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Hitachi's storage revenues: Not brilliant, but high-end gear helped – analyst

Analysis Hitachi pulled in more storage revenues in the last 2014 quarter than in its previous and year ago quarters, at least in local currency, but its mid-range was weak – implying its high-end Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) arrays did the business, says an analyst. Hitachi owns HDS, which sells Hitachi storage in every territory …
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2015
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Hitachi smashes SPC-1 benchmark, boasts: We HAF ways of crushing 2 million IOPs

Hitachi has pushed past the two-million IOPS barrier in the SPC-1 benchmark, with a flash-accelerated VSP claimed to be the fastest-performing storage array ever. The all-flash VSP G1000 array used HAF (Hitachi Accelerated Flash) modules to score 2,004,941.89 SPC-1 IOPS, 62 per cent faster than the previous fastest system, a …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2015

IDC Storage Tracker in Hitachi Data Systems number-fumble

IDC's latest Storage Tracker used the wrong HDS numbers and mis-represented the company's progress. We at the great El Reg wrote about the third-quarter tracker here and reported that Hitachi external storage revenues fell 9.4 per cent in the quarter, compared with a year ago. However, we now learn from HDS that: In the IDC …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2014

95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

Hitachi has unveiled plans for two express lifts which will rocket up a China skyscraper at speeds in excess of the genteel 30mph (48kmph) British speed limit. Although the Japanese firm's latest creation would wind up on the slow lane of Blighty's motorways (if we imagine it were capable of Charlie and The Glass Elevator-style …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Apr 2014

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
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All-flash Hitachi array grabs silver in benchmark race - by a whisker

An all-flash build of Hitachi's VSP array has claimed the second-highest SPC-1 benchmark, the highest for a traditional storage array. The SPC-1 benchmark tests the performance of storage arrays doing random read and write I/O operations typical of business-critical applications. An all-flash VSP, using Hitachi's Accelerated …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2013

Bungled Hitachi SAN upgrade halts Oregon benefit payments

A bungled Hitachi storage area networking (SAN) upgrade has delayed the payout of over $18 million in benefits in Oregon. The SAN failure began Monday evening in the state capital of Salem, and was fixed by Tuesday morning, with various state agencies taking the day to work through a backlog of jobs that had built up. " …
Jack Clark, 17 Jul 2013

Speaking in Tech: Hitachi Data Systems veep on 'software defined silliness'

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise For this week's podcast, your host Ed Saipetch is in the driving seat – with co-hosts Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela riding in the back. The whole gang is together in San Francisco at VMworld with special guest Michael Hay, vice president and chief engineer at Hitachi Data …
Team Register, 28 Aug 2013
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Hitachi calls time on chip production

Japanese electronics giant Hitachi has decided to stop in-house production of processors by 2014 as part of efforts to boost its competitiveness on the world stage. The Tokyo-headquartered conglomerate, which produces everything from nuclear and wind power plants to dump trucks and fridges, said the Micro Device Division of its …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Dec 2012
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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

Dell files suit accusing Hitachi and pals of 'price-fixing conspiracy'

Dell has filed a lawsuit alleging that six suppliers which manufactured the optical drives used in its computers had illegally agreed to set the components' prices. In a complaint filed at a federal court in Austin, Texas, the world's third-largest computer manufacturer said it was seeking damages for a "price-fixing conspiracy …
Jasper Hamill, 14 May 2013

Hitachi buys Horizon to save UK's nuclear future

Japanese tech giant Hitachi has swooped in to rescue the UK’s foundering Horizon nuclear energy project with a commitment to generating thousands of new jobs and knock-on benefits for the local supply chain. Horizon Nuclear Power was put up for sale by its German owners E.On and RWE in the spring without having built a single …
Phil Muncaster, 30 Oct 2012
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Hitachi GST rummages in pocket, pulls out lint-covered storage Tardis

CES 2013 WD sub Hitachi GST is showing a fast, high capacity pocket disk drive at CES that sets a new product benchmark: a G-DRIVE with a 7,200rpm, 1TB Travelstar drive inside it. This a brand new Travelstar drive. Mike Williams, the VP and general manager for G-Technology in the HGST Branded Business, said: "The new Travelstar drive is …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2013
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HDS makes its move beyond storage with telco data analyser

MWC 2015 Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has taken big step away from storage by releasing a realtime telco traffic monitor. Hitachi has, of late, woken up to the fact that its heavy industry arms – the group makes trains, mining and construction equipment, power generation kit and much more – emit just the kind of information that Big Data …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Mar 2015
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Hitachi GST to demo first 12Gbit/s SAS SSD

