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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

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

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 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
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Speaking in Tech: We infiltrate Hitachi Data Systems' secret labs

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 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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Hitachi Data Systems on the acquisition trail again

Hitachi Data Systems has announced its intention to buy Shoden Data Systems. Data systems companies have to stick together, right? Shoden, a systems integration supplier to data centres, is based in South Africa and has a UK operation as well as others across sub-Saharan Africa. It has been an HDS partner for 11 years, supplying …
Chris Mellor, 05 Oct 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
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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
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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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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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Hitachi Data Systems gobbles BlueArc

At last. Hitachi Data Systems is buying hardware-accelerated filer supplier BlueArc for an undisclosed cash sum, leaving NetApp as the last significant man standing from the filer side of the industry and giving HDS a powerful file storage capability. An OEM relationship has been in place between HDS and BlueArc since 2006, and …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2011
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Hitachi Data Systems buys ParaScale

Remember ParaScale and direct access to cloud storage? The start-up crash-landed in June and Hitachi Data Systems has just bought the intellectual property assets and engineering team. HDS' chief strategist for file and content services, Miki Sandorfi, announced this on his blog last night, writing: "We have recently acquired …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2010
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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

Speaking in Tech: Storage is FLEEING the public cloud in Asia

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Eddie the Prodigal Son returns with our special guest Michael Heffernan, Director of Infrastructure Technology for Asia Pacific at Hitachi Data Systems. This week we discuss… Return of Eddie (0:50) Catching …
Team Register, 02 Apr 2014

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 …
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We're not on the Gartner Magic Quadrant? Just imagine our concern, says HDS

Facing up to exclusion from Gartner’s all-flash array Magic Quadrant, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has come out fighting. HDS ships an all-flash array (AFA) in the form of Hitachi Accelerated Flash Modules inside its VSP array, thus gaining access to all its VSP data management features. Yet this falls foul of Gartner’s AFA …
Chris Mellor, 03 Sep 2014
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Hitachi Data Systems fingered in Sidekick disaster

It appears that the direct cause of the Sidekick data loss may have been storage area network remedial work outsourced to Hitachi Data Systems. A significant outage at Microsoft's Danger subsidiary, which stores data from T-Mobile mobile phone users, caused a huge amount of users' data to be lost, probably irretrievably. If so …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2009
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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
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Hitachi Data Systems: A storage giant lost in translation

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is the only world-class Japanese storage company, with its USP-V high-end enterprise arrays and AMS mid-range systems. Its fellow Japanese corporations, Fujitsu and NEC, are under-performers in comparison. In fact, the USP-V arrays are so good that HP OEMs them and Sun did resell them. Acer OEMs a …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2010
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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
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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
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Hitachi Data Systems SSD flashes into view

Hitachi Data Systems' customers can now buy flash-based solid state drives (SSDs) for the high-end USP V and VM storage arrays. HDS will also support the coming Hitachi GST SSDs, built by Hitachi GST and Intel. This leaves IBM's DS8000 as the last enterprise drive array with no flash drive option, as both HP and Sun resell the …
Chris Mellor, 15 Dec 2008
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Hitachi keen to be cloud content king

Hitachi Data Systems is planning to provide a sophisticated content storage cloud infrastructure with end-to-end deduplication and local file servers accessing a content core having both archive and data discovery functions. According to information the Reg has received, HDS has a concept of a content core, composed of the …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2011
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Hitachi unveils roadmap for cloudy offerings

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has come up with a cloud strategy roadmap featuring three cloud tiers, but with precious little product detail fleshing out the strategy. The strategy involves BlueArc and ParaScale's scale-out file system being added to its existing storage products. It's also providing three cloud services either on …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2011
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Hitachi Data Systems reselling InMage recovery software

Hitachi Data Systems is co-branding and reselling InMage Scout software, used for application replication and recovery across wide area networks. InMage Scout is a continuous data protection, replication and application failover product. All disk writes in protected servers are captured by agent software, called a data tap, and …
Chris Mellor, 03 Sep 2009
Hitachi VSP All-flash array SPC-1 ranking

What makes a tier-1 enterprise flash array a superior beast?

Enterprise tier-1 storage arrays are a breed apart, focusing on providing fast access to vast amounts of data without either losing data or limiting access to it. This is in contrast to the broad mass of storage arrays, which have dual controllers and thus limit the amount of data they can store and the number of concurrent …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2014

Speaking in Tech: Unix beards, coders in hoodies - we're live at HDS Summit

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Our regular podcast was recorded live this week at the HDS Influencers Summit, where host Greg Knieriemen has a panel chock-full of those very people – including at least one person who appears to have been in hiding over the past few months... But after emerging in Moscow …
Team Register, 04 Jun 2014
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Behold: Ten storage chieftains whose products hold humanity's data

Who are the ten most influential storage bosses? It should be an easy list to make but what do we mean by influential and should they be currently in post? "Influential" means more than that just "our customers have bought boatloads of our kit!" An influential company's competitors have had to react to its products and strategy …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2013
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Bare gums couldn't chew up storage rivals, says Hitachi biz

Hitachi Data Systems has admitted its channel organisation lacked the "teeth" to take on the lions of the storage plains but plans are afoot to give it more bite. Regional veep and GM Stephen Ball joined in June and has since lured Dell UK channel boss Paul Harrison to run a biz development team with Computacenter (CC) director …
Paul Kunert, 24 Nov 2011
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Hitachi GST going for IPO

