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Hitachi Content Platform

With near-infinite capacity and broad flexibility, HCP harnesses unstructured data growth and bridges traditional and emerging technologies to make your data securely available anywhere, anytime.

Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) is an object-based storage systems designed to be the core of a large-scale, private or hybrid cloud platform. It is a self-monitor, self-healing system that is able to deliver extremely high levels of service availability without the overhead of traditional architectures, such as backup.


Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere (HCP Anywhere): A “Secure, Enterprise File-Sync-and-Share” solution. Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere enables a more productive workforce with a corporate-delivered file synchronization and sharing tool that allows for secure access and sharing across mobile devices, tablets and browsers.


Hitachi Data Ingestor (HDI): A “Cloud Storage Gateway.” Hitachi Data Ingestor enables remote and branch offices to be up and running in minutes with a low-cost, easy-to-implement, file-serving solution for both enterprises and service providers. HDI can also act as a caching solution for higher performing applications such as voice recording.

Why is HCP different?

  • Unprecedented capacity scale: Start small (4TB) and scale to unlimited capacity. Deploy entirely as software-defined storage (SDS) based on virtual machines or as an appliance cluster. Scale capacity using Ethernet attached storage (HCP S series nodes) or Fibre Channel arrays;
  • Multiprotocol and heterogeneous access: cloud protocols (HCP REST API, HS3, and HSwift) / non-cloud protocols (CIFS, NFS, WebDAV and SMTP);
  • Multitenancy for application isolation: With thin provisioning and capacity quotas, divide your storage resources into thousands of independent tenant and namespace areas, each with independent administration and assigned users;
  • Compliance storage modes: Satisfy regulatory requirements that require immutable, undeletable WORM storage, guaranteed authenticity;
  • Within the object storage, WORM functionality together with the object's unique identifier (or digital fingerprint), guarantee immutability and the protection of records from inadvertent and deliberate overwriting;
  • Navigate technology transitions: Autonomic Technology Refresh (ATR) in HCP is a feature that enables seamless upgrading of HCP physical servers and/or Storage at any time with no downtime. ATR is an integral part of HCP hardware maintenance strategy;
  • Global access topology: Read or write data from any site and control where cached copies reside. Share data, but ensure it is hosted within country or continent boundary;
  • Portfolio breadth: Go beyond simple archive; choose tightly integrated sync-and-share, file gateway and backup solutions from HDS, or select applications from more than 100 ISV partners;
  • Data protection and security: RAID-6, erasure coding, redundant copy control, AES256 Encryption, 2048-bit SSH service keys, SSL and certificates;
  • Monitoring: The user interface and API provide visibility into hundreds of alerts and event logging, as well as chargeback reporting;
  • Global support: All HCP systems are eligible for free monitoring through the Hi-Track Remote Monitoring system. Hitachi’s global service centers are staffed 24/7.
  • Privileged delete is an object storage feature that enables authorized users to delete objects even if they are under retention. With each privileged delete operation, the user is required to specify a reason. Object storage logs all these operations, including the specified reasons, thereby creating an audit trail;
  • To support legal discovery, users and applications can place a hold on selected objects. While an object is on hold, it cannot be deleted through any mechanism, regardless of its retention setting;
  • Integrated Index and Search functionalities for e-discovery;
  • When disposal is required, the object storage shredding function ensures no trace of a record is recoverable from disk after deletion;
  • An object storage also supports appendable objects. An appendable object is one to which data can be added after it has been successfully stored;
  • Progressive replication technology within object storage systems means a replica would be available for maintaining data availability and serving as a source of disaster recovery. This provides transparent object-level restore, automatic read recovery and automatic object repair.

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Highly Secured and Flexible Configuration 

  • Protection of RAID-6 on HCP G-Series nodes, erasure coding on HCP S-Series nodes, advanced replication and failover capabilities
  • Massive scale
  • Support for thousands of tenants and namespaces
  • Built-in chargeback capabilities
  • Built-in hybrid cloud capability to automatically tier data to a choice of 1 or multiple leading public cloud services

Brings Structure to Unstructured File Data

  • Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) treat file data, file metadata and custom metadata as a single object that is tracked and stored among a variety of storage tiers
  • With secure multi-tenancy and configurable attributes for each logical partition, the object store can be divided into a number of smaller virtual object stores that present configurable attributes to support different service levels.
  • In this way, the object store can support a wide range of workloads, such as content preservation, data protection, content tiering and distribution, and even hybrid cloud from a single physical infrastructure.

Content Preservation - Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) provides an infrastructure that can be provisioned and configured to serve a wide range of use cases from a single infrastructure that provides key functionality, such as:

  • “Write once, read many” (WORM) and content authenticity service for data integrity
  • Encryption and access control for privacy and security.
  • Object tracking and event logging for audit support.
  • Multiple protocols, which can access advanced features to support multiple applications.
  • Retention and disposal management services to automatically govern how long content is kept and how it is deleted.

No Need for Backup

  • Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) ensures availability through a host of data protection and replication capabilities.
  • Global Access topology à A topology can be configured in which globally distributed HCPs are synchronized. Users and applications can access data from the closest HCP site for improved performance, collaboration and availability. With this feature, replication links can be configured among 5 HCP instances. When content is written at one site, it will be replicated to the other sites. Data written at other sites will also be synchronized in the same fashion with the other HCPs.

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