Hitachi to Offer Turnkey Private Cloud Solutions

By Stuart J. Johnston

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced Tuesday the first in a new line of integrated solutions meant to "automate, accelerate, and simplify" adoption of private cloud computing platforms for enterprise customers.

The plan is to offer so-called "Converged Data Center" solutions to let HDS build infrastructure clouds that use tightly integrated, shared components, according to a company statement. HDS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi (NYSE: HIT) Ltd.

"Many organizations want private cloud benefits but aren’t sure how to begin because of few standards, integrations and certifications for cloud deployments that bring predictable and reliable results," the HDS statement said.

"The convergence of storage, compute and network elements offered by Hitachi Converged Data Center solutions delivers significant advantages in enterprise class reliability, deployment speed, performance and management compared to loosely coupled solutions that have not been optimized for integration," it added.

The new HDS solutions will be built using Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization technology, and will combine Hitachi storage and compute technologies with networking along with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft System Center to create a high-performance private cloud infrastructure.

The solutions portfolio will use both Hitachi's storage as well as its own blade servers.

"We have full ownership of both our compute blade and storage, which means much tighter integration in the stack and ability to drive the roadmap to meet our customers’ needs. We also provide service and support for the stack. So for customers, it’s one vendor to deal with," Gary Pilafas, vice president of converged platform strategies at HDS, said in a blog post.

"We bring mainframe class reliability and performance to the x86 world," Pilafas added.

Among the first solutions to become available in the HDS portfolio is the Hitachi Converged Platform for Microsoft Exchange 2010, which, the company says, will be part of a portfolio of pre-tested application-specific converged solutions.

"[The solutions will be] engineered for rapid deployment and tightly integrated with Exchange 2010's powerful new features for resilience, predictable performance and seamless scalability, supported by Hitachi global services and delivered in an easy to order package," the company said.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

This article was originally published on June 14, 2011