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Popular Storage Trends That Will Go Away: AFA and EFSS

In this competitive IT market we are constantly looking for new technologies. Venture capitalists make their fortunes on discovering and promoting new technologies before they cash out and go on to the next big thing. It is tempting to jump [...]

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Shirt Sizes are not the Way to Buy IT Infrastructure

Last week we had an internal meeting in Santa Clara with representatives from all the geographies in Hitachi Data Systems. Since last week was also the finals for the World Cup in Football, we all received football shirts emblazoned with [...]

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Forrester and Gartner Evaluate Hitachi’s Unified Compute Platform

Gartner published their Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems in June 2014. This is the first Integrated Systems report, which Gartner defines as “combinations of server, storage, and network infrastructure sold with management software that facilitates the provisioning and management of [...]

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HCP Puts IT in Control of Content Mobility

Mobility is a macro trend that is transformative. Mobile devices, mobile workforces, mobility of data on premise, off premise, and across the globe, create many new business opportunities. However mobility also presents new challenges for the IT professionals who are [...]

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BUSINESS DEFINED IT – ALIGN BUSINESS PROCESSES WITH YOUR DATA CENTER ECOSYSTEM

VMware users can align IT with business processes through their VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vCOPs), coupled with Hitachi Unified Compute platform for VMware vSphere and its Unified Compute Platform Director software.  This converged-infrastructure management platform centralizes and automates the management [...]

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Where are the performance specs for VSP G1000?

In my blog post that supported the announcement of the VSP G1000 with SVOS, Storage Virtualization Operating System,  I described VSP G1000 as a unified storage platform that can provide approximately 4 million random reads for 8KB blocks or more [...]

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Will your ECB disk storage be supporting you in seven years?

A lot can happen in 7 years. By 2021, we will all be 7 years older. The explosion of technology trends like mobility, cloud, social, and the Internet of things will drive orders of magnitude more data and drive tremendous [...]

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Continuous Cloud Infrastructure: Taking Storage Virtualization to the Next Dimension

Continuous Cloud Infrastructure: Taking Storage Virtualization to the Next Dimension Today, Hitachi Data Systems  announces the next step in storage virtualization, taking it to the next dimension to provide a continuous cloud infrastructure. When Hitachi announced Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) [...]

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Internet of Things and Train as a Service

Last week I was in the UK and had an opportunity to get an update on the Hitachi Train project, which was initially installed for the London Olympics. There has been a lot of progress in the past four years. [...]

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What is the difference between MLC Flash and eMLC Flash, and is it required for Enterprise Flash?

  One of my top 10 IT trends for 2014 called for the explosion of enterprise flash. Now you are seeing more and more vendors introducing flash arrays that claim enterprise performance and durability based on something called eMLC, where [...]

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SAP AG, Hitachi, and Hitachi Data System extends relationship with Global OEM Agreement for SAP HANA

SAP AG evaluated the Hitachi Converged solution for SAP HANA performance and found it to be as much as 5 times the performance of other competitive solutions. As a result of this evaluation and the success that Hitachi Data Systems [...]

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Storage Magazine Midrange NAS Quality Award – And the Winner is….. Hitachi!

In past years, when customers were asked to name the leader in midrange NAS; Hitachi was probably not on the top of the list. Hitachi has long earned a reputation for enterprise scalability, availability, and performance, but never made an [...]

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Hyper Converged Storage Systems – Include Hitachi UCP with VMware

Welcome to 2014, with best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year. This should be an exciting year with many challenges and opportunities in IT. Before we left on the year-end holidays I published 10 trend blog series, which [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014 – Summary

By now the major analyst firms have published their trends for 2014, and there is pretty common consensus over the macro trends that will be drivers for opportunities and threats in the years to come. While there are many variations [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014- Trend 10

Trend 10: The Transformation of IT Operations Skill Sets, Roles, and Responsibilities As we look back at the IT trends that I described throughout this series, it is not surprising that the skill sets, roles, and responsibilities of IT operations [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014- Trend 9

Trend 9: Encryption of data at rest becomes table stakes Recently, I had a discussion with a customer about capacity-on-demand who said he had a rolling lease program where he continually refreshed his storage every three years. When I asked [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014- Trend 8

Trend 8: Explosion of Enterprise Flash The enterprise flash storage market is maturing and enterprise customers are taking a closer look at SSD’s which are primarily designed for the client consumer market where manufacturing costs are the primary concern. The [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014- Trend 7

Trend 7: Reduction of Backup through Archive, Copies, and Snaps One of the trends I identified last year was the explosion of data replication, which was cited in an IDC study that claimed the creation and management of multiple copies [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014- Trend 6

Trend 6: Object Storage Casts Light on Dark Data 2014 will see more awareness of the existence of dark data and the potential that it has for business value.  Gartner defines dark data as the information assets organizations collect, process [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014- Trend 5

Trend 5: Sync and share solution for shadow IT Industry surveys show that 28% of corporate data resides exclusively on laptops or mobile devices. This is the shadow IT that resides outside the control and supervision of corporate IT. While [...]

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