View Hitachi Vantara’s Unified Compute Platform for Converged, Hyperconverged, and Rack Scale SDDC systems at VMworld 2018

By Hubert Yoshida posted 08-10-2018 00:00



Data centers are digitally transforming from being an infrastructure provider to a provider of the right service at the right time and the right price. Workloads are becoming increasingly distributed, with applications running in public and private clouds as well as in traditional enterprise data centers. Applications are becoming more modular, leveraging containers and microservices as well as virtualization and bare metal. As more data is generated, there is a corresponding growth in demand for storage space efficiency and storage performance, utilizing the latest in Flash technologies. Enterprises will need to focus on a more secure, automated data center architecture that enables micro-segmentation and artificial intelligence, while reducing complexity and increasing flexibility.

Infrastructure choices can significantly impact the success of digital transformation (DX). The inherent benefits of converged infrastructures (CI) and hyperconverged infrastructures (HCI) are gaining in popularity for enterprises on the DX journey. Converged and hyperconverged infrastructure can deliver business and IT value in new and evolving ways:

  • Improved system performance and scalability
  • Simplified management and operations
  • Single point of support
  • Reduced costs to deploy and maintain

Hitachi Vantara provides three unified compute platforms

Hitachi Unified Compute Platform CI Series(UCP CI)converged infrastructure systems combine the power of high- density Hitachi Advanced Server DS series servers built on the latest Intel Xeon Scalable Processor technologies and award-winning Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) unified storage arrays. Flexible options let you configure and scale compute and storage independently to optimize performance for any workload, whether a critical business application or a new digital service. Automated management through Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Advisor (UCP Advisor) software simplifies operation and gives you a single view of all physical and virtual infrastructures from one screen. VSP G series and F series arrays take advantage of Hitachi’s unified technology and industry-leading all-flash features and performance. Networking is provided by a Brocade Fibre Channel, and Cisco IP switches. UCP CI targets midsize and large enterprises, departments and service providers who need the flexibility to combine mode-1 business applications with modern cloud-native services in a single, automated data center package.

Hitachi Unified Compute Platform HC (UCP HC) offers a scalable, simple and reliable hyperconverged platform. The UCP HC family simplifies the scale- out process and provides elasticity to closely align the IT infrastructure with dynamic business demands. Start with what you need and scale to keep pace with business growth, without committing massive capital upfront. UCP HC leverages x86 CPU and inexpensive storage, integrated with VMware vSphere and vSAN to reduce the total cost of ownership. It delivers high VM density to support a mix of applications, eliminating the need for storage sprawl. Modern data reduction technologies (deduplication, compression, erasure coding) reduce storage need by up to seven times to boost return on investment (ROI) by leveraging NVMe flash hyperconverged infrastructure. Recently introduced NVIDIA GPU-acceleration dramatically improves user experience in modern workspaces. You can read datasheet here. Success story of South-African retailer Dis-Chem pharmacy highlights the compelling business benefits of Hitachi Hyperconverged solution.

Hitachi Unified Compute Platform RS (UCP RS) seriesaccelerates your move to hybrid cloud by delivering a turnkey, fully integrated rack-scale solution, powered by VMware Cloud Foundation. This rack-scale UCP RS solution combines the hyperconverged Hitachi UCP HC system, based on industry-leading VMware vSAN, with NSX network virtualization (SDN) and software-designed data center (SDDC) management software to deliver a turnkey integrated SDDC solution for enterprise applications. The SDDC manager and Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Advisor (UCP Advisor) non-disruptively automate the upgrades and patching of physical and virtual infrastructure. They free IT resources to focus on other important initiatives. The SDDC manager automates the installation and configuration of the entire unified SDDC stack, which consists of nodes, racks, spine-leaf switches and management switches. UCP RS introduces new resource abstraction and workload domains for creating logical pools across compute, storage and networking. And dramatically reduces the manual effort required and fast-track the availability of IT infrastructure for private and hybrid cloud.

All these solutions will be on display at the Hitachi Vantara booth #1018at VMworld Las Vegas, August 26-30. Dinesh Singh has blogged about what we will be covering at this VMworld. There will be solution demos, breakout sessions where you will learn best practices from your peers like Conagra Brands and Norwegian Cruise Line. There will also be short and crisp, 15 min theater presentations running every hour, covering topics like NVMe storage, data analytics, SDDC hybrid cloud, and many more. Some of our alliance partners like Intel, Cisco, and DXC Technology will join some of these sessions. You will also be able to meet our technology experts who are developing the next cutting-edge solutions.

Be sure to save 4:30 PM on your schedule for August 28, for the popular Hall-Crawl where we will be serving delicious sushi and sake at Booth #1018.

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