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Mid-range 'baby brother' storage from Hitachi

Hitachi Data Systems has launched a ‘baby brother’ version of its USP V enterprise-grade storage platform – the USP VM – targeted at mid-size firms.

Organisations considering investing in new mid-range storage systems should consider the USP VM as they get the capability of the USP V but in a smaller, more cost-effective form, says head solutions architect Simon Elisha.

“The VM comes in a different chassis, but uses the same components. All the features and functionality [of the V] flow through.”

The new version is aimed at organisations employing 200 to 500 staff that service a lot of external customers, such as insurance firms, the health and education sectors and hosting companies, he says.

The company says USP VM enables these mid-range companies to package and deliver common storage services such as virtualisation and thin provisioning.

The platform includes Hitachi’s Universal Volume Manager that supports up to 96 petabytes of virtualised storage. It also includes the Dynamic Provisioning software with support for both internally and externally-virtualised storage.

Elisha describes the USP VM as “implementation friendly”, as its form factor is a standard 19-inch rack, it runs on a 220-volt power supply and doesn’t need a raised floor data centre.

Elisha says the VM’s price point is lower than the USP V in terms of hardware and licensing. Licensing for the basic operating system (BOS) and BOS virtualisation software is frame- based and there is a single licence key for each bundle.