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Consolidating resources while reducing complexity and cost is key among the Global 500

Which of the following represents a critical area of focus for your organization this year?

Consolidating growing heterogeneous data & storage
70%
Reducing storage management complexity
57%
Building and deploying a secure cloud environment
17%
Reduction of OPEX and CAPEX costs
39%

Note: this is a multiple-choice question – response percentages may not add up to 100.

Source:
Survey of 23 Global 500 users of Hitachi Enterprise Storage

Wide Set of Applications Benefit from Hitachi Accelerated Flash

Which applications have benefited most from Hitachi Accelerated Flash? Select all that apply.

Server virtualization
36%
Desktop virtualization or VDI
18%
Enterprise applications
37%
Database
61%
Email
8%
CRM
4%
Collaboration and office productivity
4%
Web server, hosting
6%
Other
19%

Note: this is a multiple-choice question – response percentages may not add up to 100.

Source:
Survey of 114 users of Hitachi Enterprise Storage

Hitachi Flash Lowers Response Time

Hitachi Accelerated Flash has been most beneficial for:

Lowering response time
72%
Improving transaction rates
50%
Increasing sequential workload
21%
Meeting service level commitments
33%

Note: this is a multiple-choice question – response percentages may not add up to 100.

Source:
Survey of 86 users of Hitachi Enterprise Storage

Lower Response Time Key to Economic Value

Hitachi Accelerated Flash demonstrated superior economic value by:

Lowering response time
44%
Increasing transaction volume
26%
Removing performance bottlenecks
37%
Reducing cost per IO
27%
Saving on space and power
17%
Delivering better quality of service
24%
Other
22%

Note: this is a multiple-choice question – response percentages may not add up to 100.

Source:
Survey of 116 users of Hitachi Enterprise Storage

Hitachi Flash Improves Performance

Please estimate how Hitachi Accelerated Flash has improved performance.

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Greater than 50%: 29%
26%‐50%: 42%
11%‐25%: 19%
0‐10%: 10%
Source:
Survey of 59 users of Hitachi Enterprise Storage

Superior Performance is Most Valuable

Which of the innovative features listed below for Hitachi Accelerated Flash have been the most valuable to you?

High storage density
36%
Improved data integrity
19%
Superior performance
66%
Faster data replication
18%
Other
18%

Note: this is a multiple-choice question – response percentages may not add up to 100.

Source:
Survey of 131 users of Hitachi Enterprise Storage

Hitachi Flash for Higher Performance

Which of the following influenced your decision to purchase Hitachi Accelerated Flash over a competing solution?

Ease of upgrade
20%
Central storage management
32%
High reliability
42%
Higher performance
52%
Ability to tier storage
45%
Application integration
8%
External storage virtualization
12%
Other
23%

Note: this is a multiple-choice question – response percentages may not add up to 100.

Source:
Survey of 137 users of Hitachi Enterprise Storage

Capacity Utilization Savings

In terms of storage media costs, with virtualized storage architecture how much have you saved through increased capacity utilization?

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Greater than 50%: 5%
26% - 50%: 31%
11% - 25%: 45%
0 - 10%: 20%
Source:
Survey of 87 users of Hitachi Enterprise Storage

Cost Savings with Storage Virtualization

In terms of percentage of what your costs would be without it, how much have you saved through virtualization-based storage consolidation and tiering?

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Greater than 50%: 6%
26% - 50%: 32%
11% - 25%: 40%
0 - 10%: 22%
Source:
Survey of 87 users of Hitachi Enterprise Storage

Virtualize Heterogenous Storage

What vendors' storage have you attached?

Hitachi
85%
IBM
28%
Sun/Oracle
15%
HP
24%
EMC
41%
Other
16%

Note: this is a multiple-choice question – response percentages may not add up to 100.

Source:
Survey of 92 users of Hitachi Enterprise Storage

Storage Virtualization Use Cases

Why did you choose to use Hitachi Storage Virtualization?

Consolidation and storage tiering savings
69%
Migrations and data mobility solutions
53%
Dual-soucing savings
11%
Improved compliance or data protection
20%
Capacity utilization improvements
67%
Other
13%

Note: this is a multiple-choice question – response percentages may not add up to 100.

Source:
Survey of 93 users of Hitachi Enterprise Storage

How Many Tiers Used?

How many tiers of storage do you use in your storage architecture?

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1: 7%
2: 30%
3: 38%
4 or more: 25%
Source:
Survey of 102 users of Hitachi Enterprise Storage

Hitachi Dynamic Tiering - Solves Real World Problems

Why did you decide to use Hitachi Dynamic Tiering virtual volumes?

Data or Information Lifecycle Management (DLM / ILM)
36%
Simplified management
73%
Improved performance
45%
Reduce storage costs
82%
Automatic tiering of monolithic database
36%

Note: this is a multiple-choice question – response percentages may not add up to 100.

Source:
Survey of 11 users of Hitachi Enterprise Storage

Virtual Storage Platform Provides Real Business Value

What were the reasons for purchasing your Virtual Storage Platform over competing products?

