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Hitachi Vantara (formerly known as Hitachi Data Systems) delivered a single, fully integrated platform, comprising its Hitachi NAS Platform (HNAS), Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS), and tape. The solution supported 4PB of online and object storage, and 2PB of nearline storage. HUS enables Intersect to cost-effectively manage large, file-based, unstructured data. This high-density storage comes with comprehensive and integrated management for block, file and object data as well as dynamic provisioning, dynamic load balancing and auto-tiering capabilities.
In this video: Intersect CEO, Dr Ian Gibson discusses his choice to partner with Hitachi. (1min, 19s).
HNAS enhances the economics and functionality with an efficient, highly scalable, and high-performance NAS system that also automates system failover and failback with high-speed, object-based replication for disaster recovery. Using a policy-driven tiering system, the Hitachi infrastructure solution moves research data after it is examined and analysed into the SpectraLogic tape library. This tiering ensures that the organization has cost-effective, long-term storage for less frequently used data assets.
While storing and managing the research data was a key requirement, it was equally vital to properly catalogue and enable easy discovery of the data. Hitachi Content Platform allows Intersect to store, share, synchronize, protect, preserve, analyse and retrieve file data in a single system. With its unique metadata gathering and scalability from a few terabytes to tens of petabytes, HCP creates a secure multi- tenancy content cloud for file access, sharing and collaboration on the Intersect facility. Researchers access the content cloud via a centralized portal, which creates a virtual laboratory environment. “We need to provide a high-bandwidth environment and error-recovery with self-repairing software that ensures no loss of data and a very low file-corruption rate,” Gibson said. “Hitachi provided us with those software features and we are now able to manage vast amounts of scientific information.”
We need to provide a high-bandwidth environment and error-recovery with self-repairing software that ensures no loss of data and a very low file-corruption rate. Hitachi provided us with those software features and we are now able to manage vast amounts of scientific information.
Dr. Ian Gibson
CEO, Intersect Australia
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