Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) today extended its effort to separate where data logically resides from its physical location via a series of updates to the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP).
With the introduction of the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) S10, IT organizations now have the option to store data locally using a commodity appliance that makes use of erasure code to store and manage data as an alternative to a more expensive RAID storage system.
In addition, HDS has updated the HCP cloud gateway to add support for the Swift object store as defined in the open source OpenStack cloud management framework, while HCP Anywhere has been extended to allow users to access data stored both on local NAS storage systems and in the cloud.
Tanya Loughlin, senior product marketing director for HDS, says IT organizations need to be free to store data based on its value, cost and sensitivity, as they see fit. HCP is designed to allow IT organizations to apply policies to how that data is accessed and used regardless of where it is actually located.
As data management in the era of the cloud continues to evolve, it’s clear that the storing of data has become much less device centric. The challenge that creates, of course, is finding some way to retain control over data that can now be stored almost anywhere inside or outside of the extended enterprise.