Lower cost of ownership
40%
Increase performance
73%
Enhance data resiliency
7%
Simplify storage management
60%
Increase data availability
27%
Consolidate more storage
20%
Reduce space and energy consumption
33%
Ease of migration
47%
Other
7%

Note: this is a multiple-choice question – response percentages may not add up to 100.

Source:
Survey of 15 users of Hitachi Enterprise Storage

Customers Rank Hitach High for Support for Virtualization of External Storage

How would you rate Hitachi support for virtualization of external storage?

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Excellent: 32%
Very good: 40%
Good : 20%
Fair: 5%
Poor: 2%
Source:
Survey of 191 users of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform

Decreasing Storage Cost per Unit with Virtualization From Hitachi Data Systems

By what percentage did your storage cost per unit go down by taking advantage of externally virtualized storage?

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More than 41% : 6%
Between 26% and 40%: 28%
Between 11% and 25%: 38%
Less than 10%: 29%
Source:
Survey of 98 users of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform

Hitachi Storage Virtualization decision criteria

On a scale of 1 to 5, how important was each of the following in your decision to incorporate virtualized external storage in your IT architecture?

S 5 =Extremely important     S 4 = Very important     S 3 = Important     S 2 = Not important     S 1 = Not a factor    

Ease of migration
Leverage current assets
Dual vendor sourcing strategy
Reliability
Consolidation & simplification
Source:
Survey of 211 users of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform

Reclaiming Existing Capacity with Virtualization from Hitachi Data Systems

By what percentage did your storage utilization improve with Hitachi virtualized storage?

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Greater than 41% : 19%
Between 26% and 40%: 37%
Between 11% and 25%: 33%
Less than 10%: 10%
Source:
Survey of 126 users of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform

Heterogeneous Storage Virtualization

What storage vendors have you attached using Hitachi storage virtualization?

Hitachi
81%
EMC
23%
IBM
18%
Sun/Oracle
15%
HP
19%
Other
5%

Note: this is a multiple-choice question – response percentages may not add up to 100.

Source:
Survey of 202 users of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform

Hitachi Storage Virtualization addresses today's IT challenges

Why did you choose to use Hitachi Storage Virtualization?

Consolidate and simplify
63%
Reduce storage costs
52%
Leverage existing investments in infrastructure
41%
Access low cost storage
22%
New functionality on old storage
25%
Other
11%

Note: this is a multiple-choice question – response percentages may not add up to 100.

Source:
Survey of 202 users of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform

Saving Space with Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform

How much space do you expect to save through consolidation using Hitachi storage?

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Greater than 50%: 13%
Between 26% - 50%: 34%
Between 11% - 25%: 35%
0 - 10%: 18%
Source:
Survey of 92 users of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform

Increased Efficiency with Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform

How much more efficient is the Hitachi storage system compared with alternatives?

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Greater than 50%: 14%
Between 26 - 50%: 40%
Between 11% - 25%: 34%
0 - 10% : 12%
Source:
Survey of 65 users of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform

Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform: Valuable Across the Board

Which capabilities of the Virtual Storage Platform have you found the most valuable in your business?

External storage virtualization
52%
Automated dynamic tiering
23%
Dynamic provisioning
56%
Tiered storage
48%
Volume migration
42%
Remote replication
38%
Local replication
25%
Other
13%

Note: this is a multiple-choice question – response percentages may not add up to 100.

Source:
Survey of 155 users of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform

Solving Critical Business Challenges with Hitachi

What are the most critical business challenges for your organization that the Virtual Storage Platform has helped you solve?

Lower cost of ownership
47%
Increase performance
39%
Enhance data resiliency
19%
Simplify storage management
58%
Increase data availability
29%
Consolidate more storage
47%
Reduce space and energy consumption
38%
Ease data migration
47%
Other
11%

Note: this is a multiple-choice question – response percentages may not add up to 100.

Source:
Survey of 150 users of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform

What applications do you use with Dynamic Tiering?

VMware virtual server
90%
Oracle
60%
SAP applications
30%
Microsoft SQL
40%
Microsoft Exchange
60%
NAS storage
10%
Other
0%

Note: this is a multiple-choice question – response percentages may not add up to 100.

Source:
Survey of 10 users of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform

What drive types are you using with Dynamic Tiering?

SSD
70%
SAS 15K
60%
SAS 10K
60%
SATA
100%

Note: this is a multiple-choice question – response percentages may not add up to 100.

Source:
Survey of 10 users of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform

Reasons for Using Hitachi Dynamic Tiering Virtual Volumes

Why did you decide to use Hitachi Dynamic Tiering virtual volumes?

Data or Information Lifecycle Management (DLM / ILM)
36%
Simplified management
73%
Improved performance
45%
Reduce storage costs
82%
Automatic tiering of monolithic database
36%

Note: this is a multiple-choice question – response percentages may not add up to 100.

Source:
Survey of 11 users of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform


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