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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


Midrange HNAS Ideal for VMware Environments

58% of IT organizations use their Hitachi NAS Models 3080/3090 in conjunction with VMware Server Virtualization.

58%

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%.

Innovative Feature Ratings

Which of the innovative features listed below for Hitachi NAS Platform 3080/3090 have been the most valuable to you?

Primary storage deduplication
22%
Policy based file tiering
17%
Data protection services
35%
Hardware accelerated performance
48%
Other
29%

Hitachi NAS for VMware Customer Review

4/5 Stars

How our organization uses Hitachi NAS/NFS for VMware:

High reliance on the network and contention with competing workloads on the NAS from a processing perspective.

Would you recommend Hitachi NAS/NFS for VMware?

Yes. It works well and allows for implementations that don’t have the ability to provide a large FC backend. It simplifies tiering as well.

Main Uses of HDS High Performance NAS

What is the main use of your Hitachi High-performance NAS system?

Primary storage for files and objects: 57%
Primary storage for block-based applications (via iSCSI or FC): 22%
Secondary storage for files and objects (backup/restore, DR, etc.): 9%
Secondary storage for block-based applications (backup/restore, DR, etc.): 0%
Other: 13%

Case Study: Large Enterprise Industrial Manufacturing Company

Introduction

This case study of a large enterprise industrial manufacturing 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.

“Our HNAS platform provides a way to grow our NAS solution with our user base, without having to select a new platform every time business growth rates change. The clustered hardware ensures that we have peace of mind from a redundancy point of view, should failures occur.”

Challenges

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

Use Case

  • Main use is primary storage for files and objects.
  • Deployed in conjunction with the following applications:
    • SMB/CIFS file access for Citrix clients
  • Uses the following protocols:
    • NFS
    • CIFS

Results

  • Purchased their Hitachi High-performance NAS Platform for the following reasons:
    • Performance and scalability
    • Integration with Hitachi SAN Storage Arrays
  • Saved $500K compared to traditional storage alternatives.
  • Saved $500K of capital expenditures (CAPEX) by scaling capacity and I/O throughput independently.
  • Reduced Operating Expenditures (OPEX) costs by 30%
  • Increased application performance by between 10% and 20%.


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About Hitachi NAS Platform

Hitachi NAS Platform, powered by BlueArc®, is an advanced and integrated network attached storage (NAS) solution.

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