The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-07-14T00:26:33Z Hitachi Completes Acquisition of GlobalLogic 2021-07-14T00:26:33Z hitachi-completes-acquisition-of-globallogic SYDNEY – 14 July 2021 --- Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, "Hitachi") today announced that it has completed the acquisition of GlobalLogic Inc. ("GlobalLogic") pursuant to the terms of the definitive agreement signed on March 31, 2021. As announced in the press release dated March 31, Hitachi Global Digital Holdings LLC ("HGDH"), a U.S. subsidiary of Hitachi, has acquired 100% of the outstanding shares of GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings, Inc. ("GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings"), the parent company of GlobalLogic, and GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings and GlobalLogic have become wholly owned subsidiaries of HGDH. With more than 21,000 professionals working in engineering centers, and design studios around the globe, GlobalLogic specialises in advanced digital engineering, experience design, and data services to help clients accelerate innovation and the development of new digital products and experiences, through collaborative creation on a global scale. The acquisition of GlobalLogic will enhance Hitachi Group’s ability to deliver on its strategy to promote Social Innovation Business through digital technology to solve the issues faced by customers and society. In addition, Hitachi Group will be able to further accelerate the digital transformation of social infrastructure on a global scale by expanding its core Lumada digital solutions business globally. GlobalLogic’s capabilities combined with Hitachi’s Lumada will enable GlobalLogic to deploy Hitachi’s extensive library of digital solutions to the global market and help customers and societies solve their issues through agile application development in the cloud. Furthermore, Hitachi expects collaboration between GlobalLogic and Hitachi’s five sectors—IT, Energy, Industry, Mobility, Smart Life, and its automotive systems business (Hitachi Astemo) will add tremendous value to its wide range of products, adding advanced digital technologies, and creating new Lumada solutions. Through these efforts, Hitachi and GlobalLogic will work together to address the growing market for digital innovation, and promote the global expansion of the Lumada business—advancing Hitachi’s mission to increase social, environmental, and economic value of customers by focusing on three key areas of Environment, Resilience, Security & Safety, and contribute to realise a sustainable society. “We are very pleased to welcome GlobalLogic to the Hitachi Group.” Said Toshiaki Higashihara, Executive Chairman & CEO, Hitachi Ltd. “Hitachi aims to become a global leader in the social innovation business by accelerating digital transformation of social infrastructure by combining the innovativeness of GlobalLogic's advanced digital product engineering and experience design capabilities with the reliability that Hitachi has established in mission-critical fields. Through collaborative creation with customers around the world, Hitachi and GlobalLogic will work together to resolve issues faced by society and customers leveraging Lumada and contribute to improve people's quality of life by focusing on three key areas of Environment, Resilience, and Security & Safety.” “Joining the Hitachi Group creates a unique opportunity to bring together the power of Operating Technology (OT), Information Technology (IT) and IoT/Digital Engineering under one umbrella.” Said Shashank Samant, President and CEO of GlobalLogic. “We are excited to join forces with Hitachi and eager to forge our combined talent and experience in domain and digital to create innovative outcomes for our clients, and greater value for society.” ### Hitachi Vantara Enhances Lumada with the Acquisition of Smart Data Management Company Io-Tahoe 2021-06-24T21:59:22Z hitachi-vantara-enhances-lumada-with-the-acquisition-of-smart-data-management-company-io-tahoe SYDNEY – 25 JUN 2021 – Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure, data management, and digital solutions subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. (TSE: 6501), has acquired data management innovator Io-Tahoe, a subsidiary of the UK energy company Centrica. Founded in 2017, Io-Tahoe brings together data engineering, science, and analytics on an open, unified platform, enabling data teams to collaborate and innovate faster. The addition of Io-Tahoe is the latest in a series of investments by Hitachi, enhancing the company’s ambition and strategy to be the leader in the digital transformation of critical social infrastructure sectors such as energy, transportation, financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing. Io-Tahoe's AI-driven data management software helps Fortune 1000 clients address their toughest data challenges by driving data quality, data lineage, workflow approval, and governance and regulatory compliance to deliver meaningful business outcomes. These capabilities will be integrated with the Lumada DataOps Suite – a flexible data management fabric that provides integration, catalog, and edge capabilities. “We are excited to add Io-Tahoe’s superior technology in data governance, quality and compliance to our Lumada DataOps Suite,” said, Radhika Krishnan, chief product officer at Hitachi Vantara. “We’re dedicated to enabling our customers to transform their businesses through data and this acquisition dramatically strengthens our ability to do so. As data environments become increasingly complex, Lumada will now provide more context and meaning to information, allowing data innovators to leverage data more accurately with improved time to value.” “Hitachi Vantara is the perfect fit for Io-Tahoe’s data automation technology,” said Ajay Vohora, chief executive officer (CEO) of Io-Tahoe. “The Lumada DataOps Suite should be a cornerstone in any data-driven initiative and its integration with Io-Tahoe’s technology creates a compelling set of offerings with true business impact across a number of industries.” Io-Tahoe is led by Ajay Vohora, who received his PhD in Data Science from Cambridge University, England. Ajay, along with Io-Tahoe’s talented teammates in New York, Europe and India, will report into Hitachi Vantara Chief Product Officer, Radhika Krishnan. Connect With Hitachi VantaraTwitterLinkedInFacebook ReferencesForrester: Your Business Is Only As Fast As Your Data About Hitachi VantaraHitachi Vantara, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., guides our customers from what’s now to what’s next by solving their digital challenges. Working alongside each customer, we apply our unmatched industrial and digital capabilities to their data and applications to benefit both business and society. More than 80% of the Fortune 100 trust Hitachi Vantara to help them develop new revenue streams, unlock competitive advantages, lower costs, enhance customer experiences, and deliver social and environmental value. Visit us at www.hitachivantara.com. About Hitachi, Ltd.Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is focused on its Social Innovation Business that combines information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and products. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2020 (ended March 31, 2021) totaled 8,729.1 billion yen ($78.6 billion), with 871 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 350,000 employees worldwide. Hitachi is working to increase social, environmental and economic value for its customers across six domains; IT, Energy, Industry, Mobility, Smart Life and Automotive Systems through Lumada, Hitachi's advanced digital solutions, services, and technologies for turning data into insights to drive digital innovation. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at https://www.hitachi.com. ### 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 Enhances Lumada Portfolio to Deliver Improved Resilience, Agility and Accuracy in Industrial IoT Environments 2021-05-06T03:34:01Z hitachi-vantara-enhances-lumada-portfolio-to-deliver-improved-resilience-agility-and-accuracy-in-industrial-iot-environments SYDNEY – 6 May, 2021 – Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure, data management, and digital solutions subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), has announced advancements to the Lumada software platform and industry solutions to accelerate the digital transformation of industrial processes. These offerings help deliver real-time, actionable insights that accelerate the ability to predict problem areas, streamline production and maintenance, and create a connected supply chain – resulting in enhanced operational efficiency, minimal revenue disruptions, and product quality improvements. Learn more about Data-Driven Industrial Solutions with Hitachi Vantara Improving manufacturing operational outcomes involves comprehensive data analysis and integration from thousands of moving parts across remote and industrial environments. Lumada is Hitachi’s digital platform that connects data, assets, and people to fuel industry innovation. It is the software foundation for Lumada Industry Solutions, that extract data-driven insight and drive better operational and business outcomes. The updated Lumada portfolio allows customers to automate tasks and make faster decisions by training data models in the cloud and deploying them to edge devices, creating actionable insights from diverse data sets at lower infrastructure cost. “Across the globe, industries are dealing with increasing complexity, a faster changing environment and greater competition that together are driving a need for accelerated digitalisation. Supply chain disruptions, health and safety measures and operational challenges have highlighted this need for data-driven innovation,” said, Radhika Krishnan, Chief Product Officer, Hitachi Vantara. “Today’s advancements allow our customers to make faster, more informed decisions so industries can thrive in our rapidly digitalising future.” Delivering Deeper Insights and Faster Time to Value Hitachi Vantara is accelerating industrial digitalisation with major enhancements to data-driven offerings for manufacturing, extending AI and automation from edge to core, and delivering deep real-time insights from new combinations of data and connections. Lumada Manufacturing Insights:This industry solution delivers greater visibility across a customers' supply chain subsystems with the supply chain module’s ability to implement supply chain control tower solutions and take direct, demand-driven action.Integrating and correlating data from multiple sources– from asset health data to vibration, video, lidar and audio – to detect potential failure of a machine, manufacturers can better predict points of failure and perform preventive maintenance, reducing downtime and improving output.Also new is the ability to automate forms for digitisation of factory floor