Hitachi Vantara, the data storage, infrastructure, and hybrid cloud management subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., has announced the launch of its block storage appliance as part of its Virtual Storage Platform One hybrid-cloud data platform.

The new platform additions include three models that provide businesses with a common data plane across structured and unstructured data in block storage — specifically designed to remove complexity, enhance data protection and reduce carbon emissions. Designed with features to transform the data storage experience, the block platform data foundation is intended to meet storage needs of the mid-sized enterprise market segment by leveraging the resilience, reliability and sustainability of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform One.

According to the company, the new Virtual Storage Platform One Block storage appliance reflects the latest in advanced data infrastructure technology, including the ability to optimize rack space while also reducing power consumption and cooling costs. The platform’s ease-of-use, complemented by features such as self-installation capabilities, Ops Center Clear Sight for cloud-based management, and dynamic drive protection simplify day-to-day operations. Additional features include:

· Intrinsic security and anti-ransomware: Hitachi Thin Image Advanced (TIA) snapshot software quickly creates copies for immediate use in decision support, software development and modern data protection operations. It ensures the confidentiality, compliance and protection of data against security threats and actively defends structured data against ransomware.

· Enhanced data protection: The platform features always-available copies of production data for stronger data protection, while TIA also saves up to 90% of disk space by storing only the data blocks that have changed to maintain efficiency.

· A more sustainable flash mid-range appliance: Facilitated by Dynamic Carbon Reduction technology, Virtual Storage Platform One Block reduces energy consumption by switching CPUs into eco-mode during periods of low activity. “Always on compression” allows the system to switch from inline data reduction to post processing, which further reduces energy consumption and contributes to a lower carbon dioxide footprint by as much as 30% to 40%.

· Reduced complexity: Management tools, including an embedded graphical user interface (GUI) and the intuitive SaaS-based Ops Center Clear Sight portal make it easy to manage and consume the data you need.

Tailored for the mid-sized enterprise sector, Hitachi Vantara’s latest block storage appliance has distinct features that set it apart from competitors. Seamlessly integrated into the Virtual Storage Platform One management suite, the block platform’s storage arrays can be managed as one. Encompassing block, file and object storage solutions, each offering delivers common data services, including third-party storage arrays through Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS) software. Additionally, the platform’s 100% data availability guarantee assures uninterrupted data access for mission critical workloads.

Virtual Storage Platform One Block facilitates application consolidation with flexibility. Starting as small as a single appliance, it scales up to a 65-node cluster, accommodating evolving storage requirements effortlessly. This scalability empowers businesses to streamline their infrastructure, reduce complexity and optimize resource utilization within a unified storage environment. The platform also embraces a hybrid cloud paradigm, enabling businesses to seamlessly run modern cloud-native applications alongside traditional block workloads, bridging the gap between on-premises infrastructure and the cloud.

For more information about Virtual Storage Platform One, visit the Hitachi Vantara website.

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