs into eco-mode during periods of low activity. ‘Always on compression’ allows the system to switch from inline data reduction to post processing which further reduces energy consumption and contributes to a lower CO2 footprint by 30-40%.
  • Reduced complexity: Management tools, including an embedded GUI and the SaaS-based Ops Center Clear Sight portal make it easy to manage and consume the data you need.

With the continued expansion of our Virtual Storage Platform One portfolio, we’re helping businesses to elevate their applications like never before,” said Octavian Tanase, CPO, Hitachi Vantara.Our Virtual Storage Platform One Block appliance is powerful and dense, delivering the data processing and reliability that mid-sized businesses need while minimizing rack space and reducing power and cooling costs for a more sustainable data center environment. This new offering reaffirms our commitment to innovation and customer-centric solutions and sets a new standard for storage performance.” 

Tailored for the mid-sized enterprise sector, the company’s latest block storage appliance has distinct features that set it apart from competitors. Integrated into the Virtual Storage Platform One management suite, the block platform’s storage arrays can be managed as one. Encompassing block, file, and object storage solutions, each offering delivers common data services, including 3rd-party storage arrays through the firm’s Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS) software. Additionally, the platform’s 100% data availability guarantee assures uninterrupted data access for mission critical workloads.

As the digital landscape continues to evolve, Hitachi Vantara’s integration of its new block storage platform into the robust architecture of the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform One is a significant advancement for mid-sized enterprises,said Ashish Nadkarni, group VP and GM, WW infrastructure research, IDC. “This move demonstrates Hitachi’s commitment to providing scalable, reliable, and efficient solutions that address the complex needs of businesses navigating structured and unstructured data across hybrid cloud environments.

Virtual Storage Platform One Block facilitates application consolidation with flexibility. Starting as small as a single appliance, it scales up to a 65-node cluster, accommodating evolving storage requirements. This scalability empowers businesses to streamline their infrastructure, reduce complexity, and optimize resource utilization within a unified storage environment. The platform also embraces a hybrid cloud paradigm, enabling businesses to run modern cloud-native applications alongside traditional block workloads, bridging the gap between on-premises infrastructure and the cloud.

Resources:
Providing the Data Foundation for Unified Hybrid Cloud Storage       
Unleashing Your Data’s Potential: Virtual Storage Platform One        
One Data Platform. No Limits.    
Insights article: Driving Insights Across a New, Vital Data Infrastructure

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