Universal Storage Platform

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Universal Storage Platform (USP) was the brand name for an Hitachi Data Systems line of computer data storage disk arrays circa 2004 to 2010.


The Hitachi Universal Storage Platform was first introduced in 2004. [1] An entry level enterprise and high-end midrange model, the Network Storage Controller was introduced in 2005. [2] The Universal Storage Platform was one of the first disk arrays to virtualize other disk arrays in the appliance instead of in the network.[3]

The second generation Universal Storage Platform V replaced the original Universal Storage Platform in 2007[4] [5] and the Universal Storage Platform VM replacing the original Network Storage Controller also in 2007. [6]


At the core of the Universal Storage Platform V and VM is a fully fault tolerant, high performance, non-blocking, silicon based switched architecture designed to provide the bandwidth needed to support infrastructure consolidation of enterprise file and block-based storage services on and behind a single platform. [7]

Notable features include: [8]

  • Supports online local and distance replication and migration of data non disruptively internally and between heterogeneous storage, without interrupting application i/o through use of products such as Tiered Storage Manager, ShadowImage, TrueCopy and Universal Replicator.
  • Enables virtualization of external SAN storage from Hitachi and other vendors into one pool
  • Storage partitioning provides the ability to host multiple applications on a single storage system without allowing the actions of one set of users to affect the Quality of Service of others.
  • Supports thin provisioning and storage reclamation on internal and external virtualized storage
  • Provides encryption, WORM and data shredding services, data resilience and business continuity services and content management services.


Universal Storage Platform V Specifications [9]

  • Frames (Cabinets) - Integrated Control/Drive Group Frame and 1 to 4 optional Drive Group Frames
  • Universal Star Network Crossbar Switch - Number of switches 8
  • Aggregate bandwidth (GB/sec) - 106
  • Aggregate IOPS - Over 4 million
  • Cache Memory - Number of cache modules 1-32, Module capacity 8 or 16GB, Maximum cache memory 512GB
  • Control/Shared Memory - Number of control memory modules 1-8, Module capacity 4GB, Maximum control memory 28GB
  • Front End Directors (Connectivity)
    • Number of Directors 1-14
    • Fibre Channel host ports per Director - 8 or 16
    • Fibre Channel port performance - 4, 8 Gbit/s
    • Maximum Fibre Channel host ports - 224
    • Virtual host ports - 1,024 per physical port
    • Maximum IBM FICON host ports - 112
    • Maximum IBM ESCON host ports - 112
  • Logical Devices (LUNs) — Maximum Supported
    • Open systems 65,536
    • IBM z/OS 65,536
  • Disks
    • Type: Flash 73, 146, 200 and 400GB
    • Type: Fibre Channel 146, 300, 450 and 600GB
    • Type: SATA II 1TB, 2TB
    • Number of disks per system (min/max) 4-1,152
    • Number spare disks per system (min/max) 1-40
  • Maximum Internal Raw Capacity - (2TB disks) 2,268 TB
  • Maximum Usable Capacity - RAID-5
    • Open systems (2TB disks) 1,972 TB
    • z/OS-compatible (1TB disks) 931 TB
  • Maximum Usable Capacity — RAID-6
    • Open systems (2TB disks) 1,690TB
    • z/OS-compatible (1TB disks) 796 TB
  • Maximum Usable Capacity — RAID-1+
    • Open systems (2TB disks) 1,130TB
    • z/OS-compatible (1TB disks) 527.4TB
  • Other Features
    • RAID 1, 10, 5, 6 support
    • Maximum internal and external capacity 247PB
    • Virtual Storage Machines 32 max
    • Back end directors 1-8
  • Operating System Support
    • Mainframe - Fujitsu: MSP; IBM z/OS, z/OS.e, z/VM, zVSE, TPF; Red Hat; Linux for IBM S/390 and zSeries; SUSE: Linux Enterprise Server for System z.
    • Open systems - HP: HP-UX, Tru64 UNIX, Open VMS; IBM AIX; Microsoft Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008; Novell NetWare; SUSE Linux Enterprise Server; Red Hat Enterprise Linux; SGI IRIX; Sun Microsystems Solaris; VMware ESX and Vsphere, Citrix XENserver

Storage Management[edit]

The Hitachi Storage Command Suite (formerly the HiCommand Storage Management Suite) provides integrated storage resource management, tiered storage and business continuity software solutions allowing customers to align their storage with application requirements based upon metrics including Quality-of-Service, Service Level Objectives, Recovery Time Objectives and Recovery Point Objectives. [10]

Open Standards management interfaces such as SNMP and SMI-S are also supported. [11]


Universal Storage Platform family models. Information taken from [12]

Model Status Released Total Internal/External Raw capacity
Universal Storage Platform Discontinued 2004 13PB
Network Storage Controller Discontinued 2005 13PB
Universal Storage Platform V Current 2008 332PB
Universal Storage Platform VM Current 2008 332PB

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Hitachi Data Systems Brings Radical Efficiency to Enterprise Storage with Virtualization to 32". Hitachi Data Systems l. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  2. ^ "Hitachi TagmaStore Network Storage Controller Named Best Product in the Enterprise Storage Market". Hitachi Data Systems l. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  3. ^ "Hitachi Data Systems TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform". TechTarget. Retrieved 2016-08-25. Virtualization isn't new, but embedding it into a storage array is. 
  4. ^ "Hitachi Announces a New Trajectory in Storage Performance and Scalability with Universal Storage Platform V Hitachi". Hitachi Data Systems l. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  5. ^ "Hitachi USP V Boasts 332TB Raw Capacity". DSstar l. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  6. ^ "Hitachi Delivers Affordable Enterprise Virtualization for any Data Center without Compromise". Hitachi Data Systems l. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  7. ^ "Universal Storage Platform V Product Page". Hitachi Data Systems l. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  8. ^ "Universal Storage Platform V Datasheet" (PDF). Hitachi Data Systems l. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  9. ^ "Universal Storage Platform V Product Page". Hitachi Data Systems l. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  10. ^ "Hitachi Storage Command Suite". Hitachi Data Systems l. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  11. ^ "Hitachi Data Systems and SMI-S". Hitachi Data Systems l. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  12. ^ "Hitachi Data Systems Storage Systems". Hitachi Data Systems. Retrieved 2010-03-24.