John McDevitt

Stairway to Value: Where the journey begins...

Blog Post created by John McDevitt Employee on May 24, 2018

Digital transformation has brought explosive data growth, and our collective efforts to deal with it, to the datacenter.  As our customers look to accelerate their Datacenter Modernization journey, we leverage the Stairway to Value introduced by Shawn in this community blog from a few weeks back. In brief, the Stairway to Value emphasizes how any organization can look at the evolving and growing value proposition of data, and how that value grows as customers evolve from Store to Enrich to Activate and finally to Monetize their data.



While the temptation is to focus on the final steps of any journey, which ends in monetization of data – truly realizing the digital transformation vision, the journey begins with the first, sometimes overlooked, step; Store and Protect.  Data is critical to our customers, and its value only increases as we move up the Stairway.  That being said ensuring reliable, performant access to that data is critical to “keeping the lights on” but also provides a foundation for enrichment and activation.  


So how does Hitachi Vantara drive differentiation in how we Store and Protect data?


At Hitachi Vantara, our award-winning lineup of All-Flash Array and hybrid flash Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) systems, using our patented FMDs for world-class performance and/or industry standard SSDs, provide the strong foundation for our clients ‘Store’ strategy in block and file-based workloads. 


With the advent of the recently released generation of the VSP systems, our core storage offerings are even more relevant to our customers digital transformation initiatives. Our core storage scales in performance and capacity to greater levels and provides a rich data protection and migration intermix between various models and product generations. It also provides orchestration software that leverages Machine Learning, allowing our customers to do much more with fewer resources, and yield positive business outcomes across all industries.


We also extend this capability with our Hitachi Content Platform.  HCP, our award winning object store, provides efficient and effective storage of unstructured data with robust data services, enterprise sync and share, and, critically to the next steps in our journey, robust support for adding and consuming user and machine generated metadata.


VSP Improvements and Enhancements:


  • Modern workload support: Docker and RedHat containers, Kubernetes and Swarm supported
  • Scalable Performance: Up to 3X IOPS from prior generation
  • Efficient power: 70% more IOPS per core based on enhanced software
  • Better dedupe and compression: 240% faster data reduction improvements
  • Improved consolidation: Up to 2.5x greater data density, 8x more volumes and 1 million snapshots
  • Trusted: 100% Data Availability for all VSPs, 4:1 data efficiency guarantee
  • Ease of use ownership:  Simplified ordering and software bundles, flat service pricing for all new models
  • Smaller start: First 2U controller VSP F series system lowers entry point


Store is only half of the first step, however.  What is often overlooked when discussing a storage modernization effort, or planning for explosive data growth driven by a digital transformation effort, is how will we protect all the fast-growing data in a more modern way. 


At Hitachi Vantara, we have a comprehensive approach to modern data protection.  From mainframe systems through new Mode 2 or IoT applications, Hitachi Vantara provides unique solutions for protection.  From self-protecting file services and natively durable object technology to application integrated snapshots serving operational recovery scenarios, Hitachi Vantara is focused on minimizing RPO (Recovery Point Objective: data at risk) and RTO (Recovery Time Objective: time to recovery) for operational recovery scenarios.  Operational recovery is a critical component of protection, but only part of the story.  Hitachi Vantara also provides unique High Availability offerings like Global Active Device (GAD), best in class DR replication with Hitachi Universal Replicator (HUR), and tight integration with application recovery engines like VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM).  All of these features fall into the Recovery Copy Services pillar of our Copy Data Management strategy.  CDM also includes Agile Copy services and Governance Copy Services.  Agile Copy services includes utilizing copies of data for DevOps workflows, while Governance Copy Services includes providing copies for eDiscovery and analytics use cases.  All three pillars of the Hitachi Copy Data Management strategy are orchestrated by Hitachi Data Instance Director (link). 


HDID is our orchestration engine for Copy Data Management.  It translates Policy into Implementation, providing an easy to understand white-board user interface and an easy to automate, but very powerful REST API. Policies for Recovery Copy Services, Agile Copy Services, and Governance Copy Services can all coexist inside HDID.  With robust Role Based Access Control (RBAC) providing separation of duties between backup admins managing snapshots, DevOps DBAs driving refreshes of non-prod environments, and compliance auditors validating Governance Copy creation, HDID is truly an Enterprise Copy Data Management orchestrator.


Critically for our customers, our Store and Protect solutions scale as you grow.  In the VSP family, Store begins with the F350/G350 and scales through the F1500, all running Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS), and all supporting HDID orchestration of Copy Data Management policies.


With Hitachi Vantara providing infrastructure, data services, and orchestration to Store and Protect, our customers are able to focus on their Digital Transformation.  A robust Store and Protect strategy allows them to take the next step in that journey, to Enrich their data.


Learn more: