Hitachi to Push TagmaStore Into Midrange

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Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) next Monday will introduce new midrange systems from its TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform line, a family of machines designed to be a game-changer in the fast-growing field of storage virtualization.

The TagmaStore Workgroup Modular Storage (WMS100) consists of a single or dual controller, with scaling cache from 1 to 2 gigabytes, according to a document obtained by

The WMS100 transfers data via the serial ATA (SATA) protocol, and can store from 26 to 42 terabytes of data on a maximum of 105 hard disk drives. There are four Fibre Channel ports.

Embedded network-attached storage (NAS) capabilities will be available in the fourth quarter and the WMS100, geared to replace the Thunder 9520V, will be available in August.

Pricing was not available as of this writing and HDS did not respond to requests for more information.

The TagmaStore Adaptable Modular Storage (AMS200) is a single or dual controller, with caching of two to four gigabytes. The AMS200 supports Fibre Channel and SATA data transfer protocols, storing as much as 40.5 TBs on 105 HDDs. Designed to replace the Thunder 9530V, the AMS200 will be available later this month.

The TagmaStore Adaptable Modular Storage (AMS500) is a single or dual controller that can expand from 2GB to 8GB cache, with a Fibre Channel and SATA intermix. As a replacement for the Thunder 9570V, the machine will store 67.5 TB in Fibre Channel or 88.5 TB in SATA. It will be ready later this month.

Last on the list is the Network Storage Controller (NSC55), which is the highest end of the company’s new midrange systems. Featuring all of the virtualization perks of the Universal Storage Platform, the NSC55 aggregates data from storage machines of different origin into a single pool through virtualization.

In fact, all of the new machines can pool data from multiple storage sources and render it in a single pool for much quicker file retrieval and access. This trait is something administrators have been demanding from vendors to help them manage data more efficiently.

While scale varies on the four machines one thing they have in common is their ability to move, manage and replicate data among different tiers of storage, courtesy of the Universal Volume Manager software.

The terabyte capacity of the machines suggests they will cost less than the company’s original TagmaStore boxes. The USP100, USP600 and USP1100 scale from 77 to 332 terabytes and are geared to compete with EMC’s latest Symmetrix DMX machines and IBM’s DS6000 and DS8000 systems.

HDS, EMC and IBM make fierce competitors in a storage space made all the more lucrative because of the glut of corporate information and the stringent new rules that demand data be efficiently managed and easily recalled.

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Clint Boulton
Clint Boulton
Clint Boulton is an Enterprise Storage Forum contributor and a senior writer for covering IT leadership, the CIO role, and digital transformation.

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