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TechValidate Research on Hitachi NAS Platform

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483 Customers Surveyed

3,437 Data Points Collected

89 Published TechFacts

16 Published Charts

16 Published Case Studies



Selected Research Highlights


HNAS Helps Cut OPEX

31% of IT organizations reduced their Operating Expenditures (OPEX) costs by 15% or more by deploying their Hitachi High-performance NAS Platform.

Hitachi Addressing a Wide Set of Challenges for VMware Users

What challenges did deploying Hitachi NFS/NAS for VMware solve for your organization?

Improved the efficiency of VM lifecycle
11%
Reduced IT infrastructure costs through capacity efficiencies
33%
Improved overall system uptime
33%
Delivered faster predictable performance
33%
Improved disaster recovery
24%
Improved data protection of critical corporate information
20%
Ability to scale to meet workload growth within VMware environment
26%
Improved management efficiencies of existing infrastructure resources
23%
Simplicity network storage infrastructure requirements
37%
Other
23%

Most HNAS Systems Used with Microsoft Windows

55% of IT organizations are using CIFS to connect to their Hitachi High-performance NAS Platform.

Customers Value Hitachi Features for their VMware Environment

Which key Hitachi NAS/Hitachi Unified Storage features are critical to you within your VMware environment?

Quick and space efficient storage based VM snapshots and clones
48%
Hybrid core architecture (FPGA’s) to deliver predictable performance
20%
Hardware accelerated file system
34%
Tiered file system with flash meta data
28%
Primary deduplication
26%
Policy based tiering
21%
IP and FC replication
23%
HUS/HNAS plugins, VMware adapters
26%
Other
15%

Case Study: Medium Enterprise Insurance Company

Introduction

This case study of a medium enterprise insurance company is based on a October 2009 survey of Hitachi NAS Platform customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“We cut costs with HNAS”

Challenges

  • Purchased their Hitachi High-performance NAS Platform were to reduce costs

Use Case

  • Main use is primary storage for files and objects.
  • Deployed in conjunction with zOS
  • Uses Fibre Channel (FC) to interface with HNAS

Results

  • Purchase their Hitachi High-performance NAS Platform for performance and scalability
  • Saved $100K compared to traditional storage alternatives.
  • Saved $100K of capital expenditures (CAPEX) by scaling capacity and I/O throughput independently.
  • Reduced Operating Expenditures (OPEX) costs by 5%
  • Increased application performance by 10% or less.

Case Study: Global 500 Banking Company

Introduction

This case study of a Global 500 banking company is based on a October 2009 survey of Hitachi NAS Platform customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“In conjunction with vmware esx we are able to save time and reduce costs for testing new software by building virtual machines in a few hours rather then a few weeks. "

Challenges

  • Cited that the top reasons for purchasing their Hitachi High-performance NAS Platform were to:
    • Consolidate servers
    • Consolidate storage
    • Support business growth expectations

Use Case

  • Main use is secondary storage for files and objects (backup/restore, DR, etc.).
  • Deployed in conjunction with the following applications:
    • Oracle Applications
    • VMware vSphere
  • Uses Fibre Channel (FC) to interface with HNAS

Results

  • Purchased their Hitachi High-performance NAS Platform for the following reasons:
    • Performance and scalability
    • Integration with Hitachi SAN Storage Arrays
  • Saved $50K compared to traditional storage alternatives.
  • Saved $20K of capital expenditures (CAPEX) by scaling capacity and I/O throughput independently.
  • Reduced Operating Expenditures (OPEX) costs by 25%
  • Increased application performance by between 20% and 30%.


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