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HDS inks deal with Symantec: Plans to borg archive tech for DO-IT-ALL product set

Hitachi Data Services has extended a deal with Symantec to OEM its NetBackup and Enterprise Vault software so it can supply a single storage array, server, data protection and archiving software product set. Symantec's Brett Simon, VP for global system integrators and partners, said: “This agreement extends our partnership, …
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2014

HDS: channel STILL 60-65% of UK biz, says local COO

HDS' UK COO reckons the proportion of channel sales relative to the direct biz hasn't shifted in recent years because it failed to carve up "solutions" and "services" for partners. The previous management including UK boss Stephen Ball - a Computacenter staffer - said in 2011 that within three years he wanted partners to …
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2014
HDS all-flash HUS VM SPECsfs2008 benchmark results

HDS gives EMC and NetApp a good benchmark kicking

HDS folks are full of glee after beating EMC and NetApp in the SPEC filer benchmark. The company ran 2- and 4-node all-flash HUS VM configurations in the SPECsfs2008 NFS benchmark. The scores were: HDS all-flash HUS VM 4 x HNAS 4100 node - 607,647 IOPS and 0.89 msecs overall respinse time (ORT) HDS all-flash HUS VM 2 x HNAS …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2013
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HDS and Verizon pair up to take on Rackspace, Amazon in the clouds

Verizon’s public cloud, which we've already heard is to use Oracle's Database, is going to offer a storage service based on HDS’s Content Platform. The two suppliers have announced an agreement to develop a software-defined storage solution using HCP and HCP Anywhere. Verizon is huge, with, for example, 100 million retail …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2014
Gone fishing

HP goes fishing for a UK storage boss, hooks HDS sales director

HP has raided Hitachi Data Systems UK and snapped up director Nick Venables to run its local storage division, following a recent shake-up of the team. Warren Duke, the former head of storage at HP, was made channel boss of the business unit at the start of this month, among numerous other changes within the Enterprise Group. …
Paul Kunert, 15 Nov 2013
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HDS unveils embiggened array: We HAF vays of making you flash

HDS has updated its HAF all-flash array, doubling the size of its proprietary SSDs to 3.2TB and the resulting maximum capacity to 38.4TB. It has picked the week of EMC's XtremIO announcement to release the news. The HUS 150 array has had support for Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage modules added, bringing, HDS claims, " …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2013

HDS scores 6PB slice of Oz research cloud

Australia’s ambitious Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI), a project aimed at creating a federated cloud of high-class storage rigs that will allow wider sharing of research data, will use kit from Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) in one of its nodes. RDSI plans to establish nodes around the nation, housed at universities and …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Aug 2013
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What's that Dell? You're out? HDS punts pay-per-use cloud storage

Hitachi Data Services will begin offering pay-per-use cloud storage services to its customers and for use by service providers to build their own services as part of its Cloud Service Provider programme. This move by HDS comes as Dell withdraws from public cloud services and after its cancellation of its DX6000 object storage …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2013
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Storage veteran Murphy returns to HDS after HP fling

Storage tech veteran Steve Murphy has returned Hitachi Data Systems as a vice-president following a brief flirtation with rival HP. Murphy rocked up at HDS in early 2007 and spent four years in various senior positions in the UK and elsewhere. Then in April 2011, he was persuaded to work for HP to oversee its major accounts biz …
Paul Kunert, 05 Dec 2012
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HDS gives HUS a flashy boost, polishes NAS platters too

HDS has bumped up the power of its mid-range HUS VM array with an all-flash box, added new UCP flavours and bumped up the power of its disk-based HUS and Hitachi NAS Platform arrays. All-flash HUS VM HDS's HUS VM is the upper-end version of its Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) array with top-end VSP array micro-code added. The HUS …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2013
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HDS keeps filer sales ticking over, just don't mention the mid-range

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has sold quite a few file storage boxes and has kept its revenues more or less at the same level, with sales of its virtual storage platform (VSP) enterprise array growing strongly as well. Mid-range modular array sales look sad in comparison - newbie Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) just isn't hustling. …
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2013
HUS VM in HDS array range

HDS CTO: Man, I could just throttle our array... er, in a good way

Hitachi Data Systems has bunged primary deduplication into its network-attached storage (HNAS) kit and Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) mid-range array. That's according to the company's chief technology officer Hu Yoshida. HNAS is the hardware-accelerated filer HDS obtained when it bought BlueArc; the system relies on programmable …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2013

