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Hitachi Provides New Private Cloud Services, Enhancements

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On Tuesday Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS) launched new private transformation and cloud enablement services, as well as a "portfolio" of enhancements to access methods and protocols, frameworks and portals, and more. These services and enhancements are focused on helping organizations transform their business and enable IT to get more from the private cloud.

"Today, our customers need fast access to applications to drive revenue, security for their valuable intellectual property, and cost-effective services," said Miki Sandorfi, vice president, Solutions and Cloud, Hitachi Data Systems. "HDS private cloud solutions and services deliver exactly that -- the most virtualized and responsive, secure and trusted, open and cost-effective private cloud -- via an open architecture that's flexible and lets our customers choose how they approach the cloud. Hitachi Data Systems private clouds do all of this without obligation or compromise."

First up to bat is the Hitachi Services Framework, which combines HDS best practices, IP, and processes globally to accelerate private cloud deployments throughout the full transformation lifecycle. This framework includes consulting, transition, and management services to help customers "get the most value from IT and private cloud investments".

The company also launched the Cloud Enablement Methodology. This service applies proven best practices and tools from the Hitachi Services Framework to holistically address technological and organizational cloud considerations. Included are cloud transformation consulting and transition services to help organizations focus on the strategic activities that bring more value to their business.

As for the portfolio of enhancements, these include the Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) VM and Hitachi Unified Storage 150 controller-based encryption, and Hitachi UCP Select for VMware vSphere with Cisco UCS infrastructure enhancements. The former is a "powerful and flexible" data protection and private cloud security, while the latter adds support for HUS, HUS VM and Hitachi NAS Platform (HNAS).

As for enhancements to access methods and protocols, the company lists the Hitachi NAS platform, Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere, and Hitachi Data Ingestor (HDI), the latter of which now has roaming home directories to provide users with read/write access from any office and data at rest encryption (DARE). The company also lists the Cloud Automation Suite, which is self-service enablement for Hitachi UCP Pro and UCP Select for VMware vSphere.

"Easy self-service with service catalog, automated provisioning, chargeback, subscription management and billing determination and definition of service levels and key performance indicators," describes the press release. "The cloud automation suite provides service automation and complements UCP Director software, which automates infrastructure orchestration with an open architecture and uses a REST API to integrate 3rd party management tools. Cloud service providers will be able to support multiple hypervisor environments from a single converged platform with shared automation capabilities."

For more information about Hitachi Data Systems private cloud services and solutions, head here.


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