The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-01-09T21:12:40Z New Hitachi Vantara To Create Digital Competitive Edge For Transforming Enterprises 2020-01-09T21:12:40Z new-hitachi-vantara-to-create-digital-competitive-edge-for-transforming-enterprises Hitachi Vantara Combines With Hitachi ConsultingSYDNEY, Australia – 10 Jan, 2020 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced that it has come together with Hitachi Consulting as one company to create a new digital infrastructure and solutions powerhouse. The new Hitachi Vantara aims to become the world’s preferred digital innovation partner by unlocking the “good” in data that benefits customers, raises the quality of people's lives and builds a sustainable society. Hitachi Vantara will specifically bring a competitive edge to the digital domains that matter most – the data center, data operations and enterprise digital transformation.The new Hitachi Vantara combines the best consulting-led digital solutions and vertical industry expertise of Hitachi Consulting with Hitachi Vantara’s IT domain expertise. Going forward, the integrated company will help customers develop practical, scalable digital strategies and solutions that transform operational processes, improve customer experiences and create new business models to drive innovation and growth. For example, the new company will offer a holistic manufacturing industry practice as one of several vertical industry practices. The manufacturing practice will integrate consulting methodologies for addressing quality, customisation, sustainability and new business models with data-driven solutions such as Lumada Manufacturing Insights from Hitachi Vantara, which integrates silos of manufacturing data and applies AI and machine learning to evaluate and enhance overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). “A barrage of data and technology is disrupting enterprises and industries the world over,” said Toshiaki Tokunaga, chief executive officer and chairman of the board, Hitachi Vantara. “Through the integration of Hitachi Consulting, the new Hitachi Vantara will be uniquely equipped with the capabilities our customers need to guide them on their digital journeys. We’re going to be the company that helps customers navigate from what’s now to what’s next.”Organisations worldwide are being challenged to derive insights and competitive advantage from the vast amounts of data being generated by their people, processes and machines. Industries are simultaneously being disrupted by quickly evolving technologies and architectures, such as AI and IoT. While many of these trends and technologies are not new, MIT Sloan Management Review reports that still only 25% of organisations have digital strategies that are sufficiently mature to build digital innovations and drive enterprise-wide transformation.The Hitachi Vantara portfolio is built upon a foundation of world-class edge-to-core-to-cloud infrastructure offerings, including the recently introduced Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) 5000 series, the world’s fastest data storage array. The portfolio further features AI and analytics solutions, cloud services for application modernisation, systems integration and change management services for SaaS-based ERP implementations and migrations, and Lumada-based digital industrial solutions. Hitachi Vantara’s offerings are all backed by world-class business consulting, deep experience in improving organisation effectiveness, co-development capabilities and global delivery services. With its expanded capabilities, the new Hitachi Vantara will play a key role in advancing Hitachi’s 2021 Mid-term Management Plan, which aims to make the company a global leader through “Social Innovation Business.” The Social Innovation Business strategy centers on combining Hitachi’s industrial and IT expertise and products to create new value and resolve social issues. Hitachi Vantara will help advance the plan by expanding revenues from digital business, by digitally transforming Hitachi’s industrial businesses, by fueling international growth, and by delivering social, environmental and economic value which helps customers contribute to the attainment of United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.As announced in September 2019, Toshiaki Tokunaga, a 30-year Hitachi veteran who has successfully transformed several Hitachi businesses, will serve in the dual role of chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Hitachi Vantara. The company’s two business units, Digital Infrastructure and Digital Solutions, will be led by Presidents Brian Householder and Brad Surak, respectively. Hitachi Vantara today also announced details of other appointments to its executive leadership team.Additional ResourcesRead the press release, “Hitachi to Integrate Hitachi Vantara and Hitachi Consulting To Accelerate Global Expansion of Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business and Digital Growth” (Sept. 17, 2019)Read the blog post from Toshiaki Tokunaga, “Better Together: Uniting Hitachi’s Digital Capabilities to Better Serve our Customers and Partners” (Sept. 17, 2019)Read the blog post from Toshiaki Tokunaga, “The Future Is Bright: A View Into the New Hitachi Vantara” (Oct. 1, 2019)Connect with Hitachi VantaraTwitterLinkedInFacebookAbout Hitachi VantaraHitachi Vantara, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., solves valuable digital challenges by guiding our customers from what’s now to what’s next. We make data centers more effective, harness the power of customers’ data and rapidly scale digital businesses. Companies choose us to help develop new revenue streams, unlock competitive advantages, lower business costs and enhance customer experiences. Working alongside each customer, we apply our unmatched industrial and digital capabilities to their data and applications to benefit both business and society. Over 80% of the Fortune 100 trust Hitachi Vantara. Visit us at About Hitachi, Ltd.Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is focusing on Social Innovation Business combining its operational technology, information technology and products. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2018 (ended March 31, 2019) totaled 9,480.6 billion yen ($85.4 billion), and the company has approximately 296,000 employees worldwide. Hitachi delivers digital solutions utilising Lumada in five sectors including Mobility, Smart Life, Industry, Energy and IT, to increase our customer’s social, environmental and economic value. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. All other trademarks, service marks, and company names are properties of their respective owners. Hitachi Vantara Introduces Lumada Video Insights as Video, IoT Analytics and DataOps Drive Smart Spaces Growth and Innovation 2019-05-15T21:06:47Z hitachi-vantara-introduces-lumada-video-insights-as-video-iot-analytics-and-dataops-drive-smart-spaces-growth-and-innovation SYDNEY, Australia – 16 May, 2019 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today introduced Lumada Video Insights, an end-to-end, intelligent and adaptable suite of applications that delivers operational safety and business intelligence using internet of things (IoT), video, artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics. Lumada Video Insights is an integral part of Hitachi Vantara’s DataOps strategy, which redefines data management for the AI era by seamlessly connecting data consumers with data creators to rapidly monetise customers’ data. Lumada Video Insights brings together Hitachi’s video offerings for smart spaces with new technology updates, innovations and integrations into Hitachi’s Lumada portfolio. The solution complements and extends the Lumada platform and services ecosystem with expanded AI, computer vision, advanced analytics, data integration and orchestration capabilities to help enterprise and industrial customers accelerate their IoT initiatives and cultivate their own smart spaces and ecosystems.  With multiple customer success stories and increasing demand, Lumada Video Insights demonstrates significant momentum in the emerging smart spaces industry. And when put together with DataOps, it unlocks new opportunities for customers to maximise the value of the vast amounts of data collected as IoT disrupts numerous industries worldwide. According to Gartner, Inc., “A smart space is a physical or digital environment in which humans and technology-enabled systems interact in increasingly open, connected, coordinated and intelligent ecosystems. Multiple elements — including people, processes, services and things — come together in a smart space to create a more immersive, interactive and automated experience for a target set of personas or industry scenarios.  This trend has been coalescing for some time around elements such as smart cities, digital workplaces, smart homes and connected factories. Gartner believes the market is entering a period of accelerated delivery of robust smart spaces, with technology becoming an integral part of our daily lives, whether as employees, customers, consumers, community members or citizens. AI-related trends, the expansion of IoT-connected edge devices, the development of digital twins of things and organisations, and the maturing of blockchain offer increasing opportunities to drive more connected, coordinated and intelligent solutions across target environments.” 1     Lumada Video Insights Supports Rapid Smart Spaces Growth With the capabilities to collect, store, manage and analyse video data, Lumada Video Insights delivers valuable analysis and alerts to help organisations be more effective, efficient and secure.   Advances in computer vision and machine learning have allowed video to be a rich source of insights that provide operational and customer experience intelligence, and real time-situational awareness and alerts to enable swift, effective and proactive responses to incidents, emergencies and customer issues. With Lumada Video Insights, customers can gather data insights to improve planning and identify opportunities for cost and waste reductions and factors to improve operational excellence.  Key features of Lumada Video Insights include: IoT, video and historical data can be visualised geospatially and graphically in a single-pane-of-glass view. Video analytics turns existing or new video data into a insights and real-time alerts through AI analysis. Video data storage and management solutions that ensure rapid speed and high volumes of foundational data are available, complete and fault-tolerant while simplifying data management. Smart edge devices and video intelligence platforms that gather data and insights from anywhere. Mine publicly available data from social media or the deep web for open-source intelligence and awareness of brand-related conversations in target areas. Helps data-driven decision-making about safety, operations and customer experience.  