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  • 25 June 2018 11:07

HITACHI EXTENDS CLOUD MANAGED SERVICES OFFERINGS WITH END-TO-END CONTAINER SUPPORT AND NEW SERVICE CLASSES

Hitachi Enterprise Cloud Container Platform Now Pre-Engineered With Mesosphere and Kubernetes To Deliver a Public Cloud Experience for Cloud-Native Applications

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. (TSE: 6501), has announced expansions to the Hitachi Enterprise Cloud family of fully managed private and hybrid cloud “as-a-service” offerings, including new options for deploying cloud-native application environments. These new as-a-service offerings accelerate data center modernisation and help ensure customers realise the maximum value of Hitachi technology through outcome-based services.

HITACHI ENTERPRISE CLOUD CONTAINER PLATFORM

Hitachi Enterprise Cloud (HEC) Container Platform is the first pre-engineered as-a-service offering to provide a public cloud experience for organisations that use data services, DevOps and microservices architectures on premises. The platform has added ability to deploy and orchestrate across public-cloud end points. The HEC portfolio now supports cloud-native applications and distributed data services with the HEC Container Platform as well as VMware virtualised applications and bare metal applications with the existing HEC with VMware vRealize. Both are delivered as fully managed, pay-per-use environments and their service catalogs can be consolidated as a single solution that provides both capabilities.

HEC Container Platform, now generally available, is a fully managed end-to-end solution based on the industry leading Mesosphere’s Datacenter Operating System (DC/OS) providing efficiency, support and control for deploying modern data services such as Spark, Kafka, Cassandra and HDFS. Kubernetes container orchestration is also included out of the box, alongside Docker and the native Marathon orchestrator, to provide the customer with their choice for single-click deployment of Marathon and Kubernetes. Through the partnership with Mesosphere, the HEC Container Platform supports more than one hundred DevOps and data services to accelerate the deployment of a ready-to-use cloud-native application environment. “We are proud that Mesosphere DC/OS is such an integral part of the Hitachi Enterprise Cloud Container Platform offering,” said William Freiberg, chief operating officer, Mesosphere. “With the availability of the HEC Container Platform, our joint customers can implement a working cloud-native environment as a managed service that enables leading data services — with maximum agility and control.”

NEW HEC FAMILY SERVICE CLASSES

The Hitachi Enterprise Cloud family offers new service classes to define the units of on-demand consumption. The redefined virtual capacity units (VCU) of HEC with VMware vRealize provide more cost-effective utilisation of on-demand resources and provide a new service class optimised for heavy compute workloads such as with SAP and Oracle. The newly defined container capacity units (CCU) of the HEC Container Platform provide highly efficient resource utilisation, increased cost efficiency and pricing transparency.

The HEC family has also been enhanced with the ability to deploy HEC in multiple clouds and in multiple zones from a single pane of glass under one consolidated management structure. This new consolidated management significantly eases IT management burden and reduces costs and risks for hybrid cloud deployments.

GROWING MARKET ADOPTION

Market acceptance of Hitachi Enterprise Cloud with VMware vRealize continues to grow across all geographies and all industries, especially highly regulated industries such as financial services and energy companies which require the greater data security and control provided by private and hybrid cloud solutions. Global system integrators have recognised the advantages of using HEC with VMware vRealize to speed solution delivery and to reduce the financial risk of business transformation engagements.

“We continue to make Hitachi Enterprise Cloud solutions more consumable and less rigid in how they are delivered to give our customers greater flexibility and control over their data,” said Bobby Soni, chief solutions and services officer at Hitachi Vantara.

“Our HEC Container Platform solution benefits a critical resource group in today’s modern enterprise, cloud-native App Developers and DevOps professionals, by giving them capability and automation that they have come to expect based on advances in services offered by public cloud Hyperscalers”.

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