Hitachi GST has announced that it will soon demonstrate the industry's first 12Gbit/s SAS interface solid state drive. The latest addition to Western Digital said it would demo the fastest SAS interface yet at the SCSI Trade Association Technology Showcase, Santa Clara, on 9 May, 2012. SAS 12Gbit/s runs twice as fast as the …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2012
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Hitachi goes lenticular with 720p smartphone display

3D displays appear set for immediate improvement, after Hitachi unveiled a fresh 4.5in IPS screen for smartphones. Unlike the Nintendo 3DS and HTC Evo 3D which both use parallax barriers to view a 3D effect, the Hitachi display touts a lenticular lens system. According to the company, this means brighter images and wider viewing …
Caleb Cox, 22 Jul 2011

Exagrid hires former IBM exec, Hitachi bod to help flog disk grid tech

Exagrid, a supplier of deduplicated disk grid systems, clearly isn't worried about its products, but it has added two new execs to help boost the business side of things. Dana Prestigiacomo takes over the marketing veep brief from previous incumbent Bill Hobbib. Her previous employers include Thomson Reuters, IBM and CA …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2013

Hitachi claims glass data storage will last millions of years

Hitachi is showing off a storage system using quartz glass that it claims will retain data for hundred of millions of years. Company researchers displayed the storage unit, consisting of a sliver of glass 2cm square and 2mm thick, which can hold 40MB of data per square inch, about the same as a standard CD. The data is written …
Iain Thomson, 24 Sep 2012

Big data, come to BIG DADDY: HDS gobbles upstart Pentaho

Hitachi Data Systems is snapping up Pentaho for its big data integration and predictive analysis technology. Here's a quick look at Pentaho's history: Oct 2004: Founded by Doug Moran, James Dixon (CTO), Richard Daley (chief strategy officer) and Marc Batchelor (chief engineer) 2005: $5m A-round 2006: $8m B-round 2008: $12m C …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2015
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Hitachi offers to cram 300TB of hardness into your array tray

Hitachi Data Systems has announced a flash storage tray for Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) arrays, utilising its own in-house developed flash controller. It's called Hitachi Accelerated Flash (HAF) and uses non-volatile memory with two bits per cell. The controller is a multi-core chip managing flash memory dies rather than …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2012
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Hitachi GST lays 4TB Easter egg

Hitachi GST has laid a nice Easter egg: a 4TB enterprise disk drive and a first at this capacity level. It's HGST's second 4TB product. This 3.5-inch drive technology first surfaced in September when Hitachi GST launched its 4TB G-Drive external Thunderbolt product. Now it has updated its Ultrastar line, jumping from the 3TB …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2012
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Sony, Hitachi, Toshiba merge, sell phone display businesses

Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba are to sell off their respective mobile display production operations. The three companies' mobile display businesses will be merged into a new entity, Japan Display, to be majority owned by Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ). INCJ is also buying one of Panasonic's factories for producing …
Tony Smith, 15 Nov 2011
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Chinese strike hits Hitachi GST ahead of WD buy

More than 1,000 workers at a Hitachi GST-owned disk drive plant are striking over severance pay connected to the Western Digital acquisition. The strike, reported in various Chinese papers, is at the Shenzhen Hailiang Storage Product Co. This company was founded in Shenzhen in 1995 and makes head gimbal assemblies (HGA) for hard …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2011
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Speaking in Tech: Woohoo – we're CUTTING OFF THE CABLE COMPANIES

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another edition of El Reg's info-packed podcast, recorded in the US by your tech guru hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed is replaced by Amy Lewis, who joins Sarah and Greg to talk about Sling, the death of enterprise computing and Apple's …
Team Register, 11 Feb 2015

Look who's SAP happy: HDS eyes up French techies at Oxya for lunch

Hitachi Data Systems intends to acquire Oxya, a SAP technical services and hosting outfit. Oxya, founded in 1998, is an international business headquartered in Paris, France, and has operations in Belgium, China, the UK and the US. It offers technical SAP services, hosting and outsourcing, and has had a relationship with HDS …
Chris Mellor, 12 Feb 2015
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HDS: Storage? Pah! We're working on a SMART CITY OPERATING SYSTEM

