Also on Wednesday, Hitachi launched its Storage Reclamation Service, a set of paid services in which Hitachi will assess the storage needs of customers and potential users and help them with planning, migration, storage reclamation and other tasks. Customers will only have to pay if Hitachi exceeds the customer's pre-set expectations for storage reclamation, the company said. Prices will vary by customer, but for a typical enterprise with 50 servers and 50TB of storage, the service should cost less than $100,000.
Zero Page Reclaim is available immediately for the Universal Storage Platform V and VM, and automatic dynamic rebalancing is coming on June 30. The new features are free for customers with software maintenance contracts. Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning for these platforms is free for the first 10TB and starts around $10,000 beyond that.
Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning is also coming to the company's midrange Adaptable Modular Storage (AMS) 2000 family of equipment, beginning Aug. 3. The Zero Page Reclaim feature will be added for AMS at a later date. Pricing has not been set for the software on AMS.
A correction to this article was made on June 19, 2009.