Lumada Video Insights strengthens the Lumada portfolio of data-driven applications, which is further supported by Hitachi Vantara’s data integration, orchestration, storage and management offerings to provide end-to-end solutions and business value to customers around the world. “Smart spaces innovation is a focus area for Hitachi Vantara as we continue to see a demand to use new and diverse sources of data blended with more traditional data to gain rich insights,” said Brad Surak, chief product and strategy officer at Hitachi Vantara. “With Lumada Video Insights and our focus on DataOps, we are excited to expand our work with public and private organisations to transform how retail, government and transportation use data-driven intelligence to innovate and achieve greater outcomes.” Hitachi Smart Spaces Customer Success  Hitachi Vantara works hand-in-hand with customers to deliver purpose-built, outcome-driven solutions that generate actionable insights to improve safety, operations and business intelligence. Recent Smart Spaces customer successes include: City of Las Vegas (Nevada): By deploying Hitachi Smart Spaces in its Innovation District, the city tapped traffic, parking and passenger flow data to optimise operations. In one area, a spike of bike delivery activity was detected, highlighting the need for more bike lanes along delivery routes. City of Moreno Valley (California): For several years, this city has been using elements of Lumada Video Insights which have helped decrease crime, improve emergency-response time in traffic, and address a missing person case using Hitachi technology. Tequila Intelligente (Jalisco, Mexico): This heavily touristed home of the tequila industry uses Lumada Video Insights to gather foot and vehicle traffic data to enhance the visitor and citizen experience. Dallas Housing Authority (Texas): To keep residents safe throughout its properties, Dallas Housing Authority deployed Lumada Video Insights, including smart cameras with compute and storage to analyse and monitor video data. Availability Lumada Video Insights solutions are available for customers today with global general availability for most of the portfolio, and limited availability for edge devices in some countries. More information is available at: Resources: 1Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019: Smart Spaces, March 2019 Lumada Video Insights webpage: Hitachi Smart Spaces webpage: Blog: Hitachi Introduces Lumada Video Insights for the Development of Smart Spaces and Intelligent Ecosystems HITACHI VANTARA UNVEILS ENTRY-LEVEL STORAGE IN ASIA PACIFIC 2019-05-01T02:42:44Z hitachi-vantara-unveils-entry-level-storage-in-asia-pacific Singapore/Hong Kong/Sydney, 30 April, 2019  – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today introduced its entry-level storage system, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G130, for the Asia Pacific (APAC) market. VSP G130 is an extension of the hybrid-flash VSP G series systems that supports smaller data centre modernisation initiatives. VSP G130 provides agile data infrastructure with minimal costs for SMBs, remote or branch offices that need local backup capabilities, direct  attached storage (DAS) environments, and simplified virtual server deployments.     “Hitachi Vantara is dedicated to delivering innovative technologies that help business leaders in the APAC region manage the deluge of data being produced in their IT environments,” said Pratyush Khare, vice president, pre-sales and CTO, APAC, Hitachi Vantara. “Data centre modernisation begins with a foundation for consistent delivery of data at high speed and low latency, with support of diverse workload requirements and multi-cloud integration. VSP G130 is designed and priced to fulfill all these needs in the entry-level storage market.” Businesses need to adopt storage solutions that consolidate workloads with minimal investment, provide value and extract business insights. It is also critical for storage solutions to support current and future cloud strategies with enterprise-grade reliability and operational simplicity. VSP G130 is able to address all these challenges for customers with smaller deployment needs. Operational Efficiency VSP G130 enables seamless automation of data centres and improves operational efficiency. The system is powered by the next  generation Hitachi Storage Virtualisation Operating System, SVOS RF. VSP G130 reduces cost and complexity, while delivering better network utilisation. In addition, it optionally offers end-to-end analytics for advanced administrative efficiencies that make operations more predictable. Private Cloud Platform VSP G130 supports OpenStack drivers to offer a cloud-like experience to users. The product also supports containers to accelerate cloud-native application development through DevOps, enabling persistent data availability while being orchestrated by leading container platforms. In addition, customers can use VSP G130 with Hitachi Vantara’s Hi-Track Remote Monitoring system and analytics capabilities to proactively analyse, support and maintain the health of cloud solutions. Simplified Data Centre Modernisation VSP G130 comes bundled with storage management and local replication software. Optional software features include infrastructure performance analytics, predictive analytics and Hitachi Data Instance Director (HDID) for data protection and backup orchestration. Availability Hitachi VSP G130 is now available in ASEAN, Australia, China, Hong Kong and New Zealand, and it will be available to the rest of the APAC region in the second half of 2019. For more technical information about VSP G130, please refer to the datasheet. Hitachi Vantara Doubles Down on Partner Business, Drives Growth Across Robust Ecosystem 2019-03-05T04:40:03Z hitachi-vantara-doubles-down-on-partner-business-drives-growth-across-robust-ecosystem SYDNEY, Australia. – 5 March, 2019 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today highlighted the investments and progress the company has made in its partner business that have netted the company and its partners significant growth over the last year. As Hitachi Vantara continues its transformation to help customers maximise the value of their data, the company has invested significantly in its partner business as a critical component for growth.    Most recently, the new Cisco and Hitachi Adaptive Solutions for Converged Infrastructure demonstrate the steps Hitachi Vantara is taking to address market demand through collaboration with and investment in its strategic relationships. In September 2018, Hitachi Vantara delivered VSP PRO solutions, which are simplified, partner-optimised configurations of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP). The revamped Hitachi Vantara Partner Program, launched in April 2018, includes new competencies, delivery models, enablement and incentives. These initiatives demonstrate the increased focus Hitachi Vantara is placing on its partner ecosystem to successfully deliver solutions that help customers address their transformation challenges. Cisco and Hitachi Accelerate Data Center Modernisation and Cloud Cisco and Hitachi are capitalising on their aligned priorities for data center modernisation and cloud to deliver an intelligent converged solution that helps enterprises worldwide meet the challenges of today and position themselves for the future. Cisco and Hitachi Adaptive Solutions for Converged Infrastructure is a Cisco Validated Design (CVD) that combines the companies’ best-in-class technologies including Hitachi storage and Cisco compute and networking. Engineered, tested and validated by both Cisco and Hitachi, the new “meet-in-the-market” solution is designed for partners to address demand for a validated Hitachi and Cisco converged infrastructure that supports high-end, enterprise-grade, multi-use application workloads and delivers an agile, operationally efficient solution for continuous data availability and service-level agreement (SLA) management. It will be supported by both Cisco and Hitachi. Over the last year, Hitachi Vantara has seen high single-digit growth in its converged business through partners. Sold and delivered by partners, the new Cisco and Hitachi solution is expected to increase opportunity for both companies’ partner ecosystems in this space. Hitachi VSP PRO Configurations Introduced in September 2018, the pre-configured, cost-optimised Hitachi VSP PRO semi-customisable configurations are a prime example of how the company is delivering on its promises to simplify and accelerate sales cycles for partners. Created expressly for the partner community, Hitachi VSP PRO solutions allow partners to quickly and easily quote small, medium, large and extra-large systems with an automated, self-service sales model that reduces the process from several hours to a matter of minutes. Hitachi VSP PRO solutions have also helped partners initiate conversations with customers about VSP solutions more broadly, contributing to year-over-year growth in partner sales of Hitachi VSP storage arrays. Hitachi Vantara Reimagines Partner Program to Drive Ecosystem Success When the company launched its new Partner Program in April 2018, Hitachi Vantara introduced new competencies, delivery models and flexibility for partners to choose how they engage with the company. In addition, the company reiterated its commitment to maximise profitability and improve self-service and automation for its partners. Since the program launched, the company has continued to deliver against these promises, resulting in improved overall partner engagement and satisfaction, growth of partner business revenues including double-digit growth among solution providers, and rapid expansion of the company’s ecosystem in strategic focus areas such as big data analytics and IoT. The latter has resulted in additional collaboration with several strategic partners, including Tech Data and Computacenter, to improve the recruitment, onboarding, and sales and presales enablement of a growing ecosystem of partners focused on big data analytics and IoT – an ecosystem that has grown nearly 300 percent year over year. Customer and Partner Quotes: ·       “Cisco and Hitachi Vantara have collaborated to provide customers on a path to digital transformation with an enterprise-class data center modernisation solution,” said Kaustubh Das, Vice President, Product Development and Strategy, Computing Systems Product Group at Cisco. “The new Cisco and Hitachi Adaptive Solutions for Converged Infrastructure will accelerate deployment and simplify operations for our mutual customers.” ·       “Since 2004, we have partnered with Hitachi Vantara to help customers get the most from their data. For 15 years, our partnership has been successful for several reasons: the commitment Hitachi Vantara has demonstrated to our business, an aligned strategic focus, and the breadth of innovative offerings we have available to tackle customer challenges. In the last year, we’ve seen positive developments in these areas – from the new Hitachi Vantara partner program to new strategic solutions that address market demands and accelerate customers transformation – all contributing to Computacenter’s successes,” said Axel Heitmann, Sales Director Datacenter, Computacenter