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Introducing Agile Cloud Solutions

by Hu Yoshida on Oct 13, 2009

Hitachi Data Systems announced a new portfolio of cloud technologies that delivers an integrated set of storage services across block, files and content storage to support cloud computing and enable organizations to implement cloud services at their own pace.

From my perspective, we have been providing customers cloud enabling technologies since we introduced the virtualization capabilities of the USP. There are many SaaS providers and Network Computing companies like Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company, which is hosting and delivering their services through the cloud using Hitachi Data Systems storage virtualization services today.

I am currently in the Nordics where many of the large service providers like EDB in Sweden and Norway are using Hitachi Storage to provide the performance and agility that is required to outsource and host storage services for companies that are striving to reduce costs during  economic down turn.

The same capabilities that are needed for service providers are needed for cloud computing services and other services that may be delivered over a public network. Agility requires storage and file virtualization for data mobility across tiers of storage, Dynamic Provisioning for quick provisioning of changing server requirements, and a content platform that can support multiple tenants and automate the life cycle management of content in a compliance environment. In addition it requires an integrated suite of management and reporting tools as in the case of EDB.

Much of the data that will reside in the cloud will be content data and as part of this cloud announcement, we are announcing a new version of the Hitachi Content Archive Platform and renaming it the Hitachi Content Platform. While HCAP has proven to be ideal for large archive projects like the George W. Bush presidential archives, it has proven to be much more than an archive where you park data for long term retention. Companies like Payformance Corporation, a medical billing company,  have led the way in using HCAP for their production data. They used to gather billing information from many sources, normalize them and store them in a data base so that it could be searched. This data base had to be backed up on a regular basis, which was getting more costly as the volumes increased. Today they are ingesting the billing artifacts directly into HCAP where it can be indexed and searched in a secure compliant repository. Since the data is static, they replicate it to another HCAP in a remote site and have eliminated the need to do backup.  They now manage and replicate over 30 million artifacts in near real time between the two sites, avoiding lengthy backup, tape media, and labor intensive efforts while making data readily available in various formats to their customers. This is not an archive; this is a content platform for production data.

For more insight on today’s announcement, please read my fellow HDS bloggers, Michael Hay and Miki Sandorfi, who have also provided their perspectives on today’s announcement.

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Comments (4 )

[...] Hu Yoshida wrote, Hitachi has been providing solutions to our customers that enable many of the attributes [...]

Storagewarrior on 17 Oct 2009 at 12:02 pm

LoL – Looks like HDS have done the following:

CTRL C http://www.3PAR.com
CTRL V into http://www.HDS.com

LoL – love it – you seem to have got the Agile Cloud the wrong way round though – during CTRL C from 3PAR’s site!

[...] more background, check out these blog posts announcing HCP from Hu and Michael in October. And back in April, I posted on the ever expanding capabilities of the [...]

Junior on 08 Jun 2012 at 8:29 pm

I was about to say: Is there really any dirfefence? An MSP can deliver Cloud Services, both public, private and hybrids, depending on their offer? A Managed Service is most often assumed to be connected to a physical device but all services has to be managed by someone at some point, even Cloud Services. But to keep things apart I would say it is easier to keep the definition Managed Service when managing a physical device, even though it can be part of a cloud solution, and then often a private cloud. But why should a service be defined as a Managed Service if systems is connected to a physical server and as an Cloud if a system is connected to virtual server? That definition is new to me. At our company (TeleComputing) most of our services are Managed Services mainly delivered in or through private clouds. We deliver Managed Clients (DaaS) but they are managed from a SCCM ran on a VM. I “assume” this is an IBM-site but if we take Win Intune as an example it is a cloud service managing OS on physical clients. So maybe; is there really any dirfefence? InMaxmind.com

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