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Data Protection and Disaster Recovery Solutions for VMware vSphere

September 3, 2009 by  

Web Hosting ToolsVMWORLD 2009, SAN FRANCISCO — Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) and the only provider of Services Oriented Storage Solutions, today announced new Data Protection and Disaster Recovery solutions for VMware vSphere™ 4. These business critical solutions combine leading technologies from key Hitachi partners Brocade, Cisco, CommVault and Symantec with proven Hitachi modular and enterprise storage platforms and software, giving organizations a quick, cost effective way of optimizing the operational efficiency and resiliency of their IT environments.

“Operational resilience is increasingly important to organizations today, as the risk and cost of downtime is simply too great for most organizations to ignore,” said Brian Byun, vice president of global alliances, VMware. “By combining the powerful VMware vSphere 4 platform and the VMware vCenter™ management product family with Hitachi’s innovative modular and enterprise storage platforms, customers can extend comprehensive and compelling business continuity benefits to more workloads across a broader customer base for maximum protection and cost savings.”

“Today’s announcement marks another important proof point in the evolving Hitachi Data Systems solutions portfolio,” said John Mansfield, senior vice president of Global Solutions Strategy and Development, Hitachi Data Systems. “Hitachi Data Systems is well positioned to partner with industry leaders like VMware to enable end-to-end server to storage virtualization in customer data centers. During a time when business continuity and disaster recovery is a critical part of everyday operations, Hitachi virtualization technologies can extend the economic and optimization benefits customers can achieve, both short and long term.”

Hitachi Data Protection Solutions for VMware vSphere 4
Recognizing that organizations have different business and IT requirements, Hitachi offers a comprehensive portfolio of Data Protection solutions, including options for backup/restore and remote replication, for both physical and virtual environments. The Data Protection solutions announced today are designed for VMware environments and center around the Hitachi Data Protection Suite powered by CommVault and Symantec NetBackup:

* Hitachi Storage, Software and Services: The Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 2000 family and/or the Hitachi Universal Storage Platform® V, Universal Storage Platform VM, Hitachi ShadowImage®, in-system replication snapshot software, and data protection planning and deployment services (available through partners).
* VMware Software: VMware vSphere 4, VMware’s virtualization platform including VMware ESX and the VMware vStorage technologies and interfaces that enable block-level incremental image-, volume-, or file-level backups.
* Backup and Recovery Software: Hitachi Data Protection Suite or Symantec NetBackup.

“Thirty-one percent of respondents to a recent ESG survey listed leveraging virtualization for disaster recovery as a key priority for 2009,” says Mark Bowker, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “Users understand the important role virtualization plays in improving operational efficiency and resiliency and Hitachi Data Systems is making it easier for organizations to maximize these benefits. Hitachi’s new solutions for VMware enable an entire new wave of applications to be protected in a manner that has historically been too complex and costly to justify. This is a huge win for customers.”

Hitachi Disaster Recovery Solutions for VMware vSphere 4
Hitachi Disaster Recovery Solutions for VMware vSphere 4 are important next chapters in Hitachi’s evolving relationship with VMware (previously announced April, 2009). These solutions combine Hitachi storage, replication software and services with VMware datacenter solutions, as well as data networking gear from Brocade or Cisco, to enable highly resilient VMware environments:

* Hitachi Storage, Replication Software and Services: Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 2000 family and/or the Hitachi Universal Storage Platform family, the second generation of Hitachi Storage Replication Adapter for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, Hitachi TrueCopy® and Hitachi Universal Replicator system-based replication software and Remote Copy Planning and Design services (also available through partners). Hitachi software enables real or near real time local and remote replication with automated failover.
* VMware Software: VMware vCenter Server, VMware’s virtualization management platform, and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, VMware’s disaster recovery automation software.
* Data Networking Hardware: Brocade 7500 switch or DCX director with FR4-18i blade and/or Cisco MDS 9222i multi-protocol switch or MDS 9513 Director with Multi-protocol Services Module (MSM)

As the undisputed storage virtualization leader with more than 12,600 virtual controllers shipped worldwide, coupled with market-proven system-based replication technologies including Hitachi Universal Replicator and Hitachi TrueCopy software, Hitachi Data Systems is uniquely able to bridge the gap between server and storage infrastructures in customers’ data centers. Hitachi Data Systems integrated end-to-end virtualization solutions help customers achieve significant improvements in operational efficiency and overall cost savings.

As a VMware Worldwide Gold Certified Partner, Hitachi Data Systems will jointly demonstrate some of the most demanding workloads in a secure, scalable, virtualized environment. VMworld 2009 attendees can see Hitachi Operational Resilience for VMware in action in the Hitachi Data Systems Booth #1325.

About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems Corporation provides Services Oriented Storage Solutions that enable heterogeneous storage to be dynamically provisioned according to business needs and centrally managed via industry leading Hitachi storage virtualization software. With over 4,000 employees, and as an integral part of the Hitachi Storage Solutions group, Hitachi Data Systems delivers storage infrastructure platforms, storage management software and storage consulting services through direct and indirect channels in over 170 countries and regions. Its customers include nearly 60 percent of the top 100 companies on the Fortune 500®.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT/TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 390,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2007 (ended March 31, 2008) consolidated revenues totaled 11,226 billion yen ($112.2 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, logistics and financial services.

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