Germany. “Today, with the new Cisco and Hitachi Adaptive Solutions for Converged Infrastructure offering, we believe we can do even more, helping more customers adopt a best-in-class modern infrastructure environment that meets their needs for today and tomorrow.” ·       “For nearly 20 years, the Tech Data-Hitachi Vantara partnership has driven success for thousands of customers. Over this period, our partnership has continued to expand, we’ve added exciting new offerings to our portfolio, and we’ve identified new opportunities available we can address together,” said Cheryl Neal, vice president, Data and Networking Solutions, Tech Data. “From data center modernisation to advanced analytics for business intelligence, our partnership with Hitachi Vantara is enabling us to guide our partners to further transform for the future. We’re excited to bring what’s next.” Hitachi Executive Quotes: ·       “The new Cisco and Hitachi Adaptive Solutions for Converged Infrastructure build on our global Cisco partnership, paving the way for expanding our collaboration into new areas,” said Toshio Nakano, President of IT Platform Products Management Division, Hitachi, Ltd. “Together, we will continue innovating to create customer value through data across solutions that address a broad range of customer needs.” ·       “Hitachi’s partners – from solution providers to strategic alliances such as Cisco – have been a cornerstone of our success for many years and continue to become a larger part of Hitachi Vantara’s overall business results. Together, we have successfully helped customers realise the power of their data,” said Scott Kelly, COO and chief transformation officer at Hitachi Vantara. “As Hitachi Vantara continues transforming to deliver innovation, we will continue to invest in an exciting future with our partners.” Additional Resources: ·       Cisco and Hitachi Adaptive Solutions for Converged Infrastructure CVD ·       Cisco blog post: Accelerate Data Center Modernization with Cisco and Hitachi Adaptive Solution for Converged Infrastructure ·       Hitachi Vantara blog post: Hitachi and Cisco: Unlocking Your Data ·       Hitachi Vantara Partner Program   New Survey Reveals 41% of Australian Enterprises Unaware of Object Storage 2018-12-11T01:30:29Z new-survey-reveals-41-of-australian-enterprises-unaware-of-object-storage Sydney, AUSTRALIA – 11th December, 2018 – To better understand the current state of the object storage market in the Asia Pacific region, Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), has partnered with global research firm, IDC, to survey close to 4000 IT professionals and executives in the region*. A recently published white paper entitled, “Digitalisation of the Business with Object Storage,” highlights the key findings from this regional survey. The IDC survey reveals low awareness of object storage among enterprises in the region, with 41% of surveyed enterprises in Australia not aware of the technology.  Digital transformation is a focus for enterprises across the region, and an integral part of this is the emphasis on data – making it the key to thriving among fierce competition in the digital era. IDC forecasts that global data will grow to 163 zettabytes by 2025. The majority of this data will be unstructured, from sources that include social interactions, emails, transactions, music, videos, photos, IoT, augmented and virtual reality, and many more. Data Storage a Key Issue for APAC Business  When asked about the top priorities for data storage, respondents across the region indicated the following capabilities as being the most important for their organisations to support:  --  Information security (25%)  -- Analytics of unstructured data (11%)  --  Multicloud platform adoptability (9%).  In Australia, the results are similar: information security (33%), adopting public cloud (13%) and multicloud platform adoptability (13%) In addition to this, 60% of enterprises surveyed are storing data with the hope that in the next two years they will be able to use analytics to gain business insights from this data. More than 60% of Australian respondents advised they also expect to use this stored data for regulatory compliance.  On average, respondent enterprises in APAC store their data for five to seven years, with one-fifth choosing to store it for over 15 years. More than half of the Australian organisations (57%) surveyed prefer to “keep everything” because they are not sure what data will be needed in the future, suggesting further pressure to manage and govern tremendous amounts of data created and accumulated over time.  It is evident that enterprises in the region are facing huge issues concerning data storage costs and functionality. Data storage solutions are expected to store and manage large amounts of data for longer periods of time. Moreover, enterprises expect these solutions to offer integrated intelligence and analytics features to help them realise the potential value of their data through manipulation, aggregation, and visualisation.  Modern Data Management for the Digital Age Object-based storage architectures enable enterprises to deal with the drastic growth of data while improving ease of use, providing flexibility to scale capacity and performance independently to address provisioning management issues, and to meet a variety of workloads.    The top technology reasons respondents indicated for the deployment of object storage in APAC are to:  -- Address scalability issues due to relentless growth in unstructured content (15%) -- Reduce complexity by eliminating complex hierarchical file structures (13%) -- Ease data migration and infrastructure refresh (12%) In Australia, the top three reasons are to reduce complexity (17%), address scalability issues (16%) and easily add capacity as business and application requirements increase (15%). Historically, object storage has been used as a data archive tier due to its scale and compliance features. The survey reveals that 67% and 64% of respondents indicated that they are using object storage to aggregate and store big data repositories, and to optimise their backup and recovery capabilities respectively. In Australia, those numbers rise to 72% and 74% respectively. Treating an object storage solution as a big data reservoir or scalable and centralised data hub enables analytics-based applications to blend structured and unstructured data together for business intelligence and visualisation workloads. The custom metadata that object storage solutions attach to files as a form of detailed enrichment gives unstructured data more context and makes it easier to search. Aggregating unstructured and structured data together improves an enterprise’s ability to gain more relevant insights from a more complete set of data. The survey further examines the top business drivers for APAC enterprises to deploy object storage in the future:  -- Achieving flexibility to add storage capacity as business grows (18%) -- Reducing storage management costs (16%) --  Increasing business agility (13%) --   Improving data analytics capability for faster decision making (12%) In Australia, the top drivers are achieving flexibility (31%), increasing business agility (13%), and optimising or reducing storage expenditure (11%). Despite the wide range of benefits object-based storage offers, the IDC survey reveals low awareness among enterprises in the Asia Pacific region, with 41% of surveyed enterprises not aware of the object storage technology. Australia shares the same level of awareness. Overcoming Adoption Hurdles As the survey findings indicate, the three most common obstacles for adopting object storage are: Application compatibility (52%) On-premise business applications that do not necessarily require infinite scalability (44%) Stringent data protection and recovery (43%) In Australia, application compatibility is the top hurdle (70%), followed by lack of cost benefit (56%), and on-premise business applications that do not necessarily require infinite scalability (52%).   As reflected in the survey results, enterprises who choose to test or adopt object storage are more likely to realise the benefits of the technology in their specific business requirements and use-cases. For more details on the cost benefits of object storage, the IDC whitepaper reviews three case studies of customers who achieved cost savings from 30% to 70% when using object storage solutions.   “We believe the findings of this survey have pinpointed the opportunities and future of data storage infrastructure across APAC. With the explosive growth of unstructured data and rapidly changing business demands in the digital age, enterprises inevitably require the support from flexible and agile storage solutions,” said Daniel Chong, senior vice president and general manager, APAC, Hitachi Vantara. “Based on our work with clients, we have seen object-based storage continue to be the solution to traditional storage struggles. It is clear that we must educate and work closely with enterprises across the region to develop and deploy tailored solutions to unleash the full benefits of object storage and facilitate digital transformation.” HCP Portfolio Solves Data Challenges The Hitachi Content Platform portfolio addresses today’s data challenges while being highly adaptive to the future needs of businesses. The portfolio is based on an object storage solution with the ability to manage and govern data to the edge of the business, support a highly mobilised and distributed workforce, tier to public and hosted cloud layers, and offers an integrated data intelligence foundation. The benefits of these products include: Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) to address the new challenges in storing digital information with centralised and cost-effective management and governance features for multistructured data, minimising the risk of data loss, and making data easier to access with object storage concepts. HCP Anywhere to address the demands of the end-user with collaboration, file synchronisation, file sharing and file protection without compromising the requirements of the business. HCP Anywhere Edge as a means to bridge the gap between traditional storage architectures (NAS) and object storage with the added benefits of pushing data to the edge (remote office), and to the cloud. Hitachi Content Intelligence to help organisations understand the context and content of data impacting their business with a scalable and performant solution to connect, understand and explore repositories to extract fact from data and be in the know.  To learn more, please refer to the IDC whitepaper “Digitalisation of the Business with Object Storage”.     *About this research  The data in this IDC white paper is derived from a 2018 IDC survey of executives from large enterprises who identified themselves as responsible for, or familiar with, the IT investments of their companies. IDC ran a short screener survey of almost 4,000 respondents to assess their familiarity with object-based storage. From these 4,000 respondents, IDC recruited 518 respondents to complete a more comprehensive user behavior survey. These 518 respondents are familiar with and have tested object-based storage for their organization although not all of them have deployed object-based storage.  