processes – a practice that is still largely done with pen, paper and spreadsheets – to establish ‘if this, then that’ protocols across manufacturing processes.Lumada Manufacturing Insights is now also available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace for easier integration with Microsoft cloud environments.Smart Spaces & Lumada Video Insights:These industry solutions leverage new workflow automation within Hitachi Visualization Suite and a mobile application for improved team collaboration and incident response.An expanded Hitachi Edge Gateway portfolio includes industry-tailored and “ruggedised” versions that allow for data integration from sources such as trains, industrial spaces, or first responder vehicles and equipment, and includes higher compute power at the edge with CPU or GPU options to enable new outcomes, and make faster, more data-driven decisions.Sensor fusion creates the ability to co-analyse video, lidar, and other data to enable new use cases such as quality assurance and analysis of human-machine interaction, while improving accuracy.Lumada Edge Intelligence:Integration between the Lumada software platform and Google Cloud allows customers to speedup data preparation by adjusting resources on-demand and combining multiple data types for better insights.Updates to Lumada Edge Intelligence also simplify Machine Learning workflows by pushing models to edge devices for faster automated decision-making without reliance on point tools.New APIs for edge management and data access allow reuse of assets, gateways, and software to create integrated solutions utilising existing infrastructure. “Meat & Livestock Australia has been collaborating with Hitachi Vantara on a number of digital projects over the past five years leading up to our latest project, the Connected Beef Supply Chain Control Tower,” says Dr. Nigel Tomkins, program manager, grassfed productivity at Meat & Livestock Australia. “Hitachi Vantara’s Lumada Manufacturing Insights has allowed our industry to integrate both sensor and system data to provide insights across the supply chain—this has led to improved productivity and quality outcomes. We look forward to leveraging the capabilities of the Supply Chain Control Tower even further—gaining insight on factors impacting supply and consumer demand.” “Our industry is experiencing rapid digitalisation and a distinct increase in the pace of business. This underscores the need for more agility and predictability in everything we do and what we deliver to our customers,” says Petra Sundström, VP & Head of Digital Offering, Sandvik Rock Processing at industrial manufacturer Sandvik. “We’re collaborating with Hitachi to innovate our business models. With Lumada Manufacturing Insights, we are now able to offer predictive maintenance as a service--delivering the outcomes our customers are looking for in this digital era.” “For manufacturers to get real end-to-end benefits from data-driven solutions, it’s important to focus not only on the obvious areas of production. Other data sources and solutions beyond the factory floor should also be looked at. For example, use video analytics to study material flow from receiving dock to warehouse to shop floor; use lidar to monitor employee movements from a safety perspective. There are so many ways to use this technology, and the applications become more apparent as the team familiarises with the sensors and analytics,” says Allen Ahlert, senior director, Engineering with Hitachi Computer Products (America), Inc. which leverages Lumada solutions at its 352,000 sq. ft manufacturing and supply facility in Norman, OK. “Hitachi Vantara has been able to approach this holistically beyond what point solutions can do to create comprehensive, rich insights across facilities and processes.” Availability These updates are now available worldwide from Hitachi Vantara and select partners. Lumada Manufacturing Insights is now available on the Microsoft Azure Cloud Marketplace. Additional Resources Web Page: Industry Solutions - ManufacturingBlog: You Need To Go Digital. Now.Blog: Manufacturing Success Through Data-Driven OperationsBlog: Improve Collaboration and Intelligence with Smart SpacesBlog: Smarter Manufacturing and Smart Spaces Start With Intelligence at the Edge2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Industrial IoT Platforms  Connect With Hitachi Vantara TwitterLinkedInFacebook About Hitachi Vantara Hitachi Vantara, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., guides our customers from what’s now to what’s next by solving their digital challenges. Working alongside each customer, we apply our unmatched industrial and digital capabilities to their data and applications to benefit both business and society. More than 80% of the Fortune 100 trust Hitachi Vantara to help them develop new revenue streams, unlock competitive advantages, lower costs, enhance customer experiences, and deliver social and environmental value. Visit us at www.hitachivantara.com. About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is focused on its Social Innovation Business that combines information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and products. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2019 (ended March 31, 2020) totaled 8,767.2 billion yen ($80.4 billion), and it employed approximately 301,000 people worldwide. Hitachi drives digital innovation across five sectors – Mobility, Smart Life, Industry, Energy and IT – through Lumada, Hitachi's advanced digital solutions, services, and technologies for turning data into insights to drive digital innovation. Its purpose is to deliver solutions that increase social, environmental and economic value for its customers. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at https://www.hitachi.com. ### 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 Social Innovation Forum 2021 AMERICAS to Showcase How Data Driven Leaders are Changing the World 2021-05-04T23:43:29Z hitachi-social-innovation-forum-2021-americas-to-showcase-how-data-driven-leaders-are-changing-the-world SYDNEY – 5 MAY 2021: Hitachi America, Ltd., the North American regional headquarters of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), and Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure, data management, and digital solutions subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., today announced Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2021 AMERICAS (HSIF) will be held on May 25-27, 2021. The free three-day virtual event will showcase visionaries and practitioners who are leading and deploying data-driven strategies to solve some of the toughest problems in industry, society and the environment. Get a front-row seat to the future of social innovation. Register now for Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2021 AMERICASExecutives and experts from Hitachi Group businesses will be joined by digital leaders from business, academia, government and industry for keynotes, digital masterclasses, plus industry, society and technology themed programming. Speakers at Hitachi Social Innovation Forum Americas 2021 include:Toshiaki Higashihara, President & CEO Hitachi, LtdGajen Kandiah, CEO, Hitachi VantaraDr. Jennifer Hall Chief, Data Science, Co-Director, Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine, American Heart AssociationRachel S. Hutter, SVP International Facilities and Operations Services, Worldwide Safety and Health, and Engineering, The Walt Disney CompanyTodd Hewlin, Partner, Chasm Group, and author of ‘Goliath’s Revenge, How Established Companies Turn the Tables on Digital Disruptors’Hicham Abdessamad, Chairman, Hitachi America, Ltd., Chief Executive of Hitachi Global Social Innovation Business, Hitachi, Ltd.Duane Hughes, CEO, WorkhorseJuan Santos, SVP Brand Experience & Innovation, Tavistock GroupAlistair Dormer, Executive Vice President and Executive Officer and Chief Environmental Officer, Hitachi, Ltd.Topher White, CEO, Rainforest ConnectionJon Snoddy, SVP, Imagineering R&D, Show, Ride & Technology, The Walt Disney CompanyMegan Smith, former Chief Technology Officer under President Obama Andreas Weigend, former Chief Scientist of Amazon.com, and author of ‘Data for the PeopleAlok Sharma, President, COP26Hitachi Social Innovation Forum Digital Masterclass speakers will include:R (Ray) Wang, CEO, Constellation Research Michele Goetz, Vice President and Principal Researcher, ForresterMaribel Lopez, Founder, Lopez Research Tim Chou, Board Member and Stanford University Cloud Lecturer Martin Mocker, MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research Vijay Gurbaxani, Director of the Center for Digital Transformation at Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine Ganesh Bell, Board Member, Investor, CDO and Software CEO“COVID-19 has affected nearly every aspect of our personal and professional life, with ripple effects that have challenged industries to assess and accelerate their digital initiatives,” said Gajen Kandiah, chief executive officer, Hitachi Vantara. “The ability to achieve data-driven outcomes is critical to our clients’ ability to pivot their business and capitalise on an increasing digital-centric economy. At Hitachi Social Innovation Forum Americas, we will tell their stories and explain how data-driven leaders are changing the world in business, society and the environment.”“At Hitachi, we view Social Innovation as the practice of leveraging innovation, digital technology, domain knowledge and products to solve challenges for both the individual consumer and society at large,” said Hicham Abdessamad, chairman, Hitachi America, Ltd., and chief executive of Hitachi Global Social Innovation Business. “As a global leader in advancing the digital transformation of social infrastructure, our goal at HSIF is to bring thinkers and doers together to solve problems, address existing and future environmental challenges and showcase the digital solutions that we are successfully developing throughout the Hitachi Group ecosystem. We are excited to show how Hitachi, its partners, and customers are working together to drive adoption of new digital solutions and technologies that empower companies to adapt and transition into this new era of sustainability. Whether you’re an OEM, an energy provider, an IT Company or a government agency, we all have roles to play to make this a reality.”Roundtable discussions, themed sessions and thought-provoking keynote presentations will provide opportunities for attendees to hear firsthand accounts of successes and lessons learned from peers, partners, analysts, clients and industry leaders Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2021 AMERICAS will offer three different tracks: Business track focuses on how to propel your business forward; Society track focuses on using data to create social, environmental, and economic advantages; and Technology track spotlights how companies can revolutionise with data strategies that adapt to our ever-changing world.ResourcesRegister for the Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2021 AMERICASBlog: Innovating to Improve Society: Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2021, by Hicham Abdessamad Blog: To Change the World with Data, Start Here, by John MageeBlog: Ignite Growth at Hitachi Social Innovation Forum, by Bjorn Andersson Connect with Hitachi VantaraTwitterLinkedInFacebook About Hitachi, America, Ltd.Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, is a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501). Hitachi America – the North American regional headquarters of Hitachi, Ltd. – and the 106 Hitachi Group companies in North America, employ over 28,800 people as of March 2020. The company drives digital innovation across five sectors - Mobility, Smart Life, Industry, Energy and IT - through Lumada, Hitachi's advanced digital solution for turning data into insights that drive digital innovation. The Hitachi Group is focused on its Social Innovation Business, which combines information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and products to deliver solutions that increase social, environmental and economic value for its customers. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in North America, please visit http://www.hitachi.us/ (the United States), http://www.hitachi.ca/ (Canada) and http://www.hitachi.com.mx/en (Mexico). About Hitachi VantaraHitachi Vantara, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., guides our customers from what’s now to what’s next by solving their digital challenges. Working alongside each customer, we apply our unmatched industrial and digital capabilities to their data and applications to benefit both business and society. More than 80% of the Fortune 100 trust Hitachi Vantara to help them develop new revenue streams, unlock competitive advantages, lower costs, enhance customer experiences, and deliver social and environmental value. Visit us at www.hitachivantara.com. About Hitachi, Ltd.Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is focused on its Social Innovation Business that combines information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and products. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2019 (ended March 31, 2020) totaled 8,767.2 billion yen ($80.4 billion), and it employed approximately 301,000 people worldwide. Hitachi drives digital innovation across five sectors – Mobility, Smart Life, Industry, Energy and IT – through Lumada, Hitachi's advanced digital solutions, services, and technologies for turning data into insights to drive digital innovation. Its purpose is to deliver solutions that increase social, environmental and economic value for its customers. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at https://www.hitachi.com. Hitachi to Acquire GlobalLogic, a Leading U.S.-based Digital Engineering Services Company 2021-04-01T01:04:38Z hitachi-to-acquire-globallogic-a-leading-u-s-based-digital-engineering-services-company SYDNEY – 1 April 2021 --- Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, "Hitachi") today announced that it will acquire GlobalLogic Inc. (President and CEO: Shashank Samant, “GlobalLogic”), a leading U.S.-headquartered digital engineering services company. The acquisition is based on the definitive agreement among Hitachi Global Digital Holdings Corporation (“HGDH”), a U.S. subsidiary, an SPC established by HGDH for the acquisition and GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings, Inc., the parent company of GlobalLogic. The transaction is subject to customary conditions and regulatory approvals and expected to be completed by the end of July 2021. Through the acquisition, Hitachi expects the addition of GlobalLogic's advanced digital engineering capabilities, and its solid client base including major technology companies, to strengthen the digital portfolio of “Lumada.”*1 Hitachi Vantara LLC, a U.S.-based subsidiary of Hitachi and its digital infrastructure, data management, and digital solutions business, plays a key role in driving Lumada business growth in the global market. The acquisition will create synergies across Hitachi’s five sectors – IT, Energy, Industry, Mobility and Smart Life – and automotive systems business (Hitachi Astemo) by accelerating the advanced digital transformation of social infrastructure such as rail, energy, and healthcare at a global scale. Through its Social Innovation Business delivered by collaborative creation with customers, Hitachi aims to increase social, environmental, and economic value for its customers and realise a sustainable society. *1 Lumada is the name of Hitachi's advanced digital solutions and services for turning data into insights that drive digital transformation of social infrastructure. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, GlobalLogic is a leading company in the fast-growing digital engineering services market. With over 20,000 professionals in 14 countries, GlobalLogic operates design studios and software product engineering centers around the world. GlobalLogic has deep “chip-to-cloud” advanced software product engineering technology as well as experience design skills and vertical industry expertise. By combining these capabilities, GlobalLogic helps clients drive new revenue streams and incremental value for their customers by designing and developing innovative software that powers products, platforms, and digital experiences. The company has a solid client base with over 400 clients comprised of market leaders and marquee brands spanning key industries such as communications, financial services, automotive, healthcare & life sciences, technology, media and entertainment, and manufacturing. Digital transformation (DX) investment is growing at an accelerated pace globally. IDC predicts that 65% of global GDP will be digitalised by 2022 driven by products and services from digitally transformed enterprises. *2In addition, according to Zinnov (a research & advisory company specialising in Product Engineering and Digital Transformation) the total addressable market for digital engineering will grow to 1.1 trillion U.S. dollars by 2025, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19%.*3 *2 Source: IDC Press Release, October 29, 2020: IDC Reveals 2021 Worldwide Digital Transformation Predictions; 65% of Global GDP Digitalized by 2022, Driving Over $6.8 Trillion of Direct DX Investments from 2020 to 2023https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS46967420*3 Source: Zinnov Zones for Engineering & R&D Services Research (slide 3)https://zinnov.com/zinnov-zones-engineering-rd-services-2019/These figures do not include the COVID-19 effect. Digital transformation continues to be a priority for organisations everywhere, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only expanded demand for new data-driven business models, customer experiences, and connected ecosystems. However, many organisations lack the knowledge and experience to design and deploy new digital platforms. They are also challenged by the shortage of the skills required to build digital-native products, and to design new interaction models and digital experiences, such as new digital ways of shopping or new models for delivering and receiving healthcare. Against this backdrop, the demand for GlobalLogic’s services is growing rapidly, and the combined company has greater access to this massive market opportunity. Hitachi has been promoting initiatives to transform and provide more advanced and intelligent social infrastructure, such as rail and energy, using its digital technology, in order to achieve a transformation into a global leader in the Social Innovation Business. As part of its 2021 Mid-term Management Plan, Hitachi previously committed to the strategy to make growth investments of 1 trillion yen in the IT sector*4, primarily through Hitachi Vantara, to strengthen digital capabilities including digital products, solutions, partnerships, front and delivery capabilities. GlobalLogic will be an integral part and a growth engine of Hitachi’s portfolio of Lumada digital solutions and services. *4 Hitachi, Ltd., IT Sector’s presentation material at Hitachi IR Day 2019.https://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/month/2019/06/190604/20190604_01_it_presentation_en.pdf Toshiaki Higashihara, President & CEO of Hitachi, said “The acquisition of GlobalLogic creates an exciting new opportunity for Hitachi to expand our offerings of Lumada solutions and services, provide value to customers in their digital transformation journey, and grow our Lumada business globally. The synergy of GlobalLogic’s leading experience design and innovation with Hitachi's expertise in IT, operational technology, and products, will help us realise our goal to be the leading digital transformation innovator in social infrastructure worldwide. Together, we will create new social, environmental and economic value for our globally expanding client companies and elevate QoL (quality of life) for people through contributions to realise sustainable society.” “Companies in every industry are transforming with digital technology – to better engage customers, create new revenue streams and drive a higher quality of life.” said Shashank Samant, President and CEO, GlobalLogic. “We have a tremendous opportunity ahead and we are excited to embark on this journey with Hitachi, combining our collective skills, technologies, and market presence to deliver greater value to our clients as they transform their businesses.” GlobalLogic’s revenues are expected to reach approx. 1.2 billion U.S. dollars (approx. 129.6 billion yen*5) with adjusted EBITDA*6 margins to be over 20% in fiscal 2021. With a high profitability profile and strong revenue CAGR, GlobalLogic will aim to achieve adjusted EBITDA of over 1 billion U.S. dollars (approx. 108.0 billion yen) by fiscal 2028. HGDH and GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings have agreed on an equity value of 8.5 billion U.S. dollars (approx. 918.0 billion yen) with an enterprise value of 9.5 billion U.S. dollars (approx. 1,026.0 billion yen). This represents about 37.4x in CY2021 and 29.4x in CY2022 of expected adjusted EBITDA respectively and are within the calculation range of Hitachi’s comparable company analysis and the discounted cash flow method. The total acquisition cost, including repayment of GlobalLogic’s interest-bearing debt, is expected to be 9.6 billion U.S. dollars (approx. 1,036.8 billion yen). *5 Converted at the rate of 108 yen to the U.S. dollar.