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Hitachi Announces Power Shift to Green Midrange Storage

Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., today announced a portfolio of enhancements across its midrange storage system lineup designed to help clients address top business concerns stemming from rising energy costs, looming energy surcharges, data centre and floor space consumption and the need for heightened security across IT deployments.

Continuing on its trajectory of infusing its Adaptable Modular Storage (AMS) and Workgroup Modular Storage (WMS) systems with innovations that solve pressing client business needs, Hitachi today announced the following specific enhancements:

New Power Savings Storage Service

As part of its Services Oriented Storage Solutions strategy, Hitachi today announced a new Power Savings capability for the AMS and WMS midrange lineup, which can be invoked by clients or applications as a storage service on an as-needed basis. The new Power Savings Storage Service enables customers to power down volumes (disks) when not being accessed by a business application. The volumes can then be powered up quickly when the application requires them.

The Power Savings Storage Service enables companies to reduce energy consumption, thus significantly reducing the cost of storing and delivering information. This storage service is particularly appealing to customers with large archived data or virtual tape library applications where the data is accessed infrequently or for a limited period of time.

It is also very effective for volumes assigned for backups or for disk capacity that has been installed but has yet to be allocated. The Power Savings Storage Service also significantly reduces the number of kilowatt hours (KWH) a storage array consumes and contributes to reducing cooling costs within a data centre or distributed computing environment.

In keeping with the Hitachi commitment to environmental responsibility without compromising availability or reliability, the Power Savings Storage Service will be available on SATA and Fibre Channel disk drives on all Adaptable Modular Storage and Workgroup Modular Storage systems.

Support for New 750GB SATA II Drives

The Hitachi AMS and WMS systems now support 750 gigabyte (GB) SATA II drives that offer superior reliability and greater capacity than prior generation SATA drives and deliver an improved gigabyte to kilowatt (GB/KW) ratio for IT operations looking to reign in power and cooling costs.

The new 750GB SATA II disk drives are ideal for customers who require lower cost, higher density storage in their AMS or WMS systems, whether utilising them as stand alone storage systems or when used with the Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V Series as externally virtualised tiered storage. The new 750GB SATA II drives enable AMS and WMS customers to upgrade capacity as needed to meet business needs for improved access to active and inactive data.

Enterprise-Class Security Services

Today Hitachi is expanding its position in storage security with new Audit Logging and Role-Based Access security services. The Hitachi AMS and WMS systems now feature an Audit Log File which stores a history of all user access operations performed on the system. This history includes information on the user(s), the precise time of the operation, the name of the operation, any parameters set, and the end result (normal completion or error message).

The Audit Log can be used to keep track of all user access operations, to monitor security, to investigate the cause of errors, and to avoid potential errors. Customers can export the Audit Log files from multiple systems to a centralised server to greatly simplify audit and control management tasks. Hitachi Audit Logging is compliant with the BSD Syslog Protocol (RFC3164), which enables customers to easily integrate with existing log shipping infrastructures.

Also announced today, Hitachi Role-Based Access Service provides strong user authentication and access control for secure management of Adaptable Modular Storage and Workgroup Modular Storage configurations and safeguards user data. Management of any AMS or WMS system can be controlled by individual user profiles—with three levels of access (account administrator, storage administrator and auditor)—which restrict the storage management functions available to that user based on their specific profile. Each user has a unique login and password which limits the user to one of the three different management roles.

Utilising the external virtualisation services of the Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V series, customers can incorporate midrange Hitachi AMS and WMS systems, integrated under the same storage management umbrella, benefiting from the same common storage services. The AMS and WMS systems complement the Universal Storage Platform V as tiered or archive storage, especially when configured with SATA disk for lower costs.

“With today’s announcement, Hitachi continues to further expand on the breakthrough storage services that can be delivered on Hitachi storage platforms—services that not only improve IT efficiencies, but also greatly improve the environmentals of the data centre,” said Brenda Peffer, vice president, Global Marketing, Hitachi Data Systems.

“The enhancements to the Hitachi AMS and WMS systems are ideally suited for customers that span a multitude of industries, such as the healthcare market. Using the all-new Power Savings Storage Service, healthcare customers can benefit from the power and cooling savings on our systems that may store infrequently accessed data such as patient medical records.”

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