Respondents were based in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India and Singapore, and represented a range of industries. IDC also conducted interviews with senior executives from several clients of Hitachi Vantara who are current users of object-based storage to gather additional content on their decision to deploy object-based storage and the benefits and challenges they have experienced. Hitachi Vantara Delivers More Valuable Data Insights With Pentaho 8.2 2018-12-05T22:52:05Z hitachi-vantara-delivers-more-valuable-data-insights-with-pentaho-8-2 SYDNEY Australia – 6 Dec, 2018 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced Pentaho 8.2, the newest release of the company’s data integration and analytics platform software, providing new, out-of-the-box integration with Hitachi’s industry-leading object storage platform, Hitachi Content Platform (HCP). Pentaho 8.2 better integrates Hitachi Vantara’s portfolio of products and enables users to address key industry use cases with access to unstructured data from HCP. This release also enables customers to manage a hybrid cloud environment in new ways and expands support for the analytic ecosystem.   Pentaho 8.2 Makes Unstructured Data Available for Analytics According to Harvard Business Review, less than half of an organisation’s structured data is used in making business decisions, and less than 1% of unstructured data is used in any way at all. With Pentaho’s new integration with HCP, users can now build data pipelines that include structured and unstructured data sources – such as text, video, audio, images, social media, clickstreams and log files – allowing data analysts and data scientists to generate better insights that drive more business value. Pentaho 8.2 opens new industry use cases in areas such as: Banking: Financial services institutions can address compliance requirements by correlating trading transaction data with email communications.    Healthcare: Medical researchers can make new drug discoveries by blending patient data and medication history with unstructured MRI scans. Retail: Retailers can analyse the shopping preferences of each guest and the traffic flow of each in-store brand by combining in-store video footage with point-of-sale data. Public Safety: Law enforcement can combine video footage with crime reports, enabling faster access to evidence and improved decision-making while staying compliant with regulations.   Easier Hybrid Cloud Data Management  With so many alternatives for data lakes – including NoSQL databases, public cloud options from Microsoft Azure, Amazon and Google, and on-premises object stores – organisations are taking a closer look at the best way to spend on data management and govern this data to comply with regulations. Pentaho 8.2 delivers access to new and better ways to manage data when used together with Hitachi Content Platform. For example, users can now onboard data into HCP, which functions as a data lake. Then they can use Pentaho to prepare, cleanse and normalise data within HCP.  Pentaho may then be used to make the logical determination of which prepared data is appropriate for each cloud target. By reducing unnecessary data sent to the cloud, organisations can now better manage costs with Pentaho 8.2.   Expanded Analytics Ecosystem Support Pentaho 8.2 expands support for its growing ecosystem of third-party products and technologies that help organisations optimise their data pipeline and analytics projects:  AMQP support: Pentaho customers can access this popular messaging protocol that helps organisations read and publish streaming data from edge devices to the cloud for addressing emerging IoT use cases. Improved Google Cloud security: Support for customer managed encryption keys (CMEK) gives Pentaho users additional protection by controlling their own data encryption keys while accessing data in Google Cloud Storage and Google BigQuery. Python Step:  Pentaho 8.2 users can operationalise machine learning and deep learning models built with Python and make API calls to popular libraries such as scikit-learn and TensorFlow. OpenJDK support:  Pentaho customers can now switch from OpenJDK, which now comes with commercial terms, to a free and open source version of OpenJDK.    Supporting Quotes “With Pentaho 8.2 and Hitachi Content Platform, we’re able to leverage both structured and unstructured data on a single platform to send cleansed, prepared data to AWS and Microsoft Azure, and will achieve a 20-30% compute cost reduction and a 50%-60% storage cost reduction as a result,” said Andrew Buffone, director of data management at CARFAX Canada. “We’re also able to better govern both the structured and unstructured data we deliver to our business and data science teams by managing it all in one place.”   “Supporting modern data analytics projects involves the creation of agile data pipelines that are able to rapidly and automatically integrate both structured and unstructured data from multiple sources and make it available for multiple use cases,” said Matt Aslett, research vice president of data, AI and analytics at 451 Research. “Given its portfolio of products, such as Pentaho 8.2, Hitachi Vantara is well placed to help customers become more data-driven, especially in industries with an abundance of unstructured data.”   Product Availability and Resources Hitachi Vantara's Pentaho 8.2 software will be generally available on December 6, 2018. To learn more, visit: HITACHI VANTARA RECOGNISED BY GARTNER AS A LEADER IN 2018 MAGIC QUADRANT FOR GENERAL-PURPOSE DISK ARRAYS 2018-11-15T02:35:18Z hitachi-vantara-recognised-by-gartner-as-a-leader-in-2018-magic-quadrant-for-general-purpose-disk-arrays SANTA CLARA, Calif. – 14 Nov. 2018 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced it has once again been named a Leader in Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays (GPDA), where the company was evaluated for its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the hybrid storage array market. Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) G series hybrid storage arrays were part of this assessment. This builds on the company’s July 2018 announcement that Hitachi Vantara was recognised as a Leader in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid State Arrays, based on its all-flash storage configurations: the VSP F series. Hitachi VSP systems are backed by a 100% data availability guarantee1 and share a common architecture and management tools. Functional enhancements have focused on improving ease of use, increasing capacity and providing tighter integration with VMware and cloud providers. Combined with Hitachi Vantara's AI-powered analytics and IT automation software, Hitachi VSP systems help enterprises modernise their data centers with unprecedented agility, scalability and operational efficiencies. “It’s an honour to be recognised again by Gartner as a leader in both general-purpose and solid-state arrays. We believe readers of the 2018 Magic Quadrants for Solid-State Arrays and General-Purpose Disk Arrays will find the evaluations underscore Hitachi’s proven reputation and continued execution in delivering high performance and reliable storage arrays backed by world-class service and support,” said John Magee, vice president, Portfolio Marketing at Hitachi Vantara. “Over the past year, we’ve seen the enterprise storage market continue to transition rapidly toward all-flash storage solutions as customers seek to accelerate digital innovation in their organisations. Our single family of hybrid and solid-state storage systems helps customers simplify that transition – whenever they choose – without having to learn a new platform.” Both Gartner’s 2018 GPDA Magic Quadrant and SSA Magic Quadrant evaluations were performed on earlier generations of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform systems: the VSP F400, F600 and F800 and VSP G200, G400, G600 and G800 models. In May 2018, Hitachi Vantara replaced these systems with the announcement of the Virtual Storage Platform F and G series 350, 370, 700, and 900 models, which occurred after the evaluation cut-off date for these Magic Quadrant assessments. To download a complimentary copy of the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays, visit: (registration required). Hitachi strongly encourages enterprise buyers to also read the Gartner 2018 Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays evaluation, which was published in July 2018 and is available for complimentary download here: (registration required). Gartner Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays, Stanley Zaffos, Roger W. Cox, Valdis Filks, Santhosh Rao, 8 November 2018. 1 Subject to terms, conditions, and best practices. Please consult your Hitachi Vantara Representative for details. Gartner Disclaimer Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organisation and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Hitachi Vantara Advances IT Infrastructure Portfolio With Updated Converged and Hyperconverged Systems, Enhanced Applications Support 2018-10-02T22:26:17Z hitachi-vantara-advances-it-infrastructure-portfolio-with-updated-converged-and-hyperconverged-systems-enhanced-applications-support SYDNEY, Australia – 27 Sept, 2018 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), at NEXT 2018 announced technology enhancements across its leading IT infrastructure portfolio to help customers modernise their data centers as part of their digital transformation strategies. These enhancements include Hitachi’s first all-NVMe hyperconverged system delivering dramatically improved performance and efficiency for Hitachi Unified Compute Platform HC (UCP HC) customers. Additional converged infrastructure server options, functionality and applications infrastructure solution updates expand the capabilities of Hitachi’s solution portfolio to address any workload, at scale, in today’s multi-cloud environments. These enhancements help enterprises deliver business outcomes by maximising the power of data no matter where it resides – from the data center to the cloud and out to the edge – and move them forward in today’s digital, data-driven business landscape. “As more enterprises embark on data center modernisation initiatives, they’re looking to leverage hyperconverged infrastructures for greater flexibility, increased agility and simpler deployment and management,” said Mike Leone, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “Hitachi Vantara’s continued investment in its core infrastructure products and technologies, such as the new all-flash NVMe hyperconverged system, will play a significant role in ensuring organisations are realising the full value of their hyperconverged platforms for driving digital transformation and ‘cloud-like’ IT.” Enhanced Converged and Hyperconverged Portfolio The Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) family of converged, hyperconverged and rack-scale systems provides customers with simplified platforms of pre-tested and validated compute, network and storage that are fast to deploy and easy to manage and expand based on changing business requirements. Enhancements to the UCP portfolio include: Hitachi Unified Compute Platform HC (UCP HC) hyperconverged infrastructure appliance series will include a new all-flash NVMe UCP HC V124N system providing high storage density and capacity in a low-latency 1U form factor housing up to 12 NVMe SSDs (up to four ultra-fast Intel 3D XPoint-based Intel Optane SSDs for cache and eight NVMe SSDs for capacity), delivering a total raw capacity of up to 72 TB. It is designed to address the needs of customers requiring higher IOPS and ultra-low latency for applications such as real-time analytics, stock trading, fraud detection and online transaction processing (OLTP). The all-NVMe hyperconverged system will offer customers dramatically improved performance and efficiencies with a higher ROI by delivering hundreds of thousands of IOPS at sub-millisecond response time, for a 3X increase in IOPS performance and 4X lower latency compared to the prior all-flash UCP HC system. Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Advisor (UCP Advisor) IT management and orchestration software will include new deployment manager functionality that builds on the simplified, automated management and orchestration of UCP Advisor. With automated, rule-based deployment and validation software, the UCP Advisor deployment manager automates hundreds of manual tasks and can reduce deployment times from multiple days to as little as a few hours. Hitachi Unified Compute Platform CI (UCP CI) systems include new support for Hitachi Advanced Server DS7000 series servers for the most demanding scale-up workloads, including SAP and Oracle environments, and the Hitachi Advanced Server DS225 with NVIDIA Tesla GPUs for specialised graphics needs including VDI, CAD, collaborative workplaces and advanced analytics. These new options provide a flexible, low-risk path to modernising data center infrastructure for a broad set of enterprise applications. New mix-and-match server options increase server flexibility and density to address different environments, use cases and applications. Hitachi Unified Compute Platform RS (UCP RS) is a rack-scale system designed to simplify the deployment of an agile data infrastructure at scale. UCP RS adds support for the Hitachi DS225 server with NVIDIA Tesla GPU for workloads requiring advanced graphics capabilities. Expanded Applications Infrastructure Optimisation for Databases Hitachi Solution for Databases, powered by UCP systems, expands customer choice for both optimising and scaling performance of the data infrastructure in critical Oracle environments. Oracle Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) optimisation is enhanced with the addition of Hadoop as an offload target. By allowing cold data from a production Oracle EDW to be offloaded to Hadoop, the data set is reduced, resulting in improved EDW performance and lower software licensing costs by minimising the number of licenses needed for primary database data. The ability to offload Oracle EDW data to MongoDB and now Hadoop, based on Hitachi Unified Compute Platform RS (UCP RS) and Pentaho Data Integration, delivers an infrastructure solution that can blend data from a variety of disparate sources – whether the data is structured as in an Oracle Database, semi-structured as in MongoDB, or from unstructured sources such as social media and web content – to provide a more complete view, find correlations and accelerate time to insight. In addition, Oracle customers deploying the most mission-critical, high-performance database and application environments can now use UCP CI configurations with Hitachi DS7000 series servers to provide the scalability and performance that modern digital businesses require. Hitachi Solution for the SAP HANA Platform now gives customers greater choice and simplified management through newly certified SAP HANA appliances based on Hitachi UCP CI with Hitachi DS7000 series servers, and enhanced management integration via Hitachi storage and server adapters for the SAP HANA Cockpit. UCP CI configurations with Hitachi DS7000 series are also planned to support a broad range of virtual infrastructure solutions, including Virtual HANA (vHANA) and other VMware-based workloads. “Hitachi Vantara is committed to providing customers of our IT infrastructure products and solutions with the latest technology innovations to address their evolving business and data requirements with new levels of efficiency, agility and management simplicity,” said Bob Madaio, vice president of Infrastructure Solutions Marketing at Hitachi Vantara. “With these latest advancements across our leading converged and hyperconverged systems portfolio, we continue to provide customers with an unmatched choice of optimised systems and validated solutions to maximise ROI and unlock data-driven insights for better business outcomes.” Availability UCP CI configurations with Hitachi DS7000 series servers are available now for supported SAP HANA and Oracle environments. The optional all-NVMe chassis for UCP HC systems are expected to be generally available in November 2018, and will be complemented by all-NVMe Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) options for standalone deployment or within UCP CI in 2019. The Hitachi DS225 with Nvidia GPU support and new mix-and-match server options for UCP CI and RS will be generally available in November. The latest release of UCP Advisor with new deployment manager functionality will be generally available in October 2018. Additional Resources Blog post: “Hitachi + VMware vSAN + Intel Optane NVMe = Turbocharged Hyperconverged Infrastructure,” by Dinesh Singh Hitachi Vantara Helps Customers Govern and Protect Data in a Multicloud World 2018-10-02T22:25:50Z hitachi-vantara-helps-customers-govern-and-protect-data-in-a-multicloud-world SYDNEY Australia – 27 Sept, 2018 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), at NEXT 2018 announced updates to the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) portfolio. The updates extend data governance, optimise for cloud and modernise file services to help organisations govern and protect their data in an increasingly complex multicloud environment. These enhancements to the HCP portfolio help deliver business outcomes by maximising the power of data no matter where it resides – from the data center to the cloud and out to the edge – and move them forward in today’s digital, data-driven business landscape. Organisations recognise that data is the critical element to growth and innovation. HCP is an object storage platform that intelligently manages data as a key business asset and govern it with integrated security to reduce compliance risks. The new updates expand the capabilities of the HCP portfolio to help customers improve business productivity by making information available to users with strengthened security and data governance, while also helping to reduce costs across private and multicloud environments. “Hitachi Vantara’s continued investment and innovations have placed the Hitachi Content Platform portfolio in a leadership position in the object-based storage market," said Amita Potnis, research manager, file and object-based storage systems at IDC. “A recent study shows 56% of respondents plan to use private or multicloud platforms within the next 18 months. The latest software updates give customers the ability to own and control how their data is stored, protected, governed and accessed across workloads, on-premises storage platforms and multiple public cloud deployments.” Optimised for the Cloud: Drive Down Costs While Increasing Profitability HCP delivers cost-optimised cloud object storage, performance and scale so that organisations can consolidate multiple application workloads onto a single platform. This enables customers to centralise their data first, inventory it and determine the best location to store the data based on cost, sensitivity or value – on premises, in the cloud or both. HCP can achieve over 60% lower storage costs over five years than using public cloud alone. The latest innovations include: Cloud-native compatibility: HCP now adds even stronger compatibility with the industry-standard Amazon S3 API. This allows HCP to support new application requirements and an expanding ISV application ecosystem. Organisations can now use HCP with leading big data applications to deliver significant cost savings by offloading content from tier-one storage. Flexible deployment options: In addition to software-only and appliance models, new support for VMware vSAN allows HCP to be run in hyperconverged environments such as Hitachi Vantara’s Unified Compute Platform (UCP) to ensure availability, performance and reliability. Enhanced performance monitoring: With Hitachi Content Monitor, organisations can aggregate and visualise system metrics from multiple HCP clusters into customisable dashboards. This is essential to organisations when managing and governing data at scale and using the delivered insights to maintain optimal performance. Extend Data Governance To Reduce Risk in Multicloud Environments HCP is an intelligent object storage platform based on robust compliance features, metadata-driven classification, indexing and full content search designed to lower compliance costs associated with ever-changing regulations, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). HCP makes sensitive data tamper-resistant with the latest governance capabilities including:  Compliance enforcement in the public cloud: New Amazon S3 extensions allow the use of HCP compliance capabilities, like retention and privileged delete, for application data ingested via the Amazon S3 application programming interface (API). Retention enhancements: Improved event-based retention to align with stringent requirements such as DoD 5015.02-STD – Electronic Records Management and SEC17a. Replication before tiering: Enhanced tiering-automation capabilities provide a global data protection level across multiple sites and improve data durability, optimise capacity and reduce costs. Protection against cybersecurity risks: HCP regularly undergoes third-party security audits and incorporates continuous, incremental updates to stay ahead of the latest threats. Because of this, HCP has won the Fortress Cyber Security and Stratus Cloud Computing awards.    