An introduction to Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) Object Storage

HDS has historically been best known for high-end Fibre Channel block storage arrays, but it is clear that they see that Object Storage is going to grow massively over the coming years as they are putting a major focus on the technology.

So what are the features and capabilities of HCP?

  • Massive scalability (up to 80 PB)
  • Active data protection (backup-free)
  • Encryption, retention, disposition and shredding services
  • Meets governance and regulatory compliance needs
  • Support for legacy, contemporary, and emerging web protocols
  • Unique custom metadata gathering and search tools
  • Cloud tiering with support for S3 or compatible, Azure, Google and Hitachi
  • File de-duplication and compression to maximise storage efficiency
  • Global content distribution with active/active access
  • Easy to set up, manage, and upgrade (no forklift upgrades)
  • Utility-grade architecture with charge/show-back reporting
  • Choice of hardware or VMware VM appliances
  • Bottomless and Backup-free File Serving enabled by HDI
  • On-premise File Sync and Share enabled by HCP Anywhere

How exactly is HCP backup-free?

  • Uses proven RAID-6 protection
  • Maintains 2 copies of all metadata
  • Customer-configurable redundant local object copies (2, 3, or 4)
  • Content validation via hashes and automatic object repair
  • Replication – offsite copies with automated repair from replica
  • Object versioning – protection from accidental deletes and changes

What additional products are available from HDS that utilise HCP?

Hitachi Data Ingestor (HDI) – NAS Cloud Gateway
Bottomless and backup-free file services solution built on top of HCP:

  • Automated and transparent migration of files to HCP
  • Fast access to pinned and active files by keeping those copies local
  • Elastic storage with a local cache that connects to a scalable repository
  • Backup-free environment by replicating files to HCP
  • Rapid restore in minutes to recover entire file environment
  • Safe and secure with encryption in flight and at rest, and WORM support
  • Distribution of read-only content to multiple offices
  • Choice of hardware or VMware VM appliances

HCP Anywhere – Data Mobility Cloud Gateway
On-premise File Sync and Share solution built on top of HCP:

  • Avoid turning over control, security, protection of data to others
  • Personal folder for file synchronisation
  • Eliminate unnecessary copying of data
  • Retain and access multiple versions of files and restore deleted files
  • Intra and extra-company document sharing with Link expiration
  • Enforce mobile lock code and wipe of HCP Anywhere-specific data
  • Share folders with other HCP Anywhere users
  • Clients for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac and Web browser
  • Choice of hardware or VMware VM appliances

So there you have it – HCP certainly looks like pretty interesting technology and it is easy to see why there is a lot of buzz around Object Storage.

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Mark Burgess has worked in IT since 1984, starting as a programmer on DEC VAX systems, then moving into PC software development using Clipper and FoxPro. From here he moved into network administration using Novell NetWare, which kicked-off his interest in storage. In 1999 he co-founded SNS, a consultancy firm initially focused on Novell technologies, but overtime Virtualisation and Storage. Mark writes a popular blog and is a frequent contributor to Twitter and other popular Virtualisation and Storage blog sites.
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About Mark Burgess

Mark Burgess has worked in IT since 1984, starting as a programmer on DEC VAX systems, then moving into PC software development using Clipper and FoxPro. From here he moved into network administration using Novell NetWare, which kicked-off his interest in storage. In 1999 he co-founded SNS, a consultancy firm initially focused on Novell technologies, but overtime Virtualisation and Storage. Mark writes a popular blog and is a frequent contributor to Twitter and other popular Virtualisation and Storage blog sites.

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