NASA Spinoff

Content Platforms Meet Data Storage, Retrieval Needs

Recognizing the strength of the technology’s content management capabilities, Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, headquartered in Santa Clara, California, acquired Archivas in 2007.

Benefits

Today, the technology Archivas advanced with NASA assistance is marketed as the Hitachi Content Platform, or HCP. Capable of scaling up to 40 petabytes in capacity in a single cluster, HCP allows users to securely store and preserve data for business, legal, compliance, and other purposes without the need for tape-based backup. HCP can be subdivided into separate tenants that can be uniquely configured with various data management policies and access rules; these tenants can be further divided into namespaces that can also be individually configured. The technology, which earned the 2009 “Information Management Innovation Award” from Information Age magazine, is adaptable to new data formats and applications, meaning users can easily maintain their repositories even as the information technology environment changes and evolves.

HCP provides secure content management for customers including Peak Web Consulting, Qualcomm, and Comdata. Payformance Corporation, a healthcare claim settlement solution provider, achieved an 80-percent increase in administrative efficiencies thanks to HCP technology.

Beyond data storage, HCP has proven to be an ideal technology for cloud computing applications—the use of computational resources based exclusively on a network rather than housed on a specific computer. HCP is now the cornerstone of Hitachi Data System’s cloud storage solutions. The technology also helps enable Hitachi Clinical Repository, a new information management solution that offers healthcare providers a consolidated view of patient information, helping improve clinical decision making and patient care.

“In the retail sector, heavy manufacturing, technology, telecommunications, your cell phone provider, health care—you name it. This technology is broadly, horizontally leveraged, and it’s global,” says Zaheer, now Hitachi Data Systems’ vice president of corporate and product marketing. He attributes HCP’s commercial growth to the success of the early partnership with NASA.

“There are young startups developing technology left and right, and everyone feels they have the world’s best widget, but a lot of target customers don’t know how credible that story really is,” says Zaheer. “Working with NASA was instrumental in getting us the credibility we needed to engage with other organizations. It was crucial to our early success.”

Now HCP stands to play an increasingly significant role in the field of information management as data proliferates across industries in ever greater amounts. Google currently processes over 20 petabytes of information per day. Even individuals are producing large quantities of content, such as music, photos, and video, Zaheer says.

“All of that content has to live somewhere.”

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