Hitachi Moves Into Midrange NAS

Tuesday Sep 8th 2009 by Paul Shread

Hitachi and BlueArc team up on a new NAS offering, but EMC and NetApp don't have to worry just yet.

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is moving a little closer to the NAS midrange with help from longtime partner BlueArc.

The new Hitachi NAS 3080 and 3090 start at $70,000, so Hitachi isn't after the lower midrange NAS business of EMC (NYSE: EMC) and NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) just yet. But for the money, users get plenty of enterprise-class features and performance.

Based on BlueArc's Mercury NAS platform, Hitachi has added its Data Discovery Suite search and indexing and Hitachi Content Archive Platform (HCAP) archiving technology to create what the company calls Intelligent File Tiering, allowing customers to move data automatically among Fibre Channel, SAS, SATA and archive tiers based on preset policies.

The NAS platform also offers common management with Hitachi's SAN systems through the Hitachi Storage Command Suite.

The new systems offer up to 2 petabytes of capacity and 100,000 IOPS per node.

The Hitachi NAS 3080 reaches 1 petabyte of capacity, 60,000 IOPS and two nodes, supporting 128TB file systems. The 3090 can scale to 2 petabytes, 100,000 IOPS and four nodes while supporting 256TB file systems, while the higher-end 3100 and 3200 models can reach eight nodes.

Pricing for the 3100 starts at $163,000 and the 3200 at $230,000, so the new models start at less than half that.

Fred Oh, Hitachi's senior product marketing manager for NAS, noted a "competitor" that can't yet scale beyond two nodes, a not-so-subtle jab at NetApp's new Data OnTap platform.

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