Hitachi Data Instance Manager

Unified Copy Data Management for Microsoft® Windows

Hitachi Data Instance Manager (HDIM) Software


HDIM Simplifies Complex Data-Protection Processes

Business-Driven IT

Simplify Complex Data-Protection Processes

  • Eliminate backup windows and accelerate recovery with a broad range of tightly integrated data protection, retention and recovery capabilities.
  • Reduce copy data, or data instances, with a simple, easy-to-use policy management and workflow solution.
  • Meet stringent service levels, such as recovery point objectives (RPO), recovery time objectives (RTO), and retention, while reducing costs and complexity.

Unified and Easy-to-Use Data Protection

Hitachi Data Instance Manager is a business-defined copy data management solution that provides a modern, holistic approach to data protection, recovery and retention in Microsoft® Windows environments.

HDIM helps to reduce costs and improve resiliency. It has a unique workflow-based policy engine, presented in an easy-to-use whiteboard-style user interface, that helps map data protection processes to business priorities.

HDIM includes a wide range of fully integrated capabilities, including continuous data protection (CDP), backup and recovery, archiving, snapshots and replication, deduplication, bare machine recovery (BMR) and more. These capabilities can be combined into complex workflows that automate and simplify copy data management.

HDIM supports a wide range of data repository targets, including block, file, object, tape and cloud storage.

  • Eliminate your backup window with a unified, continuous data protection and archive solution.
  • Meet service levels and reduce costs using fewer resources to manage more data with a holistic approach to data protection.
  • Real-time data capture enables maximum protection and consistent snapshots for instant recovery and application consistency.
  • Tight integration with Hitachi Content Platform and Microsoft Azure provides advanced file and email archive capabilities.

Learn More About Hitachi Data Instance Manager

  • See how to improve operational efficiency, reduce costs, and improve asset utilization with HDIM, a policy-based workflow management solution. Watch or download.
  • Read Hu Yoshida's view on the growth of copy data and how HDIM can help you manage your copy data.

Features and Benefits
  • Intuitive, drag-and-drop workflow creation and policy management for administrative agility.
  • Continuous data protection for your most critical data and applications, and to drive the backup window and recovery point objective (RPO) to near zero.
  • Incremental-forever data capture at the block level to help reduce secondary storage requirements by 90% or more.
  • Capture every version of files as they are saved to help meet corporate audit and regulatory guidelines.
  • Create virtual and background copies of data from the HDIM repository for non-production activities, such as test and development, reducing the load on production servers.
  • Source and target data deduplication reduces network and storage costs.
  • Hypervisor and virtual machine protection: agent based or agentless.
  • Automated file and e-mail archiving to Hitachi Content Platform and Microsoft Azure cloud storage services to improve performance and lower costs of production applications.
  • Bare metal recovery to restore an entire system, including the operating system volume, to a new physical or virtual server.
  • Supports a broad range of repositories, including block, file, object, tape and cloud storage.

Source Node and Replication Node Master NodeRepository Node
Operating System
Windows XP Pro SP2, SP3
Windows Vista SP1+
Windows Vista SP1+ (64 Bit)
Windows 7 (1)
Windows 2003 SP2+
Windows 2003 SP2+ (64 Bit)
Windows 2003 R2 SP1+
Windows 2003 R2 SP1+ (64 Bit)
Windows 2008 (1)
Windows 2008 (64 Bit) (1)
Windows 2008 R2 (64 Bit) (1) (1)
Windows 2012 (64 Bit) (5) (1) (1)
Windows 2012 R2 (64 Bit) (5) (1) (1)
RedHat / CentOS 4.8 (64 bit) and newer
Ubuntu 10.04 (64 bit) and newer
Memory 512 megabytes (MB) or as recommended by the OS type 2 gigabytes (GB) or greater 16 GB or greater
Disk Space 50 MB for Data Instance Manager, +16 GB for cache 50 MB for Data Instance Manager, +4 GB Logs 50 MB for Data Instance Manager, +16 GB cache per source, + repository space(2)
Network Interface Min 100 megabits per second (Mbps)Min 100 Mbps Min 1,000 Mbps
RAIDNot Required Not Required Performance Based
RAID, 16 GB Cache
per Source Node,
Repository disk space(3)
Processor1 CPU, 1 gigahertz (GHz)2 CPU, 2+ GHz 4+ CPU, 2+ GHz
Recommended OS AnyWin 2008 R2, Linux Win 2008 R2, Linux
Display1024 x 768 1024 x 768 Via Master
3rd Party Software N/A Oracle Java,
JRE (4)
Oracle Java,
JRE (4)

(1) UAC "User Account Control" must be turned off.
(2) Repository configuration should plan for 16GB of hard disk space for cache per Source Node.
(3) While the repository can be placed on any supported Windows or Linux machine, Best Practices call for a RAID configuration to enable survivability in the event of disk failure.
(4) The Master and Repository nodes require Java Runtime Environment (JRE), which can be downloaded from
(5) Supported, with the following limitations:

  • Complete the installation in compatibility mode.
  • The Resilient filesystem is not supported.
  • A restoration of a Hyper-V guest requires the guest to be added again, manually, using the Hyper-V console.

HDIM: Data Protection for VMware and Physical Environments

Watch this description and demo of Hitachi Data Instance Manager, a new unified data protection solution for VMware and physical environments.

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