*6 EBITDA on a standalone basis, adjusted for stock-based compensation and non-recurring one-time costs. Hitachi will acquire GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings through a merger involving MergeCo H Global Inc. (“SPC”), a subsidiary established by HGDH for the purpose of the transaction. In this acquisition, the “reverse triangular merger method” will be adopted. Specifically, SPC will be merged with and into GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings, which will be the surviving company. When the companies are merged, HGDH or SPC will provide cash to the shareholders of GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings after which all the outstanding shares of GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings will be cancelled. All the shares of SPC held by HGDH will be converted to common shares of GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings, the surviving company. In this way, HGDH will acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings, the surviving company, and GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings and GlobalLogic will become wholly owned subsidiaries of HGDH. Closing of the transaction is anticipated by the end of July 2021 and is subject to customary conditions and regulatory approvals. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC acted as financial advisor to Hitachi in connection with the transaction and Shearman & Sterling LLP served as legal advisor. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as financial advisors and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to GlobalLogic.For further details about GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings, financial results, shares and other financial information see the full release here: https://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/month/2021/03/f_210331.pdf Cautionary StatementCertain statements found in this document may constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such “forward-looking statements” reflect management’s current views with respect to certain future events and financial performance and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “intend,” “plan,” “project” and similar expressions which indicate future events and trends may identify “forward-looking statements.” Such statements are based on currently available information and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in the “forward-looking statements” and from historical trends. Certain “forward-looking statements” are based upon current assumptions of future events which may not prove to be accurate. Undue reliance should not be placed on “forward-looking statements,” as such statements speak only as of the date of this report. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in any “forward-looking statement” and from historical trends include, but are not limited to: • exacerbation of social and economic impacts of the spread of COVID-19;• economic conditions, including consumer spending and plant and equipment investment in Hitachi’s major markets, as well as levels of demand in the major industrial sectors Hitachi serves;• exchange rate fluctuations of the yen against other currencies in which Hitachi makes significant sales or in which Hitachi’s assets and liabilities are denominated;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to access, or access on favorable terms, liquidity or long-term financing;• uncertainty as to general market price levels for equity securities, declines in which may require Hitachi to write down equity securities that it holds;• fluctuations in the price of raw materials including, without limitation, petroleum and other materials, such as copper, steel, aluminium, synthetic resins, rare metals and rare-earth minerals, or shortages of materials, parts and components;• estimates, fluctuations in cost and cancellation of long-term projects for which Hitachi uses the percentage-of-completion method to recognise revenue from sales;• increased commoditisation of and intensifying price competition for products;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to attract and retain skilled personnel;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to continue to develop and market products that incorporate new technologies on a timely and cost-effective basis and to achieve market acceptance for such products;• fluctuations in demand of products, etc. and industry capacity;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to implement measures to reduce the potential negative impact of fluctuations in demand of products, etc., exchange rates and/or price of raw materials or shortages of materials, parts and components;• credit conditions of Hitachi’s customers and suppliers;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to achieve the anticipated benefits of its strategy to strengthen its Social Innovation Business;• uncertainty as to the success of acquisitions of other companies, joint ventures and strategic alliances and the possibility of incurring related expenses;• uncertainty as to the success of restructuring efforts to improve management efficiency by divesting or otherwise exiting underperforming businesses and to strengthen competitiveness;• general socioeconomic and political conditions and the regulatory and trade environment of countries where Hitachi conducts business, particularly Japan, Asia, the United States and Europe, including, without limitation, direct or indirect restrictions by other nations on imports and differences in commercial and business customs including, without limitation, contract terms and conditions and labour relations;• the potential for significant losses on Hitachi’s investments in equity-method associates and joint ventures;• uncertainty as to the success of cost structure overhaul;• the possibility of disruption of Hitachi’s operations by natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, the spread of infectious diseases, and geopolitical and social instability such as terrorism and conflict;• uncertainty as to the outcome of litigation, regulatory investigations and other legal proceedings of which the Company, its subsidiaries or its equity-method associates, and joint ventures have become or may become parties;• the possibility of incurring expenses resulting from any defects in products or services of Hitachi;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s ability to maintain the integrity of its information systems, as well as Hitachi’s ability to protect its confidential information or that of its customers;• uncertainty as to Hitachi’s access to, or ability to protect, certain intellectual property; and• uncertainty as to the accuracy of key assumptions Hitachi uses to evaluate its employee benefit-related costs.The factors listed above are not all-inclusive and are in addition to other factors contained elsewhere in this report and in other materials published by Hitachi. Hitachi Kubernetes Service Powers Cloud-Native Applications 2021-01-20T00:46:28Z hitachi-kubernetes-service-powers-cloud-native-applications Open, multicloud Kubernetes platform offers enterprise-grade solution for Kubernetes cluster management of application and data containers in a single paneNew solution is backed by world-class training and support from Hitachi VantaraSYDNEY – 20 Jan 2021 – Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure and solutions subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced the availability of Hitachi Kubernetes Service, an enterprise-grade solution for the complex challenge of managing multiple Kubernetes environments. Hitachi Kubernetes Service enables customers to simply, consistently, and securely deploy, manage, monitor, and govern Kubernetes clusters across major cloud providers and on premises. This empowers developers to deploy workloads on their platform of choice, and eliminates vendor lock-in. Containers are being adopted faster and more comprehensively than previously anticipated. The containerisation of applications enables them to be deployed and run easily across different computing environments, providing substantial infrastructure cost savings. Gartner expects that by 2022, more than 75% of global organisations will be running containerised applications in production.[1] Kubernetes is an emerging technology standard for creating, managing, and orchestrating containers and the new Hitachi Kubernetes Service brings Hitachi’s technology leadership, expertise in the enterprise, and renowned global training and support to this sector. Accelerate Adoption of Cloud Native Infrastructure Hitachi Kubernetes Service helps organisations accelerate the adoption of cloud-native applications by streamlining the management of the underlying infrastructure and Kubernetes cluster deployments. It also significantly simplifies how developers will use and consume IT-delivered container services whether these are delivered from on-premises or hybrid environments. The extensible self-service catalogue allows customers to optimise their experience by customising it to match their business requirements and rapidly deploy curated applications across a hybrid Kubernetes landscape. Hitachi Kubernetes Service provides enterprise-grade security with secure communications between the Kubernetes clusters and the SaaS management plane in the cloud. Key benefits are:Simplicity and ease of deployment through a single management pane that deploys, manages and governs across all of a customer’s private, hybrid and multicloud implementations to reduce risk and complexityA unified dashboard that enables efficient management and governance of multiple on-premises or the cloud-based Kubernetes clusters and the large number of resources across them Centralised monitoring and alerting that operators can use to solve Kubernetes root-cause analysis challenges to lower the mean time to respond and recover to achieve service level objectivesPre-populated applications in the robust service catalog to help developers start rapidly, using the latest Kubernetes-based orchestration and container servicesComprehensive Kubernetes Training and Global Support One key concern in DevOps is the lack of trained and experienced personnel. Hitachi Vantara offers extensive customer training including 10 foundational courses ranging from DevOps essentials to certification-level training courses to help customers build necessary skills. Additionally, the entire Hitachi Kubernetes Service is a managed SaaS environment supported by Hitachi Vantara’s Global Customer Service organisation. Supporting Quotes “While our customers love container technology, they are challenged by the complexity to deploy and securely manage containers at scale across multiple cloud environments,” said Bobby Soni, president, Digital Infrastructure, Hitachi Vantara. “Today, we are helping simplify and solve the multicloud Kubernetes challenge for our customers with the introduction of Hitachi Kubernetes Service. With this enterprise-grade service, our customers now have the freedom of a true agnostic platform, the flexibility of an extensible self-service catalogue, accompanied with world-class training and Hitachi global support to help their development teams drive business results.” “We have many isolated Kubernetes deployments in various clouds – it’s complex and hard to manage,” said Rob Teel, chief information officer for Aether Innovative Technologies, Inc. “The Hitachi Kubernetes