Hitachi has gone 3D and it's good!

As many of you have already heard this morning, Hitachi has announced their new Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) and the software that goes along with it.  It's a pretty exciting time for the Hitachi folks as most new product launches are.  Having seen and actually used the new box and software, I'm pretty excited too!

3D Baby!

One of the coolest things that I think they have designed into the latest product is the ability to manage your storage across three different axis in your data center.  You can go wide by adding multiple compute and/or capacity modules to the base module.  You can go up and down by utilizing the new Hitachi Dynamic Tiering software to move data automatically between the different tiers of storage you define.  And last but not least, you can deep by virtualizing existing or new storage behind the VSP as you've been able to do for the two previous iterations of this product line.

I can't say it much better than Hitachi themselves so here a a few slides from their announcement.

Scale Deep

Scale Out

Scale Up

So there are some of the basics of the announcement.  I'll be getting in more technical detail on each of these items(and many more) over the next few weeks.  Let me know what you'd like to see more of and I'll hit those items sooner rather than later.

Here is a sneak peak into the base of the new architecture for the controllers.  Just imagine taking this base and being able to attach it horizontally and create the ability to grow capacity and/or performance.  Pretty flexible right?  And all without sending data traffic going outside the subsystem itself!