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Hitachi Data Instance Director redesigned for scalability

Hitachi Vantara's Data Instance Director 6 was built with MongoDB to scale 100 times more than the previous version. HDID 6 also improves access control for security.

The latest version of Hitachi Vantara's Data Instance Director data protection platform supports a new RESTful API for cloud deployments and includes a ransomware protection utility.

Hitachi Data Instance Director (HDID) was rearchitected with MongoDB as the underlying database. The more robust database enables Hitachi Data Instance Director 6 -- generally available Tuesday -- to scale to hundreds of thousands of objects, compared to the previous version, which scaled to thousands of objects.

The software was also upgraded from a single login access control to a granular, role-based access control at the RESTful API layer, so service providers have a secure interface to control domains, access roles and resources.

In addition, a new data retention utility automatically places a data snapshot in a lockdown write-once, read-many mode in case a company gets hit with a ransomware attack.

Hitachi Data Instance Director
The Hitachi Data Instance Director dashboard helps manage policies, data flow and licenses across nodes.

Hitachi Vantara was created in September when Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group and Pentaho combined into one business unit. Now, Hitachi is rebranding Hitachi Data Instance Manager as Hitachi Data Instance Director. The product is based on the Cofio Software technology that Hitachi acquired in 2012. Hitachi's data recovery software manages backup, archiving, replication, bare metal recovery and continuous data protection with a single platform.

"(Version 5) had a flat file database," said Rich Vining, Hitachi's senior worldwide product marketing manager for data protection. "Now it's been architected to be 100 times more scalable than previous versions. Now you can set up as many users as you want with access rights. It can handle hundreds of users and restore points."

Hitachi rounds out its data protection portfolio

Phil Goodwin, research director for IDC's storage systems and software research practice, said the most significant part of the HDID upgrade is that Hitachi can now directly provide data protection capabilities to the user, instead of depending on partners.

"This rounds out their portfolio," he said. "The HDID is a high-level management console and workflow director that invokes Hitachi TrueCopy and Universal Replicator to move data. Before, you had to manage TrueCopy and Replicator individually with each piece of hardware, but now, this gives a higher level workflow."

Hitachi Data Instance Director works with the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platforms, the Hitachi Unified Storage VM, the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform and the Hitachi NAS Platform. The HDID targets customers with large databases.

We are using snapshot technology so we can work and protect large databased environments where traditional backups can't perform as well.
Rich Viningsenior worldwide product marketing manager for data protection, Hitachi

"We are using snapshot technology so we can work and protect large databased environments where traditional backups can't perform as well," Vining said. "Built into the system are a set of replication technologies, such as thin image, shadow image, and synchronous and asynchronous replication.

"The challenge is these technologies are fairly complicated to set up, and HDID automates the thin image, shadow image and replication."

The new role-based access controls also enable Hitachi Data Instance Director to offer cloud services that include backup as a service, copy data management and business continuity as a service. The new RESTful API can be used to connect to other services and cloud repositories.

Vining said roadmap plans call for the ability to use cloud storage as a backup target for Hitachi Content Platform object storage, as well. 

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