All-in-One Meals: Converged Solutions Aligned With Customer Needs
by Gary Pilafas on Mar 4, 2011
Today’s discussion is a continuation of my last blog post, in which I introduced the concept of pervasive computing.
My role within Hitachi Data Systems is to create converged solutions, which I like to refer to as “Hitachi all-in-one meals”; however, unlike the traditional McDonalds’ Happy Meal which consists of burgers, fries and a drink served in a bag, a “Hitachi all-in-one meal” consists of computing, integrated networking and storage wrapped in and delivered with quality management software.
Like a Happy Meal, there is a special sauce that consumers get really enjoy. Hitachi Data Systems has the access to the Hitachi special sauce, which is Hitachi’s intellectual property that ranges across a spectrum of technology from electric motors to nuclear energy plants.
My objective is to help educate the global market outside of Japan that HDS is more than the industry leader in storage IP.
Since April 1, 2010 HDS has been selling Hitachi servers globally and have been growing our customer base; however, we have decided to continue to raise the bar and continue to give our customers more.
Just as we’ve listened to the customer and delivered reference architectures, or converged data center solutions such as Hyper-V Fast Track, or most recently, Hitachi Clinical Repository, we’ll continue to deliver converged solutions (or a Hitachi all-in-one meal) that include Hitachi servers, integrated networking, storage and management software in addition to some additional Hitachi special sauce. Solutions will range from high performance SMP, security, OEM software integration, vertical segment integration, which will all be aligned to our customers needs.
The good news for our customers is they won’t have to cobble together options from three or four different vendors with the misperception that the solution is “unified” or “flexible”.
After all, who would actually expect someone to buy a burger from one store, fries from another and a drink from a third with little to no integration across the solution?