Service provides an intuitive, multicloud dashboard with powerful APIs to manage our K8s cluster lifecycles, regardless of operating environment. Hitachi simplifies how we use and consume IT-delivered container services, whether these are delivered from on-premises or even from hybrid environments.” “From skills shortages to code abandonment, consistent processes and even training and support, there are many challenges in deploying and managing enterprise-grade Kubernetes in one or more clouds,” said Scott Sinclair, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). “While there are many Kubernetes services on the market, Hitachi Vantara offers an open and simple environment helping enterprises achieve success in cloud-native computing.” The Hitachi Kubernetes Service is available today on AWS, with Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure available early in 2021. ResourcesWebinar: Simplify Kubernetes: Deploy, Manage and Monitor, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5 PM UTCBlog: “Hitachi Kubernetes Service: A Much-Needed ‘Easy Button’ for Managing Enterprise-grade K8 Clusters,” by Chris Sullivan, vice president, Enterprise Cloud, Hitachi VantaraBlog: “Hitachi Kubernetes Service – Getting Under the Hood with K8s,” by Peter Meister, head of Product Management – Enterprise Cloud, Hitachi VantaraSolution Profile: Hitachi Kubernetes Service: Simplify Multicloud KubernetesInfographic: Simplify Complex Multicloud Kubernetes eBook: Simple Multicloud Kubernetes Management? Yes. With Hitachi Kubernetes Service Connect with Hitachi Vantara TwitterLinkedInFacebook [1] Gartner Press Release, “Gartner Forecasts Strong Revenue Growth for Global Container Management Software and Services Through 2024”, June 25, 2020 Hitachi Vantara Announces New Offerings to Support Data Infrastructure Needs of Midsized Enterprises 2020-12-09T01:29:57Z hitachi-vantara-announces-new-offerings-to-support-data-infrastructure-needs-of-midsized-enterprises SYDNEY – 9 DEC 2020 – Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure and solutions subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced the expansion of its E Series line of high performance NVMe all-flash arrays, additions to the HNAS family of NAS solutions, and introduced the Hitachi Virtual Storage as a Service aimed at midsized enterprises. The company also unveiled new initiatives designed to enable channel partners to help midsized enterprise customers accelerate into a new era of digital business platforms and ecosystems. With data volumes growing nearly twice as fast as IT budgets (19% Y/Y vs. 10% Y/Y)[1], a critical pain point is storing and making that data accessible for customers and their applications. With fewer IT staff and resources, midsize customers are eager for reliable solutions that can reduce their storage costs and drive efficiencies. Hitachi Vantara’s solutions address the most important needs of midmarket buyers, providing outstanding value and pricing for customers and partners. Join Hitachi Vantara’s @AdVantage 2020 event December 8, 2020 10:00am CST. It’s designed for leaders who use digital innovation to disrupt and change their business. Register now. “Just like any large enterprise, a company of our size needs solid infrastructure that is able to deal with mushrooming data demands,” said Robert Koppelstetter from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Hospital of Munich in Germany. “Hitachi Vantara’s move into our segment means we don’t have to compromise on reliability or performance while building out our state-of-the-art digital infrastructure to drive existing and new business opportunities for our organisation.” “Hitachi Vantara has long been the gold standard for high-performance data storage but today we are raising the bar for midmarket storage too,” said Bobby Soni, president, Digital Infrastructure, Hitachi Vantara. “We are enabling all the industry leading capabilities and intelligent software that have fueled the success of the VSP 5000 down market to our new E-series midmarket products, with aggressive price points and enhanced ease of use. With our new as-a-Service offering, we’re further easing the burden of managing infrastructure so customers can focus on what matters most – managing their business.” “Hitachi Vantara and our partners are excited to extend these powerful new enterprise-class offerings to midsized organisations to empower them to accelerate their transformation and achieve their business objectives – all at an attractive price point,” said Kimberly King, global vice president, Strategic Partners & Alliances at Hitachi Vantara. New Offerings to Serve Midsize MarketsDelivering choice and affordability, Hitachi Vantara today introduced two new offerings to establish itself as the preferred midrange portfolio provider. The company is expanding the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform E Series line with the addition of VSP E590 and E790, new all NVMe midrange all-flash models that bring enterprise-class features and benefits to customers of all sizes whose businesses are outpacing their existing infrastructure and need support for modern business processes like DevOps.The new E series features intelligent embedded management capability designed to dramatically simplify all aspects of the E series from rapid installation to automated provisioning and intelligent performance management, top priorities for smaller IT teams. For customers planning larger deployments, and seeking greater end-to-end analytics, workflow orchestration, and automation, the VSP E Series systems are also compatible with Hitachi’s advanced, enterprise-grade management software, Hitachi Ops Center.VSP E590 and E790 are 2U platforms that enable best-in-class performance and new levels of simplicity with integrated data protection and copy data management capabilities to protect and simplify the day-to-day management of your data.They leverage the same SVOS RF operating system as the VSP 5000 Series for guaranteed data reduction and efficiency. It offers performance and capacity in a condensed footprint at a price that won’t break the bank.AI-powered Advanced Data Reduction (ADR) in the Hitachi VSP E Series portfolio drives capacity efficiencies so midrange customers can make the most of limited space. Available through partners, Hitachi Virtual Storage as a Service provides enterprise-class cloud storage services specifically designed for midmarket needs. It is tailored for medium businesses with powerful, predictable storage services, delivered as a managed service either on-premises or co-located. With the flexibility of a consumption-based pricing model, it provides predictable rates for easy budgeting and a fast self-service console for agility to adapt to changing infrastructure needs. Additional benefits include: 99.99% uptime service level with fast sub-millisecond response time.Simplicity for partners to manage and easy for customers to subscribe while providing enterprise performance at competitive rates.Enterprise-class service availability and performance allow customers to harness cloud economics without relinquishing control.Agile self-service console for easy oversight and planning.“Faster-to-market” capabilities with an elastic and accelerated storage infrastructure. Hitachi Vantara also introduced the HNAS 5000 family, a simple, efficient storage solution for distributed enterprise and datacenter application workloads which allows customers to consolidate file data on the same Hitachi Vantara infrastructure they already trust. It offers:Increased productivity of a shared storage infrastructure. Customers can add files to any VSP system for a one-stop-shop solution consolidating a wide range of workloads. Reduced expenses by offloading file data based on rules and policies to any type of remote target including public cloud. Velocity and Value for PartnersAs Hitachi Vantara looks to intensify its focus around the expansive midmarket segment with its new tailor-made VSP E Series arrays and partner-delivered Hitachi Virtual Storage as a Service offering, the company’s partner ecosystem will be critical. They can help provide scale, identify opportunities, extend reach and deliver the solutions that will address customer pain points. To ensure that registered partners are equipped to accelerate penetration of this space with these new offerings, Hitachi Vantara offers a range of tools and enablement resources, including:A dynamic pricing tool that exponentially simplifies and speeds the deal process via deal pricing guidance and automated deal approval workflows.Hitachi Guru, a midrange storage recommendation tool.Rich, stackable incentives. Simplified training, sandbox and online labs to expand partner knowledge and accelerate sales opportunities. Pre-built, customisable, easy-to-launch marketing campaign assets in our Partner Marketing Hub. “Unlike large enterprises, midsize companies don’t have large IT staffs or enjoy the benefits of multi-million-dollar IT budgets,” said Enrico Signoretti, analyst, GigaOm Research. “They are often stumped to find reliable solutions that can reduce IT spend, especially storage costs. Hitachi Vantara’s expanded E-Series line of high performance NVMe all-flash arrays and new Virtual Storage as a Service targeted at the business-critical workloads of midsized customers should be a welcome addition to the market.” Partner Endorsement for Hitachi Vantara Midmarket Solutions APAC“The new VSP E590 and E790 solutions from Hitachi Vantara make desired enterprise-class features and benefits accessible to customers at an attractive midmarket price point, helping a whole new class of customers realise the power of their data.”Jung Gyu Yang, Hyosung Information Systems, CEO “Hitachi Vantara has been the gold standard in digital infrastructure. Today’s announcements open access to these world-class solutions to a whole new class of customers.” Summer Xia, Ronglian Group Ltd., General Manager of Alliance EMEA“The expanded VSP E Series from Hitachi Vantara combined with EverFlex helps us deliver high-performance solutions with predictable, transparent pricing, allowing us to offer customers outstanding value and help them accelerate their digital transformation journeys.”Thomas Kleinkuhnen, Director Enterprise Infrastructure, Tech Data GmbH & Co. OHG “Now more than ever, customers are pressed to do more with less. The new Hitachi VSP E590 and E790 offerings enable midsized organisations to harness the performance, scalability, and resilience of enterprise-class solutions without sacrifice.” Paweł Pastor, TechData Poland, Advanced Business Unit Director Americas“Many customers, particularly those in midmarket, have previously felt that digital transformation was out of reach due to cost or complexity. With these new offerings from Hitachi Vantara, we can help them achieve the benefits of transformation without sacrifice for real-world business impact.” Rich Naber, Storage IT Solutions, VP of Solutions Consulting “Future proofing is