Hitachi cracks leaders quadrant for SSAs


Ryuichi Otsuki, Hitachi Data Systems


Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has been promoted to Gartner’s Leaders Quadrant for solid-state arrays.

Gartner predicts that solid state arrays (SSAs) will improve in performance by a factor of ten in the next 12 months, doubling in density and cost-effectiveness.

It also says that by 2021, 50% of datacentres will use SSAs for high-performance computing and big data workloads, up from less than 10% today.

HDS launched a larger Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) F1500 model in October 2016 to complement the existing VSP F400, F600 and F800 models. It also introduced 14TB flash modules, almost doubling the previous raw storage capacity offered.

The VSP F is one of the few SSA series that offers in-built storage virtualisation, which is a proven product and technology coming from hybrid VSP general-purpose storage array series.

The research house says HDS has the ability to offload compression processing to the flash modules drives and acceleration for file storage. It added that unlike most storage vendors that need a storage gateway, the HDS VSP F series natively integrates with Amazon Web Services S3, Microsoft Azure and private cloud solutions on Hitachi Content Platform, and enables automatic migration of file data to these platforms.

Gartner adds the data administration GUI 'needs refinement to be more intuitive in order to simply and proactively meet customer demands'.

It also says the entry price is higher than competitors' low-end offerings, and a small, dense two-rack-unit (2U)-high VSP-F SSAs is not available. The smallest array is 6U.

Ryuichi Otsuki, CEO of Hitachi Data Systems, says the company takes pride in bringing continuous breakthroughs to market, which help its customers competitiveness.

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