Modernising File Services at the Edge To Improve Productivity Updates to Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere (HCP Anywhere) extend the boundaries of the digital workplace to deliver sync-based file services at the edge. HCP Anywhere allows organisations to replace traditional file servers with cloud file storage or cloud home directories. It extends file-sharing data services from core data centers to remote and branch offices and end-user devices. This improves both collaboration and productivity, and enhances data protection against device failure, user error and attacks such as ransomware. The new release of HCP Anywhere includes the following enhancements: Cloud file services: New HCP Anywhere Edge file services bring the innovative sync technology of HCP Anywhere for user devices to remote and branch offices. HCP Anywhere Edge is a cloud storage gateway option that helps right-size and consolidate file servers at the edge by keeping only active data in local storage while allowing easy access to large amounts of data from the private or hybrid HCP cloud in customers’ data centers. Native Microsoft Windows compatibility: HCP Anywhere Edge file services natively support Microsoft Windows SMB 2 and 3 to reduce management overhead and eliminate the complexity of integrating, updating, testing and supporting the latest Microsoft Windows updates. File data protection: HCP Anywhere Edge provides advanced data protection and easy recovery from user error, device failures and cyberattacks like ransomware, while eliminating the need for traditional backups. It also simplifies and centralises data protection and management for multiple-user and edge devices from a single point of management.  Supporting Quotes “Hundreds of thousands of people across the state of Utah and beyond rely on University of Utah Health for a broad range of health care services. Faced with an increasing number of systems producing an ever-growing pool of data, the IT department needed an agile solution to ensure its data centers could support the organisation now and in the future,” said Jim Livingston, chief technology officer at University of Utah Health. “The new HCP-enabled software-defined environment means we can support growing data volumes without having to invest in additional hardware. We’ve seen a tenfold decrease in storage costs, despite storage growth across the organisation. We now have the data center efficiency and agility we need to support innovation and future changes within the health care sector.” “At Flexential, we are a proud Hitachi Vantara Cloud Service Provider Partner and rely on Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) as the foundation for delivering secure and cost-effective content services for unmatched reliability in delivering backup, archive and data governance to our customers,” said Mike Fuhrman, chief product officer at Flexential. “By bringing together object storage, file sync and share and sophisticated search, our use of HCP creates a tightly integrated, smart cloud storage solution with unique data protection capabilities powered by our people and expertise.” “The latest innovations to the Hitachi Content Platform portfolio allow customers to better govern and protect their data in a multicloud environment while helping to accelerate productivity from the data center to the edge,” said Linda Xu, vice president of Emerging Solutions and Cloud Services Marketing at Hitachi Vantara. “As organisations’ cloud, governance and data accessibility requirements continue to evolve rapidly, HCP provides a highly adaptive, massively scalable and cost-efficient cloud storage platform that helps businesses organise their data, extract intelligence and safely share it with a globally dispersed workforce, all through a single point of visibility and control.” Availability Updates to the HCP portfolio are available today. More information is available at Additional Resources   Blog post, “Leveraging Cloud Services with HCP S3 Tiering,” by Hu Yoshida   Blog post, “Data Tiering from HCP to the Alibaba Cloud,” by Jeff Lundberg   Blog post, “University of Utah Health Partners with Hitachi Vantara to Drive Innovation Through a Hybrid Cloud Environment,” by Govanna Flores     Hitachi Brings Together Leading Data-Driven Innovators at NEXT 2018 2018-09-27T00:11:35Z hitachi-brings-together-leading-data-driven-innovators-at-next-2018 SYDNEY, Australia – 27 Sept, 2018 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), at NEXT 2018, the company’s second annual user conference, unveiled new enhancements and partnerships to help enterprises maximise the value of their data. Hitachi first introduced Hitachi Vantara at NEXT 2017 as a new business entity that delivers business and societal outcomes to enterprises through the power of data.  Hitachi Vantara uniquely combines Hitachi’s deep expertise in operational technology (OT) with its trusted and proven history in information technology (IT) innovation. This powerful combination delivers superior infrastructure and analytics technologies that help customers along the entire data journey of storing, enriching, activating and monetising data for maximum business benefit. Only Hitachi can provide this return on data no matter where it resides – from the data center to the cloud and out to the edge. Importance of Deriving Value out of Data  According to McKinsey, 127 new devices connect to the internet every second and generate vast amounts of data. The organisations that can use technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) to gain actionable insights from data can expect revenue to grow by 10%. With extraordinary business momentum in its first year, Hitachi Vantara is today announcing unprecedented customer traction and new solutions to help customers capitalise on this opportunity through data. The new solutions announced at Hitachi NEXT 2018 help enterprises modernise their data centers, simplify and accelerate their cloud initiatives, enhance data governance and use IoT and analytics to improve maintenance and repair operations across multiple industries.  News Highlights From Day One of NEXT 2018: Hitachi Vantara Marks One Year Since Launch With Significant Company Momentum Hitachi Vantara Advances IT Infrastructure Portfolio With Updated Converged and Hyperconverged Systems, Enhanced Applications Support  Hitachi Vantara Helps Customers Govern and Protect Data in a Multicloud World  Hitachi Vantara Enhances Cloud Services With Container Security and Innovative Multicloud Support for DevOps and Data Services Hitachi Vantara Strengthens Lumada Portfolio With Applications for Intelligent Maintenance and Repair  Hitachi Vantara Expands Smart Data Center Intelligence and Automation for Self-Optimising Data Centers “In today’s data-driven economy, organisations that are slower to adopt digital strategies will find it challenging to compete and stay relevant,” said Brian Householder, CEO of Hitachi Vantara. “Hitachi Vantara is a data company that gives our customers the combination of trusted solutions and expertise to deliver a return on data at every step of their digital journey.” Enhanced Infrastructure Portfolio and Expanded Intelligence and Automation To Drive Data Center Modernisation Hitachi Vantara announced technology enhancements across its leading IT infrastructure portfolio that help customers modernise their data centers as part of their digital transformation strategies. These enhancements include Hitachi’s first all-NVMe converged system delivering dramatically improved performance and efficiency for customers of Hitachi Unified Compute Platform HC (UCP HC) hyperconverged systems. Hitachi also introduced smart data center intelligence and automation for self-optimising data centers. These advancements can lower data center costs with intelligent SAN optimisation, automated provisioning and AI-based cooling optimisation. Improved Data Governance, Protection and Security for Multicloud Environments To help customers control how their data is stored, protected, governed and accessed across workloads and in multicloud environments, Hitachi Vantara introduced updates to its Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) portfolio. HCP makes sensitive data tamper-resistant with the latest governance capabilities including compliance enforcement in the public cloud, data retention enhancements and protection against cybersecurity risks.  Expanded Lumada Portfolio Includes New Applications for Intelligent Maintenance and Repair Based on highly accurate, prescriptive and predictive algorithms, the new Lumada Maintenance Insights solutions help customers anticipate breakdowns and guide them on necessary maintenance repairs, improving operations and avoiding equipment downtime. New applications, powered by Hitachi’s Lumada, incorporate cutting-edge machine learning models that can be rapidly customised for specific environments. Lumada provides modular platform technologies, applications and professional services expertise that enable organisations to adopt IoT with confidence. About Hitachi NEXT 2018 NEXT 2018 is the premier event for the digital revolution. It’s for data-driven innovators who lead the transformation in their industry. They lead with clear insights drawn from their own data to make the right decisions for the best results. Data changes the way the world works, advancing business and even society itself. There can never be too much data and it can never come too quickly if organisations manage, govern, mobilise and analyse it effectively. At NEXT 2018, leaders see what’s next for their data in IT, operational technology and the internet of things, from Hitachi and our many partners. They bring back insights and strategies they can use right away to transform their businesses and build them for tomorrow. At NEXT 2018 we change the way the world works. NEXT 2018 happened September 25-27 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California. For more information, please visit Hitachi Vantara Delivers Digital Evidence Management To Enable More Effective Policing 2018-09-24T00:02:56Z hitachi-vantara-delivers-digital-evidence-management-to-enable-more-effective-policing Sydney, Australia – 21 Sept 2018 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced the availability of Hitachi Digital Evidence Management (HDEM), an integrated solution to address the challenges of digital evidence management in modern policing. The exponential increase of digital evidence from an ever-greater number of sources has challenged law enforcement with the complex and time-consuming task of identifying and organising digital evidence needed for investigation and prosecution. Law enforcement officials are challenged by compliance policies and procedures such as evidence disclosure rules. They are also hampered by antiquated manual processes that can introduce delays and mistakes from the initial collection of evidence within existing pools of information to its ongoing management throughout an investigation. These growing challenges can limit the ability of law enforcement to manage the collected evidence efficiently and ensure that it is available when required. The HDEM solution provides an opportunity for law enforcement to meet these challenges and set new standards for using evidence in today’s digital world. Hitachi Digital Evidence Management is highly scalable, permitting the collection of data from any digital source so it can be placed in context for an investigation or prosecution. This includes body-worn and car video cameras, mobile phones, documents, closed-circuit television (CCTV) and other digital information sources. Using HDEM, law enforcement can identify and