Hitachi VSP G and F Series

July 15, 2020

Technology Overview


Hitachi Vantara storage sets a foundation of dependability, resiliency and agility throughout its storage product line. Hitachi's Mid-Range storage offerings span four different storage models which support block and file workloads. They contain enterprise features that can achieve enterprise performance without a rip and replace mentality. 

Hitachi's mid-range storage offering enables small and midsize business, features and functions that the large enterprises find necessary in specific workload form factors. Movement amongst the models permits for certain upgrades to be done in place. Hitachi will work to understand your needs today and into the future, so you do not get pigeonholed into an all-flash array that cannot support multiple media types. Instead, we lead your consolidation efforts by placing workloads within the right price per GB media, delivering quality of service across all loads. Guaranteeing 100 percent data availability and mobility throughout the lifespan of the storage solution and beyond.

Hitachi Vantara has taken the time to understand that when consolidating into one storage platform, an all-flash array (AFA) can become costly for workloads that do not require storage performance from flash disk types. Hybrid flash or the Hitachi VSP G series platform enables flash and spinning disk types to work in harmony within a consolidated storage offering. When workloads demand flash performance at scale, the Hitachi VSP F series platform deliveries industry-leading all-flash technology within a single array.

Offering the ability to consolidate a G or F series workloads does not give Hitachi superiority in this market; instead, it's the quality of enterprise features we have enabled within the mid-range class. As storage technologies continue to emerge, Hitachi has pioneered the use of standard components and operating systems to support adopting these technologies efficiently and without data downtime to applications. Systems capable of Flash and NVMe technologies must bring with it the ability to provide active/active controllers end to end. Having a storage system with flash and active/active controllers allows data encryption and deduplication features to operate with minimal impact on the application. 

With Hitachi, we will not prioritize these features over your application IO. Instead, we will ensure you are adopting new technologies without compromising performance to gain efficiency.

Mid-Range Agility

Hitachi has simplified your experience by delivering the entire VSP portfolio, with standard operating systems, management tools, APIs, and hardware components. Select from the G/F 350 or 370 with 2U controllers and grow these systems using storage virtualization technologies into the G/F 700 or 900 with 4U controllers’ models.  All disk trays of each of these systems are 2U and are interactive components between the models. 

Growing within the 2U or 4U controllers requires license upgrades and CPU and Memory changes.

Powering the Hitachi VSP G and F series arrays are the Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS). Which delivers scalability through advanced active-flash tiering that analyzes data streams in real-time and moves data from disk to flash for rapid access by applications.  This enhanced tiering allows organizations to meet demanding service level agreements (SLAs) for performance with a cost-effective mix of flash and disks. 

Hitachi continues to develop and enhance SVOS technologies to extend capabilities beyond dynamic pools and tiering. This includes the use of a Global Active device (GAD) to enable multiple storage systems as an active/active disaster recovery scenario. 

With SVOS over one hundred different arrays from both Hitachi and our competitors can be virtualized behind Hitachi controllers. We extend the features and functions of our arrays into older systems or replace competitors for simple and phased migrations to the Hitachi Storage portfolio.

Mid-Range Resiliency

Any interruption to data availability jeopardizes revenue generation, brand reputation, and contractual obligations. For your business to succeed and continue to innovate, you need to guarantee that the foundation of your business infrastructure is always available. Our 100% data availability guarantee for Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) family systems ensures that your company meets its information availability requirements. If there is a loss of availability of data caused by a malfunction of the storage system that makes it unable to read or write data, we will credit your company for replacement equipment. The architecture is built to protect against single points of failure and protect against disks failures free of charge through intelligent parity groups and additional standby disks.

Hitachi doesn’t just standby our equipment and back it by guarantee, and we continue to improve the availability and resiliency of your data through industry-leading local and remote replications. Disasters and business continuity solutions need intelligent storage systems to intelligently and efficiently store replicas of the data with ease. With a global-active device, we enable full active/active metro-clustering between data centers that can be up to 500km apart. Replicate to a third data center using Hitachi Universal Replicator software, which offers bidirectional replication, to make efficient use of all your investments. Your system can be monitored in the cloud via Hitachi Remote Ops to predict and prevent downtime proactively. This series is supported by Hitachi Op-Center Protector, which provides application-aware snapshots, copy data management, and instant recovery. You can recover from a data disaster in seconds, not hours!

Management Automation

Set up a VSP G or F series quickly and manage it, immediately using Hitachi Storage Advisor (HSA). They are designed for IT generalists. HSA uses an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) and recommended configuration practices to reduce the time to complete provisioning tasks as well as any diagnostic operations. 

Powerful functionality comes bundled with the foundation software package, which includes HAS, local replication, analytics, data mobility, nondisruptive migration, and SVOS. The advanced software package includes everything in the foundation package plus removes replication, automation, and global-active device, to support more demanding service level agreement requirements.

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