The watchword in IT and in storage, according to HDS, is “mobility”, as mobile users and mobile devices continue to impact every aspect of data storage, now and in the near future. At the Next-Gen Storage Summit, we spoke with Hitachi Data Systems about their object-based file storage solution, the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), and some of the new developments to their HCP solution set that speak to the mobility topic.
“Mobility” refers to the fact that users expect to have access to their data regardless of which platform, on mobile devices and portable computers, or wherever they happen to be geographically. But mobility also refers to data. IT needs to have flexibility with where they store that data, in the data center, in the cloud or both, and how they move data between these different platforms and locations.
The Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) is HDS’s object-based storage solution that delivers the flexible scalability and economics that drives use cases like public and private clouds, content storage, long term archiving – even backup. Currently, an HCP cluster based on the HCP 500XL can scale from 4 to 80 nodes, and 18TB to 80PB of capacity. This adds up to support for as many as 64B objects per cluster. One of HCP’s use cases is supporting a fully integrated file sync and share solution, a fundamental application to address the challenges of mobility, from the end user’s perspective.
File sync and share applications allow users to access files from any device, at work, at home or on the road via desktops, portable computers or mobile devices. HCP Anywhere is HDS’s file sync and share solution that runs on HCP and is actually used internally, by 5,500 HDS employees. This past June, HDS released a virtual edition of HCP Anywhere, allowing companies to run this application as a VM.
Hitachi Data Ingestor
On the IT side of this topic is the ability to move data between remote and branch offices and the data center, so in 2010 HDS introduced the Hitachi Data Ingestor (HDI) to provide a elastic, backup free cloud gateway or ‘on ramp’ connected to a Hitachi Content Platform in the data center. This setup enables a company to offer file services to remote offices or cloud storage users. The HDI acts as a local cache, providing users and applications with an ‘elastic’ cloud tier that seamlessly keeps the most active data on local storage. In June, HDS announced the remote server configuration of HDI, a low-touch, small footprint version that is configured, provisioned and managed via Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere.
Mobile device use and mobile user access to company data is a hot topic in IT. Part of the solution is giving users a way to do their work wherever and on whatever platform they choose, typically through a cloud-based file sharing solution. But IT needs flexibility on the backend as well, so they can leverage the cloud to protect data and maintain efficiency. HDS seems to have a handle on both ends of the mobility issue with these solutions.