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Global Storage Virtualization with GAD is GA!

by Hu Yoshida on Aug 19, 2014

The global active device (GAD) feature that we announced with our VSP G1000 storage array on April 23 of this year has been released for General Availability after extensive testing of its use for both block and file storage by several key customer accounts.

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Enterprise Mobility Management with – Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere

by Hu Yoshida on Aug 13, 2014

Data mobility, the ability to access, sync, and share data on mobile devices as well as your desktop, enables your enterprise workforce to be more productive with the agility to create and respond to new business opportunities.  However, mobility presents new challenges for IT professionals who are responsible for the protection and governance of enterprise data. Industry surveys show that 28% of corporate data resides on laptops and mobile devices outside the control and supervision of corporate IT.

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VMware Virtual Volume Integration with Hitachi Storage Virtualization – A Winning Combination

by Hu Yoshida on Aug 4, 2014

Continuing from my last blog where I shared my views on the passing fad of stand alone storage solutions, like all-flash-arrays and file sync and share solutions that are not integrated with enterprise systems, I see tremendous adoption for new storage technologies like Virtual Volume (aka VVol). VVol, from VMware, which enables the integration of vendor specific, value add features, with vSphere management and services.

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Will the All Flash Array Market Go Away? – Response

by Hu Yoshida on Jul 29, 2014

As a response to my recent post, George Crump provided a differing perspective in his blog site, storageswiss.com.  George is a highly regarded blogger and analyst whom I respect and share many of the same points of view regarding the IT industry.  However, we don’t always agree, or sometimes we take a different perspective and discussion is valuable to furthering knowledge in the industry.  George disagreed with my prediction  that the “AFA (All Flash Array) market will be displaced by Hybrid arrays that provide all the benefits of Flash performance integrated into an enterprise storage platform.”

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Popular Storage Trends That Will Go Away: AFA and EFSS

by Hu Yoshida on Jul 24, 2014

In this competitive IT market we are constantly looking for new technologies. Venture capitalists make their fortunes on discovering and promoting new technologies before they cash out and go on to the next big thing. It is tempting to jump on every new promotion to be on the cutting edge. However, many of these technologies may fail or have a very short life span before they are replaced by newer or more comprehensive technology solutions. Unfortunately when this happens with storage, we are often left with the legacy of stranded storage, with tons of data that must be migrated to be usable on legacy, new, and future platforms. The caution when choosing new technology solutions for storage is to ensure that you have a long-term strategy for integrated data management, migration, and retention. With the explosive growth of data, you cannot afford to be locked into storage silos.

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Shirt Sizes are not the Way to Buy IT Infrastructure

by Hu Yoshida on Jul 17, 2014

Last week we had an internal meeting in Santa Clara with representatives from all the geographies in Hitachi Data Systems. Since last week was also the finals for the World Cup in Football, we all received football shirts emblazoned with the words “One Hitachi”. As you can imagine, with an international audience, one size does not fit all. Prior to the meeting we all had to submit our shirt sizes, S, M, L, or XL. But even then, a size M in the US or UK is not the same as a size M in Japan or Hong Kong. Luckily we had enough of an assortment of sizes that we could swap around to find the right fit, and the material had enough stretch to accommodate some of us who did not have the proportions of a football player. The problem with shirt sizes is if you choose the wrong size (or if you outgrow it) you have to replace it with a new one that fits.

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Forrester and Gartner Evaluate Hitachi’s Unified Compute Platform

by Hu Yoshida on Jul 10, 2014

Gartner published their Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems in June 2014. This is the first Integrated Systems report, which Gartner defines as “combinations of server, storage, and network infrastructure sold with management software that facilitates the provisioning and management of the combined unit.” Based on this definition, Hitachi Data Systems’ Unified Compute Platform was evaluated and included in this Magic Quadrant report. We believe HDS should be a clear leader given that our management software is not only “sold with” but also is orchestrated by the UCP Director for integration into the hypervisor for management of the entire stack through the hypervisor management interface. However we were not positioned in the “Visionary” or “Leaders” quadrant of this report since this research report was started in late 2013 and sales revenue is a major criterion for the vendor placement in the magic quadrant. HDS is a relatively new entrant to the converged market and thus we have not yet met our competitors in terms of total revenue.

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Technology without Social Innovation and Globalization will not Advance Civilization

by Hu Yoshida on Jun 30, 2014

Ray Kurzweil, an American author, scientist, inventor, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google was quoted in Time Magazine in March 2012 saying: “A kid in Africa with a smart phone has access to more information than the president of the U.S. 15 years ago.” This is a powerful statement about the power of technology. However, that child in Africa will not be able to benefit from that wealth of information like a child in Silicon Valley. The reason for this is that the social infrastructure is not there to support that child in Africa as it is in Silicon Valley. Technology without social innovation and globalization will not advance civilization.

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HCP Puts IT in Control of Content Mobility

by Hu Yoshida on Jun 24, 2014

Mobility is a macro trend that is transformative. Mobile devices, mobile workforces, mobility of data on premise, off premise, and across the globe, create many new business opportunities. However mobility also presents new challenges for the IT professionals who are responsible for the protection and governance of the data content.

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IT Does Matter – And the World is not Flat

by Hu Yoshida on Jun 19, 2014

Back in 2003, as the IT industry was recovering from the excesses of the dot com boom/bust, the Harvard Business Review’s Editor-At-Large, Nicolas Carr published a paper titled IT doesn’t Matter, in which he claimed that “As information technology’s power and ubiquity has grown, its strategic importance has diminished.”

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