New Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage unveiled for enterprises

Hitachi Data Systems promises superior performance, capacity and reliability from the new flash module for demanding enterprise workloads.

Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage for demanding enterprise workloads.

Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage for demanding enterprise workloads.

The Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage features a new custom-designed rack-optimized form factor and new flash memory controller technology from Hitachi.

These offer higher performance, lowest cost per bit, and greater capacity compared to conventional solid-state drives (SSDs) on the market today.

Flash technology has become more pervasive in the data center over the past few years.

However, its widespread adoption as a mainstream storage option has been hampered by high costs, limited endurance and sub-optimal write performance.

“Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage is the first flash device that is optimized for the performance and reliability required for mission-critical applications. These applications include OLTP databases, ERP, financial data management, metadata and indexing,” said Ravi Rajendran, Vice President and General Manager for ASEAN, Hitachi Data Systems.

IT organizations have been forced to make tradeoffs in performance and capacity to reach the cost points that their shrinking budgets can accommodate.

Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage leverages Hitachi controller technology to increase the performance of MLC flash to levels that exceed those of more costly SLC flash.

It also extends MLC flash endurance to enterprise levels.

Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage is available now for the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP), offering lower operating expenses.

Its full compatibility with VSP features, such as Hitachi Dynamic Tiering (HDT), lets the system automatically optimise data placement by putting the most active data on the Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage when the highest performance is required, and placing less-active data on cost-optimised, lower performance disk.

“Because of the innovative multi-core flash controller technology from Hitachi, we are able to use multi-level cell (MLC) flash in enterprise applications by extending MLC endurance and exceeding the performance of single-level cell (SLC) flash. The result is the lowest cost per bit of any enterprise MLC flash solution on the market today,” explained Rajendran.

Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage fits into a new 8U flash chassis.

Each enclosure can scale from 6.4TB up to 76.8TB of flash storage, giving it 2 times greater density than the largest MLC SSD available today.

Up to 4 flash enclosures can be housed in Hitachi VSP, enabling more than 300TB of flash per system.

This deployment gives existing Hitachi VSP customers the flexibility to architect cost-effective, tiered storage environments with HDT that address the most demanding performance workloads.

Customers can do this while maintaining the same storage management environment, external storage virtualiSation support, uptime and functionality that they are accustomed to from Hitachi VSP.

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