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The latest wave of product improvements from Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) cuts the total cost of ownership by up to 30% and enables performance of up to one million IOPS.

Improvements to Hitachi Unified Storage VM (HUS VM), Hitachi Unified Storage and Hitachi NAS Platform, and Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) deliver "performance, efficiency and economic enhancements across the board," HDS ANZ chief technology officer Adrian De Luca told iTWire.

• A new NAS controller for Hitachi Unified Storage and Hitachi NAS Platform delivers up to twice the performance of competing products.

HDS acquired NAS company BlueArc in October 2011, and the new 4000 series is the first generation of BlueArc products to go through HDS's hardening, testing and resilience processes. Mr De Luca described it as "a Hitachi Data Systems quality product."

The 4000 series delivers twice the IOPS of its closest competitor, has double the internal memory to support mass consolidation, and includes support for 10GB Ethernet.

Two 4000 nodes deliver the same capacity and performance as six nodes of the competing product, Mr De Luca claimed.

Furthermore, the design of the products allow for non-disruptive upgrades from the 4060 to the 4080 and on to the 40100, or from older BlueArc equipment, he said.

Consolidation and efficiency improvements translate to a reduction in the total cost of ownership of up to 30%, he added.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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