June 21st, 2016 by Adam Armstrong
HDS Announces New HCI Solutions For Virtualization & Cloud
Today Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced two new converged and hyperconverged systems, the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform 2000 (UCP 2000) converged system and the UCP HC V240. The UCP HC V240 is the first member of the new Hitachi Unified Compute Platform HC (UCP HC) line of hyper-converged solutions. These new solutions are designed to be flexible, agile, and scalable and are built off of Hitachi’s technology that they state can reduce cost and risk while alleviating complexity and accelerating time to value.
Hyperconverged and converged infrastructure is becoming more and more common as more and more organizations are seeing the benefits of it. According to HDS, converged infrastructure can provide the fastest way to deploy infrastructure supporting virtualized environments, giving IT leaders the flexibility to manage costs, enhance service delivery, meet evolving business expectations and increase revenue. The new solutions announced today by HDS expand its portfolio of converged and hyperconverged even further bringing the above benefits to span from the core of the data center to the edge of the network, meeting most enterprise IT requirements.
HDS is expanding its UCP portfolio with the new entry-level UCP 2000. This new addition is aimed at general-purpose applications, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), databases, and test and development environments and supports multiple virtualization environments, including VMware, Microsoft, and OpenStack. The UCP 2000 is all about simplicity and expediency in deploying private and hybrid clouds. The new UCP supports all-flash configurations and allows users to scale flexibly modular building blocks of compute, storage and networking that scale independently. UCP 2000 has tight integration with VMware operations and storage policy-based management along with HDS data protection technologies.
The other new HCI solution announced today, is the UCP HC V240 that is an appliance aimed at higher performance and scale but keeps simplicity and cost-effectiveness in mind. HDS claims that customers can go form deploying the UCP HC V240 to creating VMs in a matter of minutes. One of the big selling points of the UCP HC is its automation. The HCP HC automates provisioning and orchestration, simplifies installation, management, patches and upgrades, and provides linear scale-out that grows in small increments to meet business needs. This appliance features VM centric pools of capacity that are flexibly consumed based on VM-level policies that users can changed based on needs. The UCP HC V240 works with hyper-converged infrastructures based on Intel x86 hardware, VMware vSphere and VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) technology and Hitachi Data Systems value-added software.