With cloud, social media upending IT world, HDS moves to provide the tools

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Amid the radical transformation currently shaping the technology space, tech firm Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has announced a new initiative that would allow businesses to take advantage of the cloud, mobile, and social media.

HDS senior vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific Neville Vincent
HDS senior vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific Neville Vincent

At a recent regional launch in Singapore, top HDS officials led the unveiling of a new IT architecture called ?Continuous Cloud Infrastructure,? which is designed to ?quickly react to changing needs without continual redesign and disruption.?

As part of this effort, HDS rolled out the Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS) and the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000 (VSP G1000) ? an integrated offering composed of software and hardware products.

?We?re in the middle of a social media and cloud computing revolution, so that?s why we?re introducing this new platform which has the flexibility of software-defined architecture,? said Neville Vincent, HDS senior vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific.

The storage virtualization OS, according to the Vincent, is the first stand-alone software implementation of Hitachi storage virtualization. ?With this new software, HDS is expanding its leadership in storage virtualization,? he said.

The executive said, in fact, 50 percent of the company?s revenues right now comes from software. ?We?re looking to bolster further our software capability, especially now moving into the cloud infrastructure,? he said.

According to Kevin Eggleston, senior vice president for global verticals and integration at HDS, the SVOS will become the common OS across Hitachi storage in the future.

?This new storage operating system provides a common software architecture that will double the useful life of hardware architectures, span the breadth of the HDS infrastructure portfolio and enhance and amplify the benefits of server virtualization,? it said.

HDS said the primary features of the storage virtualization OS include ?flash optimization, advanced storage virtualization, automated tiering, non-disruptive data migration and a new native global active device feature that will provide multi-system and multi-datacenter active-active capabilities without the need for an appliance ? an industry first.?

The first available system on which customers can natively deploy SVOS is the VSP G1000, the company said, adding that a number of companies have already placed their orders for the new machine.

?This combination of market-leading software and the most reliable hardware on the planet provides customers a rock-solid foundation for mission-critical applications in the enterprise,? the tech firm claimed.

In the Philippines, HDS said it counts the country?s biggest telcos among its clients. Local firms, the company said, can actually customize their requirements by going to HDS portal at community.HDS.com.

Apart from the SVOS and the VSP G1000, the Continuous Cloud Infrastructure is also comprised of:

? The Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) and Unified Compute Platform Director 3.5: On top of support for VSP G1000 and SVOS, there are new entry-level configurations of UCP for VMware vSphere and increased capabilities in Unified Compute Director, such as server profiling for simplified provisioning and enhanced disaster recovery integration.

? The Hitachi Command Suite (HCS): The latest version of the Hitachi integrated management platform supports the new global storage virtualization features in SVOS, and offers a common REST API across the platform, as well as an updated, streamlined user interface.

The new technologies, the company said, come to market with integration across virtualization platforms, databases, and a variety of clustering and operating systems platforms, and can be adopted to support a variety of workloads.

In particular, collaboration with strategic partners such as Microsoft, SAP and VMware enables SVOS and the VSP G1000 to be certified in key initiatives like Microsoft Private Cloud deployments, SAP HANA Tailored Data Center Integration and VMware Software-Defined Data Center technology.

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