Sunil Chavan, Director, Software Group & Cloud, Asia Pacific
Storage solutions firm Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) in partnership with Microsoft rolled out its first raft of new converged data centre offerings in Singapore on 17 August. Present for the Singapore launch were HDS ASEAN vice president and general manager Ravi Rajendran and the APAC director for software group and cloud Sunil Chavan, as well as Microsoft Singapore’s server and tools business group lead Harish Aitharaju.
Chavan said the new range of solutions, which is part of the "converged solutions direction" that HDS is going towards, is intended to automate, accelerate and simplify cloud adoption for its customers. The solutions include both storage technologies and compute resources that leverage Hitachi Compute Blade products, Chavan highlighted.
Among the solutions included in the initial set are: Hitachi solutions built on Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Fast track; and Hitachi Converged Platform for Microsoft Exchange 2010.
Another key solution, according to Chavan, is the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP). A critical element of the HDS converged data centre strategy, UCP provides orchestration and management of servers, storage and networking as business resource pools, elaborated Chavan. The solution is expected to come to market in the next three to four months.
Chavan emphasised that the solutions help organisations transition to a cloud delivery model at their own pace where they can start small and build it over time.
“Furthermore, HDS focus is to protect IT investments by simplifying and optimising customers' mission-critical environments for business needs, especially in terms of data and information management. This helps to enable an easier route to cloud adoption and building a solid foundation to build a cloud infrastructure,” he added.
Chavan also said that by partnering with Microsoft, various options and solid performance can be provided for its customers.
Together, these three approaches are expected to help HDS stay ahead of competition.
The converged data centre solutions are said to appeal to large organisations from various sectors including government agencies and telcos.
According to Microsoft’s Aitharaju, there are already “sizeable” customers in Singapore looking to deploy the converged data centre solutions.
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