Photo - Wee Kai Teck, Managing Director, Hitachi Data Systems Malaysia
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Malaysia has unveiled a new portfolio of software-defined infrastructure platforms to help Malaysian businesses simplify IT and free data from traditional hardware and location constraints, said the storage solutions provider.
Speaking in Kuala Lumpur recently, HDS Malaysia's managing director Wee Kai Teck said the new converged, hyper-converged and scale-out solutions, which Use Virtualisation, Flash and infrastructure automation, will make greater levels of information more accessible for all existing and new analytics-driven workloads.
As well as greater levels of information access, customers will speed up the journey to IT as a service (ITaaS) through application-led, software-defined architectures, said Wee, adding that "technology must simplify operations through automation, drive insight through better access to information, and improve agility through abstraction that turns fixed assets into flexible resources."
He said HDS was making these goals possible by:
- Extending the Hitachi Storage Virtualisation Operating System (SVOS) to an expanded Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) family
- Expanding the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) family to cover core to edge or small to large converged and hyper-converged infrastructure models
- Introducing the Hitachi Hyper Scale-Out Platform (HSP) for fast-growing data analytics workloads
- New software to automate the provisioning and protection of application environments
"With the newest additions to the Hitachi VSP family - the G200, G400, G600 and the upcoming G800 - HDS is the only IT vendor to address customer workload requirements from entry to the mainframe with a single software stack," said Wee.
"Extending the reach of powerful software capabilities that are built into Hitachi SVOS allows the entire VSP family to offer native heterogeneous storage virtualization and multi-site active-active storage - as well as fully compatible data migration, replication and management. Customers now have the ability to choose systems based on the necessary capacity, performance and price required to meet their business goals, not because of functional difference," he said.
Storage virtualisation and automation
Photo - Saravanan Krishnan, Business Director, Infrastructure Solutions, APAC, Hitachi Data Systems
"HDS connects what works with what's next. We are already helping our customers to transform their businesses in areas like software-defined infrastructure, cloud and leveraging data analytics to make better decisions and increase competitive advantage," said Saravanan Krishnan, business director, infrastructure solutions, APAC, Hitachi Data Systems.
"Each of our platforms unlock the value of software-defined infrastructure by helping customers achieve greater levels of information access through virtualized, hyper-converged and scale-out architectures that are built to accelerate the journey to IT-as-a-service through an application-led, software-defined approach to IT," said Krishnan.
He said customers looking at smaller systems will now access to the same virtualisation technology that has existed in prior HDS high-end systems that have achieved the highest overall product and use-case specific scores within Gartner's Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, High-End Storage Arrays.
HDS also introduced a range of software tools to help users build the ITaaS infrastructure they needed including increased self-service capabilities to internal users.
In addition, Hitachi Automation Director, a new application that works with the Hitachi Command Suite management infrastructure, included configurable best-practice-based service templates for application-specific provisioning of storage resources to databases, applications and VDI environments.
Also, Hitachi Data Instance Director will help simplify data protection through automation and orchestration of Hitachi storage-based snapshot, clone and replication technologies, in addition to live backup, continuous data protection, and archive capabilities under a single platform.
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