SANTA CLARA, Calif. and BARCELONA, Spain — October 15, 2013 — Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced new private cloud services and portfolio enhancements that will help organizations transform their businesses and enable IT to get more from private cloud. HDS gives customers faster access to applications, better control over their data and cost-effective flexibility with its more virtualized, open and secure approach to private cloud. With HDS, companies effectively transform into efficient, agile services-defined IT organizations.
An effective path to the private cloud is a series of steps. The first is to consolidate resources into a smaller, more efficient data center footprint. Second, leverage virtualization technologies to create on-demand pools of compute and storage resources. Third, automate IT management and provisioning processes for simplified management and administration. Adding self-service capabilities completes what is needed to build a true private cloud. These steps form a new private cloud enablement methodology that builds a reliable, secure, flexible foundation for service-based delivery.
“Today, our customers need fast access to applications to drive revenue, security for their valuable intellectual property, and cost-effective services,” said Miki Sandorfi, vice president, Solutions and Cloud, Hitachi Data Systems. “HDS private cloud solutions and services deliver exactly that – the most virtualized and responsive, secure and trusted, open and cost-effective private cloud – via an open architecture that’s flexible and lets our customers choose how they approach the cloud. Hitachi Data Systems private clouds do all of this without obligation or compromise.”
“Cloud best fulfills its promises when customers’ data centers are transformed and modernized to deliver what their stakeholders need via a service-centric model,” said Wayne Pauley, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “IT can then provide services when and where users need them, based on committed service levels. Hitachi Data Systems understands that different IT professionals are at different stages of transformation in their data centers to support private clouds. Regardless of where an IT organization is on the path to the private cloud, and on towards IT as a service, HDS private cloud solutions can help those organizations reach their goals.”
New HDS Private Cloud Offerings
New Hitachi Data Systems private cloud offerings include cloud transformation consulting and transition services that are part of a new cloud enablement methodology. The private cloud offerings also offer a cloud automation suite to Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP), reference architectures with Cisco for UCP Select, and new data security capabilities on Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS VM and HUS). The offerings provide complete virtualization of the environment, better data security, and a more open environment. These 3 capabilities help organizations leverage and manage their resources for maximum return while enforcing the security mechanisms they need to keep their content safe.
The private cloud solutions use an open architecture that includes a storage, compute and network infrastructure layer, APIs, open interfaces and protocols needed to work with management and orchestration frameworks. They also offer portals and global services required to build, deploy, and manage private clouds. With all of these capabilities, organizations can bring best-of-breed technologies and frameworks into their cloud environment for access to the functionality they want, and to allow them to avoid vendor lock-in:
NEW TRANSFORMATION AND CLOUD ENABLEMENT SERVICES
NEW PORTFOLIO ENHANCEMENTS
Services and Benefits to Customers and Partners
Modernizing the data center for the private cloud with Hitachi Data Systems can bring customers significant savings: up to 70% faster deployment than traditional approaches, up to 40% less opex per month, and security on all platforms, all with #1 ranked Hitachi Data Systems support services. HDS Managed Services provide private cloud as a service and drive the IT transformation of private cloud with a compute and storage pay-per-use consumption model that is driven by service levels and includes all hardware, software, and services. A partner network helps extend the value of these solutions with their skills in industries, applications, and data center infrastructures. The solutions deliver incremental services opportunities, including consulting, integration, and solutions support. HDS customers and partners have endorsed Hitachi Data Systems private cloud solutions.
About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems provides information technologies, services and solutions that help companies improve IT costs and agility, and innovate with information to make a difference in the world. Our customers gain compelling return on investment (ROI), unmatched return on assets (ROA), and demonstrable business impact. With approximately 6,100 employees worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems does business in more than 100 countries and regions. Our products, services and solutions are trusted by the world's leading enterprises, including more than 70% of the Fortune 100 and more than 80% of the Fortune Global 100. Visit us at www.HDS.com.
About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.
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