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Integrating server and storage virtualization

by Hu Yoshida on May 5, 2009

In order to reduce costs, more and more users are looking to server and storage virtualization to enable consolidation, improve utilization, simplify operations, improve performance, and deliver improved data protection and availability.  While server and storage virtualization can be implemented separately, an integrated end-to-end server to storage virtualization can drive higher efficiencies for business continuity and disaster recovery.

Today, Hitachi is announcing the integration of Hitachi storage virtualization and array based replication with the virtualization and clustering capabilities of the Microsoft Hyper-V server platform. This product is called Hitachi Storage Cluster, HSC, for Microsoft Hyper-V.

The second announcement is SRA2 for VMware, the second generation Hitachi Storage Replication Adapter which extends Hitachi’s support for the VMware Site Recovery Manager to include the local and remote replication and automatic failover of the Adaptable Modular Storage (AMS) family in addition to the existing support provided by the Universal Storage Platform V and VM.

An integrated, systems based approach to replication off loads the processing, management, and bandwidth requirements for the movement of data from the application or virtualization server to the storage array.  Now when virtual servers initiate replication or fail over for application recovery, the movement and fail over of the data is executed by Hitachi storage products at Fibre channel speeds, freeing up the resources of the server. When virtualized with the USP V/VM, heterogeneous storage can participate in this integration.

For additional information you can check the following resources:

Press Release: http://www.hds.com/corporate/press-analyst-center/press-releases/2009/gl090505.html?WT.ac=us_hp_rm_hyperv_050509     

Christophe’s Corner: http://blogs.hds.com/christophe/
HSC for Microsoft Hyper-V: www.hds.com/go/hyperv
SRA2 for VMware SRM: www.vmware.com/products/srm/.
Storage Efficiency: www.hds.com/solutions/resource-centers/storage-economize

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Anonymous on 06 May 2009 at 6:16 pm

well that’s a pretty underwhelming announcement….can you give us some real-world differentiation of the SRA2 from what other vendors are providing with their current SRAs?

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Wally.nl on 08 May 2009 at 6:34 am

Does the SRM adapter also support the “old” AMS family like the AMS500 ? So far I’ve only seen the new AMS2000 series on the HCL in regard to SRM which is a little upsetting for customers that are still using the not-so-old previous generation.

Mark on 11 May 2009 at 1:29 pm

Good question Wally, but yes, the SRM adapter does support the previous AMS family — including the AMS 500. For reference, the Hitachi Storage Replication Adapter 2 (SRA2) for VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) supports the following Hitachi products: NSC, USP, USP V, USP VM, WMS100, AMS200, AMS500, AMS1000, AMS2100, AMS2300, AMS2500. Additionally, all these models are posted on the HCL (Hardware Compatibility List) which can be found at http://www.vmware.com/pdf/srm_storage_partners.pdf. Hopefully this information helps to clarify a few things for you.

-Mark Adams

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