Hitachi Data Systems accelerates hybrid cloud initiatives

HDS’s Unified Compute Platform Now Integrates VMware Cloud Foundation

Hitachi Data Systems has announced the release of their Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) RS series. This new release is a software-defined data center rack-scale platform that’s built on VMware’s Cloud Foundation. HDS, which was a VMware Global Innovation OEM Partner of the Year, now lets customers bring to the market hybrid cloud offerings in much less time it would take using more traditional cloud technologies.

UCP RS presents ample opportunities for optimization, and it lets companies leverage both private and public cloud infrastructure at the same time for greater versatility. Its advanced design also enables pay-per-use pricing, so companies can bring their services online quickly and start generating revenue without having to deal with complex contracts. Users have the option of deploying the SDCC integrated stack, and they can also choose to craft their own via Hitachi’s vSAN-ready nodes combined with VMware software.

Hitachi Data Systems collaboration with VMware has “led to the creation of powerful systems and innovative solutions” according to Bob Madaio, vice president of Integrated Solution Marketing at Hitachi.

With the launch of our UCP RS in addition to advancements in our hyper converged UCP HC, Hitachi is empowering our customers to transform their IT environments, accelerate hybrid cloud deployments and further their digital business initiatives.

In addition to UCP RS, HDS is also improving its UCP HC all-flash hyper-converged hybrid system. Support for non-volatile memory (NVMe) can improve reliability and reduce the likelihood of data loss in extreme scenarios. Furthermore, the platform now supports the sixth generation of Intel’s Xeon Scalable Processors, ensuring even better energy usage, smoother and more reliable performance, and lower operating costs. These enhancements offer better performance characteristics, including lower latency to provide a better user experience. Newer technology means UCP HC is even better equipped for handling the demands of modern cloud workloads.

An Easy Road To Hybrid Cloud

A primary focus of Hitachi’s collaboration with VMware is easing the process of launching and maintaining hybrid infrastructure, which has historically presented challenges. The platform smartly abstracts some of the complexity of using both public and private cloud resources, presenting information in an easy-to-understand manner. Furthermore, advanced settings management reduce the amount of guesswork involved in launching new services, so IT professionals can feel more confident when launching new services and tweaking settings for performance.

The new release expands Hitachi’s already significant portfolio, helping establish them as a major player in the growing cloud computing field. Furthermore, collaboration with VMware shows a commitment to working with established players in cloud and cloud-adjacent fields. The UCP family includes entries for rack-scale, converged, and hyper-converged products, providing a comprehensive line appropriate for both traditional and hybrid cloud usage, with a focus on automation and other time- and money-saving technology. The Hitachi UCP RS platform is now available for partners and customers in all regions.