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Hitachi: The Value of uValue

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This week I’ve been catching up with the folks at Hitachi in Japan, including a visit with the Storage Division.  Unfortunately that part of the week was under NDA and so can’t be discussed.  What I can say is what was discussed was extremely interesting and I look forward to what we get to see in the future.  However, back to things we can talk about.  On Thursday myself and the other attendees paid a visit to the annual Hitachi uValue conference, this year celebrating 100 years of Hitachi as a company.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this event, as the website (which is Japanese only) isn’t too helpful.  Google Translate does a reasonable job on most of the content but it doesn’t really give you a clue about the event itself and the benefits from attending.

Hiroaki Nakanishi Keynote Speech

Hiroaki Nakanishi Keynote Speech

The event started with a keynote speech from Hiroaki Nakanishi, Hitachi President and Representative Executive Officer in a huge auditorium holding thousands of people.  I suspect there were few western delegates there, however we were provided with translation equipment as the presentation was in Japanese.  The historical and forward looking speech detailed Hitachi’s history, highlighting some interesting products and clearly demonstrating how Hitachi technology is pervasive in Japanese life.  What was most surprising (and probably more surprising for those people who don’t believe Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) forms an integral part of the company) is that the Hitachi products (including Hitachi Content Platform) received a significant amount of airtime.

The convention also showcases the technology products produced by Hitachi and along with the other attendees we were taken on a tour of the showfloor.  Products demonstrated included healthcare (see the attached pictures), transportation (rail rollingstock and automotive components), robotics (again the picture), power generation and a wide range of Information Technology products.

Within the Japanese domestic market, Hitachi already sells blade servers and networking equipment.  I was able to spend time and look at the blade systems available, including a high-density 40-server blade system (pictured).  These devices (and potentially the networking equipment) will form part of the Hitachi Unified Computing Platform, soon to be released globally.

The uValue convention was a pleasant surprise; I hadn’t understood the scale and diversity of the products Hitachi produced.  I await with interest the release of UCP as there is already a maturity in the Hitachi offering.   As usual the devil will be in the detail.

In the meantime, enjoy this short video of me, other attendees and Hitachi/HDS staff, enjoying our food over the 4 days, plus a Flickr link to pictures I took.

Hitachi uValue 2010 Pictures

About Chris M Evans

Chris M Evans has worked in the technology industry since 1987, starting as a systems programmer on the IBM mainframe platform, while retaining an interest in storage. After working abroad, he co-founded an Internet-based music distribution company during the .com era, returning to consultancy in the new millennium. In 2009 Chris co-founded Langton Blue Ltd (www.langtonblue.com), a boutique consultancy firm focused on delivering business benefit through efficient technology deployments. Chris writes a popular blog at http://blog.architecting.it, attends many conferences and invitation-only events and can be found providing regular industry contributions through Twitter (@chrismevans) and other social media outlets.
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  • Vish

    We have USPV 9990 Hitachi storage array. I would like to know CE’s how they will create the Hypers when they install it? if they configure as per industry best practices we would have lot’s of performance issues. We recently fix the one of the performance issue by striping at volume level on the server. I guess when they create the hypers it’s not balanced across the disks otherwise why do we require again strip at the voulme level?

    Or

    Is this normal for the hitachi storage devices? or Can we fine at array level…

    and what elase can drive the performance issue since the oracle devices ar so busy?

  • Vish

    • We have USPV 9990 Hitachi storage array. I would like to know CE’s how they will create the Hypers when they install it? if they configure as per industry best practices we would not have lot’s of performance issues. We recently fix the one of the performance issue by striping at volume level on the server. I guess when they create the hypers it’s not balanced across the disks otherwise why do we require again strip at the volume level?
    Or
    Is this normal for the hitachi storage devices? or Can we fine tune at array level…
    and what else can drive the performance issue since the oracle devices are so busy? Because we resolved one of the issue by striping the volume level.

  • http://www.brookend.com Chris Evans

    Vish

    On the 9990 (USP-V) the choice is yours. All the devices are virtual volumes, so once the RAID groups are established, you choose to carve the LUNs (LDEVs) out of those RAID groups however you choose. So, for instance, if you were using 300GB drives, RAID3+1 you would expect around 900GB usable space; that’s 90x 10GB LDEVs or 18x 50GB LDEVs or whatever combination or size you chose – Virtual volumes are user defined.

    Typically I would ask an engineer to install all the space as a single LUN for each RAID group. I’d then delete that LUN, returning everything to free space then carve out the LUNs I required. If you have an application that requires performance, your best option is to create smaller LUNs/LDEVs across multiple RAID groups and stripe at the host level. If you have Dynamic Provisioning installed, you can add a number of RAID groups together and create dynamic volumes from that pool and so achieve better performance.

    If you want more information, my contact details are on the about page.

    Regards
    Chris

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