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May 12, 2009

Hitachi Data Systems launches Hitachi Storage Cluster for Microsoft Hyper-V

The new storage cluster claims to help customers optimize business continuity and disaster recovery

By CBR Staff Writer

Hitachi Data Systems has launched Hitachi Storage Cluster for Microsoft Hyper-V, a new business continuity and disaster recovery system for virtualized environments based on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.

Hitachi Data Systems said that the system combines Microsoft Windows Server 2008 capabilities such as high availability through Microsoft Multipath I/O, server virtualization and clustering with the platform capabilities of Hitachi storage virtualization and system-based replication to create a virtual server infrastructure for organizations looking to reduce business risk and associated downtime costs.

Hitachi Storage Cluster for Microsoft Hyper-V is claimed to extend Microsoft migration capabilities to remote sites, allowing midrange to enterprise customers to replicate and migrate virtual machines within virtualized environments either locally or across geographically dispersed sites.

The system also features automated failover and data resynchronization, as well as simplified failback of virtual machines. Organizations looking to optimize business continuity can use live migration capability of Windows Server for local protection of virtual machines, said Hitachi Data Systems.

Hitachi Storage Cluster for Microsoft Hyper-V consists of three fundamental components: Windows Server 2008 Enterprise or Data Center Editions, Hitachi Storage Cluster, and Hitachi TrueCopy software or Hitachi Universal Replicator system-based replication: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise or Data Center Editions; Hitachi Storage Cluster; Hitachi TrueCopy and Hitachi Universal Replicator, according to Hitachi Data Systems.

Hitachi Storage Cluster for Microsoft Hyper-V is available through Hitachi Data Systems Global Solution Services.

Asim Zaheer, vice president of product and competitive marketing of Hitachi Data Systems, said: Today’s announcement marks another important proof point in Hitachi Data Systems’s integrated end-to-end server-to-storage virtualization strategy. As the storage virtualization leader, Hitachi Data Systems is uniquely able to partner with industry leaders like Microsoft to bridge the gap between server and storage infrastructures in customers’ data centers.

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