Want a promotion? Study economics, says HDS economist

Want to get noticed by the higher-ups in your workplace? Forget about a new certification or home lab, an appreciation of economics and its application as a tool to define precise metrics about just what it costs to operate your employer's IT kit will see you get ahead. That's the opinion of Hitachi Data Systems' (HDS') chief …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Mar 2013
HDS array range

HDS's young HUS array gets BIG new brother

HDS has merged its high-end array code with its low-end HUS hardware. The unified file, block and object storage HUS 100 array is barely two months old and now has a larger brother. HUS VM in HDS array range The HUS VM is the enterprise version of HUS, and combines microcode from HDS's enterprise VSP array with the HUS …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2012
DVD it in many colours

HDS to flaunt young HUS array for money

HDS quarterly revenues are slipping down and need the recently launched Hitachi Unified Storage array to ramp sales and reverse the slide. In its first fiscal 2012 quarter, HDS recorded $1.047bn revenues from storage sales by itself and Hitachi in Japan. (This figure does not include OEM sales such those to HP.) This is a record …
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2012
Queen Mary

HDS bigwigs gaze into optical storage at IEEE storage confab

Hitachi Data Systems is thinking about optical storage; its director of strategy, Ken Wood, chaired a revival session on Optical Storage Technologies at the 2013 IEEE Massive Storage Conference held at the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach, California. The Queen Mary Hotel is not a building but the old Cunard ocean liner of that …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2013
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HDS joins string of disk floggers hiking drive prices

All mainstream disk array suppliers seem to be raising prices. Here's what Hitachi Data Systems, the latest one to do so, says: As with other companies in our industry, HDS has witnessed a global cost increase from hard disk drive (HDD) manufacturers due to the devastating floods in Thailand. To date, Hitachi has absorbed these …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012

HDS: 'We're out of the traps to become a grown-up channel biz'

Hitachi Data Systems has for the first time handed its sales team in the UK and Ireland a channel component within their overall revenue target. This is one of a number of changes made by the new guard at the storage vendor in the wake of a shakeup of local management last year, including the additions of new regional veep …
Paul Kunert, 31 May 2012
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A history of HUS: HDS's file-development hustle

Hitachi Data Storage's new unified storage – HUS – has had an involved file storage background, according to channel sources. In the post-millennium years, HDS had its AMS2000 (Hitachi model name: DF600F) mid-range block array and Essential NAS (eNAS) filer. Back in 2010/2011, our source says, Hitachi in Japan was going to …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2012
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HDS channel boss: We must become relevant to resellers

Hitachi Data Systems wants to make itself relevant to the channel by working deeply with fewer partners on specific biz plans. The Japanese storage firm has undergone a shakeup during which regional veep and GM Stephen Ball pitched up last summer and 11-year Computacenter veteran Neill Burton joined in January. Burton, UK and …
Paul Kunert, 28 Mar 2012
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HDS training up partners for enterprise sales

HDS wants its top partners to become more specialised to sell its storage gear into enterprises. Enterprise provide around 80 per cent of HDS revenues as they buy the majority of the mid-range HDS storage as well as the high-end VSP. HDS wants its partners to take on more professional services skills in consulting and the …
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2011
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HDS unwraps 'data ingestor'

Hitachi Data Systems has revved its cloud object storage on-ramp, the file data-gulping HDI, to share data, restore old versions of files, and continuously migrate new files into a Hitachi-based cloud. Hitachi Data Ingestor (HDI) is a physical or virtual caching appliance that presents a NAS interface through which file data …
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2011

Hitachi Data Systems hands out P45s ... to EXECUTIVES

Cost-cutting Hitachi Data Systems has put a couple of senior execs on notice of redundancy, including UK and Ireland channel bigwig Neill Burton and veep for emerging markets Russell Hill. Staff were told about the potential redundancies yesterday, and promptly leaked it to The Channel. "The company has got to find further cost …
Paul Kunert, 28 Feb 2014
Broken CD with wrench

HDS to launch unified storage systems

Hitachi Data Systems is replacing its mid-range AMS storage arrays with a new HDS Unified Storage (HUS) array. We know this not because of any type of release or announcement from HDS or Hitachi, but rather because Avnet Belgium has spilled the beans. Have a look at this Avnet Belgium website. The webpage text says: Hitachi …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2012
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HDS swaps out AMS for HUS file-block-and-object stuffed box