important to our customers. The intuitive embedded management of the Hitachi VSP E Series allows our customers to take advantage of the new ease of use interface with built-in path to federated management if required over time.” Alan Rogers, Stoneworks, Chief Technology Officer ResourcesJoin today's @AdVantage 2020 virtual eventBlog post by Bobby Soni, president, Digital Infrastructure: “Powerful New VSP E Series Systems Bring Ferrari Performance to Midrange Storage” Blog post by Kimberly King, vice president, Global Strategic Partners and Alliances: “Hitachi Vantara Taps Partners to Help Drive New Offerings for Midsized Organizations” Watch HVTV ‘Hitachi Helps the Midsized Maximize’ with Kimberly King, vice president, Global Strategic Partners and Alliances Learn more about Hitachi midsize solutionswww.hitachivantara.com/midsizeProduct information: VSP E590 and VSP E790, Hitachi Virtual Storage as a Service, HNAS 5000 Connect with Hitachi VantaraTwitter LinkedIn Facebook [1] 451 Research, VotE Storage, Transformation 2020 Hitachi Vantara Unifies Cloud Management With Updated Hyperconverged Infrastructure Portfolio 2020-09-24T00:22:40Z hitachi-vantara-unifies-cloud-management-with-updated-hyperconverged-infrastructure-portfolio Sydney, AUSTRALIA – 24 Sept, 2020 – Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure and solutions subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today introduced new enhancements and capabilities to its hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) portfolio with updates to Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) HC and Hitachi UCP RS. The latest updates provide added benefits to customers including faster provisioning with new Hitachi UCP Advisor, certified support for SAP HANA workloads, new Intel Cascade Lake Xenon Refresh processors that increase performance, and enhanced lifecycle management capabilities that deliver non-disruptive upgrades.“There is no doubt that COVID-19 will leave everlasting impacts on how people around the world do business and live their day-to-day lives. For IT, this means supporting larger mobile and remote workforces with federated collaboration, an elevated focus on infrastructure resiliency and cybersecurity, and accelerated digital transformation initiatives,” said Bobby Soni, president, Digital Infrastructure, Hitachi Vantara. “Hitachi Vantara is rapidly evolving our strategy to support CIOs and their teams, and our hyperconverged infrastructure solutions help them simplify digital infrastructure management as they grapple with today’s new realities.”Hitachi’s updated HCI solutions unify cloud infrastructure management with seamless interoperability across customers’ environments of traditional storage, HCI-powered hybrid clouds and public clouds. The latest offerings include a scalable and simplified foundation for hybrid cloud, allowing customers to rapidly scale out data center architecture designs when increased data center resources are required. Through enhanced automation and intelligence, customers can accelerate innovation, improve productivity and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) across a variety of use cases including hybrid cloud, business-critical apps such as SAP HANA, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and DevOps. Hitachi Vantara’s HCI portfolio is updated with enhanced day 0-2 management capabilities including upgraded lifecycle management that enables non-disruptive upgrades for the full HCI stack, including IP and SAN network switches. These latest updates deliver key benefits to customers including: Unified cloud management: Customers have the flexibility to build a cloud infrastructure with seamless workload and data mobility across on-premises and public cloud environments. Hitachi UCP Advisor accelerates provisioning up to 80% faster compared to previous HCI management tools and reduces management complexity across the environment. Scalable performance: Greater performance, scale and density supports IT departments’ ability to rapidly scale data center resources for business-critical applications and lower operational overhead for better TCO.The updated HCI platforms provide certified support for SAP HANA workloads on HCI. Intel Cascade Lake Refresh Xeon processors increase performance for workload consolidation while avoiding resource contention issues. Hitachi HCI solutions help reduce CapEx and OpEx overhead with advanced automation and data efficiency technologies. Simplified consumption: EverFlex from Hitachi Vantara provides simple, elastic and comprehensive acquisition choices for the entire Hitachi Vantara portfolio, including the UCP Family, with consumption-based pricing models that align IT spend with business use and help lower costs by up to 20%1 with pay-as-you-go pricing. Customers can also accelerate time to production with pre-validated and optimised bundles and starter packs, including solutions enabling remote work. Streamlined Partner Sales Motion: Hitachi Vantara’s HCI solution is market proven with 100% YoY growth. With Hitachi Vantara’s innovative bundles and pre-validated reference architectures, partners can easily sell, speed up quoting and fulfill orders faster to deliver revenue and profit maximisation while enabling error-free deployments. Additionally, Hitachi Vantara offers customisable services for cross-selling and up-selling with other proven Hitachi IT portfolio products. Supporting Quotes“We chose Hitachi UCP HC after evaluation against other hyperconverged vendor solutions,” said Vo Nguyen, IT manager, Seven System Vietnam JSC. “UCP HC’s all-in-one, single-vendor solution, with VMware vSAN integration, made it easy to meet our performance and availability needs. To be able to economically grow and scale as we expand our business closed the deal.”“Hyperconverged infrastructure has quickly become an important option for many data centers, virtualising and collapsing storage, networking and compute to simplify management,” said Enrico Signoretti, analyst, Gigaom Research. “Hitachi Vantara’s new HCI solutions hit the nail on the head by providing the right management tools and integrations to minimise initial deployment and improve day-2 operations.”“Our longstanding relationship with Hitachi Vantara has helped customers modernise their data centers, from delivering more secure, scalable and compliant digital workspace infrastructure to dense, high-performance hyperconverged infrastructure supporting business-critical apps such as SAP HANA,” said Lee Caswell, vice president of marketing, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware. “Hitachi Vantara’s updated hyperconverged solutions can provide reliable lifecycle management, policy-based automation, and a consistent experience across the software-defined data center.”“Customers increasingly want the benefits of hyperconverged infrastructure, but they don’t want another silo to manage or to worry about the complexity of moving data between multiple tiers of compute,” said Dan McConnell, senior vice president, product management, Enterprise Infrastructure, Hitachi Vantara. “For example, when customers are ready to move data from dev/test into production, they want a seamless way to do it. Hitachi Vantara’s enhanced HCI portfolio uniquely provides fully integrated solutions that allow customers to move data between different tiers of infrastructure easily and to scale the amount of storage needed, reducing complexity while improving productivity.” 1 Based on Hitachi Vantara internal testing and/or industry-standard benchmarks against published claims of competitive products AvailabilityHitachi Unified Compute Platform HC and Hitachi Unified Compute Platform RS are available now from Hitachi Vantara and its global network of business partners. Additional ResourcesBlog post: “Why IT Will Never Be the Same Again,” by Bobby Soni, president, Digital Infrastructure, Hitachi VantaraBlog post: “The Challenge of Increasing Cloud Agility While Maintaining Your Existing Systems,” by Colin Gallagher, vice president, product marketing, Digital Infrastructure, Hitachi VantaraInfographic: Automate to Innovate – Hitachi HCI ApplianceSolution Profile: Remote Workspace with Security and Compliance Connect With Hitachi VantaraTwitterLinkedInFacebookAbout Hitachi VantaraHitachi Vantara, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., guides our customers from what’s now to what’s next by solving their digital challenges. Working alongside each customer, we apply our unmatched industrial and digital capabilities to their data and applications to benefit both business and society. More than 80% of the Fortune 100 trust Hitachi Vantara to help them develop new revenue streams, unlock competitive advantages, lower costs, enhance customer experiences, and deliver social and environmental value. Visit us at www.hitachivantara.com.About Hitachi, Ltd.Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is focused on its Social Innovation Business that combines information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and products. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2019 (ended March 31, 2020) totaled 8,767.2 billion yen ($80.4 billion), and it employed approximately 301,000 people worldwide. Hitachi drives digital innovation across five sectors - Mobility, Smart Life, Industry, Energy and IT - through Lumada, Hitachi's advanced digital solutions, services, and technologies for turning data into insights to drive digital innovation. Its purpose is to deliver solutions that increase social, environmental and economic value for its customers. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at https://www.hitachi.com.### HITACHI is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. All other trademarks, service marks, and company names are properties of their respective owners.VMware is a registered trademark or trademark of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies. Hitachi Vantara Helps Customers Reach New Speeds for Unstructured Data and High-Performance Workloads 2020-07-15T23:48:53Z hitachi-vantara-helps-customers-reach-new-speeds-for-unstructured-data-and-high-performance-workloads Sydney AUSTRALIA – 16 July, 2020 – Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure and solutions subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced a new distributed file system and management solution that will help customers gain faster access to and insights from unstructured data such as emails, documents, health records, audio, video and images.The new solution will be delivered through a partnership with WekaIO (Weka), the innovation leader in high-performance, scalable file storage for data-intensive applications. Hitachi Vantara also announced today an expansion of Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), its cloud object storage software solution for connecting data producers, users, applications and devices. The updates to HCP will better support next-generation unstructured workloads.The new OEM relationship with Weka will enhance Hitachi Vantara’s portfolio with a high-performance, NVMe-native, parallel file system that the company will deliver tightly coupled to an HCP datastore. This performant network-attached storage (NAS) solution will be well suited for use with artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics applications across a broad array of industries.The expansion of HCP also better supports next-generation unstructured workloads with performance-optimised all-flash HCP nodes. These new capabilities will deliver almost 3.4 times more throughput over Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) protocol, resulting in lowered costs of up to 34%.Updated storage nodes also deliver an improvement of three times the read and write performance, while simultaneously enabling three times more capacity in the same rack space as the previous generation. This is especially significant as traditional NAS, primary workloads and cloud-native workloads are transitioning to object storage to meet high-performance requirements. The new HCP expansion helps customers translate data into business insights faster, increase revenue from data generated by unstructured data, and improve application performance to drive a better digital experience for end users.