Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System Overview Brochure
Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System
for Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000
Virtualize, Simplify Operations, Improve
Efficiencies and Reduce Costs
Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System
(SVOS) delivers the storage return on investment,
security and quality of service to applications that
companies require to thrive in today’s information
economy. An evolution of Hitachi Base Operating
System, it brings forth the heritage of the unique
embedded virtualization capabilities of Hitachi Virtual
Storage Platform (VSP).
Hitachi SVOS is an integrated software system that
provides the foundation for global storage virtual-
ization. It abstracts and manages heterogeneous
storage systems to provide a unified virtual storage
layer, resource pooling and automation. And SVOS
performs these tasks at enterprise scale with enter-
prise performance and reliability. It creates a virtual
storage environment that is available, automated and
agile. With self-optimization, automation, increased
operational efficiency, and improved performance
and storage utilization, SVOS delivers the most re-
turn on your storage investment.
Global Storage Virtualization
SVOS includes support for
a global storage virtualiza-
tion that brings together
and integrates multiple
VSP G1000 systems with
new global active devices*.
Global storage virtualization
connects and integrates multiple virtual-
ized storage platforms with active-active
clustering and volumes that span phys-
ical systems. Global active devices are
the spanned virtual volumes. Spanned
active-active volumes offer simplified
high-availability server configurations and
attractive distributed architecture advan-
tages for concurrent applications in 2 site
In this environment, integrated SVOS
storage system software provides system
element management and advanced
storage system functions. Such functions
include storage virtualization, thin provi-
sioning, storage service level controls and
performance instrumentation across multi-
ple storage platforms.
Enterprise IT is becoming overwhelmed by
the amount and variability of data, appli-
cations and change required to support
today’s information-intensive businesses. IT
is hindered by complex storage infrastruc-
tures and processes that are expensive,
laborious and don’t keep up with today’s
business needs. Simplification is needed to
reduce complexity and the operating cost of
running the infrastructure. To meet this need
Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating
System delivers an enterprise-ready global
storage virtualization environment. And it
provides the environment without adding
appliances and network connections.
Hitachi SVOS abstracts information from
storage systems, virtualizes and pools avail-
able storage resources and automates key
to centrally manage Hitachi storage systems
along with virtualized 3rd-party storage.
Device Manager is included with SVOS and
provides user, logical, physical and host
management views that enable configura-
tion, provisioning and storage pooling for
primary and secondary storage. It offers
multiple levels of security and resource par-
titioning for disks, ports and administrators.
Its reporting capabilities enable capacity
analysis based on server or application, or
physical storage class usage. A complete
command line interface (CLI) management
interface is also included.
Additional Hitachi Command Suite prod-
ucts are available for specific advanced
management functions, such as data
mobility and performance analytics. (See
“Complementary Solutions” section.)
Continuous Operations, Virtualization
■■ Supports virtual storage environment,
spanning local and remote physical
storage systems with global storage
Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System delivers the
high availability, automation and agility needed to get the most
return on your Hitachi enterprise storage investment.
data management (configuration, mobility,
optimization and protection) functions.
This unified virtual environment maximizes
the utilization and capabilities of your stor-
age resources. It also reduces operations
overhead and risk. Standards-compatible
for easy integration into IT environments,
SVOS industry-leading storage virtualization
and management capabilities enable the
upmost agility and control. SVOS helps to
build infrastructures that are continuously
available, automated and agile.
Management and Control
SVOS allows organizations to take
advantage of Hitachi automated storage
provisioning and tiering, unified manage-
ment and protection, and data mobility
capabilities. It supports these abilities within
a single standalone system or across an
entire heterogeneous storage pool. The
primary SVOS management tool, Hitachi
Device Manager, provides an easy-to-use
and intuitive graphical user interface (GUI)
* Separately licensed feature available after initial release.
Ask your HDS representative or partner for more
■■ Improves performance, reclaims capacity
and simplifies storage provisioning with
advanced thin provisioning.
■■ Virtualizes heterogeneous external storage
systems; enables older external storage with
SVOS capabilities, such as thin provisioning,
heterogeneous replication and virtual server
■■ Active-active support for storage volumes
spans local and remote physical storage
systems and provides for continuous opera-
tions with global active device feature*.
■■ Virtualizes and automates mobility between
tiers for maximum performance and effi-
ciency with Hitachi Dynamic Tiering*.
■■ Enables advanced control of online volume
migrations. Hitachi Tiered Storage Manager*
moves data for performance or opera-
tional reasons, within a storage system or
between virtualized storage systems, with-
out server or application disruption.
Configuration and Control
■■ Consolidates and rationalizes storage and
storage management points. Configures
the storage system for mixed Microsoft®
UNIX, Linux, mainframe and VMware vir-
tual server environments. Provides simple,
consistent, administrative operations
across storage systems. Enables access
from anywhere using secure protocols.
■■ Manages storage from a business per-
spective. Creates logical views that are
not tied to physical assets. This approach
forms a storage architecture that provides
the required service levels of cost, per-
formance, reliability and availability for the
different needs of different applications.
■■ Supports secure multitenancy, resource
partitions and enterprise authentication
system integration. Integrates Hitachi
storage with other management systems
through SNMP and CIM/SMI-S.
■■ Provides Hitachi Dynamic Link Manager
Advanced for advanced multipathing and
centralized management of distributed
SAN multipath configurations.
Self-Balancing and Automated
Performance and Capacity Optimization
■■ Automates efficient use of storage capac-
ity and performance. System self-adjusts
and optimizes to changing performance
and capacity requirements.
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■■ Leverages the benefits of Dynamic
Provisioning to allow block and file
environments to use both internal and
virtualized storage more efficiently and
■■ Ensures storage service levels to indi-
vidual servers or applications. Allows
workload balancing and performance
■■ Reduces administrator workload:
Administrators no longer need to micro-
manage the storage system. They can
take advantage of advanced data dis-
persion technologies and dynamic load
balancing to automatically improve and
optimize performance, reduce waste and
maximize storage utilization.
* Separately licensed feature. Consult your HDS sales contact for further information.