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NEC Introduces New HYDRAstor® HS6-4000A
[July 30, 2014]

NEC Introduces New HYDRAstor® HS6-4000A

IRVING, Texas --(Business Wire)--

NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT, networking and communications solutions, today announced the launch of its HYDRAstor HS6-4000A, a new scale-out grid storage solution designed for a highly efficient and affordable long-term data archive. The HS6-4000A leverages HYDRAstor's proven architecture, with a scalable Object Store back-end and scale-out performance to support both existing and future data growth requirements for large data archives. In addition, the HS6 series bundles Global Namespace (GNS) functionality, and also introduces an optional high-speed image compression capability, for highly efficient storage of large repositories of bitmap files.

HYDRAstor is NEC's highly scalable distributed grid storage platform, built to modernize storage infrastructure to support long-term data retention. HYDRAstor has been architected to maximize capacity optimization and modular scalability, without the complexity and inherent limitations of legacy storage solutions -- such as expensive, inefficient primary storage, limited scale-up NAS, virtual or physical tape, or specialized single-purpose backup or archive appliances. The HS6 series focuses on large archive environments, by incorporating additional new features for efficient long-term storage while reducing the associated costs.

The new HS6-4000A offers the following key features and capabilities:

  • Modular scale-out to165 nodes with 7.92PB RAW capacity and up to 178.2 TB/hr performance
  • Advanced erasure-coded data resiliency with 1-6 levels of protection and low overhead
  • Inline global deduplication and compression for efficient storage of large archive data
  • Investment protection with non-disruptive expansion and up to three generations of hardware
  • Automatic distribution of data across the backend for balancing and eliminating hot spots
  • High availability with automatic failover across front-end nodes
  • Global Namespace for fast and flexible access to all data through all front-end nodes
  • Data shredding capability, supporting secure erase of classified information
  • Optional WAN-optimized data replication for disaster recovery
  • Optional in-place data encryption for protecting secure data against unauthorized access
  • Optional WORM capability, supporting automatic retention policies for regulatory compliance
  • Optional high-speed image compression for efficient storage of bitmap files

"With a scale-out high performance architecture that integrates inline global deduplication and compression and advanced erasure-coded data resiliency, HYDRAstor's technology is very well positioned to address the most stringent requirements for secure storage of long-term data archives for enterprise customers," said Terri McClure, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group (News - Alert). "IT is struggling with managing vast amounts of unstructured data, and growth is accelerating. HYDRAstor can help alleviate the pain of storing and managing that unstructured data with an efficient, cost effective footprint."

In recent years, customer demand for storage capacity to support long-term data has grown significantly. With applications such as big data analytics, digital voice and image capture driving data growth, enterprise organizations require a highly efficient and cost effective scalable platform to keep up with data growth. The key requirements to support environments that represent the majority of user data include modular and flexible scalability, high data resiliency, immediate access and availability, and capacity optimization to reduce footprint and overall costs. HYDRAstor HS6-4000A addresses all these requirements with its modular scale-out architecture to support PB-scale archives, advanced data resiliency and protection against up to six concurrent disk or entire node failures, high availability with automatic failover and GNS across nodes, and data deduplication and compression for space reduction and lower costs. In addition, the HS6 series offers additional features to support large archive repositories, including regulatory compliance enforcement at the storage system level with shredding, WORM, and encryption capabilities.

The HYDRAstor HS6-4000A also introduces an optional new High-speed Image Compression feature for bitmap files, based on image conversion and encoding technology developed by NEC. This image codec feature delivers fast and efficient lossless compression for bitmap image files, while maintaining the integrity of the original data. In software compression tests using color images, compression speed was 10-40 times higher than JPEG2000 while delivering similar compression ratios, and expansion speed was 6-13 times higher. This capability is especially useful for applications that store large amounts of image data, such as medical imaging and monitoring systems that capture images at irregular intervals.

"The HS6-4000A further extends the value that NEC's HYDRAstor technology brings to enterprise customers," said Gideon Senderov, director of Advanced Storage, NEC Corporation of America. "This new storage solution delivers enterprise class scalability, resiliency, and efficiency, while adding new capabilities such as GNS and high-speed image compression and reducing the cost point for archive environments. We will continue to respond to our customers' needs and further push the envelope on increasing efficiency and performance with innovative solutions that maximize the value we deliver to our customers."

The new HS6-4000A platform is generally available immediately. List price starts at $55,000 per 1GbE Hybrid Node, and $40,000 per Storage Node. The High-speed Image Compression option list price is $17,500 per node.

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