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is working on two projects that will scale its compute and storage technologies to serve Internet of Things deployments in smart cities. Speaking yesterday at the company's innovation forum in Singapore, Asia-Pac CTO Adrian De Luca mentioned the company's recently announced decision to build an EVO: …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Nov 2014
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EMC ships '17PB' of biz flash, brags it's NAND numero uno ... That's cute, grins HDS

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest flash shipper of them all? Well, never mind fairer – EMC says it's the fattest enterprise flash slinger of all. The storage giant's CEO David Goulden said in its latest earnings call: "Over 70 per cent of VMAX and VNX2 systems shipped with some flash capacity. EMC sold more than 17 …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2014
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Speaking in Tech: We infiltrate Hitachi Data Systems' secret labs

Podcast It's that time again for the Speaking in Tech podcast hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela - although she's taking the week off while Ed and Greg are live at the Hitachi Data Systems Day in Santa Clara, California. speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Our special guests this week are Ken Wood, …
Team Register, 19 Sep 2012
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Hitachi spins up 'leccy fan motor sans rare earths

Japanese electronics giant Hitachi has unveiled what it claims to be a highly efficient mid-sized electric motor built without using the rare earth minerals which have become essential to the production of much of modern technology. The 11kw motor is designed to power pumps or fans in factories and tunnels and should be ready …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Apr 2012
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Hitachi earnings hit hard in Q4

Japanese conglomerate Hitachi – which derives a fair portion of its sales and profits from the IT and telecom sectors – has taken it in the chin profit-wise in its third quarter of fiscal 2011 ended in December. For the quarter, sales were essentially flat at ¥2,2665bn ($29bn), but net income fell by 42.3 per cent to ¥46.4bn ($ …
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Hitachi GST unzips to reveal hard internal 4TB whopper

Hitachi GST has a 4TB desktop disk drive on sale in Tokyo, although no product announcement has been made. This would be the world's first 4TB internal drive. As reported by Xbit Labs, the Deskstar 5K4000 is a 4TB drive with a 32MB cache and 6Gbit/s SATA interface. It features Advanced Format and Coolspin technology, spinning at …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2011
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HDS embiggens its object array by feeding it more spinning rust

HDS has bulked up its HCP object storage offering with an erasure coding capacity tier, remote office and mobile access to objects, filer data stores and OpenStack support. Why? Preparations for the coming Internet of Things, we think. Hitachi's Content Platform (HCP) is the central object storage facility in a 3-part offering. …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jan 2015
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EU puts Hitachi GST on the menu for hungry WD

The European Union is set to give Western Digital its blessing to buy Hitachi GST and become the world's biggest hard disk drive manufacturer by far, or so says Reuters. But Western Digital has to become smaller to get bigger; the EU requires it to sell off some operations, including sizeable ones, according to Reuters. …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2011

Stop the wedding! WD, Hitachi GST told to wait a day

In a bare statement after the US stock markets closed on Monday, Western Digital and Hitachi GST announced that their expected 7 March marriage would take place – only one day later. Western Digital is trying to buy Hitachi GST in a $4.5bn transaction that was attached to a condition that WD would pay Hitachi GST $250m by way of …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2012
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Hitachi, LG admit fixing disc drive prices

A Hitachi and LG optical disk-making joint venture has pleaded guilty to 14 counts of violating antitrust law and one count of wire fraud in the US. The company is the first to be charged in the probe of price-fixing in the sale of CD, DVD and Blu-ray drives. The Department of Justice investigation also issued a subpoena to Sony …
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Brussels objects to WD's Hitachi GST purchase

The European Union is objecting to Western Digital's proposed purchase of Hitachi GST on antitrust grounds. The European Commission has issued a formal Statement of Objections. A Western Digital SEC filing said: The Statement of Objections sets out the European Commission's preliminary assessment regarding the combination of …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2011
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Hitachi GST releases skinny spinner

Western Digital's latest acquisition, Hitachi GST, has released a skinny single platter drive for consumer electronics devices. The CinemaStar Z5K500 is a 7mm thick disk drive featuring 250GB, 320GB and 500GB capacities, with a maximum areal density of 630Gbit/in2, a 32MB cache, a 6Gbit/s SATA interface and a 7,200rpm spin speed …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2012
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Hitachi Data Systems dons converged system cloak

Hitachi Data Systems has announced its UCP converged server-storage-networking system both in integrated system and reference architecture form, taking on EMC and NetApp while partners Cisco and VMware triumphantly play the field. The Unified Compute Platform comes in Pro and Select versions, 11 versions in all. The UCP Pro is a …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2012
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NetApp and Cisco waggle shrunken ExpressPod at Hitachi and friends

