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HDS launches Virtual Storage Platform (VSP); SANpulse launches storage discovery app

Headlines: Hitachi Data Systems launches the Hitachi VSP, an upgrade to its enterprise storage array; plus, professional services company launches a storage discovery application.

Storage channel news roundup for Sept. 23-29, 2010

HDS launches Virtual Storage Platform (VSP)

Hitachi Data Systems launched the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) this week, an upgrade to its enterprise storage array. The new VSP now acts as the vendor's main SAN array, taking the place of the HDS Universal Storage Platform V (USP V). It also features automated tiering and an enhanced storage management suite.

The VSP is based on the same architecture as the USP; it uses the crossbar internal switching architecture to bind controller chassis as a single logical switch. However, the VSP uses Intel processors and supports 2.5-inch 6 Gbps SAS. It also links more switches, giving it greater scalability.

Read the full story on the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform.

SANpulse rolls out SAN reporting tool, SANatomy

SANpulse Technologies, a professional services firm, launched a storage discovery application this week. SANatomy is based on intellectual property from a tool that SANpulse uses for its professional services. The storage discovery application produces in-depth reports on SAN arrays, switches and servers, to assist customers in their preparation for data center consolidation projects, storage virtualization and cloud storage implementation.

"We are in the services business, and we're launching into the product business now. This is the first step," said Ralph Hennen, managing director of software development at SANpulse.

Read the full story on the storage discovery application SANatomy.

SRM tools may get second look from IT shops

Many IT shops have opted not to implement storage resource management (SRM) tools in the past because of their cost and complexity. However, those same IT shops are now beginning to reconsider SRM software due to their expanding storage environments and tight budgets.

Benefits of storage resource management tools include good visibility and insight as well as data to help improve storage utilization rates. Also, major SRM tools can report on storage usage, capacity planning, data storage performance analysis, problem alerts, provisioning and device configuration.

Read the full story on updates to storage resource management tools.

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