Strategic Vendor Series: HDS

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) made a big splash with its new line of TagmaStore products. In this Strategic Storage Vendor Series, we take a look at HDS -- where it's been and where it's headed.

Hitachi Data Systems Corp. (HDS) is a subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. in Japan, a huge conglomerate with about $80 billion in sales. Its storage-systems group -- which includes HDS in Santa Clara, Calif., as well as a part of Hitachi that sells the same products in Japan -- is a fraction of the company, racking up $2.5 billion in sales in the year ended March 31, 2003.

According to the latest figures from Gartner Inc., Hitachi's external controller-based storage accounts for about 8% of the market, trailing EMC, which has a 21% market share, and HP, which has almost 19%.

Products

Key hardware products from HDS include the latest monolithic array TagmaStore, the Lightning 9900v series of high-end systems, Thunder 9500v modular systems, a NAS blade for the Lightning and NAS gateways via a reseller deal with Network Appliance.

Looking at the software side of things, HDS offers in-system replication (ShadowImage), remote replication (TrueCopy), copy-on-write snapshot software, mirroring (FlashCopy), asynchronous remote replication across HDS and third-party systems (Universal Replicator), storage resource management (HiCommand) and support for Veritas and Commvault backup software.

What are HDS' key hardware offereings?

What are HDS' key software offerings?

Take a closer look at HDS with Enterprise Strategy Group's Tony Asaro and Evaluator Group's Randy Kerns.

In which areas is HDS strong in storage?

In which areas is HDS weak in storage?

What is HDS' strategic direction?

Where does HDS have an edge over its competitors?

What challenges does HDS face in terms of growing market share?

Additional HDS headlines:

HDS reinvents high-end arrays (Storage Magazine) TagmaStore: Users swoon but competitors say no sweat (Sept., 08 2004)

HDS unveils Lightning 3 -- TagmaStore (Sept., 07 2004)

HDS throws Lightning strike (Sept., 02 2004)

Hitachi hatches mini drive for consumer devices (Sept., 01 2004)

Computer Crime Center solves data overload with HDS NAS (Aug. 18, 2004)

Copan outsources manufacturing to Hitachi OMD (Jul. 19, 2004)

Hitachi bets $500 million in China (Jun. 22, 2004)

HDS soups up SATA (Jun. 14, 2004)

HDS updates software, adds another box (May 05, 2004)

Hitachi releases durable mobile drive (Mar. 31, 2004)

At 400 GB, Hitachi DeskStar is new heavyweight champ (Mar. 10, 2004)

Hitachi announces biggest ever SCSI drive (Feb. 25, 2004)

Hitachi hurries 4 G-bit Fibre Channel (Jan. 06, 2004)

HDS adds iSCSI with help from McData (Nov. 20, 2003)

Gateway to resell Hitachi's Thunder (Nov. 19, 2003)

U.S. Army drops Symmetrix, enlists Lightning for SAN duty (Nov. 03, 2003)

This was first published in September 2004

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