HDS takes a stab at managed service provider market

HDS announces Hitachi Cloud Compute-as-a-Service and updates Unified Compute Platform

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is having a crack at the managed service provider business with the launch of Hitachi Cloud Compute-as-a-Service.

The cloud service deploys the HDS Unified Compute Platform (UCP) as a managed private cloud service.

A supplier can place its UCP converged infrastructure system on-premise, behind the customer’s firewall, and manage the hardware and software through its HDS service operation centres worldwide.

HDS recently announced a partnership with Equinix to provide enterprises with Hitachi Cloud Compute-as-a-Service. The partnership means a managed private cloud service will be delivered inside Equinix International Business Exchange datacentres.

"Equinix was a logical partner to extend customer value for our Hitachi Cloud Compute-as-a-Service offering," said Emmanuel Goutallier, vice-president and general manager of managed cloud solutions at HDS.

"Together with Equinix, we achieve a true hybrid cloud solution that provides end-to-end elastic solutions that leverage the best of private and public cloud. With datacentres throughout the globe, Equinix was a great fit for our global customers, who were interested in the flexibility, agility and economic advantage provided by our managed cloud solution," he added.

Customers can test their solutions in Equinix Solution Validation Centres around the globe to measure complex datacentre deployments before undertaking a full-scale production.

"To achieve optimal performance and cost benefits in the cloud, enterprises are actively consolidating IT assets, positioning systems within strategically located datacentres and ensuring access to multiple cloud providers," said Jim Poole, vice-president, global service providers at Equinix.

"This partnership with HDS helps companies achieve cloud success by offering fully managed enterprise platforms that are delivered in secure, highly available IBX datacentres around the world."

The UCP uses HDS's storage and servers and Cisco or Brocade Communications Systems networking. It is integrated with VMware vCenter in addition to having access to vCloud Air.

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