Hitachi Vantara: the five Cs of application reliability 

The company that Hitachi built out of the Hitachi Insight Group and its 2018 acquisition of Pentaho is known as Hitachi Vantara.

Wile that corporate nametag might trip off the tongue about as easily as an Englishman attempting to pronounce a Welsh railway station, the actual infrastructure and data management technologies emanating from the organisation remain interesting enough for analysis.

The company has this month expanded its Hitachi Application Reliability Centers (HARC) portfolio of consulting and managed services with new cloud security services. 

Aligned for DevSecOps teams, this technology is designed to strengthen data protection to secure cloud application workloads across any platform or cloud environment including AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.

As more companies rush to the cloud, many are scrambling to manage the growing operational complexities of their hybrid and multicloud environments, as well as the resulting expanded attack surfaces. 

The branded HARC Cloud Security Services product hopes to reduce complexity by giving IT teams multilevel security to protect data across five different layers of business: 

  • Cloud
  • Cluster
  • Container
  • Customer data 
  • Code

“The growth in the adoption of multi-cloud solutions has increased the need for efficient convergence and integration of cloud services, data security and infrastructure networking across IT ecosystems. Thus, the industry is witnessing growing implementation of the integrated approach where security and networking applications are no longer composed of discrete devices,” according to a recent report from Grand View Research.

The report continues, “Concerns and challenges associated with cloud migration include hardships in regulatory compliance, loss of control over IT services, insider threats or compromised accounts and business disruption, among others. Nevertheless, adopting the latest and innovative risk mitigation and data encryption solutions in line with the continued advances in risk mitigation and encryption technologies can potentially help in annulling all these concerns gradually over the forecast period.”

Zero-trust architecture & automation

HARC Cloud Security Services draw on industry best practices, including the concept of the zero-trust architecture and automation, to help increase visibility, mitigate threats and enforce compliance. 

The new application security services also can be customised to ensure the appropriate controls are embedded in all aspects of a customer’s cloud operations. Such integration reflects Hitachi Vantara’s core belief in design for security.

“Many organisations approach modernisation in a siloed way, but as more data is spread across multiple environments, a failure to securely link processes across environments presents real risks,” said Premkumar Balasubramanian, senior vice president and CTO, Digital Solutions at Hitachi Vantara. 

Balasubramanian insists that Hitachi Vantara’s strategy centres around a data-driven approach which looks at infrastructure, applications and data together to create a single, unified view.

Geographically dispersed physical and virtual centres of excellence, HARC features a portfolio of managed services designed to optimise cloud workloads for reliability, security and cost. 

Incorporating a Site Reliability Engineering (SRE)-focused strategy with application modernisation and automation services, the company says that each site brings together frameworks, design patterns, automated tools and people to deliver SRE as-a-service and 24/7/365 cloud management.

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