“Organisations that are striving to be data-driven are recognising the need to tap into vastly increasing amounts of unstructured data to gain a competitive edge,” said Brian Householder, president, Digital Infrastructure, Hitachi Vantara. “Hitachi Vantara is helping our customers maximise their infrastructure advantage by delivering significant performance improvements when accessing and connecting their data to make faster and more accurate decisions.”As the size and types of workloads are fundamentally changing, organisations need to focus not only on their ability to scale storage solutions, but also meet performance requirements. For example, at a typical Fortune 500 company, a mere 10% increase in data accessibility can result in more than $65 million in additional net income. Hitachi Vantara has already demonstrated the benefits of the new HCP capabilities with a financial services customer. The customer needed a higher performance solution for a transaction-heavy core banking application that services more than 50 million consumer and small business clients worldwide. HCP’s all-flash configuration was the only solution that could deliver both the performance demanded and the security required. HCP delivered performance improvements of up to 300%, with some jobs achieving a 1,200% performance improvement over the company’s existing traditional object storage solution. Another industrial sector customer turned to Hitachi Vantara to address growing volumes of manufacturing, sales and distribution data that were stretching the company’s storage infrastructure to a breaking point. HCP helped the company achieve a 500% improvement in application response times and enabled the customer to manage massive volumes of unstructured data in varying formats and from multiple sources in a central object store.“CIOs and IT professionals are no longer looking to object storage only for compliant, archive, tier-two or cold data,” said Amita Potnis, research director, Infrastructure Systems, IDC. “They are now looking at object storage to support new use cases and performant workloads. These organisations are also evaluating distributed file solutions to handle scale and performance to support high-performance computing, real-time analytics and AI.” Additional ResourcesRead the blog, “Object Storage Comes of Age,” by Patricia Harris, Hitachi Vantara vice president, Digital Infrastructure MarketingRead the infographic, “Unlocking Value in Your Unstructured Data” Learn more about Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), including the new HCP expansion announced today Connect With Hitachi VantaraTwitterLinkedInFacebook Hitachi Vantara Names Gajen Kandiah as New CEO 2020-07-01T00:30:22Z hitachi-vantara-names-gajen-kandiah-as-new-ceo Sydney - AUSTRALIA – 1 July, 2020 – Hitachi Vantara’s board of directors has announced that Gajen Kandiah has been appointed chief executive officer, effective 13 July, 2020. Toshiaki Tokunaga, currently CEO and chairman of the Board of Hitachi Vantara, will transition responsibilities to Kandiah through 1 October, 2020, after which Tokunaga will remain as chairman. “I am proud of the tremendous progress Hitachi Vantara has made in the past year to augment our world-class digital infrastructure business with new digital solutions and service offerings,” said CEO and Chairman Toshiaki Tokunaga, Hitachi Vantara. “Thanks to strong internal development, strategic acquisitions, and the integration with Hitachi Consulting, we have added the capabilities we need to guide our customers from what’s now to what’s next. Gajen Kandiah has an impressive track record in rapidly scaling digital businesses. He is the perfect CEO to help Hitachi Vantara, its partner ecosystem and our customers further accelerate their success.” Gajen Kandiah has built winning IT businesses within multinational corporations and startups for more than two decades. During 15 years with Cognizant, he helped grow the company from $368 million in annual revenues to more than $16 billion. He was most recently president of Cognizant’s multi-billion-dollar Digital Business, a role in which he led the acquisitions of software engineering company Softvision, marketing solutions provider Netcentric, and Idea Couture, a digital innovation and technology services company. He also led a Cognizant-wide initiative to transform company capabilities and services into an integrated, industry- and client-focused suite of offerings and solutions. Kandiah previously served as senior vice president and general manager of Cognizant’s Information, Media and Entertainment; Manufacturing Logistics; Consumer Goods; and Communications industry practices. Before joining Cognizant, he co-founded NerveWire, Inc., a venture capital-backed management consulting and systems integration firm, which was later acquired by Wipro. “Hitachi is a market leader at the intersection of innovative industrial solutions and IT services, and it is a brand trusted worldwide to deliver business, environmental and social benefits,” said Gajen Kandiah. “These attributes give Hitachi Vantara an incredible set of advantages that I believe the company and its cloud and strategic go-to-market partners are only just beginning to realise. The opportunity to lead Hitachi Vantara is a thrilling one. I am confident that if we align our broad portfolio of data storage, analytics, industry-specific solutions and IT services behind a singular vision to delight our clients, we will become a true digital leader.” Hitachi Vantara Expands Digital Manufacturing Portfolio as Pandemic Exposes Industry’s Need To Modernise Operations 2020-05-22T00:55:29Z hitachi-vantara-expands-digital-manufacturing-portfolio-as-pandemic-exposes-industrys-need-to-modernise-operations SANTA CLARA, Calif. – May 21, 2020 – Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure and solutions subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced an expanded set of offerings to help manufacturers accelerate Manufacturing 4.0 initiatives and to assist with safely restarting production in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. For many manufacturers, the pandemic has not only affected worker health and safety, it has impacted demand, interrupted production, exposed vulnerabilities in supply chains, and driven an urgent need to modernize operations. Dramatic variations in production capacity and demand illustrate the new stresses being placed on manufacturing supply chains and production planning: after the onset of COVID-19, industrial production in the United States experienced the steepest decline since 19461, yet daily U.S. e-commerce sales jumped 49%2. Hitachi Vantara’s new manufacturing practice and its expanded portfolio of digital manufacturing solutions, services and consulting services aims to help manufacturers adapt to these immediate challenges. It also promises to help manufacturers lay the foundations for the digitalization of health, safety and environment (HS&E), asset insights, predictive quality, and operations optimization. “The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing a litany of challenges for manufacturers that highlight how important unlocking data and digital industrial innovation is to the industry’s future,” said James Destro, general manager, Manufacturing Practice, Hitachi Vantara. “With our powerful IT and OT experience, Hitachi Vantara can uniquely inspire, envision, architect and accelerate digital transformation that solves today’s challenges and prepares manufacturers for the challenges of tomorrow.” New Lumada Video Analytics Solutions for Smart Spaces Address a Top Priority: A Safe Return to Production Worker health and safety are primary concerns for manufacturers restarting their operations during COVID-19. The expanded portfolio of digital solutions for manufacturing from Hitachi Vantara includes health, safety and environment solutions leveraging Lumada Video Insights technologies which can be condivd for applications such as elevated body temperature identification and hand-washing detection. Thermal cameras and lidar technology can detect the temperature of a person from a distance, so that workers can be screened non-intrusively for symptoms of COVID-19 and workspaces can be monitored for compliance with distancing recommendations. Practice Helps Manufacturers Lay Foundations for Digital Transformation COVID-19 has revealed many manufacturers’ overreliance on manual processes and operations, and the lack of visibility that many manufacturing line managers and executives have into their supply chains. Both hinder manufacturers’ ability to respond dynamically during times of uncertain demand. Modernizing and digitalizing such capabilities will be essential for manufacturers to recover from the pandemic quickly, and to create the more agile and resilient manufacturing operations needed in the future. This is another focus of Hitachi Vantara’s new manufacturing practice. Hitachi’s manufacturing innovations, enterprise-class information technology, and intellectual property – coupled with deep, industry-specific consulting expertise and proven methods to accelerate time to value – enable customers to operationalize digital innovation in a protected, deployment-agnostic and end-to-end approach. Hitachi Vantara’s outcome-focused consulting process breaks down barriers between OT and IT teams to craft comprehensive solutions that deliver transformative outcomes. Hitachi Vantara Expands Lumada Manufacturing Insights Portfolio Hitachi Vantara today also announced the expansion of Lumada Manufacturing Insights solutions with new domains that help manufacturers address health, safety and environment, supply chain optimization, asset insights, predictive quality, and