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Vol. 3 No. 7 September 2004

HDS reinvents high-end arrays

TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform configurations When a major hardware storage vendor says it has big news, you expect bigger iron with eye-popping specs. In that respect, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) doesn't disappoint with its new TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform (USP) product line. The three new array models--soaring to a maximum capacity of 330TB--dwarf the 84TB top ends of EMC Corp.'s DMX 3000 and IBM Corp.'s ESS 800's 56TB and span and surpass HDS' current Lightning 9970V and 9980V products. Performance, too, has been enhanced, to the point where the entry-level model of the new line matches that of the current high-end Lightning 9980V. HDS' HiStar architecture has been further refined--and redubbed the Universal Star Network, or U-Star--with reworked caching designs that yield substantial improvements in cached bandwidth, number of data paths and cache memory operations, among other parameters. But bigger and faster isn't the whole story. Besides delivering high-performance storage, the three USP models can act as ...

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