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How Cool Is That!
Tue, 12 Jun 2018

CRN, Computer Reseller News, a leading trade magazine, has named Hitachi Vantara as one of the 30 Coolest Business Analytics Vendors.This may be a surprise for many to see Hitachi Vantara, part of a 118 year old company with traditional values like Harmony (Wa), Sincerity (Makoto), and Pioneering Spirit (Kaitakusha-Seishin), in the middle of a list of technology startups.  Hitachi and Hitachi Vantara considers business analytics to be one of the key drivers for our customer’s success in this age of big data, digital transformation and IoT and is approaching business analytics with the same “startup” or pioneering spirit that has sustained us for over 118 years.


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Hitachi Vantara’s appearance in this list of 30 “cool” companies may also be surprising from a “coolness” standpoint. Most of these companies are hip new startups. The next oldest company is Microsoft, who like us, have had to reinvent themselves, many times to remain relevant.


Actually, Hitachi Vantara is the new kid on the block since it was formed in September of 2017 with the merger of Hitachi Data Systems (IT infrastructure systems), Hitachi Pentaho (Data Integration and analytics), and Hitachi Insights (IoT). CRN recognizes that Hitachi Vantara is able to provide, “cloud, Internet of Things, big data, and business analytics products under one roof.” CRN cites Pentaho as a core Hitachi Vantara product for data integration, business analytics and data visualization. CRN also mentioned Pentaho’s new machine learning orchestration tools, available as a plug-in through the Pentaho Marketplace, to help data scientists, better monitor, test, retrain, and redeploy predictive models in production


We have registered over 1,500 licenses of Pentaho enterprise users. However, since Pentaho is open source, with a thriving community of open source users, there are hundreds of thousands of open source users and we are adding about 5K to 10K new users per week. While Pentaho positions us to have a place on this list, there is much more to what Hitachi Vantara can provide for big data and business analytics.


CRN’s report positions business analysis tools at the top of the big data tools pyramid to derive insight and value from the ever-growing volume of data. Hitachi Vantara focusses on the entire pyramid since the insights and value are only as good as the data that goes into it.


While Pentaho is a core product in our analytics portfolio, we have other analytic tools like:

  • Hitachi Content Intelligence is part of our Hitachi Content portfolio that automates the extraction, classification, enrichment, and categorization of data residing on Hitachi Vantara and third party repositories, on premise or in the cloud.
  • Hitachi Data Streaming Platform provides proactive data streaming analytics to transform streaming IoT data to valuable business outcomes.
  • Hitachi Video Analytics can drive new business success through insights into customer behavior and preferences.
  • Hitachi Infrastructure Analytics Advisor uses machine learning to prescribe optimal IT infrastructure performance SLAs to improve user satisfaction, simplify budget forecasting with predictive analysis, and accelerate fault resolution using AI to diagnose root cause analysis, prescribe resolution and enable admins to automate fixes.


Hitachi Vantara also has the good fortune to be part of a larger Global Hitachi corporation that has operational expertise in many industries, from healthcare, to energy, to transportation systems. This expertise is critical in developing industry or business specific analytic models and automation tools that drive business outcomes.


CRN put together this list of 30 business analytics companies for the following purpose:


“…we've put together a list of 30 business analytics software companies that solution providers should be aware of, offering everything from simple-to-use reporting and visualization tools to highly sophisticated software for tackling the most complex data analysis problems.”


Hitachi Vantara is proud to be recognized as one of the 30 Coolest Business Analytics Vendors by CRN Big Data 100. We congratulate the other members of this list. Since big data and analytics requires an ecosystem of vendors, I am sure that we will be working with many of these vendors as we are already working with vendors like Microsoft and SalesForce. We will be working with many more vendors and customers as we continue to develop the pyramid of big data tools that will be required to address our customer’s business requirements.


"Cool" wasn't in anybody's vocabulary 118 years ago, but the essence was captured in Harmony, Sincerity, and Pioneering spirit.

Digital Transformation Requires an Agile Storage Infrastructure
Tue, 05 Jun 2018

In order for companies to be more agile in responding to changing customer needs and market dynamics, they must have a storage infrastructure that makes data available at the right time, at the right place and in the right format, so that they can derive value from it and turn raw data into insights that drive business outcomes. With the explosion of data and the increasing demands on that data, data centers must focus more on the data and the information that can be derived from it than the storage infrastructure that supports it. In the past when data centers were considered as cost centers, the efficiency of data centers were measured by how many TBs of capacity could be managed by one full time employee. Now data centers are measured on how fast they can drive innovation in delivering data, information, and applications.


However, the storage infrastructure, is still very important. It must support many more development platforms and applications, must scale quickly to meet demand, comply with increasing availability and governance requirements, span the breadth of requirements from edge, to core, to cloud, and seamlessly incorporate new technologies in order to be on the leading edge. So, the question is how does a data center maintain a leading-edge storage infrastructure when the focus needs to be on business outcomes?


Storage infrastructure workloads can be reduced through a shared services or a managed services approach.A storage service with automated tools for configuration management, analytics for optimization, and central management of copies, clones, replicas, and backup, can greatly reduce operations and personnel costs and improve efficiencies. This will help data centers free up more resources to focus on development and applications as they transform into an information technology driver for business transformation.


Buying storage as a service breaks the traditional buying cycle, where you over buy enough storage capacity for the next 5 years at today’s price and technology when you know that both the price and technology are likely to undergo major changes over those 5 years. If your capacity is100 TB today and growing at a 20% CAGR, you have just bought 250 TB for the next five years when you only needed 120 TB for the next year. What happens in year three when you find that the business requirements have changed, and you need more or less capacity, or the performance of your storage puts you at a disadvantage to competitors with newer technology storage? Storage as a service provides the agility to buy what you need when you need it and frees you up to respond to future business requirements such as support for big data initiatives, smart products and services. Storage as a service helps enterprises meet business goals with improved commercial viability, optimized and efficient data management


Hitachi Vantara has partnered with Cognizant Technology Solutions, a world leading professional services company to bring industry leading storage as a service (STaaS) solutions to small, medium and enterprise companies to facilitate the transition of their data center models for the digital era. The Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform(VSP) scales from small to enterprise with enterprise ready software-defined storage, advanced global storage virtualization, and efficient workload consolidation. In addition to the VSP, Hitachi Vantara provides AI driven Hitachi Infrastructure Analytics Advisor to analyze and recommend improvements in operations, simplify budget forecasting and accelerate fault resolution, with Hitachi Automation Director to improve performance, avoid bottlenecks, and optimize end-to-end performance and resiliency, and Hitachi Data Instance Director to optimize data protection and copy data management.


The combination of Cognizant’s proven professional services leadership, bespoke solution designing, vertical business experience, deploying and managing large and complex storage infrastructure for customers coupled with Hitachi Vantara’s industry leading storage hardware and software solutions, will provide a new level of Storage Solutions that will enable sustainable IT transformation from Infrastructure to Information.


STaaS is an integrated software defined storage service that reduces cost, minimizes complexity, manages growth efficiently andhelps customers transition their storage environment securely from ‘Plugin-Migrate-Run-Retire’ model to consumption based ‘As-a-Service’ model