Infotech Lead America: NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a provider of IT, networking, communications and biometric solutions, has launched its fourth generation HYDRAstor HS8-4000.
HYDRAstor is NEC’s distributed grid storage platform, built to modernize storage infrastructure to support data retention.
The HS8-4000 expands the scalability of the HYDRAstor grid storage platform to greater than 900 TB/hr (250,000 MB/s) of throughput and greater than 100PB of capacity with inline global deduplication across a single scale-out system.
HYDRAstor has been built to maximize capacity optimization and modular scalability, without limitations like expensive inefficient primary storage, limited scale-up NAS, virtual or physical tape, or specialized single-purpose backup or archive appliances.
The HYDRAstor HS8-4000 introduces a new type of node – the Hybrid Node (HN), which combines the functionality of both an Accelerator Node and a Storage Node by adding both performance and capacity to a HYDRAstor grid system.
The new HS8-4000 Hybrid Nodes delivers 80 percent higher performance than previous-generation HS8-3000 Accelerator Nodes, with up to 5.6 TB/hr (1,550 MB/s) per Hybrid Node.
The HS8-4000 Hybrid Nodes also delivers four times the capacity of previous-generation HS8-3000 Storage Nodes, with 48TB of raw capacity per Hybrid Node. The HS8-4000 also introduces new Storage Nodes, which add only capacity to a HYDRAstor grid system at a lower cost than Hybrid Nodes. The HS8-4000 Storage Nodes deliver the same capacity as Hybrid Nodes, with 48TB per node or four times the capacity of HS8-3000 Storage Nodes.
The new fourth generation HS8-4000 delivers a lower footprint with new Hybrid Nodes versus Accelerator Nodes and 4.9 TB/hr of throughput (standard) per Hybrid Node. It offers 5.6 TB/hr of throughput (OST Express I/O) per Hybrid Node, 48 TB of raw capacity per Hybrid Node or Storage Node and 625 TB of effective capacity per Hybrid Node or Storage Node.
It provides greater than 900 TB/hr aggregate throughput in a single 165-node system and greater than 100PB effective capacity in a single 165-node system.
With the fourth generation HYDRAstor, NEC is also introducing a new version of the single-node Mini-HYDRA, the HS3-410. The new HS3-410 increases the performance of previous generation HS3-310 by 50 percent to 3.2 TB/hr for standard I/O or 3.5 TB/hr for OST Express I/O, and doubles the capacity up to 24TB.
The HS3-410 is available in several models with capacity licensing, including HS3-410-8 with 8TB, HS3-410-16 with 16TB, or HS3-410-24 with 24TB of raw capacity.
The new HS8-4000 Hybrid Node list pricing ranges from $85,000 for a 12TB capped single Hybrid Node to $190,000 per fully populated Hybrid Node.
The new HS3-410 Mini-HYDRA list price ranges from $35,000 for the HS3-410-8 to $75,000 for the HS3-410-24. HYDRAstor Generation 4 HS8-4000 and HS3-410 will be generally available on April 1, 2013.