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Hitachi’s Universal Storage Platform™ V Solution

By late January 2008, two Hitachi Data Systems consultants working with Carlberg and Haibin Cao, UHC’s senior network administrator, had installed the Hitachi Universal Storage Platform™ V. They successfully migrated data from member-facing applications on the existing StorageTek FLX280 system with minimal system downtime. During the migration, the consultants collected information on how UHC was using Microsoft SQL Server on the old system, which enabled them to recommend the optimal configuration for the Universal Storage Platform V before deployment. The overall UHC implementation involved:

  • Replacing UHC’s StorageTek FLX280 system with the Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V running Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning software
  • Supporting UHC’s planned migration from SQL Server 2000 applications and databases to SQL Server 2005
  • Adding remote replication to provide failover capability
  • Switching to blade server technologies
  • Creating tiered storage by virtualizing a Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 500 system for Tiers 2 and 3 data storage

Hitachi’s Universal Storage Platform V used in UHC’s Data Center
In this photo: Hitachi’s Universal Storage Platform V
used in UHC’s data center.

The initial migration was performed with Hitachi ShadowImage® Heterogeneous Replication In-System Volume Mirroring software, and required an outage while switching from standard volumes to more efficient Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning volumes. This process was carried out without any downtime with the Hitachi Tiered Storage Manager software, which was available for non-disruptive migration of Dynamic Provisioning volumes immediately after the initial steps.

The Hitachi Data Systems consultants promptly accomplished the initial installation and remained available to assist, as needed with the Dynamic Provisioning software implementation. Hitachi also provided training to the UHC team members, who realized that maintaining the Universal Storage Platform V with Dynamic Provisioning software could be managed of their own.

In this video: Carlberg notes Hitachi’s post-sale support efforts that ensured a seamless transition and implementation. (0:31)

University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC)

Alliance of academic medical centers and their affiliated hospitals


Release Date:
March, 2011

Products & Services:
Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V, Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning software

Solutions By:
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS)

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