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has replaced its mid-range AMS storage array with the Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) array that stores block, file and object data in one box. It is managed by the Hitachi Command Suite which is now a single software management facility for all HDS products. HDS claims "HUS stores multiple data types …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2012
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Now HDS joins server flash party

Hitachi Data Systems intends to join the server flash storage party, throwing its NAND hat into the ring to speed application I/O and increase the virtual machine population. It is joining EMC, NetApp and possibly HP. Dell has said it is doing something too, leaving IBM as the only unknown. Here is an HDS' statement from Ricky …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2012

HDS boss submits to Infosmack grilling

Each year in April, the storage industry swarms to an American watering hole, some say to breed. Other say they are hanging at Storage Networking World. Who knows what's right? We asked Infosmack hosts Greg Knieriemen and Marc Farley and their trusty friend Diva of Disruptive Technologies Christina Weil to investigate. Their …
Drew Cullen, 12 Apr 2011
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Hitachi Data Systems says UK boss Ball dropped it

Stephen Ball's relatively brief reign at the top of Hitachi Data Systems UK has come to an end, with company veterans Steve Murphy and Tony Reid baby-sitting the role until a permanent successor is found. Industry veteran Ball landed at HDS as regional veep and GM in June 2011, and later admitted the firm "lacked teeth" in its …
Paul Kunert, 03 Sep 2013
Out Run

Gartner: Array makers. Think performance counts? WRONG

A Gartner report looking at high-end enterprise storage arrays published this month has concluded that because of SSDs, an array's performance is no longer a differentiator in its own right. “Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, High-End Storage Array” was published on 7 March. It put HDS kit out front for "Best Overall", …
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2014
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Dell channel boss heads to HDS

Dell UK channel boss Paul Harrison is set to leave at the end of the week to join Hitachi Data Systems, The Register can reveal. In a note sent to resellers today, the Texan titan confirmed that after 11 years on board, including the last two-and-a-half as reseller lead, Harrison is in the process of handing the reins to Bill O' …
Paul Kunert, 05 Sep 2011
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HDS drops the Ball at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium

Hitachi Data Systems' CEO Jack Domme kicked off yesterday's Information Forum for partners by inviting on stage UK managing director Stephen Ball just 24 hours after his appointment. This ends the near five-month search for a successor to previous incumbent Steve Murphy, poached by HP in January to become UK sales director, and …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jun 2011
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HDS sells 'more BlueArc than BlueArc'

According to a person who should know, Hitachi Data Systems is now selling more BlueArc systems than BlueArc itself. HDS sells its BlueArc-sourced high-performance NAS (Network-attached Storage) products through its channel, and has done for four years. HDS's channel has little overlap with BlueArc's own channel, we're told, and …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2010
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HDS extends BlueArc OEM agreement

We hear that Hitachi Data Systems may have extended its OEM agreement with BlueArc for an additional two years, meaning a nice vote of support. The OEM deal was originally signed in December 2006 with a five year life, meaning it would end in December 2011. HDS took BlueArc's high-end Titan network-attached storage (NAS) product …
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2010
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FalconStor wins HDS as VTL reseller

Hitachi Data Systems is going to resell FalconStor Virtual Tape Library (VTL) software, with deduplication, integrated with its AMS 2000 mid-range storage arrays. HDS will also resell FalconStor's File-interface Deduplication System (FDS), integrated with the AMS boxes. FalconStor claims its VTL technology achieves single-node …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2010
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HDS coy about future compression tech

Hitachi Data Systems doesn't have its own compression/deduplication technology but looks set to get it. Dell is buying Ocarina for such technology and HDS is the array supplier holdout, as competitors EMC, HP, IBM and NetApp each have their own technology for data reduction. What is HDS going to do? Senior executives are being …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2010
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HDS fixin' to bring out common storage platform

El Reg understands that Hitachi Data Systems wants to move to having a single storage platform that can cover both high-end and mid-range storage needs. Discussions with HDS executives and Bob Plumridge, its chief technology officer in EMEA, covered the AMS mid-range storage area and what lies ahead. The point was made that …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2011
Evian ice

A storage press release FROM the FUTURE

"Evian Storage – Storage so Pure it’s like a torrent of glacial water - announced today the end of the All-Flash-Array with the announcement of its StupendoStore 20000 based around the HyperboleHype storage device. "Our research shows that all-flash arrays are slowing down businesses in their move to meet the new business …
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HDS first past VAAI post

