HDS – Solutions for Virtualization and Cloud Environments

On June 21st 2016, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), the entirely owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd made an announcement that they were introducing two brand new infrastructure solutions into their product portfolio. Designed with agility, flexibility and scalability for their customers who are undergoing a period of digital transformation in mind, these new systems are built on Hitachi’s own proven technology, reducing risk and costs while cutting back on complexity and speeding up the time to market. These two new systems are the Hitachi Unified Computer Platform 2000 converged system (the UCP 2000) and the Hitachi Unified Computer Platform HC V240 hyper-converged system (the UCP HC V240). HDS recognise that for digital transformation to occur, an agile and modern IT environment is essential in order to benefit from the open source, cloud and other new technologies that are currently emerging in order to deliver information technology services. If IT organisations are out of sync with technology and business demands, they must shuffle priorities constantly and reconfigure their existing resources in the face of budget constraints. With the journey towards digital transformation putting data at the heart of business strategy, it is easy to see why converged infrastructures are becoming an increasingly critical element when it comes to corporate success. This is because they offer the quickest way of deploying infrastructure while supporting virtualised environments and this gives IT leaders more flexibility to enhance their service delivery, manage their costs more effectively, increase their company’s revenue and meet the ever-evolving expectations of business. The family of Hitachi UCP hyper-converged and converged infrastructure solutions aim to meet all IT enterprise requirements from the heart of the data centre to the edge.

The Hitachi UCP 2000

HDS’s Hitachi UCP 2000 system aims to expedite and simplify the deployment of hybrid and private clouds by delivering a pre-built, pre-tested converged infrastructure platform. Offering support for all-flash configurations, this system gives scale and flexibility thanks to the modular building blocks of storage, compute and networking which are able to scale independently in order to run a variety of application workloads. The UCP 2000 system is an entry level, value based system which is simple to manage and deploy, featuring strong integration with vRealize Cloud Automation and Service Management and Vmware vSphere platform as well as HDS’ data protection technologies. It has also been created and tested to support Microsoft, OpenStack and Vmware multiple virtualisation environments, among others, and to provide a low risk and flexible path to a converged infrastructure. It is perfect for all general purpose applications, databases, test and development environments and virtual desktop infrastructures.

The Hitachi UCP HC V240

This system is a versatile, policy driven, automated, hyper-converged infrastructure system. Featuring virtual machine-centric capacity pools which are consumed flexibly based on VM level policies which are able to be altered on demand, the UCP HC V240 can deliver scale and high performance with no compromise on cost effectiveness or simplicity. It can therefore aid customers in building a foundation for their next generation solutions and business applications with a hyper converged infrastructure which has its basis on Hitachi Data Systems value added software and Intel x86 hardware. This hyper-converged infrastructure solution is powered by the market leading Vmware Hyper-Converged Software stack and is jointly certified as a Vmware Virtual SAN Ready Node Platform. Having been designed with simplicity in mind, this all in one solution is able to accelerate time to value, allowing for rapid deployment which allows customers to get to virtual machine creation within just a few minutes. It can fully automate orchestration and provisioning while simplifying management, installation, upgrades and patches and provides linear scale-out which can grow in small increments in order to meet the needs of the business.