HDS announces Hitachi High Availability Manager

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation announced the Hitachi High Availability Manager, an open systems storage array clustering technology that reportedly delivers 100 per cent accessibility of business-critical data assets and offers customers future-proofing of their storage investments over time.

“In today’s difficult economy, IT organizations face tightening budgets but must continue to improve the protection and management of their company’s rapidly growing pools of information. One major and fast growing operational cost is the time and money that IT organizations spend to migrate data to new, more cost effective solutions,” said Richard Villars, Vice President for Storage Systems and IT Strategies. “Solutions like the Hitachi High Availability Manager provide customers with instantaneous failover and recovery capabilities that can dramatically reduce data management costs while also reducing application downtime.”

Built on the Hitachi USP V Platform, the Hitachi High Availability Manager, the vendor says, is the industry’s first continuous availability solution for both internal storage and externally attached heterogeneous storage–all under common and integrated management.

The following benefits can be attributed to the new product:
• Its cutting-edge architecture enables local and remote clustering for seamless, transparent movement of storage pools from one USP V storage platform to another system, with zero disruption to business operations.
• Coupled with advanced failover capabilities, customers gain the highest industry standard of availability to protect data assets during both planned and unplanned outages, and eliminate the potential risk of data inaccessibility from the host to primary storage.

Claus Mikkelsen, CTO of Storage Architectures, Hitachi Data Systems said: “Application downtime, for any reason, is one of the highest priority concerns of customers that can cause billions of dollars in lost business opportunity. Clustering is a critical feature of an integrated virtualized storage strategy and Hitachi is the only storage company that is delivering this type of innovation in the market today. Hitachi is extending its leadership in providing innovative capabilities for customers, which translates into storage investment protection and the assurance that critical data assets are optimized and protected.”

Hitachi Data Systems also announced enhanced support for IBM FlashCopy technology. When leveraged in conjunction with Hitachi Universal Replicator software, this new functionality provides customers improved business continuity and disaster recovery strategies in both two data center point to point operation and three data center multi-target configurations.

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