Photo - (From left) Neville Vincent, Senior VP & General Manager for APAC, HDS; Wee Kai Teck, Managing Director, HDS Malaysia; and Hu Yoshida, Vice President & CTO, HDS.
Malaysian organisations need to speed up the alignment between business and IT to better compete in today's markets, according to Hitachi Data Systems [HDS] during the launch of its business-defined IT approach in Malaysia recently.
Speaking recently in Kuala Lumpur, HDS APAC senior vice president & general manager Neville Vincent said that this new 'business-defined IT' approach set out a foundation towards more efficiency and would be delivered by the company's Continuous Cloud Infrastructure.
"This announcement is special in that we are seeing very different dynamics with new challenges as well as technological advances in the post-global financial crisis," said Vincent, adding that there will be a series of new announcements from Hitachi in the coming months as the company develops its vision of the software-defined data centre.
Continuous Cloud Infrastructure will help realise business efficiencies and benefits through a software-rich architecture that can rapidly react to changing business needs without disruption, he said.
"Today, we are in an exciting cycle where organisations around the world, including Malaysia, are innovating to differentiate themselves," said Vincent, citing some of the new trends such as the Internet of Things [IoT], socially innovative solutions, cloud, mobility and so forth.
"The key to these changes, which are changing every day lives for all of us, is data," he said. "Hitachi is involved across many different verticals including healthcare and we already produce construction machinery, smart cards, navigation systems, transportation and so on including earthquake warning devices, The analysis of traffic and traffic emissions to better organize more efficient transportation in a city."
The changing landscape
"Hitachi also manufactures healthcare devices and runs its own hospital in Japan and this knowledge is being transferred around the world," Vincent said.
"We are known to enterprise before as an external storage manufacturer," he said. "We have now clearly gone beyond that to provide converged integrated applications by working with partners to produce meaningful analytics and intelligence and Cloud service capabilities."
Vincent said the changing landscape means that customers "are looking for IT companies to partner with them and provide on-demand technology services."
"For example, organisations in Malaysia are not yet ready to take on big data capabilities: there are not sufficient skill sets yet, organisations are also often physically siloed by department," he said. "In addition, there is the general ongoing challenge of a more efficient alignment between business and IT."
HDS vice president and chief technology officer Hu Yoshida, said: "Businesses across the world including Malaysia are more knowledgeable about technology and are being more proactive."
Yoshida said this business-defined approach announcement was in tune with a changing world of cloud computing and the Internet of Things, which all demand new types of infrastructure, and the ability to be more mobile.
"IT cannot go and dictate to business anymore; there needs to be a balance to ensure mobility," said Yoshida. "What is required is what we call Continuous Cloud Infrastructure [CCI], which always needs be on, always agile and flexible. There are four parts to today's announcement: virtualisation, enterprise storage, integrated management and converged infrastructure."
"Virtualisation is the key to CCI," he said. "Virtualisation has been vertical; we are now making it horizontal across control units and this move allows seamless migration of new units. Meanwhile, enterprise storage needs to be available 24x7 and must be a scalable to meet the demand of exabytes of data."
Unhampered by the legacy of things
"Five year from now, the Internet of Things will change the world," said Yoshida. "This change is already being brought about by smartphones. The infrastructure needs to be able to adapt to this data growth and needs to be managed with an integrated system."
"The benefits of this approach are estimated reduction of hardware and software costs by up to 25 percent, with storage costs reduced by up to 40 percent," he said. "We also expect power and cooling costs to be reduced by up to 30 percent and total cost of ownership [TCO] costs to be reduced by up to 35 percent."
HDS Malaysia country manager, Wee Kai Teck, said, "Our customers in Malaysia across industries have told us that to keep up with the frenetic pace, they need to have better IT alignment or business-defined IT."
Wee said Hitachi's Continuous Cloud Infrastructure [which underpins the business-defined IT approach] is powered by Hitachi Storage Virtualisation Operating System (SVOS), Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000 (VSP G1000), a new version of the Hitachi Command Suite management platform and other enhancements to its Hitachi Unified Compute Platform converged computing portfolio
"In order to execute in this business defined world, IT teams are looking to new infrastructure strategies to deploy more continuous, adaptable and scalable infrastructure. Businesses need solutions that don't require constant and disruptive changes to the technology they support. And that is what we are delivering today," he said.
"The world is beginning to understand that we need to work together," said HDS's Yoshida. "Big data analytics and IoT, as well as other trends, are all happening today."
"Asian companies have the advantage of not being hampered by the legacy of things," added HDS's Vincent. "We are talking in new and different ways in the language of our customers, specific to their different businesses.
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