Yoshida said virtualisation helps to create a more smooth transition between devices, resulting in no disturbance in user experience or work flow. "Content should appear to be independent of the OS [operating system], the application or device being used. This gives us independence. The foundation steps to achieving this are infrastructure cloud, content cloud and information cloud."
"One platform should be used for all data regardless of the data type, or whether it is structured or unstructured," he said. "Other vendors do not have the integrated approach of Unified Data Management. This is built on a foundation made possible by virtualisation as well as storage, server, software and network technologies. The effect is that silos - created by technologies or business processes - must be broken down. As such, this demands a change in people and processes, not just technologies."
Hitachi Data Systems vision
Yoshida said Hitachi Data Systems has aligned its product and solutions portfolio around a three-tiered strategy of infrastructure cloud, content cloud and information cloud that builds on existing IT investments to provide a single virtualisation platform for all data.
He said that two recent case studies of such an approach included a telecommunications company and a healthcare organisation in Austria. "For Klinikum, which is Austria's fifth largest hospital, with 1349 beds, we focused not on products but on collaboration with different providers to deliver the required infrastructure, which resulted in providing the right information to the right people depending on their context in the healthcare cycle."
"We realised early on the tremendous value that businesses could gain by putting disparate pieces of raw data onto a single platform where layers of intelligence could be wrapped around it," said Hitachi Data Systems managing director, Johnson Khoo.
"As the pioneer in storage virtualisation, we have years of expertise in developing the fundamental technology that makes this all possible," said Khoo. "Through both internal R&D as well as strategic acquisitions, we have built a portfolio that spans the storage, protection and accessibility of data, transforming it into actionable information and providing customers with a 360 degree view to tackle their toughest business challenges. What sets our approach apart from others is that we provide an open framework that enables customers to transition their data centres to information centres at their own pace, leveraging their existing assets without vendor lock-in."
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