Hitachi Data Systems on Tuesday unveiled a major expansion of its flagship VSP storage virtualisation solution and significantly widened its converged infrastructure line, using a combination of Hitachi and Cisco UCS servers.
The company also looked beyond its traditional storage focus to unveil new solutions for what it termed social innovation that takes advantage of several recent acquisitions as well as components from its mother company, Japan-based Hitachi.
The new solutions were introduced at the Hitachi Connect 2015 conference being held this week in Las Vegas.
The enhancements to HDS' storage lines stem from the company's push to develop software-defined IT infrastructures, said Ravi Chalaka, vice president of solutions and social innovation marketing for the California-based vendor.
"We're focused on a software-defined approach to data centers," Chalaka told CRN USA.
HDS' new VSP storage virtualisation family is based on the high-end, enterprise-class VSP G1000, a solution introduced in April of 2014 featuring scalable storage, intelligent tiering, nondisruptive migration and flash acceleration.
Chalaka said HDS is introducing four new members to the VSP family to extend the line from the midrange through the enterprise, all of which use the same Storage Virtualisation OS, or SVOS, software. They range from the existing top-of-the-line VSP G1000, with up to 5 petabytes of disk capacity, 2 petabytes of flash storage and 4 million IOPS to the new entry-level VSP G200, which features up to 1 petabyte of disk storage, 600 TBs of flash storage and 270,000 IOPS.
The VSP G200 offers about the same performance of four entry-level HUS 110 systems, HDS said.
"We're using the same replication, management, active-active, and storage virtualisation of the VSP G1000, and expanding it across the line from the midrange and SME [small and midsize enterprise] customers up," he said.
With the introduction of the new VSP solutions, HDS is signaling that the end is coming for its HUS line of midrange storage solutions. Chalaka said his company will, over time, migrate HUS customers to the VSP line, although it has no plans to do an end-of-life of the HUS line any time soon.
HDS also is expanding its UCP converged infrastructure solution line with models that feature HDS or Cisco UCS servers, Chalaka said.
At the entry level, the company is shipping the UCP 1000 hyper-converged infrastructure solution, which is based on the VMware EVO: Rail software stack. The UCP 1000 is a 2U appliance with four nodes, featuring internal disk storage and VMware's Virtual SAN software, he said.
New to the line is the UCP 2000, which features a rack-server configuration with Hitachi servers, Hitachi VSP G200 storage, and Cisco or Brocade networking.
HDS also introduced the UCP 4000E, which offers two to 16 HDS blade servers, choice of HDS storage, and Cisco networking.
Also new are the UPC 4000 Select and UCP 6000 Select, which offer a choice of Hitachi or Cisco UCS servers, Hitachi storage, and Cisco or Brocade networking.
Chalaka said that, despite perceptions in North America, the company worldwide is the fifth-largest server producer, with business up by over 30 percent compared to last year, according to the latest IDC Tracker report on servers.
HDS also is using the Hitachi Connect 2015 conference to highlight new solutions that take advantage of Hitachi's big data analytics, Internet of Things, and IT and vertical expertise to help customers build smarter and safer societies, Chalaka said.
The move follows a 2013 decision by HDS and parent company Hitachi to team up to combine IT and non-IT expertise to develop a wide range of solutions outside the traditional IT arena. That move is headed by HDS CEO Jack Domme, who in 2013 became the first non-Japanese corporate officer for Hitachi.
Chalaka said the new solutions stem, in part, from a string of recent HDS acquisitions. These include the February acquisition of big data and Internet-of-Things software developer Pentaho, the 2014 acquisition of video and public safety company Pantascene, and the 2014 acquisition of IP surveillance solution developer Avrio RMS.
New solutions being developed by HDS and Hitachi include Hitachi Live Insight for IT operations, a machine-to-machine analytics tool to increase IT infrastructure performance and availability; Hitachi Live Insight Center of Excellence, which provides best-of-breed services for big data analytics; and Hitachi Clinical Repository for Connected Health, which provides secure mobile access to healthcare professionals.
Hitachi had previously unveiled solutions for public safety and telecom.