Hitachi Vantara addresses cloud demand with Google Cloud

The company has launched a unified compute platform integrated with GKE Enterprise to modernise and simplify hybrid cloud management for businesses

Through Google Distributed Cloud Virtual (GDCV), Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) is partnering with GKE Enterprise on Google Cloud to address the growing demand for hybrid cloud.

Aiming to offer solutions for increased agility and flexibility for customers, as they expand their cloud journeys, Hitachi Vantara has launched Hitachi UCP for GKE Enterprise. This is a new and integrated hybrid solution with the company’s long-time partner Google Cloud. 

Hitachi UCP for GKE Enterprise is aiming to offer businesses a unified platform to manage hybrid cloud operations, with the goal of leading to increased efficiencies, scalability and flexibility in their infrastructure and applications. 

Surging hybrid cloud adoption calls for streamlining data complexities

Hybrid cloud is a combination of public and private cloud on premise data centres that can benefit businesses by allowing data and applications to be shared.

While demand for hybrid cloud adoption continues to surge worldwide, there is simultaneously a growing demand for cloud-native platforms that operate across multiple environments. In addition, generative AI and other new technologies are driving unprecedented data growth and creating a greater enterprise need for cloud-based solutions as a result.

These newer solutions boast advantages such as streamlining data complexities, increased business operations and accelerating digital transformation.

GDCV on Hitachi UCP aims to empower enterprises to modernise applications, optimise infrastructure and enhance security across hybrid cloud environments by combining the flexible cloud infrastructure of Hitachi UCP, with the versatility and scalability of GDCV. The solution can deploy and manage workloads within on-premises data centres, cloud environments or edge locations.

“Our collaboration brings together Hitachi Vantara's highly available, high-performance integrated cloud infrastructure and GDCV's robust container orchestration and management capabilities,” says Dan McConnell, Senior Vice President, Product Management for Storage and Data Infrastructure at Hitachi Vantara. 

“As generative AI reshapes the digital landscape, GDCV on Hitachi UCP enables organisations to confidently leverage the potential of hybrid cloud environments. This turnkey solution equips them to thrive and make the most of the ever-expanding data-driven opportunities in the digital era.”

Enterprises embracing the cloud creates flexibility for customers

Throughout 2023, Hitachi Vantara has undertaken other high-profile hybrid cloud partnerships, having collaborated with Microsoft Azure to further transform the cloud landscape. This collaboration has involved enabling customers to run workloads consistently and seamlessly within on-premises data centres, cloud environments, or edge locations, whilst also leveraging the flexibility to scale depending on business need.

With Google Cloud, Hitachi Vantara's solution is available globally and offers advantages such as easy workload mobility and configuration flexibility. It offers a single framework for easy deployment and control over applications, with a safe way for users to transition to Google Cloud by intelligently distributing workloads for smooth data migration.

Additionally, customers are given various options to support multiple configurations and applications with differing performance, availability and scalability needs. This includes the flexibility for Hitachi Vantara customers to utilise GDCV with the high-performance Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP).

Another potential advantage is that modern security controls for software and hardware are used to follow guidelines. These are managed centrally across different places to ensure security and adherence to business and regulatory requirements.

Embracing cloud-based collaborations such as these are vital to ensuring agility for customers. “Our partnership with Hitachi Vantara represents the latest in modern cloud infrastructure, offering customers a single source for systems, solutions and services,” says Sridhar Devarapalli, Product Director at Google Cloud. 

“Together, we provide a reliable and secure hybrid cloud experience, helping customers accelerate their digital transformation journeys.” 


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