associate evidence with a particular case, and secure, analyse, clip, redact and handle it according to the guidelines of police information management in the local jurisdiction. Measures to enable GDPR compliance are built into the application together with security and user provisioning to assist law enforcement in building criminal cases and gaining further intelligence from the collected digital evidence. By automating the discovery, processing, analysis, organisation, storage and sharing of information that is retrieved from multiple evidential sources, HDEM is data-agnostic, meaning that it even works with dissimilar data formats from multiple sources. This capability allows law enforcement to paint a comprehensive and integrated evidential picture and supports prosecution efforts, helping law enforcement lead criminal cases to more efficient and effective closure. HDEM also manages evidential continuity and integrity issues to prevent challenges to its validity. The solution allows seamless delivery of evidence packages to the prosecuting authorities for both pre-charging decisions and case progression. The core HDEM platform ingests data from the repositories of existing endpoint devices such as body-worn video and has web portals available for the public and partners to upload possible evidence directly into the solution. Additional modules are available, including live facial matching for greater insight from the collected digital evidence. Hitachi Digital Evidence Management is available initially for police and law enforcement agencies within Abu Dhabi, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Dubai, India, Singapore, Sweden and the United Kingdom. HDEM will be expanded into other countries and localised for additional use cases in the future. HDEM is available on a price-per-officer subscription basis. Supporting Quotes “It can be challenging and time-consuming to collect and manage all of the diverse types of digital evidence we require for effective policing,” said Andrew White, assistant chief constable at Lincolnshire Police. “Hitachi Digital Evidence Management are working with Lincolnshire Police to prove there is a solution to manage, secure, share and analyse all the digital evidence we acquire helping us to ensure that investigations are conducted efficiently, and evidence is disclosed in the right manner at the appropriate time. In turn, this will help us to provide effective policing by being able to focus our resources on solving crimes and have a positive impact on our communities.” “We are collecting more and more information from digital sources every day in separate silos and are faced with the challenges of scale, privacy and security,” says Mike Barton, chief constable, Durham Constabulary. “Hitachi Digital Evidence Management delivers a scalable evidence platform that will help us protect our citizens’ privacy while allowing us to prevent crime and apprehend and prosecute criminals more effectively. The people of County Durham and Darlington can be confident that we will deploy innovation in policing that makes our communities safer by using Hitachi Digital Evidence Management.” Hitachi Vantara Named a Leader in 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays 2018-08-10T03:19:54Z hitachi-vantara-named-a-leader-in-2018-gartner-magic-quadrant-for-solid-state-arrays SANTA CLARA, Calif. – July 25, 2018 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced it has been recognized as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays for a second consecutive year. Hitachi Vantara was evaluated for its completeness of vision and ability to execute. Gartner’s 2018 evaluation of Hitachi Vantara included earlier generations of Hitachi VSP arrays: VSP F400, VSP F600, VSP F800, and the VSP F1500. The news follows on the heels of the company’s recent expansion to the VSP all-flash array (AFA) family, updates to Hitachi Vantara’s AI-powered analytics and IT automation software and extension of the industry's only 100-percent data availability guarantee. Used in combination, these solutions help enterprises modernize their data centers for intelligent, autonomous operations with unprecedented agility and scalability to reduce costs and increase operational efficiencies. "We are pleased to be named a Leader in the solid-state array market for the second year in a row,” said Iri Trashanski, senior vice president, Infrastructure and Edge Products at Hitachi Vantara. “To us, Hitachi is driven by a commitment to developing data-driven solutions that give enterprises a competitive edge in the digital age. We believe the real-world success stories and measurable ROI achieved by our customers every day is evidence that Hitachi is continuing to bring high-value innovation to market that companies can put to work today while building for the future.”  Download a complimentary copy of the full July 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays: (registration required). Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays, Valdis Filks, John Monroe, Joseph Unsworth, Santhosh Rao, 23 July 2018. In the 2017 version of the report, the company was listed as Hitachi Data Systems.  Gartner Disclaimer  Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About Hitachi VantaraHitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society. We combine technology, intellectual property and industry knowledge to deliver data-managing solutions that help enterprises improve their customers’ experiences, develop new revenue streams, and lower the costs of business. Only Hitachi Vantara elevates your innovation advantage by combining deep information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and domain expertise. We work with organizations everywhere to drive data to meaningful outcomes. Visit us at Connect with Hitachi Vantara ·         Twitter ·         LinkedIn ·         Facebook About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges, combining its operational technology, information technology, and products/systems. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2017 (ended March 31, 2018) totaled 9,368.6 billion yen ($88.4 billion). The Hitachi Group is an innovation partner for the IoT era, and it has approximately 307,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation with customers, Hitachi is deploying Social Innovation Business using digital technologies in a broad range of sectors, including Power/Energy, Industry/Distribution/Water, Urban Development, and Finance/Social Infrastructure/Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at HITACHI is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. or its affiliates. All other trademarks, service marks, and company names are properties of their respective owners. Hitachi Vantara To Acquire REAN Cloud 2018-07-24T23:50:31Z hitachi-vantara-to-acquire-rean-cloud SANTA CLARA, CA, July 24, 2018 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced its intent to acquire REAN Cloud LLC, a global cloud systems integrator, managed services provider and solutions developer of cloud-native applications across big data, machine learning and emerging internet of things (IoT) spaces. Founded in 2013, REAN Cloud has quickly been recognized as a leading cloud systems integrator, earning the status of AWS Premier Consulting Partner and Microsoft Azure Silver Partner. REAN Cloud’s deep hyperscale expertise and industry-leading infrastructure-as-code REAN Cloud Accelerator Platform enable highly automated, intelligent, scalable and secure cloud adoption and managed services. These services focus on delivering client business outcomes with significantly faster realization of business value. With 47Lining’s capabilities (acquired by REAN Cloud last year), REAN Cloud also delivers customized solutions for IoT analytics, predictive analytics and machine learning, allowing customers to more quickly unlock new business opportunities. This acquisition will reinforce Hitachi Vantara’s ability to accelerate secure enterprise cloud adoption across multicloud environments and strengthen its ability to manage and operate traditional applications as well as emerging workloads in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Hitachi Vantara shares REAN Cloud’s passion for creating leading-edge solutions and will leverage REAN Cloud’s expertise to speed delivery of transformative digital solutions for its combined customers and partners. “Our global customers across the Hitachi, Ltd., ecosystem are driving their own digital transformations to create competitive advantages in the marketplace,” said Brian Householder, chief executive officer of Hitachi Vantara. “Modernized infrastructure running both on and off premises and intelligent data governance and analytics are the foundational pillars of digital transformations. REAN Cloud powerfully extends Hitachi Ltd.’s existing portfolio for customers and partners in these areas.” “Enterprises today want the ultimate flexibility in selecting the right environment for their varied workloads and development requirements. Moving and managing data and applications across environments requires careful orchestration through a unified cloud platform,” said Bobby Soni, chief solutions and services officer of Hitachi Vantara. “Hitachi Vantara already offers trusted and reliable private cloud solutions for customers who want pay-as-you-go experiences without having to move their data off premises. With REAN Cloud, we will be able to extend our unified cloud offerings to public and hybrid clouds, and we will enable customers to accelerate their digital transformations by deploying analytics-centric solutions to drive business outcomes.” “When we first founded REAN Cloud, we understood the pivotal role that the cloud would play in transforming the way enterprises do business to reach their goals faster,” said Sri Vasireddy, managing partner of REAN Cloud. “As cloud adoption continues its rapid growth worldwide, we are truly excited to join forces with Hitachi Vantara, which shares our focus on shaping the future of digital transformation with innovative solutions. Our team looks forward to evolving REAN Cloud’s platform to accelerate customers’ outcome-based offerings.”  Once the acquisition closes, REAN Cloud’s founders will continue to lead and grow the business as an integral part of Hitachi Vantara’s Solutions and Services organization, led by Bobby Soni. REAN Cloud customers can expect continued high-quality services through REAN Cloud’s existing workforce, enhanced by Hitachi Vantara’s global delivery capabilities and leading digital solutions.  