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Hitachi, NetApp Bundle Storage Products

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Wednesday teamed with Network Appliance to market and sell enterprise network-attached storage (NAS) software.

Financial terms of the agreement were not made public but what is known is that Santa Clara, Calif.-based HDS will fit Sunnyvale, Calif.-based NetApp's enterprise NAS gateway products for its Hitachi Freedom Storage environments, which will be managed by HDS' HiCommand Management Framework storage management software. The deal will allow storage assets to be shared across SAN and NAS data types based on customer preference or application requirements.

The companies' shared philosophy is that, with this arrangement, IT customers will benefit from a storage pool that can be shared across storage area network (SAN) and NAS applications to allow for improved storage asset management and to lower costs associated with managing data. Both firms also heartily support open standards, such as CIM, another popular calling card for today's storage vendors seeking to curry customer favor.

Dave Roberson, Hitachi Data Systems president and COO said in a public release the pact is indicative of HDS' reliance on its TrueNorth initiative to make storage management easier and more open in a landscape where so many disparate proprietary networks abound.

The NAS gateway will be available for Hitachi Freedom Storage high-end and modular products in a phased approach starting in the first calendar quarter of 2003.

The news comes a day after HDS, a unit of giant Hitachi , unveiled its latest storage super system, the Freedom Storage Thunder 9500 V Series storage cabinet system, as well as new tuning resource management software and a string of strategic partnering programs.