Hitachi Vantara further expands Virtual Storage Platform One portfolio with block storage component

Hitachi Vantara adds another component to its newish hybrid cloud platform, with yet another on the way.

Marcel Escorcio, Vice President of Americas International at Hitachi Vantara

Hitachi Vantara introduced what it determined to be a revolutionary new product at the start of this year with its Virtual Storage Platform One, then followed it up in April with a Storage One Virtual Cloud Platform. Now they have unveiled a further new entry for the platform, the Virtual Storage Platform One offering.

“This is groundbreaking news,” said Marcel Escorcio, Vice President of Americas International at Hitachi Vantara. “Last time we introduced the file component and software defined, and this time we are bringing in the block storage component, all managed in one environment and in one platform. The solution set here can fit into edge and branches because it is high availability.

The new offerings include three dedicated models providing businesses with a common data plane across structured and unstructured data in block storage.

“There are three major themes,” Escorcio said. “They are simplicity, security and sustainability, all leveraging the capabilities of the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform One.  You have to be able to manage all types of solutions, and VSP One simplifies all that.”

Escorcio indicated that these models are all aimed at the mid-sized enterprise market.

“They also let the partner ecosystem offer their clients an infrastructure foundation where they don’t need to worry about types of data, since everything is accommodated,” he said.

Hitachi has been making a strong push into green design, which is reflected in the new Virtual Storage Platform One Block storage appliance. It reduces carbon emissions and includes the ability to optimize rack space while reducing power consumption and cooling costs. 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.

“This having the drives not spinning during low activity results in 4-1 efficiency on the data compression side,” Escorcio said. This ‘always on’ compression also allows the system to switch from inline data reduction to post processing, which further reduces energy consumption and contributes to a lower CO2 footprint by as much as 30-40 percent.

Complexity has also been reduced.

“Management tools include an embedded basic point and click type of GUI, which makes the Command Line Interface unnecessary,” Escorcio indicated. “An intuitive SaaS-based Ops Center Clear Sight portal also makes it easy to manage and consume the data from on-prem to off-prem.”

Finally, 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.

“We have lot of orders already,” Escorcio said. “There hasn’t been a lot of news in Canada in the last few years. This is foundational and very exciting.”

Partners and customers can expect to see another component of the new platform in the not-too-distant future.Block storage is scheduled to begin shipping on June 17.