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The Advantages and Benefits of Erasure Coding in the HCP S10

We recently announced the HCP S10 Storage node as part of our HCP portfolio of object storage solutions. See my previous post on the changes that the S10 introduced in the way that we access, manage and protect data. S10 [...]

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Extending the Reach of Mobile and Cloud in the Enterprise

Most enterprises today, view mobility as a strategic initiative that will increase productivity and efficiency, enrich their business process and enable them to compete in a fast changing world. Mobility is closely tied to cloud. Mobility and cloud have replaced [...]

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HCP Raises the Bar for Object storage with Integrated Content Mobility Solutions

Today, Hitachi Data Systems is announcing major enhancements to our Hitachi Content platform that raises the bar for object storage. The graphic below shows the breadth and scope of the Hitachi Content Platform with the new enhancements that are highlighted [...]

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The Growth of Object Storage in 2014

2014 was a year in which there was an increased focus on object storage. Our object storage platform, Hitachi Content Platform (HCP),is part of a tightly integrated  portfolio of HCP (object-based cloud storage), HCP Anywhere (enterprise file sync and share), [...]

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If You Think Your Enterprise is not Using Public Cloud Services? Check Again!

Recently I was reviewing a slide deck that marketing had put together and I was struck by a statistic, which I thought was dubious. The claim was that there were 545 cloud services that were in use in the average [...]

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Hitachi Content Platform – Object Storage for Standard Applications

Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) is an object store that enables application data to be stored with metadata that describes the content and policies that govern the data. When data is stored with metadata and policies, it becomes a future-proof self-describing [...]

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CB500 With Embedded Switch

Last month HDS introduced the Hitachi Compute Blade 500 (CB500) with the latest Intel technology. An interesting new technology that was also introduced with this product was an embedded Ethernet switch. I have asked Gary Pilafas, who has responsibility for [...]

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Part 2 of Hitachi NAS SiliconFS Object-based File System

As my first guest blogger, Matthew O’Keefe, PhD provides the conclusion to his 2 part blog on accelerating NAS with hardware by describing the hardware implementation of hardware pipelining. Accelerating NAS via Hardware By Matthew O’Keefe, PhD The Key to [...]

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Hitachi NAS SiliconFS Object-based File System

Today, I get to introduce my first guest blogger, Matthew O’Keefe, PhD. My colleague Matt will discuss hardware accelerating the various components of NAS systems, specifically Hitachi NAS (HNAS, aka BlueArc Mercury), in a multi-part series. Matt’s expertise is in [...]

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Digital Archiving Part 3: How would you define "Technology Longevity"?

I can’t help but enjoy reading some of the comments, debates and other various blog articles on optical storage technologies, especially on technology durability and media longevity, even more when compared to tape storage for long-term digital archiving or as [...]

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Big Data Volume Requirements

Referring back to my last post, I am continuing my series on big data where we are looking at the dimensions of big data: volume, velocity, variety and value, and what we need to do to address them. The first [...]

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Do you “HAVE TO” Archive?

I’d like to start a series of blogs on digital archiving over the next few weeks—primarily, I’ll be making some statements and asking questions. In this first installment, I want to know what is your archive type? Over the past [...]

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A Conversation With HDS SVP John Mansfield

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with John Mansfield, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions Strategy and Development at HDS. John and I discussed a variety of topics, including Hitachi’s organization design depth and expertise, along with where we can [...]

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Data is Our Middle Name

…and it is our sincere desire to Inspire Your Next Insight.  The reveal of our infrastructure, content and information clouds exposes a framework to help our customers and the market get to that next “ah ha” moment. To paraphrase and [...]

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Soybean Is A Commodity

While having dinner in Waltham, Massachusetts the other night with a table of smart people, the topic of commodities came up. What is a commodity? Soybean is a commodity. Steel is a commodity. Why does everyone consider storage a commodity? [...]

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Interacting with Cloud Stores

In a July post on the Techno-Musings blog, we made the case for keeping content/data in its original, unaltered form. More specifically when an application stores data/content in a non-obfuscated mode, it is possible to unleash the true power of [...]

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BlueArc: The Jumbo Carrot

“Project Carrot” is officially complete! As Michael Hay recounted, our relationship with BlueArc has been an exciting journey over the past 5 years; a journey that we dubbed internally as “Project Carrot”. As you know by now, Project Carrot set [...]

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BlueArc: A Bountiful Garden of BIG Data

These are exciting times we live in, indeed! Steve Jobs has officially resigned his post. HP has opened their kimono to enterprise focused strategy leaving behind WebOS and the PC business. And today we celebrate combining the innovative talent of [...]

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Lies and Virtualization – Capacity Optimization is an Altered Reality

OK, so I lied about my last blog being the final of a three part series (1, 2 & 3). But aren’t we used to being lied to these days? I classify virtualization into three categories of prose: one-to-many, many-to-one, [...]

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May I Please Have Some More Capacity Optimization, Sir?

So, this is the third and final installment of my blog series on capacity optimization techniques. The first article was on file level single instancing and file level compression, which also included a combination of the two. The second article [...]

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