HDS was founded as a global provider of storage solutions for commercial uses. Through the years, the company’s portfolio has expanded through compute and novel software capabilities for traditional commercial workloads to include the era of advanced analytics. “For the last several years in particular, we have focused on converged systems that support these HPC-like infrastructure-hungry applications,” said Hay. “Ultimately our aim is to build solutions for infrastructure, content and analytics for our vision of Social Innovation. Our goal for IT infrastructure and software platforms is to enable complex workloads and simulations for Social Innovation.” To achieve this, HDS combines sophisticated algorithms with advanced data processing infrastructures in centralized data centers.
The growth of HDS from basic storage supplier to complete systems supplier is best illustrated though one of the company’s flagship products, Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP).
The company’s platforms are also coupled to a storage and systems eco¬nomics practice that saves money for IT customers. For instance, HDS analysis helped a Fortune 500 fi¬nancial services company address its rapidly rising costs of manag¬ing hundreds of remote servers by choosing a server consolidation solution. Impressed by the performance, scalability, and ease of SAN integration and management, the customer integrated the full portfolio of Hitachi Data Systems file and content solutions to consolidate its existing file servers onto fewer nodes. “This consolidation resulted in lower overhead, reduced footprint, and reduc¬tions in power and cooling costs that saved the client $5 million over the first three years,” said Hay.
Ultimately our aim is to build solutions for infrastructure, content and analytics for our vision of Social Innovation
For the future, HDS wants to build a complete platform that offers scale-up in-memory computation, intense scale-out for workloads, and edge computing for distant but latency-intolerant applications. “The Hitachi aim is to address all of these archetypes and the evidence comes initially in the form of our Hitachi Unified Compute Platform,” said Hay.