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Hitachi VSP Midrange G and F Series – Product Analysis

Last updated October 8th, 2018 for addition of storage management info. Comprehensive 29-page analysis of HDS Virtual Storage Platform. Covers hardware/software architecture, advanced features, performance, and commentary.

The Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G (hybrid) and F (all flash) series models of midrange storage systems continues the virtualized storage architecture delivered with the high-end VSP. The embedded Storage Virtualized Operating System RF (SVOS RF) is the singular code stream for Hitachi block storage, used across the entire VSP family. Advances in the technology using standard Intel components and SVOS have increased performance, expanded usability with active-active stretched clusters, extended storage virtualization with Virtual Storage Machines (VSMs), and added non-disruptive scale out capabilities to extend the life of the system.

The seamless continuation of the Hitachi VSP series line will allow customers to have a common set of capabilities and management across the products. The VSP G series systems supports both block and file access with file support coming with the high performance HNAS included with the G series models with HNAS cards inserted into the chassis (as an option). The HNAS supports up to 8 nodes in a cluster. The F Series models support block access,

In May 2018, Hitachi updated the midrange systems with new Intel processors and other changes. With the update the model number were updated as well.

This document provides an overview and analysis of the Hitachi VSP midrange systems originally announced in April 2015 and updated in October 2016 and May 2018. Competitive storage system alternatives for the G series hybrid models include the HP 3PAR StoreServ 8000, EMC Unity and IBM Storwize family. Competitive storage system alternatives for the F series all flash models include the HP 3PAR StoreServ 9450, EMC XtremIO, EMC Unity all flash, PureStorage, and IBM FlashSystem.

Hitachi VSP Midrange Product Analysis includes:

  • Highlights
  • Overview of system
  • Hardware architecture
  • Software architecture
  • Advanced features
  • Reliability, availability, and serviceability features
  • System management
  • Performance
  • Evaluator Group commentary
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