EMC, HDS & NetApp Storage Portfolio Videos now available on YouTube

As well as being one of the most expensive, your storage infrastructure is likely to be the single most critical element of your physical and virtualised IT environment. While CPU, RAM and Network resources can directly affect the performance of some of your systems, poorly sized or badly integrated storage, will damage the performance of ALL your systems and may render servers and services unusable. So it’s always worth taking the time to understand the storage that’s available and digging a little deeper to ensure it’s going to deliver great performance and good value for money. To start the ball rolling, we’ve provided three short videos that give a quick introduction to the storage offerings available from the three major storage Continue reading

Second Hitachi Content Platform video now available on YouTube

As promised the second of our two videos covering Hitachi Content Platform and it’s peripheral products is now available on YouTube. For those not familiar with the concept of HCP, watch video 1 first. This second video covers Hitachi Data Ingestor, HCP Anywhere and some archiving options. It’s very possible that content platforms will become the future of storage for most unstructured data, so if you are looking for a DropBox type architecture that YOU control, or if you are struggling to manage file services at your branch offices, you should certainly take a look. Hope you found them both useful. Constructive comments are always welcome. Tony. Related Posts  First Hitachi Content Platform video now available on YouTube Object Storage – The Continue reading

First Hitachi Content Platform video now available on YouTube

As you may have seen on previous blogs, Hitachi Content Platform looks like a very interesting direction for data storage. For those interested in taking a closer look at this disruptive technology, we’ve created a couple of short videos to highlight the key features and benefits of both the content platform itself and the peripheral products released to maximise its value and performance. It’s very possible that content platforms will become the future of storage for most unstructured data, so anyone struggling to backup their files, e-mails, or SharePoint systems should definitely take a look. The second video – is now also available here. Hope you find them useful. Tony. Related Posts  Second Hitachi Content Platform video now available on Continue reading

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 Continue reading

HDS Storage Solutions Overview – Q1 2014 update

This is a summary of the HDS storage platforms including Hitachi Unified Storage 100, Hitachi Unified Storage VM, Hitachi NAS and Hitachi Content Platform. Overview As HDS’s core business is storage it helps them stand out from the crowd: Enterprise-class Block, File and backup-free Object storage platforms with unified management Hybrid software and hardware accelerated storage platforms with purpose-built processors to help drive system utilisation to extreme levels Storage Virtualisation brings enterprise features to older and lower cost storage systems to increase the return on storage assets Comprehensive set of storage capabilities integrated into core platforms helps to avoid islands of storage, reduces administration and lowers TCO In-house design of innovative purpose-built controllers including the Flash Module Drive which delivers a Continue reading