Hitachi introduces simple data storage solution for small and medium sized businesses
By Darren Quick
October 16, 2007
October 17, 2007 Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Corporation has introduced the Hitachi Simple Modular Storage 100, a solution aimed at small and medium sized businesses which offers enterprise-class storage features scaleable up to 9TB along with complete data protection. Simple Modular Storage 100 (SMS 100) is intended for businesses looking for storage systems that are easy to manage, easy to grow, and easy to integrate with applications such as Microsoft® Windows and others common to the SMB marketplace.
“Hitachi and Microsoft share a goal to provide powerful, yet simple and cost-effective storage solutions to companies of all types," said Bala Kasiviswanathan, director, Storage Solutions Marketing, Microsoft Corp. "The Hitachi Simple Modular Storage system is certified by the Microsoft Simple SAN program and is an ideal out-of-the-box Windows storage solution for small and medium organizations.”
The platform requires no storage expertise according to Hitachi, and can be installed in minutes through the included configuration wizards, easy to use graphical user interface storage management software and snapshot copy software deployment, which quickly replicates volume changes via point-in-time snapshots without impacting host server performance. Optional remote copy software is also available to create multiple copies of any accessible data within a Simple Modular Storage model. Hitachi TrueCopy® Extended Distance software is also available, as an option, for asynchronous remote replication between Simple Modular Storage devices at separate locations.
Simple Modular Storage promises storage with no single point of failure using RAID-6 configuration for non-disruptive operation. RAID-6 configuration ensures data will not be lost even in the unlikely event that two drives can fail at the same time. Should a disk drive fail, the idea is that Hitachi Simple Modular Storage will continue to operate as if nothing happened and the Hitachi Storage Navigator Modular 2 will notify you that a drive has malfunctioned and direct you to contact the support center, which will send a replacement.
The system is scalable up to 9TB and upgrading to higher capacity or performance is straightforward with a simple and secure auto-migration feature, which allows the consolidation of data into a single management environment instead of being distributed across multiple servers. The SMS 100 connects to all major servers and operating systems such as HP-UX, IBM® AIX®, Microsoft Windows 2003, Microsoft Vista, Microsoft XP, Novell Netware, Red Hat Linux, Red Flag Linux, Suse Linux, Sun Solaris, and VMware and supports 146GB SAS, 300GB SAS, 500GB SATA II, or 750GB SATA II Hard Disk Drives (HDD). It is also eco-friendly with full compliance with Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) regulations, which limit the use of hazardous materials in electronic equipment.
With entry prices at just below US$5,000 HDS hopes to appeal to a broad range of SMB customers.
For further info visit Hitachi Data Systems.