It's an IPO: Hitachi is sending its wholly-owned disk drive making subsidiary, Hitachi GST, out into independence via an Initial Public Offering (IPO). Hitachi intends Hitachi GST to have a listing on the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ (National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations) in cooperation with …
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2010
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Speaking in Tech: Battle of the OpenStack boffins – LIVE from the summit

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week we have a special episode of our weekly Speaking in Tech techcast recorded live at The OpenStack Summit in Atlanta. If you're in the storage biz, you'll definitely want to plug in for this. Podcaster Greg Knieriemen hosted a lively panel discussion titled "Ask the …
Team Register, 14 May 2014
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Hitachi details unified management

Hitachi's Unified Compute Platform (UCP) integrated IT stack idea is gathering momentum. An integrated stack consists of virtualised servers, storage and networking bought as an entity by enterprise and cloud-style data centres facing a need to scale up performance quickly and easily while reducing management and IT provisioning …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2010
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Storage sale SHOCK: WD to buy Hitachi GST

Western Digital is buying Hitachi Global Storage Technologies for $4.25bn in a friendly takeover – so much for a Hitachi GST IPO. The money comes as $3.5bn cash and 25 million WD shares, worth $750m at a $30.01 share price. It will be funded from WD's cash and about $2.5bn of debt. The combined company will be much bigger than …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 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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Spell Sepaton backwards three times ... Puff! It just vanished into HDS

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has bought Sepaton, the highest of the high-end enterprise deduping backup targets. Sepaton used to have a rewarding deal with HP until the StoreOnce came long. The news was announced in a blog post by Sean Moser, a senior veep for HDS' global portfolio and product management. Sepaton will be run as …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2014
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Hitachi Data Systems gets into NAS

Hitachi Data Systems has bought a stake in network-attached storage specialist BlueArc. The pair will flog each other's kit worldwide in a bid to snatch leadership from NetApp in the $1bn high performance computing storage market. The 5-year plan is for Hitachi to get access to vertical markets which are reliant on high …
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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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US telco titan Verizon floats storage clouds over Himalaya

It looks like Verizon is parking its storage atop the cloudy peaks of Amplidata’s Himalaya object storage architecture. Amplidata, an object storage startup, says: “With Himalaya, users can easily store and manage zettabytes of data and trillions of stored objects, all under one global namespace using Intel-based commercial off …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2014

Tape eats dust of spinning rust, says object data biz

Object storage suppliers tend to look at tape storage like a real ale fan looks at cheap fizzy lager: "I'm not going to touch that!" Object storage suppliers such as Caringo, Cleversafe, HDS, ByCast (NetApp), Scality and others boast that their technology is self-healing and more scalable than file-system-based approaches. Many …
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2012
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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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Pure Storage CEO goes BALD after losing bet on firm's results

Pure Storage CEO has made good on his bet and shaved his head in response to Pure Storage’s results. The all-flash array startup boss said he’d shave his head if Pure’s sales, sales order management and shipping folks managed to double the firm’s business in the fourth quarter. They did and so Scott Dietzen’s cranial follicles …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2014
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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
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Hitachi reveals greenest data center dream

Hitachi Data Systems is celebrating Earth Day by announcing the most eco-friendly and power-efficient enterprise-class data center ever constructed — that is, ignoring the slight complication that it hasn't actually been constructed yet. No, this year Mother Earth receives only a well-meaning promise from HDS, which intends to …
Austin Modine, 22 Apr 2008
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Hitachi flashes updated top end VSP

Behold VSP: Hitachi has updated its USP-V enterprise storage array to produce the Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) claiming it is a single platform for managing block, file and content data. Hitachi claims the VSP delivers the best performance and capacity levels combined with the lowest power and lower cooling requirements. The …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2010
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StorSimple in swerve towards biz data

Cloud storage gateway appliance StorSimple has changed direction, replaced its marketing head, and refreshed its product line. Originally StorSimple targeted specific applications such as SharePoint and Exchange for its iSCSI-accessed 5010 and 7010 appliances. They stored the app's working set in a combined SLC flash and 10K SAS …
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2012

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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Hitachi Data Systems to cut 400 jobs

Hitachi Data Systems is to axe 400 employees, 14.5 per cent of its worldwide workforce. The cuts will be applied across HDS, the company said, but details of how the cuts will affect individual territories has not been revealed. HDS has offices in 31 countries. The company blamed changing market conditions. "We are changing …
Team Register, 19 Nov 1998
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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
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Shoden Data CEO dies suddenly

Shoden Systems UK has lost its CEO: John Taffinder passed away at home on Monday, 25 April. He was a terrific guy and will be sorely missed. His IT life started with COBOL, writing code for British Steel in Port Talbot after graduating as an accountant. He then headed east across the Severn Bridge and climbed IT's career ladder …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2011
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The A-to-Z of storage news: Your quick 'n' dirty tasting menu

The time around VMworld - which runs from 25 to 28 August in San Francisco – saw a frenetic pace of announcements which were obliterated from the main news radar screens by things like VMware’s EVO: RAIL. Here’a catch-up list of many of them. In alphabetic order of the suppliers: Brocade has extended support for its Solid State …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2014