VMworld It looks like the vendors are sizing each other up for battle in the converged systems world at VMworld: NetApp and Cisco have announced ExpressPod, a pre-packed and tested and downsized FlexPod. Storage clustering has been added into the FlexPod mix and Oracle has announced an RAC/VMware FlexPod. Just one day after Hitachi's …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2012
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Hitachi GST sandwiches Seagate with 4TB big boy

The day after Seagate launched its 4TB external drive, Hitachi GST did exactly the same with its launch of its 4TB desktop whopper. It gets curiouser in a PR/marketing sense as Hitachi GST announced it had a terabyte-per-platter product the day before Seagate revealed its 4TB product. Oddly Hitachi only announced a single- …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2011
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Hitachi GST enters itty-bitty server disk fray against Seagate

Hitachi GST has announced a 900GB small form-factor drive, thus catching up with Seagate's Savvio. The Ultrastar C10K900 is a 3-platter, 2.5-inch enterprise-grade 6Gbit/s SAS drive that spins at 10,000rpm and holds 0.9TB of data - 300GB more than the C10K600. Hitachi says average seek times are as low as 3.8ms, and has a "random …
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2011

Hitachi's flexible servers sport homegrown LPAR virtualization

Sometimes Hitachi and IBM are bitter enemies, as they were in the peak days of the mainframe market, and sometimes they are partners, as they have been with Hitachi making some entry mainframes for Big Blue in recent years while also reselling IBM's Power-based AIX servers in Japan. It looks like the two are working together on …

Hitachi GST IPO may be coming

Via Aaron Rakers of Stifel Nicolaus I'm hearing Hitachi GST may be being prepped for an IPO. He cites a Reuters report which mentions an IPO is one alternative and others include an outright sale by Hitachi of all or part of its disk drive operation. Likely buyers if a sale is consider have to be the existing HDD manufacturers …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2010
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Hitachi GST ships terabyte platter-spinners

Hitachi GST is now shipping internal fit, terabyte-per-platter drives. Back in May Seagate announced it would ship a terabyte-per-platter Barracuda by the mid-year point, but production problems are still delaying this bumper Barracuda bundle. Oddly Hitachi GST is only shipping single-platter versions of these new drives, …
Chris Mellor, 07 Sep 2011
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Hitachi and Siemens data-stalking firm not bugged by security bods' report

An open-source IT monitoring software firm has clashed with a security consultancy over the seriousness of a security bug in its technology. GroundWork's technology provides a platform for IT operations management (network, system, application, and cloud monitoring) that is used by customers including Hitachi Data Systems, the …
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2013

Speaking in Tech: Meet Apple, the global healthcare provider

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we review the Apple Watch (could it make the tablet redundant, the opportunity for Apple to revolutionise predictive healthcare, and is the recharge time that big a deal?), Amazon's machine learning, trying to …
Team Register, 15 Apr 2015
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Hitachi GST flashes HP 3PAR OEM deal

HP 3PAR has picked Hitachi GST flash drives to speed array data access. HP 3PAR F-Class, T-Class, and V-Class (P10000) can ship with a 3.5-inch version of Hitachi GST's SSD400S, the 2.5-inch solid state drive (SSD) co-developed with Intel and using 34nm single level cell flash. It was first announced in November 2010 but OEM SSD …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2011
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Hitachi on purchase prowl

Japanese giant Hitachi is looking to buy an IT services business to bolster its information and communications system business. Hitachi made its acquisition ambition public last month, saying it wanted to buy a European or US IT services company with a strong customer base and annual revenues of around $3bn, to help it compete …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2010

The SHOCKING storage truth: Everyone's buying spinning rust

Hyperscale data centre spending is driving disk storage system spending higher, but mainstream vendors aren’t benefiting as the hyperscalers are buying direct. It's a big change in buyer behaviour. This is the picture shown by IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker for the fourth 2014 quarter. The market …
Chris Mellor, 09 Mar 2015

Western Digital gets China's nod to gobble Hitachi GST

Western Digital has gained China's approval for its Hitachi GST acquisition, but the integration of the two cannot take place for two years. Western Digital and Hitachi GST have agreed the acquisition but both EU and Chinese anti-competition regulators have had concerns, delaying their approval of the deal. WD and Toshiba have …
Chris Mellor, 05 Mar 2012