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Internet of Things and Train as a Service

Last week I was in the UK and had an opportunity to get an update on the Hitachi Train project, which was initially installed for the London Olympics. There has been a lot of progress in the past four years. [...]

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What is the difference between MLC Flash and eMLC Flash, and is it required for Enterprise Flash?

  One of my top 10 IT trends for 2014 called for the explosion of enterprise flash. Now you are seeing more and more vendors introducing flash arrays that claim enterprise performance and durability based on something called eMLC, where [...]

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SAP AG, Hitachi, and Hitachi Data System extends relationship with Global OEM Agreement for SAP HANA

SAP AG evaluated the Hitachi Converged solution for SAP HANA performance and found it to be as much as 5 times the performance of other competitive solutions. As a result of this evaluation and the success that Hitachi Data Systems [...]

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Storage Magazine Midrange NAS Quality Award – And the Winner is….. Hitachi!

In past years, when customers were asked to name the leader in midrange NAS; Hitachi was probably not on the top of the list. Hitachi has long earned a reputation for enterprise scalability, availability, and performance, but never made an [...]

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Hyper Converged Storage Systems – Include Hitachi UCP with VMware

Welcome to 2014, with best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year. This should be an exciting year with many challenges and opportunities in IT. Before we left on the year-end holidays I published 10 trend blog series, which [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014 – Summary

By now the major analyst firms have published their trends for 2014, and there is pretty common consensus over the macro trends that will be drivers for opportunities and threats in the years to come. While there are many variations [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014- Trend 10

Trend 10: The Transformation of IT Operations Skill Sets, Roles, and Responsibilities As we look back at the IT trends that I described throughout this series, it is not surprising that the skill sets, roles, and responsibilities of IT operations [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014- Trend 9

Trend 9: Encryption of data at rest becomes table stakes Recently, I had a discussion with a customer about capacity-on-demand who said he had a rolling lease program where he continually refreshed his storage every three years. When I asked [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014- Trend 8

Trend 8: Explosion of Enterprise Flash The enterprise flash storage market is maturing and enterprise customers are taking a closer look at SSD’s which are primarily designed for the client consumer market where manufacturing costs are the primary concern. The [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014- Trend 7

Trend 7: Reduction of Backup through Archive, Copies, and Snaps One of the trends I identified last year was the explosion of data replication, which was cited in an IDC study that claimed the creation and management of multiple copies [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014- Trend 6

Trend 6: Object Storage Casts Light on Dark Data 2014 will see more awareness of the existence of dark data and the potential that it has for business value.  Gartner defines dark data as the information assets organizations collect, process [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014- Trend 5

Trend 5: Sync and share solution for shadow IT Industry surveys show that 28% of corporate data resides exclusively on laptops or mobile devices. This is the shadow IT that resides outside the control and supervision of corporate IT. While [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014- Trends 3 and 4

Trend 3: Greater Adoption of Private cloud My selection for trend 3 is the greater adoption of private cloud for greater business agility and business control. Cloud is becoming a more accepted service model. In a recent survey of large [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014 -Trends 1 and 2

Trend 1: IT will focus more on business outcomes than infrastructure The first trend is the base driver for many of the subsequent trends that I will be posting. This will be a change in IT focus from infrastructure to [...]

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Top Ten IT Trends for 2014- Introduction

As we draw near to the end of the 2013, I like to put together my thoughts on what may be the trends in 2014. Most of this is based on what I hear on customer visits and from industry [...]

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Technical Memes in 2014

It is getting to be that time of the year again. Time to make predictions on various risk levels, about what is going to happen next year.  For 2014, my colleague Hu and I are going to split up the [...]

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Veterans Day Thoughts 2013

The beginning of November has special meaning for many of us who have or have had family and friends in the military. In Europe they commemorate the end of World War I as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. In the [...]

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Hitachi Information Forum: London

The Hitachi Information Forum in London last month was an overwhelming success. With more than 300 attendees and 20 sessions ranging from IT economics to customer case studies of private cloud deployments and converged infrastructures, the forum focused on practical [...]

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Converged Infrastructure and the SDDC

With all the talk of Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) and how converged infrastructure and automation enables the SDDC, it’s becoming increasingly challenging for IT decision makers to understand the path to get there. Last week we discussed how choosing the [...]

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Hitachi Information Forum in Mainz, Germany – Big Data Panel

Earlier this month, the 5th annual Germany Hitachi Information Forum was held in Mainz. With over 300 attendees, 20 presentations, hands-on breakout sessions and a panel discussion on big data, the event was an overwhelming success. As a pretext to [...]

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