NEC Announces “Mini-HYDRA” Enterprise-Grade Storage Solution for SMBs

Provides up to 60 percent higher throughput, lowers power usage by as much as 45 percent than previous models.

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NEC Corporation of America has upgraded its HYDRAstor HS3 (mini-HYDRA) to deliver 60 percent higher throughput with 45 percent lower power usage compared to the previous mini-HYDRA generation. The new HS3-310 targets the small and midsize enterprise (SME) and remote enterprise offices to provide enterprise-class performance for a significantly lower investment.

The mini-HYDRA is a single-node system that is fully compatible with the larger scale-out grid-based HYDRAstor system allowing an easy, cost-effective transition when capacity needs exceed 12TB. Once transitioned into a grid environment, HYDRAstor allows for global deduplication and scalability, which prevents silos of deduped data and efficiency loss, all on one single management system.

The new generation HYDRAstor HS3-310 maintains the same functionality of the HYDRAstor product line, including high-performance inline deduplication and compression at 2.1 TB/hr for standard I/O, as well as advanced erasure-coded data resiliency that is typically only available on larger multi-node enterprise grid systems. HYDRAstor’s Distributed Resilient Data (DRD) erasure-coding delivers better data resiliency and faster data rebuild with less capacity or processing overhead compared to traditional RAID 5 or RAID 6. The new mini-HYDRA also maintains investment protection, enabling expansion to a multi-node HYDRAstor HS8-3000 grid system starting with a single node HS3-310.

Highlights of the HS3-310 mini-HYDRA include:

  • Single-node system with high performance
  • 6 x 1GbE connections to support higher connectivity and throughput
  • Option for 10GbE connectivity

Dynamic data shredding is also available on the mini-HYDRA and in grid-based systems, allowing for mixed classified and unclassified data environments. This capability allows the administrator to shred deleted data, making it unrecoverable or readable. This is important for confidential data stored in an unsecured storage system with open user access.

More information is available at /www.necam.com/hydrastor.