Hitachi Vantara & Microsoft Azure to transform hybrid cloud

Hybrid cloud collaboration reflects companies’ shared commitment to addressing customers’ data complexity and infrastructure modernisation challenges

More than ever, businesses are turning to hybrid cloud models – in fact, a 2022 report found more than four in five organisations doing so. But as data continues to grow exponentially, the complexity of managing multiple cloud environments can make it difficult for companies to extract business value, while simultaneously driving up management costs.

To help solve this problem, Hitachi Vantara has announced the next evolution of its collaboration with Microsoft: Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) for Azure Stack HCI.

Hybrid cloud is a combination of public and private cloud (on premise data centres) that when managed correctly, could bring enormous business benefits by allowing data and applications to be shared between them.

The hybrid cloud market is expected to reach US$145 bn in 2026, due to the flexibility provided by balancing data between public cloud, private cloud and on-premises.

Solution helps increase data visibility and eases hybrid cloud infrastructure management

The new joint solution combines the power of Azure cloud services with the scalability and flexibility benefits provided by the Hitachi UCP cloud infrastructure. As a result, customers can run workloads consistently and seamlessly within on-premises data centres, cloud environments, or edge locations while leveraging the flexibility to scale capacity up or down based on business needs. Additionally, the solution utilises intelligent automation, advanced analytics, and provides ‘single pane of glass’ viewing to increase data visibility and make management of hybrid cloud infrastructure easier. 

“Our customers have enormous volumes of distributed data at the edge, core and cloud requiring easy and resilient access to analyse in real-time to make informed decisions, custom tailored to meet dynamic business demands,” said Dan McConnell, senior vice president, Product Management-Storage, Hitachi Vantara. “Through our collaboration with Microsoft, and our end-to-end engineered systems approach, we help optimise our customers’ cloud architecture to better harness their data, lower operating costs and improve application and user experiences.”

Hitachi Vantara’s new hybrid cloud solution is now generally available, and supports organisations utilising a mix of traditional and newer container-based applications.

Last year Technology Magazine reported that BMW Group had chosen Hitachi Vantara to accelerate its hybrid cloud journey.

The company said its EverFlex Storage as a Service solution, part of the EverFlex from Hitachi portfolio of XaaS offerings, would automate the management of BMW Group’s IT infrastructure to further maintain the reliability of their mission-critical operations. 

The two companies have been working together since 2012, with Hitachi Vantara supporting BMW Group with its storage as a service solution. 

 "For almost a decade, Hitachi has consistently delivered outstanding service quality to support BMW Group’s mission-critical operations. We are proud that BMW Group has once again placed its trust in us as its technology and services partner for the next six years," said Daniel Dalle Carbonare, Senior Vice President Global Platinum Accounts at Hitachi Vantara.

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