Hitachi is taking direct aim at NetApp's leadership role in the NAS market, unveiling a set of NAS systems emphasizing file services consolidation and management as a means to address storage sprawl.
The Essential NAS platform is a medium-level solution available as a NAS gateway or standalone NAS filer. The system consolidates up to 512 TB in a two-node cluster, with data available from either the Common Internet File Systems (CIFS) or the Network File Systems (NFS). The system can be bundled with the Hitachi Adaptable Modular storage system and offers support to the Universal Platform V storage system.
On the higher end, Hitachi offers the NAS Platform 3000 series, tailored for environments that are heavy on file processing and are in need of serious storage consolidation. The system offers enterprise-class data management, virtualization and file services data protection and can consolidate up to 4 PB into a single storage pool. Throughput for sequential workloads has been clocked at 1.6 GBps, with performance measured at 200,000 IOPS.
The company provides both systems with the HiCommand Storage Management suite.