HDS UCP line extended for private storage clouds

Hitachi Data Systems adds private storage cloud tools, including an expansion of its Unified Compute Platform (UCP) VMware-centric stack.

Hitachi Data Systems Corp. this week built out its private cloud products and services, focusing on broader system support and security.

The vendor added a self-service portal for its Unified Compute Platform (UCP) converged infrastructure, an extension of the UCP portfolio, and controller-based encryption and a High Availability Manager (HAM) for unified storage arrays.

"Cloud is not a one size fits all," said Tanya Loughlin, director of cloud product marketing at Hitachi Data Systems (HDS). "We have announcements for each layer of the framework. We have expanded not just for storage, but to support Infrastructure as a Service. We can provide management for the private cloud as a managed service."

The Cloud Automation Suite for the HDS UCP Pro and UCP Select for VMware vSphere enables self-service. The portal allows customers to manage features such as chargeback, automation and provisioning.

HDS added more of its storage systems to the VMware UCP private cloud stack launched in late 2012. The HDS UCP Select for VMware vSphere with Cisco UCS now supports Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS), HUS virtual machines (VMs) and Hitachi NAS.

On the security front, HDS built encryption for data at rest into the controllers of HUS VMs and the HUS 150 unified storage system; the vendor also added support for the Key Management Interoperability Protocol for the arrays. HDS has partnerships with third-party security providers SafeNet and Thales for key management.

Hitachi's HAM, which automates server and storage failover between two arrays, is now available for HUS VMs. It was previously available only for the HDS Virtual Storage Platform enterprise array.

The vendor also launched Hitachi Services Framework, a series of services to help organizations set up and manage private clouds, and enhanced its Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) Anywhere file-and-sync capability, which launched this year.

HCP Anywhere now supports 20,000 users (up from 5,000 at launch), as well as folder sharing, multiple file uploads, versioning and Android devices.

"Think of it as a roaming G-drive," Loughlin said of HCP Anywhere.

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