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Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) Universal Volume Manager (UVM) Capabilities with Cisco Intersight Cloud Orchestrator (ICO)  Target audience: Intersight users / IT infrastructure administrators Value proposition: Virtualizing legacy and third party storage systems through the Hitachi VSP system provides the ability to use Intersight management functionality for storage resources that are normally not supported by Cisco Intersight . Additionally, virtualized systems behind the Hitachi VSP gain access to all the features that are available internally via the Storage Virtualization Operating System RF (SVOS). This includes ...
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Introduction In today's hybrid cloud ecosystems, advanced automation is a must for scalable and diverse IT infrastructure. GitOps offers a framework that uses Git as a central single source of truth, ensuring consistency, version control, and efficient sharing across projects. Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) leverages GitOps-based solutions for customer-focused IT automation and management, driving competitive business growth. Dive into this blog post as we explore a GitOps-driven framework for deploying modern databases on Hitachi UCP Kubernetes Solution with ...
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Target audience:  Intersight users / IT infrastructure administrators Value proposition:  Intersight users are now able to create multiple snapshots based on the same quiescent point whenever demand arises in a self-service manner, without having to ask for assistance from a storage administrator. Introduction In daily operations there are frequent situations where a copy of the current production data is required for other purposes, such as analyzing a copy of the production database or sharing select sales data with various regions or branch offices. Creating snapshots enables administrators to freeze that data at a particular ...
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Once upon a time, in the not-so-magical world of IT, professionals toiled day and night, grappling with clunky deployment processes, elusive configuration files, and the ever-present fear of breaking the system. It was a time of chaos and confusion, where developers and operations teams clashed like titans, and the sacred runbook held the key to survival. But fear not, for this is a story of triumph and redemption, as we explore why  GitOps principles emerged to bring order, collaboration, and a newfound sense of humor to the realm of IT. GitOps is a natural evolution of DevOps principles, and its growing popularity in the IT industry is no laughing matter. ...
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Boulder release got delivered in multiple phases from August 2022 to December 2022.   Below blog summarizes the list of features delivered as part of this release. G720 switches   UCP CI introduced new FC switch option, Brocade G720 Brocade G720 brings in several benefits like 64G FC ports and better bundling price options.   There are sales promotions on G720 as well that can benefit our customers.   Brownfield deployment option is available where customers can add G720 to existing G620 fabric.   Green field deployments (All G720 fabric) are supported as well.   This also helps to address 32G SFP shortage situation.   ...
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As you may have seen, our team shared some updates on our hybrid cloud journey . As part of our mission to leverage the best of cloud ecosystems, we have been exploring Google Cloud Platform's Anthos, which is Google's cloud-centric container platform for running modern apps anywhere consistently at scale.  Now, Hitachi Vantara’s United Compute Platform (UCP) offers on-prem deployment options of  Anthos on premises (a component of Google Distributed Cloud Virtual, aka GDC Virtual) , which can provide greater performance potential for modernized applications while maintaining support for orchestration tools like Kubernetes and Service Mesh in hybrid multi-cloud ...
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Overview The Kubernetes monitoring system helps administrators recognize the issues in a Kubernetes cluster and implement proactive cluster management strategies. It simplifies management of a containerized infrastructure by tracking cluster resource utilization as well as CPU, memory, and storage. In Kubernetes, cluster operators monitor the cluster and send an alarm if the necessary number of pods are not running, if resource usage is close a critical limit, or if there is a failure or configuration error that barricades a pod or node from joining the cluster. There are number of tool available to achieve this. Some of the common tools are Grafana and ...
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Data protection is top of mind for every application administrator to guarantee business continuity and zero down time for end users. For many legacy administrators, creating backups comes at a cost, whether offloading to another point of contact to create restore points with unsure turn around, or investing a magnitude of time in installing, deploying, and understanding a new interface to complete data copy operations. With Cisco ICO and Hitachi VSP, administrators now have the ability to take advantage of a single tool to manage, orchestrate, and restore data protection sets across the datacenter ecosystem managed by Cisco Intersight. Along with the ...
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Why persistent storage? As customers move to deliver new revenue-generating services to their end customers, we see IT development teams move aggressively to cloud-native techniques, including containers as the form factor to provide these application services. These containerized application services are hosted on Kubernetes clusters, that run across edge sites and private, hybrid, and service provider clouds.   As with any application service, data eventually needs to be persisted and stored reliably. This could be a customer’s grocery order placed from a mobile app or a data stream from a drone service that AI/ML models are analyzing. The data location ...
