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Hitachi Data Systems Shatters Performance and Capacity Limitations of Modular Market

  • 05 May, 2004 09:20

<p>- Thunder 9585V Delivers 47 Percent Greater Performance Than Comparative Products</p>
<p>- Ideal for Use in High-Performance Application Optimised Storage Solutions and Networked Storage Consolidation</p>
<p>Sydney, AUSTRALIA – May 5, 2004 – Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), today announced the general availability of the Hitachi Thunder 9585V™, the most recent platform addition to its line of Application Optimised Storage Solutions. With new levels of functionality, scalability and throughput it further extends the industry analyst recognised performance domination of the previously available Thunder 9580V™.</p>
<p>Outstripping its competitors, with 47 percent greater performance, the Thunder 9585V is optimised for applications that require extremely high capacity coupled with the highest performance criteria. Its capacity and scalability make it suitable for enterprise storage consolidation, and the common management framework between the Thunder 9500™ V Series and Lightning 9900™ V Series make the high performance Thunder 9585V a key component of an application optimised tiered storage architecture.</p>
<p>“Customers have a broad range of data storage needs," said Mr John McArthur, Group Vice President, Storage Research, IDC. "While the Hitachi Thunder 9585V can satisfy a wide variety of data storage needs, it has been specifically optimised to meet the storage demands of I/O intensive applications and provides a good proof point of how Hitachi Data Systems is delivering Application Optimised Storage Solutions.”</p>
<p>“At Hitachi Data Systems, we are focused on delivering storage solutions that are optimised to satisfy our customer’s unique application requirements,” said Mr Michael Cremen, General Manager of Hitachi Data Systems Australia. “With the Thunder 9585V we are lifting the ultra high-end modular storage bar even higher. This storage system has been specifically designed with the business requirements of high performance, high capacity applications in mind.”</p>
<p>The Thunder 9585V satisfies the business need for high performance, high availability storage. It is optimised for input / output intensive applications such as rich media, data mining, high performance computing, and heavily used databases. The entire Thunder 9500 V Series storage systems are based upon Hitachi’s’ exclusive Hi-PER ArchitectureTM which incorporates a superior hardware RAID design, with ultra high-speed interconnects, that delivers unsurpassed high performance. With a 40 percent faster logic processor running improved performance software, the Thunder 9585V offers 47 percent greater performance than comparative products, reaching over 240,000 I/Os per second. It also boasts an enhancement to the controller microcode that provides optimisation for rich media applications by dramatically increasing the sequential performance.</p>
<p>"There remains a need for very high performance storage systems to support storage consolidation. Another need is to use the impressive sequential performance of the Thunder 9585V to reduce pressure on the backup window and data movement operations," said Mr Greg Schulz, Senior Analyst, Evaluator Group. "And it has built-in head room to provide for many unplanned storage growth contingencies including adding more servers."</p>
<p>With industry leading capacity, performance, reliability and money saving virtual port connectivity, the Thunder 9585V is an ideal platform for storage consolidation. Scaling up to an industry-leading 64TB it has almost double the Fibre Channel connectivity of competing products. The Thunder 9500 V Series supports Virtual Storage Ports/Host Storage Domains, which allow up to 128 heterogeneous open systems server to connect per physical port, giving the Thunder 9585V system a maximum secure virtual port capacity of 1,024  allowing enterprises to scale up the connectivity without having to add storage units or fabric switches. The Thunder 9585V system’s outstanding reliability is accomplished by making every part in the unit redundant and hot swappable, using a patrol function to continually test every part and disk drive, and providing Hi-Track® “call home” and diagnostic support.</p>
<p>Pricing, availability, upgrade
Pricing ranges from A$100,000 for a 1 terabyte Thunder 9585V to A$300,000 for a 10TB version. Existing Hitachi Data Systems customers with installed Thunder 9580V systems will find that moving up to the Thunder 9585V system is an easy data-in-place upgrade with no required power down. The Thunder 9585V will be available in Australia immediately.</p>
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<p>For further information, please contact:</p>
<p>Gabriel Wong / Geoff Hoddinott
Network Communications
Phone: (02) 9267 9477
Email: gabriel.wong@networkpr.com.au / geoff.hoddinott@networkpr.com.au</p>
<p>About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems leverages global R&amp;D resources to develop storage solutions built on industry-leading technology with the performance, availability and scalability to maximise customers’ ROI and minimise their risk. By focusing on the customer’s perspective as we apply the best hardware, software, and services from Hitachi and our partners, we uniquely satisfy our customers’ business needs.</p>
<p>With 2,700 employees, Hitachi Data Systems conducts business through direct and indirect channels in the public, government and private sectors in over 170 countries. Its customers include more than 50 percent of Fortune 100 companies. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.hds.com.</p>
<p>About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company, with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2003 (ended March 31, 2004) consolidated sales totalled 8,632.4 billion yen (US$81.4 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors, including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's Web site at http://www.hitachi.com.</p>
<p>© 2003, Hitachi Data Systems Corporation. Hitachi Data Systems is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark and service mark of Hitachi, Ltd. The Hitachi Data Systems logotype is a trademark and service mark of Hitachi Ltd.</p>

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