The simplest SME storage in the world

Hitachi Data Systems sets new standard.

Hitachi Data Systems has launched a new SMS 100 array that, the company claims, needs no on-site service. HDS also said that the product would run for up to five years with plug-in replacement disk drives for failed drives.

The Simple Modular Storage System 100 scales from under 1TB to under 9TB and uses 500GB Serial ATA (SATA) drives. It is intended for use by small and medium enterprises and branch offices of larger organizations. HDS says it has fused together its consumer electronics ease-of-use and simplicity with its professional storage expertise to develop the SMS 100. The system can, HDS says, be unpacked and installed in minutes, and then runs for up to five years.

HDS thinks five years is an average working life for such products and it is an indicative life, not a fixed one.

The SMS 100 plugs into a standard three-pin socket and doesn't need a datacenter-class power supply. It is installed by customers using a wizard-based GUI plus an included auto-configuration tool. HDS asserts that no technical training whatsoever is needed to install, use and manage it, the product being designed to work well with Windows and Symantec Backup Exec.

The SMS 100 can have four disks for customer data plus two for RAID 6 protection. The disks can be 140GB or 300GB serial-attached SCSI (SAS), or 500GB or 750GB serial ATA (SATA) format. Capacity scales from 584GB to 3TB of customer-usable storage.

Mike Walkey, an HDS SVP, said: "Hitachi and its channel partners around the world are breaking new ground today by answering the demand for high-performance and highly reliable storage systems that are simple to use and are virtually 'service-less."

If a disk drive fails then HDS is alerted automatically and ships a replacement drive. The customer inserts this into a 'plug and play' slot and the array software uses it automatically. There is no need to remove the failed drive. HDS describes this as 'non-stop' availability.

There are two such slots. If a third drive fails then HDS ships a complete replacement unit to the customer. A cable is used to link the old and new boxes and data automatically migrated across while the first array is in use. Then the new array is switched on, the data on the old one deleted and it then gets shipped back to HDS. There is no additional service charge for this; it being included in the product purchase price.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Chris Mellor

Techworld.com
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?