Photo - Wee Kai Teck, Managing Director, Hitachi Data Systems Malaysia.
Hitachi Data Systems has announced new private cloud services and portfolio enhancements to help Malaysian organisations more effectively transform their businesses, said the storage solutions provider.
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Malaysia managing director Wee Kai Teck said the new enhancements give customers faster access to applications as well as better control over their data.
"HDS is a world leader in virtualisation technology and we have years of experience implementing technology successfully for customers," said Wee, adding that an effective path to the private cloud needed to be a series of steps.
The first is to consolidate resources into a smaller, more efficient data centre footprint, he said. Second, leverage virtualisation 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, said Wee. These steps form a new private cloud enablement methodology that builds a reliable, secure, flexible foundation for service-based delivery.
"With the new private cloud services and portfolio enhancements, we continue to help customers leverage and manage their resources for maximum return while at the same time enforcing the security mechanisms they need to keep their content safe," he said. "We will continue to provide the most virtualised, open and secure private cloud in the industry."
Transformed and modernised
Wee said the new HDS 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).
These offerings provide complete virtualisation of the environment, better data security, and a more open environment. These three capabilities help organisations 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, he said. "They also offer portals and global services required to build, deploy, and manage private clouds. With all of these capabilities, organisations 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."
"Today, our customers need fast access to applications to drive revenue, security for their valuable intellectual property, and cost-effective services," said HDS vice president, solutions and cloud, Miki Sandorfi. "HDS private cloud solutions and services deliver exactly that - the most virtualised 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."
Enterprise Strategy Group senior analyst Wayne Pauley said: "Cloud best fulfills its promises when customers' data centres are transformed and modernised to deliver what their stakeholders need via a service-centric model."
"IT can then provide services when and where users need them, based on committed service levels," said Pauley. "Hitachi Data Systems understands that different IT professionals are at different stages of transformation in their data centres to support private clouds. Regardless of where an IT organisation is on the path to the private cloud and IT as a service, HDS private cloud solutions can help those organisations reach their goals."
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