According to an "eWeek" report, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is preparing a slew of new products to better compete with its rivals. The report states that HDS is working on new backup appliances, IP storage software, management software, new hardware, and other bundled services. The new products, expected by the end of 2003, include object-based storage and switch-resident software. Due in early 2004 are new storage arrays that use inexpensive ATA drives instead of the more expensive SCSI drivers in most storage arrays. HDS will target the new arrays toward customers looking for slow, inexpensive online storage and or disk-based backup solutions. HDS is also working on a Network Attached Storage (NAS) blade for Lightning, which is code-named eNAS.
On the software front, HDS is working on new products for its HiCommand storage management suite. These products include Policy Manager, which will enable workflow automation and the ability to create and manage policies; Protection Manager, which provides scheduling and automation of data replication and backup/restore options; and Provisioning Manager, which automates application requirements. The company has $660 million dollars allocated toward software acquisitions and development and is currently exploring different options.