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Hitachi LPARs Provide Safe Multi-Tenant Cloud With Intel E5v3

by Hu Yoshida on Sep 16, 2014

Hitachi’s Intel Xeon based Compute Blade servers (CB 2000 and CB 500) feature an embedded logical partitioning (LPAR) capability implemented in the blade server firmware, based on technology originally developed for Hitachi mainframe and Unix systems to provide platform partitioning for reliability and quality of service for mission critical workloads.

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If You Think Your Enterprise is not Using Public Cloud Services? Check Again!

by Hu Yoshida on Sep 15, 2014

Recently I was reviewing a slide deck that marketing had put together and I was struck by a statistic, which I thought was dubious. The claim was that there were 545 cloud services that were in use in the average enterprise. I thought this was way out of line as I looked at my own use of public cloud services like Twitter and LinkedIn. I thought the number must be less by an order of magnitude, so I went to research this on the web and I verified that the 545 number was wrong.

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VMworld – Exciting New and Expanded Capabilities from Hitachi and VMware

by Hu Yoshida on Aug 22, 2014

VMworld 2014 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, August 24 to 28, has many new products and capabilities to help our customers achieve greater efficiency and availability with infrastructure virtualization.  Some solutions that HDS will highlight in our booth include the following:

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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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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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