Hitachi Data Systems Announces Virtualisation Connectivity Support for IBM Enterprise Storage Server

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), today announced the completion of interoperability tests between the IBMs TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server Series and the recently announced Hitachi TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform.  Storage virtualisation simplifies the management of storage and data resources in a time of accelerating storage demand and functional complexity.

 "IBM is pleased to work with Hitachi on this interoperability testing for their recently announced virtualisation product.  Our work with Hitachi further enhances our strategy to have an open, collaborative approach to storage," said Tom Hawk, General Manager, IBM Enterprise Storage.  "Enabling our mutual customers to leverage both Hitachi and IBM virtualisation and disk products can help simplify heterogeneous environments and reduce infrastructure complexity."

With the increasing prevalence of heterogeneous storage environments, true interoperability is more important than ever, said Yoshinori Okami, General Manager of Storage Systems Development, Hitachi, Ltd.  To further reduce complexity for our mutual customers, we are pleased to continue our collaboration with IBM to enable their disk storage systems to be fully supported with our unique virtualisation product."

Hitachi TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform adds IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server Models 750, 800 and 800 turbo as supported storage now. The Hitachi Thunder 9200 and Thunder 9500 V Series modular storage systems were announced as supported by the IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller, an IBM storage virtualisation product.

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