Hitachi Data Systems says it's the first virtualised storage array vendor to fully integrate with VMware's vStorage API and relieve the hypervisor of storage grunt work. The VMware storage API is called VAAI (vStorage APIs for Array Integration), and the intent is that ESX can offload many storage-related operations to a storage …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2011
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Oracle/Sun ditches HDS

Oracle/Sun will no longer resell Hitachi Data Systems' high-end USP array product, the 9990V and 9980V systems. The writing had potentially been on the wall since Oracle acquired Sun and spoke about storage products it valued, like the 7000 product, and left the 9900s out of the spotlight. HDS' USP-V line is OEM'd by HP from …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2010
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HDS and its awfully good VMware integration

I'm here sitting at the second Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) blogger's day with a bunch of other bloggers to hear about the company's vision and strategy. My company was an HDS partner in the past and I remember very well its Closed - the capitalised C isn't a typo - point of view about storage and the rest of the world. But now, I …
Echostar HDS-600RS

Echostar HDS-600RS Freesat HD recorder

Freesat, launched three years ago, hasn’t quite caught the imagination in the same way as Freeview HD, but if you don’t have terrestrial coverage, or you want more channels than Freeview provides, without having to go for pay TV, it’s a good option. Echostar HDS-600RS Echostar's HDS-600RS includes Slingbox functionality for …
Nigel Whitfield, 03 Jun 2011
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HDS kicks Hitachi-partner HP in the array

A senior HDS blogger says HP has added no value to its OEM'd P9500 storage array and that its supposedly unique APEX storage service level software isn't unique at all: HDS does the same thing. HDS (Hitachi Data Systems) is a wholly-owned Hitachi subsidiary responsible for selling and supporting Hitachi storage and server …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2010
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Gartner networked storage suppliers: Behold the Reg spaghetti-graphic

Gartner’s worldwide external controller-based disk storage numbers have come in - and we’ve graphed them for all the quarters since the start of 2011. Some caveats: These are disk storage numbers; no solid state storage is included, We calculated percentage shares and any errors are ours, Hitachi/HDS revenue excludes OEM …
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2014
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HDS scores one way deal with Sepaton

Clustered deduper Sepaton is going to resell Hitachi Data Systems' AMS arrays, but HDS isn't taking Sepaton's deduplication product. Sepaton makes clustered duplication systems which deduplicate globally across the cluster. Its products are OEM'd by HP. Competitor EMC/Data Domain has just announced a 2-node high-end system with …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2010
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Two new C-suite bods kiss the Scality ring as IPO rumours gather

Object storage upstart Scality has hired two C-level execs and more senior hires are on the way. Ewan Menard, who was DataDirect Networks’ chief operating officer (COO) up to July last year, becomes Scality’s COO, reporting to CEO Jérôme Lecat. Before DDN he was with HP. He is object storage-aware, DDN having its own object …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2014
The Hulk

Huawei's TOP MUTANT smashes aside puny SPC-1 contenders

Huawei has crushed the SPC-1 benchmark lists for hybrid SDD-HDD arrays with its OceanStor 18800 delivering over a million IOPS. SPC-1 benchmarks are used to test the random I/O performance of a storage array, and Kaminario claims the top two spots with all flash and all-DRAM K2 arrays. Huawei’s hot box delivered 1.005,893.43 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2014
globalisation

HDS adds ROBO on-ramp to content platform

Hitachi Data Systems has added remote office cacheing facilities to its multi-tenant Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) archive product, and allowed tenants to sub-let with individual archive policies for the sub-lettees. HCP is HDS's archive platform, with up to 40 billion objects stored in an Ethernet cluster of ingest and …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2010
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HDS flashes pay-per-use private cloud storage

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is announcing an on-site, fully-managed, pay-per-use storage system for businesses to use globally, and for use by service providers to build their own services. It is the Hitachi Cloud Service for Private File Tiering (PFT) product, and HDS claims it is "the industry's first service that automatically …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2010
Broken CD with wrench

HDS private cloud storage product is 'beautiful'

The second day of the Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Bloggers event is finished and I'm writing this piece on the airplane flying back home to Italy. HDS people joked about their unified/converged stack architecture while presenting their stack proposition, saying several times that their stack is uni-verged (unified and/or …

Analyse this: Gartner eyes up EVERYONE'S mid-range arrays

Gartner has rated mid-range arrays in a report - Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, Midrange Storage Arrays - which includes the expected mainstream vendors as well as three startups. This marks the first time a reputable independent analyst agency has compared and contrasted mainstream vendor, niche supplier and startup …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2014