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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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Technology without Social Innovation and Globalization will not Advance Civilization

Ray Kurzweil, an American author, scientist, inventor, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google was quoted in Time Magazine in March 2012 saying: “A kid in Africa with a smart phone has access to more information than the president [...]

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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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IT Does Matter – And the World is not Flat

Back in 2003, as the IT industry was recovering from the excesses of the dot com boom/bust, the Harvard Business Review’s Editor-At-Large, Nicolas Carr published a paper titled IT doesn’t Matter, in which he claimed that “As information technology’s power [...]

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BUSINESS DEFINED IT FOR SAP HANA

SAP HANA provides real time business insights that accelerate business success. It depends on a responsive IT architecture that can quickly react to changing business demands with enterprise availability and performance. Hitachi Data Systems partners with SAP to provide that [...]

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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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TAKING VMWARE TO THE NEXT LEVEL IN PERFORMANCE, AGILITY, AND AVAILABILITY

As servers increase their number of cores and memory performance, VMware is able to scale up additional virtual machines and drive more applications almost indefinitely. Unfortunately, each virtual machine adds additional random I/O workload, and the storage systems become a [...]

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ELIMINATE THE APPLIANCE TAX FOR GLOBAL ACTIVE DEVICES

Hitachi Data Systems announced a new global active device capability within the new Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS) and the new Virtual Storage Platform G1000 (VSP G1000) storage system.  This enables a virtual device to span two VSP G1000 storage [...]

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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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What is the next step in Storage Virtualization?

In 2004 Hitachi Data Systems introduced the Universal Storage Platform, USP, which was the first storage array that could attach and virtualize third party Fibre Channel storage arrays. Instead of following other vendors by doing virtualization through an appliance that [...]

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Business – Not Company Size - Should Define Storage Infrastructure

Traditionally, storage has been defined as either midrange or enterprise, based on the assumption that midrange or smaller customers did not need the performance and availability of larger enterprise customers. As a result, midrange storage could be built on a [...]

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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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Gartner’s Critical Capabilities Provides Transparency

Gartner has long been a major influencer in many technology markets. Many CIO’s include Gartner’s research assessment to support their evaluations before they make a buying decision.  Up to now, Gartner’s research methodology was comprised of the Magic Quadrant, also [...]

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Storage security must be designed in from the beginning

Storage security is getting more attention as I outlined in my top 10 trends post in December. In that post I talked about the availability of data encryption in the backend directors of Hitachi storage systems, VSP, HUS VM and [...]

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Avoid Buying More Storage Than You Need Today

Many data centers purchase storage infrastructure on a 3 to 5 year depreciation cycle. The problem with buying storage this way is that you have to buy more than you need for the first few years. These data centers have [...]

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Hitachi Content Platform Object Store Earns Top Marks from Gartner

As you may have read in my colleague Steve Garone’s blog post in our Hitachi Data Systems Community site, the industry is abuzz with object storage reports, articles and events such as the upcoming Next Gen Object Storage Summit for [...]

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