Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has added an option to its Thunder 9500 V Series modular storage systems that lets consumers use Serial ATA (SATA) hard disks. Available on both new and existing systems, the SATA Intermix Option lets customers use low-cost native SATA storage. The company touts the new option as the world's first "in a box" high-speed Fibre Channel-with-SATA solution. The solution is one of HDS's Application Optimized Storage solutions, which integrate HDS products with a common management and software platform for storage devices.
   Offering as much as 107TB of storage in one system, the SATA Intermix Option addresses customers' increasing need to store data that isn't frequently accessed, such as email and database archives. HDS is also offering a data retention utility, called Open LDEV Guard, that provides a disk-based write once, read many (WORM) capability that lets consumers make data stored on HDS systems non-erasable and non-rewritable for specified periods of time.