Reaching previously unattainable levels of consolidation, the Hitachi Universal Storage Platform™ V has redefined the storage industry. It represents the world’s first implementation of a large scale, enterprise-class virtualization layer combined with thin provisioning software. That means the virtualization of internal and external heterogeneous storage into one pool has finally been achieved. Customers can obtain the consolidation benefits of external storage virtualization with the efficiencies, power and cooling advantages of thin provisioning in one integrated solution.

Everyone from mid-sized growing companies to the largest global organizations can now benefit from the industry’s highest performing and most scalable storage solution. It is backed by a set of storage and data services that include thin provisioning with Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning software, application-centric storage management and logical partitioning, as well as simplified, unified data replication across heterogeneous storage systems.

An integral component of the Hitachi Services Oriented Storage Solutions architecture, the Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V provides the foundation for matching application requirements to different classes of storage. The Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V packages and delivers critical services such as:

  • Virtualization of storage from Hitachi and other vendors into one pool
  • Thin provisioning through Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning for non-disruptive volume expansion
  • Security services, business continuity services and content management services
  • I/O load balancing to improve application performance
  • Non-disruptive dynamic data migration from Hitachi and other storage systems

Services Oriented Storage Solutions enables IT organizations to present business clients with a menu of storage attributes (such as performance, availability, cost and security) and charge for those services based on the client’ s selection. Services Oriented Storage Solutions can lower costs, extend lifetime value and simplify management activities. The Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V enables you to deploy applications within a new framework, fully leverage-and add value to-current investments and more closely align IT with business objectives.


Consolidate Storage Resources, Simplify Storage Management



Networked storage solutions from Hitachi Data Systems can help you consolidate, reduce management complexity, and cut costs. The Universal Storage Platform lets you create centralized storage pools that can be consistently managed and shared across applications and servers. Consolidating and aggregating storage resources in this way helps you reduce environmental costs while improving application availability and performance. Additionally, coupling consolidated, networked storage with robust Hitachi Storage Management and HiCommand® Suite software greatly improves the amount of storage administrators can manage.

Logically Partition Storage Resources



Hitachi extends its innovative port virtualization technology to entire platforms. With Hitachi Virtual Storage Machine technology, you can logically partition the Universal Storage Platform to create as many as 32 Virtual Storage Machines (Universal Storage Platform V) and as many as 8 Virtual Storage Machines (Universal Storage Platform VM)- each with dedicated internal and external capacity, cache, and ports, as shown in Figure 2. Virtual Storage Machines allow you to apply storage policies to specific applications, matching business requirements for performance, capacity, and availability to designated storage resources. Because each Virtual Storage Machine has its own serial number, you can associate specific business applications with selected departments and business units, and then charge back accordingly. These unique capabilities allow you to create a utility model to deliver “metered” storage resources to select business entities. You can delegate management of Virtual Storage Machines to local administrators or manage them centrally, whichever you prefer.

Support Disaster Recovery & Up-time Requirements


By maintaining up-to-date copies of data in geographically dispersed locations, Universal Storage Platform satisfies the most demanding disaster recovery and uptime requirements.

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Excellent performance: 1.2 million I/Os per second (IOPS), 13.3 GB/sec aggregate internal bandwidth
Superior scalability: up to 96PB of total storage capacity under management, including up to 105.7 of Fibre Channel (FC) internal storage or 236.3TB of SATA internal storage
Flash drives for exceptional performance of certain types of business critical applications
Encryption of data at rest for internal storage
Up to eight Virtual Storage Machines: logical partitions, dedicating cache, ports and internally and externally attached capacity to ensure application quality of service (QoS)
Superior multiplatform connectivity: up to 48 Fibre Channel, 24 IBM® ESCON® and 24 IBM FICON® host ports and network-attached storage (NAS)
Virtualization of internally and externally attached storage from Hitachi, EMC, IBM, Sun, HP and other manufacturers
Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning Software for thin provisioning of internal and virtualized external storage
Non-disruptive movement, copy and migration of data between storage, including other vendors, without interrupting the application
Universal replication across heterogeneous platforms for open and mainframe environments
Storage based fail over and migration
Active workload balancing and tuning
Multi-protocol consolidation with Fibre Channel (FC), IBM FICON and ESCON and network-attached storage (NAS)
Single-pane-of-glass management with Hitachi Storage Command Suite software
Powered by the fourth-generation Hitachi Universal Star Network™ V crossbar switch architecture
Rack-less option available
Reduces business risk
Increases business agility
Lowers total cost of ownership
Helps comply with regulatory compliance and corporate governance
Enables more eco-friendly data centers