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The Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) 100 Series and HUS VM platforms provide block and file-based storage, while leveraging Hitachi’s own virtualization technology to enable users to deploy a common storage pool using 3rd party storage that can also include object data types. Automated data tiering and migration technologies are included. These products range from $50,000 to $500,000.
“Whether it’s block or file-based, HDS provides virtualization technologies which enable us to support 3rd party storage to be part of a common storage pool; thereby helping customers preserve their existing investments and prolong legacy storage life,” said Fred Oh, Senior Product Marketing Manager, HDS. “We add management capabilities which allow our customers to provision, manage and monitor 3rd party storage from a single console.
Oh noted that while the HUS and HUS VM platforms provide block protocol support and file protocol support using separate controllers, the engineering team is working on a convergence strategy using a blade architecture.
The IBM Storwize V7000 Unified is designed to complement virtual server environments and can house both file and block data, as well as supporting the cloud and analytics applications. A hardware accelerated real-time compression feature is said to reduce storage acquisition costs up to half by using up to 80% less disk and flash capacity. Its Active Cloud Engine gives policy-based management of tiered storage.
HP is playing catch up when it comes to unified storage. HP 3PAR StoreServ could be characterized as a primary storage SAN platform with a file/NAS gateway, said Schulz. This line includes the all-flash HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 array.
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