The transaction is expected to close later this year, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. Citi acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Hitachi Vantara and William Blair and MVP acted as financial advisors to REAN Cloud. For more information about Hitachi Vantara’s intent to acquire REAN Cloud, read the blog post from Bobby Soni: About REAN Cloud REAN Cloud, a global cloud systems integrator and Managed Service Provider (MSP), is a Premier Consulting Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) and a Microsoft Azure Silver Partner. REAN Cloud offers managed and professional services and solutions for hyperscale integrated IaaS and PaaS providers and is one the few systems integrators capable of supporting the entire cloud services life cycle. Backed by extensive security DNA and deep compliance IP and expertise, REAN Cloud specializes in helping enterprise customers that operate in highly regulated environments – Financial Services, Healthcare/Life Sciences, Education and the Public Sector – to get the most from their cloud investment while enabling them to accelerate the value gained from the cloud once there. REAN Cloud’s team has worked with global organizations, including the American Heart Association, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Ditech Mortgage, Ellucian, Globus Genomics, Philips, PierianDx, SAP, Symantec, Teradata and Veritas. REAN Cloud solutions are bundled with advanced security features to help address clients’ compliance needs. About Hitachi VantaraHitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society. The company combines technology, intellectual property and industry knowledge to deliver data-managing solutions that help enterprises improve their customers' experiences, develop new revenue streams, and lower the costs of business. Only Hitachi Vantara elevates your innovation advantage by combining deep information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and domain expertise. The company’s experts work with organizations everywhere to drive data to meaningful outcomes. Visit us at About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges, combining its operational technology, information technology, and products/systems. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2017 (ended March 31, 2018) totaled 9,368.6 billion yen ($88.4 billion). The Hitachi Group is an innovation partner for the IoT era, and it has approximately 307,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation with customers, Hitachi is deploying Social Innovation Business using digital technologies in a broad range of sectors, including Power/Energy, Industry/Distribution/Water, Urban Development, and Finance/Social Infrastructure/Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at HITACHI is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. All other trademarks, service marks, and company names are properties of their respective owners. Hitachi Vantara Named a Leader in IDC MarketScape on Object Storage for the Third Consecutive Time 2018-07-03T03:44:35Z hitachi-vantara-named-a-leader-in-idc-marketscape-on-object-storage-for-the-third-consecutive-time SYDNEY, Australia – 3 July, 2018 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced it has been placed in the Leaders category of the  International Data Corporation (IDC) MarketScape: Worldwide Object-based Storage 2018 Vendor Assessment (DOC # US42665518, June 2018) based on its Hitachi Content Platform solution. In developing the MarketScape research, IDC analysts evaluated 13 of the most notable object-based storage vendors based on a comprehensive framework and a set of parameters that gauge the success of a supplier in delivering an object-based storage solution in the market. According to the IDC MarketScape report, “Hitachi Vantara's biggest strength lies in the company's vision to remain aligned to market needs through its tightly integrated product portfolio and ecosystem of technology and channel partners. The company remains committed to the HCP portfolio with an aim to double down on the content business through financial funding and hiring skilled engineering and sales staff. Hitachi Vantara has made strides in aligning its HCP portfolio to address new workloads such as data analytics on structured and unstructured data and media streaming across verticals.” The report states, “The HCP portfolio offering gives users the ability and ecosystem to manage content-centric applications and next generation workloads,” driving the company goal of “enabling customers to own and control their data across storage platforms and public clouds, with granular management capabilities in a portfolio of competitive products.” “Hitachi Vantara’s HCP portfolio is in a strong position in the object-based storage market,” said Amita Potnis, research manager, file and object-based storage systems at IDC. “With a wide range of technology partners supporting traditional and next generation use cases around big data analytics, internet of things (IoT), and enterprise file sync and share, Hitachi Content Portfolio (HCP) has supported many must-have features that are crucial for meeting customer needs. HCP continues to address new workloads with its sustainable and growing portfolio, proving they are a leader in this space.” The Hitachi Content Platform portfolio supports advanced data protection techniques such as erasure coding, replication and all RAID levels to support both performance and dense capacity-driven workloads, as well as replicating before tiering. Hitachi Vantara supports high performance workloads on HCP by populating its performance nodes (G-nodes) entirely with solid state disks (SSDs), which has led to a successful experience for customers with high-performance object storage requirements. As with the two preceding reports (IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Object-Based Storage Vendor Assessments for 2016 and 2014), the placement of Hitachi Vantara in the Leaders category underscores the success of a strong, sustainable and integrated portfolio, acting as an influential catalyst for digital transformation. “Object storage solutions are in high demand because they leverage rich metadata services to tackle some of the biggest data management challenges facing enterprises today such as storage tiering, data protection, hybrid- and multicloud data management, and global information governance,” said John Magee, vice president of product and solutions marketing at Hitachi Vantara. “Being placed in the Leader category of IDC’s Object Storage MarketScape report for the third consecutive time is further validation that the Hitachi Content Platform continues to provide market-leading solutions that enable customers to modernise the way they store, protect, and access their data.” To download the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Object-Based Storage 2018 Vendor Assessment, click here. According to Worldwide File- and Object-Based Storage Forecast, 2017–2021 (IDC #US42280717, September 2017), object-based storage capacity is expected to grow at a CAGR of 34.2% for 2017– 2021, reaching 333.1EB in 2021. Hitachi Extends Cloud Managed Services Offerings With End-to-End Container Support and New Service Classes 2018-06-20T23:50:53Z hitachi-extends-cloud-managed-services-offerings-with-end-to-end-container-support-and-new-service-classes SYDNEY, Australia – 21 June, 2018 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced expansions to the Hitachi Enterprise Cloud family of fully managed private and hybrid cloud “as-a-service” offerings, including new options for deploying cloud-native application environments. These new as-a-service offerings accelerate data center modernisation and help ensure customers realise the maximum value of Hitachi technology through outcome-based services. Hitachi Enterprise Cloud Container Platform Hitachi Enterprise Cloud (HEC) Container Platform is the first pre-engineered as-a-service offering to provide a public cloud experience for organisations that use data services, DevOps and microservices architectures on premises. The platform has added ability to deploy and orchestrate across public-cloud end points. The HEC portfolio now supports cloud-native applications and distributed data services with the HEC Container Platform as well as VMware virtualised applications and bare metal applications with the existing HEC with VMware vRealize. Both are delivered as fully managed, pay-per-use environments and their service catalogs can be consolidated as a single solution that provides both capabilities. HEC Container Platform, now generally available, is a fully managed end-to-end solution based on the industry leading Mesosphere’s Datacenter Operating System (DC/OS) providing efficiency, support and control for deploying modern data services such as Spark, Kafka, Cassandra and HDFS. Kubernetes container orchestration is also included out of the box, alongside Docker and the native Marathon orchestrator, to provide the customer with their choice for single-click deployment of Marathon and Kubernetes. Through the partnership with Mesosphere, the HEC Container Platform supports more than one hundred DevOps and data services to accelerate the deployment of a ready-to-use cloud-native application environment. “We are proud that Mesosphere DC/OS is such an integral part of the Hitachi Enterprise Cloud Container Platform offering,” said William Freiberg, chief operating officer, Mesosphere. “With the availability of the HEC Container Platform, our joint customers can implement a working cloud-native environment as a managed service that enables leading data services — with maximum agility and control.” New HEC Family Service Classes The Hitachi Enterprise Cloud family offers new service classes to define the units of on-demand consumption. The redefined virtual capacity units (VCU) of HEC with VMware vRealize provide more cost-effective utilisation of on-demand resources and provide a new service class optimised for heavy compute workloads such as with SAP and Oracle. The newly defined container capacity units (CCU) of the HEC Container Platform provide highly efficient resource utilisation, increased cost efficiency and pricing transparency. The HEC family has also been enhanced with the ability to deploy HEC in multiple clouds and in multiple zones from a single pane of glass under one consolidated management structure. This new consolidated management significantly eases IT management burden and reduces costs and risks for hybrid cloud deployments. Growing Marketing Adoption Market acceptance of Hitachi Enterprise Cloud with VMware vRealize continues to grow across all geographies and all industries, especially highly regulated industries such as financial services and energy companies which require the greater data security and control provided by private and hybrid cloud solutions. Global system integrators have recognised the advantages of using HEC with VMware vRealize to speed solution delivery and to reduce the financial risk of business transformation engagements. “We continue to make Hitachi Enterprise Cloud solutions more consumable and less rigid in how they are delivered to give our customers greater flexibility and control over their data,” said Bobby Soni, chief solutions and services officer at Hitachi Vantara. “Our HEC Container Platform solution benefits a critical resource group in today’s modern enterprise, cloud-native App Developers and DevOps professionals, by giving them capability and automation that they have come to expect based on advances in services offered by public cloud Hyperscalers”.