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Hitachi Data Systems Corp. beefed up its Hitachi Content Platform hybrid cloud storage portfolio with upgrades to three major pieces.
The vendor added a low-cost Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) S10 storage tier, mobile access to data on network-attached storage (NAS) systems for the HCP Anywhere file sync and share software and removed the need to use a virtual private network (VPN) for the Hitachi Data Ingestor gateway.
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The HCP S10 node is a local storage tier that can be implemented in a HCP environment. The tier handles sensitive data that customers want to retain on-premises while other data is relegated to the public cloud, such as the Hitachi Cloud Service for Content Archiving, Amazon Simple Storage Service, Microsoft Azure, Verizon Cloud and Google Cloud Storage.
The S10 uses erasure coding and large-capacity consumer drives to keep prices low.
"We also are plugging into the OpenStack environment with the Swift APIs," said Tanya Loughlin, director of content and cloud product marketing for HDS. "It would take years for the OpenStack community to build this."
Along with providing mobile access to NAS data in HCP Anywhere, HDS also expanded support for authentication services to include Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) and Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) in the sync-and-share platform.
"Our goal is to free up the data and enable access anywhere and anytime," Loughlin said. "Our sync and share gives you mobile access to NAS all from the same tool."
The Hitachi Data Ingestor is a file and cloud gateway for file services in remote or branch offices, or storage providers' customer locations. It acts as a local cache that connects to any HCP cloud and eliminates the need for local backups. The software can be managed from a virtual machine or single node.
"This is a big capability that service providers wanted," said Jeff Lundberg, senior product marketing manager at HDS. "With this, you literally don't need any IT skills. It's super simple. In the past you needed a VPN between the remote office and main data center."
Scott Sinclair, analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, said the sync-and-share capability for NAS is the most interesting addition to HPC.
"Historically, if you wanted access to that capability, you had to take all the content from [a traditional file system] and either move it to the cloud or another storage platform," he said. "This allows you to put a front end to a file share without moving data to a new platform."
Sinclair said HDS' technology is competitive with the main players in the cloud and file sharing market.
"HDS' technology [has been] on par with anybody," he said. "I see this as Hitachi trying to solve a fundamental challenge."
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