Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, has unveiled significant enhancements to three key infrastructure solutions: Hitachi Unified Storage VM (HUS VM) all flash system; Hitachi Unified Storage and Hitachi NAS Platform; and Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP).
Able to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) by up to 30% compared to alternative solutions and up to double the performance benefits of previous generations, the new turbocharged solutions maximise IT investments and help customers achieve unsurpassed operational savings despite today’s relentless data growth and cloud infrastructure complexities.

HUS VM all flash system, Hitachi Unified Storage and Hitachi NAS Platform, and the enhanced Hitachi UCP portfolio give enterprises the most efficient IT platforms on the market to accelerate insight, improve decision-making and free up resources to attain innovation that transforms businesses.

Cost-effective flexibility and elasticity of private cloud deployments offer the speed and ability to sustain peak workloads. These benefits are vital to support the service levels enterprises require to meet user demands.
The trio of infrastructure technologies announced builds on the content cloud solutions and services unveiled by HDS in May 2013.

They deliver the performance, efficiency and economics needed for the foundation of seamless enterprise cloud environments. The technologies also achieve a new milestone in the Hitachi Data Systems 3-tiered strategy for infrastructure, content and information, which builds on existing IT investments to provide a single virtualisation platform for all data to support cloud and enable big data.

With this announcement, organisations can dramatically increase their pace of innovation and more effectively harness data to build competitive advantage through the following:
* Performance – up to double the performance of alternatives for faster access to information;
* Efficiency – increase infrastructure and IT personnel efficiency through virtualisation, capacity efficiencies and auto provisioning to free up resources for more strategic initiatives to support business goals; and
* Economics – reduce TCO by up to 30% through unified management, auto migration and storage provisioning to accelerate business insights.

“Customers today are focused on business transformation. They need information solutions that improve business processes and simplify IT so they can, in turn, become more agile to react to market conditions and innovate more quickly,” says Shaun Barendsen, country manager, Hitachi Data Systems South Africa.

“The days of capex spending are behind us. The technologies we are announcing today redefine the economics of storage by delivering opex savings that are essential to a business’s bottom line.
“By eliminating performance hiccups associated with disparate architectures and information silos in the data centre environment, HDS sets a flexible yet powerful foundation for private cloud and big data platforms that helps to accelerate insight, improve decision-making and free up resources for customers to innovate with information.

“The enhancements HDS has just rolled out to its key flash, unified and converged storage solutions should significantly help customers to get a greater impact for their IT dollar,” says Barendsen.

“The virtualisation, efficiency and automation HDS provides can allow businesses to shift resources from tactical and maintenance operations that support the status quo to more strategic initiatives that support business goals.

“The fact that HDS can deploy a converged infrastructure solution and integrated computing options to support private cloud environments in less than one week is a real point of differentiation. We expect enterprises and mid-market companies to get excited about these new capabilities and quickly start reaping the benefits.”