operations optimization. Lumada Manufacturing Insights is a portfolio of industrial internet-of-things (IoT) solutions that empowers manufacturers to improve operations through data-driven insights. The portfolio delivers benefits such as improved overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), superior operations efficiency, and product quality optimization through predictive and prescriptive insights. The new solutions introduced today, coupled to Hitachi Vantara’s advisory and consulting services, enable manufacturers to connect production floor Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to create a “digital thread” that provides complete visibility into the data of the organization. Supporting References “The COVID-19 pandemic presents a number of significant challenges for global manufacturers, from ensuring safety for their workers, to supporting new regulatory compliance, to managing and maintaining a strong supply chain and solving for logistics,” said Fabio Raffo, associate director for industrial software research at Omdia Research. “As they grapple with operating in the new normal, transformative digital solutions can help to provide significant ROI and play an integral role in helping them to not only solve for and overcome these challenges – but thrive – while providing a foundation for future innovation.” Federal ReserveAdobe Additional ResourcesTo learn more about the Hitachi Manufacturing Practice, please visit: https://www.hitachivantara.com/go/manufacturing-services/Blog: Helping the Manufacturing Industry Modernize and Thrive in a Post COVID WorldBrochure: Hitachi Vantara Practice for Manufacturing OverviewBlog: How Infrared Video and 3D Lidar Technologies Can Help Flatten the Coronavirus Infection Curve Connect With Hitachi VantaraTwitterLinkedInFacebook New Hitachi Vantara Virtual Storage Platform Drastically Lowers Data Storage Costs and Simplifies Data Infrastructure Management for Midsize Enterprises 2020-04-22T00:38:39Z new-hitachi-vantara-virtual-storage-platform-drastically-lowers-data-storage-costs-and-simplifies-data-infrastructure-management-for-midsize-enterprises SYDNEY, Australia – 22 April, 2020 – Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today introduced Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) E990, the company’s new storage platform for midsize enterprise customers. Industry-Leading 4:1 Data Deduplication Delivers a Guaranteed 75% Improvement in Storage Capacity New Hitachi Ops Center Software Features AI-Driven Management Tools to Radically Simplify Storage Provisioning for AI, ML and Containerised AppsNew EverFlex from Hitachi Vantara Provides More Choice to Help Customers Move to Pay-Per-Use Consumption Models that Lower Cost and Reduce RiskThe E990’s high performance and low latency supercharge business applications, and industry-leading data de-duplication guarantees storage cost reductions. Hitachi Ops Center’s powerful artificial intelligence (AI)-driven management software can also dramatically simplify storage provisioning for AI, machine learning (ML) and containerised applications. The E990 with Hitachi Ops Center provides an NVMe all-flash option for Hitachi Vantara’s family of solutions for midsize enterprises, adding to a broad portfolio of powerful infrastructure solutions that feature best-in-class performance and include Hitachi’s signature 100% data availability guarantee for businesses of all sizes.The company also unveiled EverFlex from Hitachi Vantara, a program that provides simple, elastic and comprehensive acquisition choices for the E990 and the entire Hitachi Vantara portfolio. EverFlex adds consumption-based pricing models that range from basic utility pricing, to custom outcome-based services, to Storage as a Service. It will align IT spend with business use for midsize enterprises, enabling effective ways to lower cost, avoid wasting capacity and eliminate disruption. Hitachi Vantara debuted the solution during a virtual launch event. Industry-Leading Deduplication Reduces Storage CostsWith data volumes forecast to rise to 23% (1) and data storage budgets growing only 10% (2) on average, midsize enterprises urgently need solutions to reduce storage costs. The new Hitachi VSP E990 with Hitachi Ops Center delivers industry-leading 4:1 data deduplication – twice that of Hitachi’s closest competitor – guaranteeing to free up 75% of storage capacity (3). AI-Enhanced Management Tools Radically Simplify Storage ProvisioningIndustry analyst firm 451 Research, now a part of S&P Global Market Intelligence, suggests 43% (4) of storage buyers feel unprepared to support increased future demands. Hitachi Vantara VSP E990 combined with Ops Center directly addresses this challenge. Ops Center’s AI-enhanced management streamlines storage delivery by up to 90% (3) for demanding applications. It also reduces manual storage provisioning tasks by up to 70% (3) and delivers root cause issue analysis four times faster to accelerate troubleshooting.Trusted Performance That Won’t Break the BankHitachi Vantara VSP E990 addresses the data infrastructure reliability challenges that many enterprises continue to face: One-third of enterprises still suffer outages (5) or significant performance degradation as a result of storage reliability issues. VSP E990 delivers Hitachi Vantara’s long-standing leadership in reliability to midsize enterprises at a price point they can afford. It features an all-NVMe architecture with the industry’s leading and lowest-cost IOPS (as low as $0.03 per IOPS) and ultra-low latency for the most resource-hungry business applications.Predictable Pricing and Flexible ConsumptionNew EverFlex adds greater choice in consumption-based pricing models that make pricing predictable for cloud-like storage usage. It starts by enabling customers to pay only for what they use and align technology spending with business use to reduce costs by up to 20% (3), eliminating the need to pay for the essential reserve capacity that every installation needs. Added services are available to further reduce costs and avoid disruptions to business by providing outcome-based operational services that help deliver more consistent service levels without placing additional burden on staff.VSP E990 Is Supercharged for Partners, TooThe VSP E990 is ideal for partners to deliver innovation and benefits important to midsize enterprise customers. Hitachi Vantara continues to invest in its predictable, profitable and pioneering partner program with enablement tools, marketing resources and incentives designed for distributors and resellers focused on midsize enterprises. Read the blog post by Hitachi Vantara Channel Chief Kimberly King to learn more about the opportunity VSP E990 presents for partners and to read commentary from the company’s global partner community.Supporting Quotes“With its Virtual Storage Platform E990 system, Hitachi is upping the ante in midrange storage. The VSP E990 is an all-NVMe system that is both storage-class memory (SCM) and NVMe-over-fabric (NVMEoF) ready, can scale to nearly 6 million IOPS and well over 16 petabytes of effective capacity, provides a ‘no questions asked’ 4:1 data reduction guarantee based on just compression and deduplication, and is backed by Hitachi’s 100-percent data availability guarantee,” said Eric Burgener, research vice president, Enterprise Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies, IDC. “Midrange enterprises that need room to grow for their mission-critical workloads should look at the compelling value proposition offered by the Hitachi VSP E990.”“The VSP E990 is really compelling, especially the software,” said Eros Tibor, Team Coordinator, Central European Data Center Compute & Storage Team, KBC Group. “I would buy it.”“Hitachi Vantara has led the industry for decades with proven, reliable data solutions that are time-tested for performance, availability and scalability and backed by our pioneering 100% data availability guarantee,” said Brian Householder, president, Digital Infrastructure, Hitachi Vantara. “Our new VSP E990 with Hitachi Ops Center completes our portfolio for midsize enterprises, putting AIOps to work harder for our customers so they can work smarter for theirs.”AvailabilityHitachi VSP E990, Hitachi Ops Center and EverFlex are available globally from Hitachi Vantara and its network of partners.Additional Resources View today’s virtual launch event [You will be asked to complete a brief registration form for BrightTALK.]Blog post by Brian Householder, President, Digital Infrastructure: “Hitachi Vantara’s Intelligent New Platform For Midsized Enterprises Delivers Lower Data Storage Costs – Guaranteed”Blog post by Kimberly King, Vice President, Global Strategic Partners and Alliances: “Predictable, Profitable and Pioneering: Hitachi Vantara Delivers New Supercharged Solution To Drive Partner Success With Midsize Enterprises”Blog post by Colin Gallagher, Vice President, Digital Infrastructure Product and Solutions Marketing: “Introducing the All-NVMe Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform E990: Top Speeds and Feeds for Deep Technologists”Product information: VSP E990, Hitachi Ops Center, EverFlex from Hitachi Vantara (1) 451 Research, S&P Global Market Intelligence: “Voice of The Enterprise: Storage, Organizational Dynamics 2019”(2) 451 Research, S&P Global Market Intelligence: “Voice of The Enterprise: Storage, Budgets and Outlook 2020”(3) Based on Hitachi Vantara internal testing and/or industry-standard benchmarks against published claims of competitive products(4) 451 Research, S&P Global Market Intelligence: “Voice of The Enterprise: Storage, Workloads and Key Projects 2019”(5) 451 Research, S&P Global Market Intelligence: “Voice of The Enterprise: Storage, Vendor Evaluations 2019” Connect With Hitachi Vantara TwitterLinkedInFacebook New Hitachi Vantara To Create Digital Competitive Edge For Transforming Enterprises 2020-01-09T22:12:40Z 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 www.hitachivantara.com. 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 https://www.hitachi.com.###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 Introduces Lumada Video Insights as Video, IoT Analytics and DataOps Drive Smart Spaces Growth and Innovation 2019-05-15T22:06:47Z 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: https://www.hitachivantara.com/en-us/products/iot-operations-intelligence/lumada-video-insights.html Resources: 1Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019: Smart Spaces, March 2019 Lumada Video Insights webpage: https://www.hitachivantara.com/en-us/products/iot-operations-intelligence/lumada-video-insights.html Hitachi Smart Spaces webpage: https://www.hitachivantara.com/en-us/solutions/iot-insights/smart-cities/smart-spaces.html Blog: Hitachi Introduces Lumada Video Insights for the Development of Smart Spaces and Intelligent Ecosystems HITACHI VANTARA UNVEILS ENTRY-LEVEL STORAGE IN ASIA PACIFIC 2019-05-01T03:42:44Z 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.