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Hitachi Data Systems Virtual Storage Platform VSP F800

Modular rack-mounted Hitachi Data Systems VSP F800 runs the vendor's SVOS operating system software and is equipped with custom-designed flash storage modules.

Bronze winner in the Storage magazine/ 2016 Products of the Year All-Flash Systems category.

Bronze winner Hitachi Data Systems' (HDS) Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) F series marked the vendor's first array platform to bundle both Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS) and its dense custom-built flash module drives (FMDs).

The modular rack-mounted VSP F800 is the high-capacity VSP model with a 512 GB and 448 TB of usable flash storage following deduplication. The system is available with various fixed capacity FMD configurations. It does not permit disk or SSDs to be used, part of a HDS' strategy to reduce host latency and boost throughput across all connection ports.

Hitachi VSP F800 is "based on strength of [HDS'] proven hardened array" one judge noted. Another judge said the manufacturer's $69,860 list makes VSP F800 "a good value at the price."

HDS engineered VSP F800 flash for high availability and top-end random performance of 1.4 million IOPS and 24 GBps of bandwidth, including Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity. Multiple applications can be consolidated on a single VSP F800 platform with HDS' guaranteed performance and uptime. Data protection includes redundant snapshots, asynchronous and synchronous replication, and component monitoring.

Hitachi FMD devices use a parallel non-blocking architecture to maximize I/O to and from NAND flash. To minimize latency, the flash intelligence prioritizes application I/O higher than background tasks. Each FMD performs Inline compression and distributes data reduction to reduce controller overhead.

The vendor claimed FMD storage is five times faster than traditional SSDs, with each module backed by a data availability guarantee for applications requiring high performance and uptime.

Hitachi Data Systems VSP F800

Hitachi Storage Advisor is a wizard-driven automated configuration and management tool geared to simplify VSP F800 installation. The management dashboard provides at-a-glance monitoring and phone-home capabilities. Integration is included for OpenStack, VMware and REST APIs for third-party management tools.

In addition, you can combine VSP F800 arrays as part of Hitachi's Unified Compute Platform for organizations seeking a converged compute, network and storage stack. Other products in the VSP F Series include the VSP F400 and F600 all-flash storage.

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