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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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“One of rare storage giants with servers to execute this year” StorageNewsletter.com

Recently StorageNewsletter reported Hitachi’s Fiscal 3Q earnings, which ended in December of 2013, they noted that Hitachi Data Systems is “one of the rare storage giants” that is also in servers and is ready to execute this year (2014) in [...]

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Free Deduplication With No Compromise

In my last post I talked about the explosion of copies that IDC says is now 65% of our external storage capacity, and I outlined ways to reduce the number of copies, reduce the capacity of copies and quantify the [...]

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Controlling your explosion of copies may be your biggest opportunity to reduce costs

Laura DuBois of IDC has been calling attention to the explosion of data copies problem since 2012 and I have blogged about this several times, including  my top ten trends for 2013 and 2014. Her latest report on January 31 [...]

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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- 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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