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Oct 3 2008   11:25AM GMT

HDS: Something self-healing and disk-based is coming. . .

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

And if I had to guess, I’d say it’s a new disk array. A self-healing, dynamically performance-optimized disk array.

For one thing, the latest fad is for new disk arrays to be promoted in what public relations pros call a “rolling thunder” fashion, where deliberately mysterious statements are made and glimpses are given of an upcoming product until the moment of its launch. See also: Xiotech’s ISE, Oracle’s Database Machine. HDS’s “to be named” is no exception.

More clues on the HDS preview website: “Hitachi + DLB = agile, no touch, no bottlenecks formula.” My guess is that DLB means dynamic load balancing, especially since, well, everything else on the site is about dynamic load balancing.

For example, click on “View video” and some dude walks up to you, saying:

Get ready. It’s coming. What if you could improve your service level agreements for virtually any storage workload? Like you, I want the perfect formula, minimizing I/O disruption and bottlenecks. But what would that formula be? I believe it includes purchasing the minimum number of required disks to meet the performance criteria of all requests. Automatic workload management and exceptional bandwidth. Now I would like to ask, what if I give you the ability to dynamically shift I/O processing to keep workloads running smoothly? Then, what would your ideal storage environment look like?

At this point three choices appear inside the video screen:

  1. Minimal manual intervention required
  2. Minimize the risk of degradation when shifting I/O processing
  3. Self-healing system to overcome failure of key components

Meanwhile, a countdown clock on the site reads 9 days, 16 hours, 53 minutes, 52 seconds. In other words, Oct. 13 — the first day of Storage Networking World.

Around here, the scuttlebutt has been strong that HDS is prepping a new AMS (Adaptable Modular Storage) midrange array. The high-end USP has already gotten a couple of recent refreshes, including a mini-version, as well as a software update; it would make sense for HDS’s midrange arrays to be up for a revamp next.

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