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HDS, Microsoft push focus on storage

HDS, Microsoft push focus on storage

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and Microsoft have enjoyed a longstanding relationship; now the two are joining forces to promote the future of storage.

HDS mainly deals in tiered storage solutions designed primarily for larger organisations, a technology it now wants to take to small and medium enterprises.

Nick Toozs-Hobson, director of the company’s global Microsoft alliance, says as the amount of data increases, there is little to suggest that even smaller businesses should not convert to HDS’s tiered storage solutions.

“Changes to compliance and storage of digital files are only some of the reasons why SMEs are encouraged to change from the standard onsite tape storage. In addition there are security and time concerns when it comes to recovery of lost data. While it might take several hours to recover from a tape-storage system, our tiered solution does it in minutes.”

Microsoft came up with an initiative called Simple San, providing a cheaper service and a user-friendly plug-and-play storage solution now adjusted for the SME market.

Toozs-Hobson says HDS is a key provider of Simple San and that the product was originally tailored for larger organisations.

“The idea is that we now can provide what is presently enterprise capability storage at modular pricing.”

Microsoft sales manager Brent Wilkinson says HDS can provide better solutions for the SME market, specifically within data migration.

“Not only can we store data quicker and cheaper, but we can also migrate back and access that data a lot quicker. In an emergency, using a tiered solution means you can access your data quicker, not wasting time and money in restoring it.”

HDS tested the system in New Zealand with 2.5 terabytes of data. From its disc-to-disc solution it took 11 minutes to restore, while it took 89 minutes to restore the system from tape.

“Over time, management of these storage solutions goes down and there are less service issues, meaning that over a period of time you will save money and face a safer storage environment,” says Wilkinson.

Wilkinson says with the continuous growth in online business, comes the need for remote storage.

“The idea is that you can store your data in different locations, providing a more secure storage. Even if a disaster strikes, you have two or more remote storage areas.”


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