Today, HDS refreshed their AMS2000 product line with a new high density drive expansion tray with 48-drives and up to a maximum capacity of 48TB, 8Gps FC (8GFC) ports for the AMS2300 and AMS2500 systems, and a new NEBS Level-3 compliant and DC powered version, the AMS2500DC.
HDS also re-iterated their stance that Dynamic Provisioning will be available on AMS2000 in the 2nd half of this year. (See my prior post on this subject for more information).
HDS also mentioned that the AMS2000 now supports external authentication infrastructure for storage managers and will support Common Criteria Certification for more stringent data security needs. The external authentication will be available in the second half of the year.
I find the DC version pretty interesting and signals a renewed interest in telecom OEM applications for this mid-range storage subsystem. Unclear to me whether this is a significant market for HDS. The 2500DC only supports 4Gps FC and is packaged with a Cisco MDS 9124 SAN switch. DC powered storage is also more energy efficient than AC storage.
Other than that the Common Criteria Certification can be a big thing for those companies or government entitities with significant interest in secure data centers. There was no specific time frame for this certification but presumably they have started the process.
As for the rest of this, it’s a pretty straightforward refresh.