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As one of the first enterprise storage vendors to integrate with Cisco Intersight, Hitachi has enabled a magnitude of storage management capabilities that will now be able to be done via Cisco Intersight with the goal of saving end administrators time and frustration. Within Cisco Intersight management platform, admins can utilize the concept of tasks and workflows to easily manage their hybrid IT environments.  Tasks are essentially a library of functions which leverage API invoke calls that can be custom or provided by Cisco out of the box.  These tasks can be compiled to create workflows to enable quick and easy automation of infrastructure without being ...
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Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Advisor (UCP Advisor) is now fully integrated with VMware vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM). What is UCP Advisor : UCP Advisor is an Infrastructure Automation and Management software for all Hitachi Converged, Hyperconverged (HCI) and Integrated Systems. It provides unified and federated management of compute, network and storage devices, and it is seamlessly integrated into vCenter as a Plug-in for single pane of glass experience to VI administrators. UCP Advisor provides capabilities such as Day 0 rapid deployments, inventory visibility with health notifications, generation of reports, lifecycle management of compute ...
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Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) customers benefit from the flexibility of buy-as-you-grow economics provided by the scale-out architecture. Savings from the upfront investments in external storage infrastructure in exchange can be better utilized in other projects. However, certain scenarios require the independent scaling of compute and storage resources to better align with refresh cycles and resource consumption attributes of workloads. This independent scaling can be achieved using two different methods, depending on the use case, which we will discuss here today. As you will learn, Hitachi Vantara’s HCI platform (aka Unified Compute Platform ...
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Announcing the latest release of Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) for Bare Metal. This solution provides a pre-integrated and pre-tested environment consisting of Compute nodes, switching nodes with prescribed topologies and the latest Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform E series (E790 and E590). It has as a pre-qualified set of operating systems and common hardware components which can be: Packaged as an integrated system from manufacturing without the operating system or Packaged as an integrated system from manufacturing with Operating Systems and common hardware components Benefits Here are some of the benefits of using ...
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UCP BM Cassiopeia release went GA on December 14 th .  Here are the highlights   T4 GPUs are now available with DS120 and DS220 This T4 GPU is a low profile and cost-effective GPU, which can be leveraged in wider solutions now.  Till now only DS225 platforms supported GPUs.  A full scale POD was done with complete UCP solution components. Baby Jamaica integration with UCP  Now Baby Jamaica is qualified and tested in UCP environment to align with our Mid range storage options..  As you may know, in our previous release (Betelgeuse) E990 integration with UCP was completed.   ...
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Building Your Future on a Name authored by Marcus Maddox How would you feel about bringing in a pod? Or adding a block? Or perhaps opting for a stack? All credit to those imaginative people in marketing, but when you’re looking at data management to fit these unpredictable times, we think it pays to be more literal with your labels. --------------- What would you stake your future on? A pod ? The dictionary defines a pod as a compartment or part of a fruit. It has beauty, it has aesthetics, it even has aroma. But is it strong? Is it supportive? A block ? Better perhaps? A solid structural element. ...
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When you buy a new house, you have a choice to make. We either buy a pre-built ready to a move-in unit or hire a contractor to build the house to the specifications. The choice is usually shaped by the lead time to move-in, desire for customization, available capital, and skillset among others.                          HCI is No Different Choosing a hyperconverged infrastructure is no different. The most common deployment models that have emerged are appliance and ready node. Both are very different in ease of use, resource optimization, operational simplicity, and insights. Below VMware’s mapping for vSAN partners indicate the differentiated ...
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The impact of the COVID pandemic is being felt in all areas of our lives. The fact that we now have restrictions and/or guidance regarding where we can go and when redefines what it means to "go to work." At first glance, one may say that with different levels of "shut down," the world has slowed if not stopped. In some aspects, yes, this is the case. At the same time, more demands are being placed on information technology infrastructure than at any other time in its short history. This means that the custodial responsibilities around IT are expanding at an accelerated rate. "Organizations that can expect increased demand during ...
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Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) Advisor continues to build on the strategy of unified Infrastructure Management and Automation Software Platform. Today we are releasing (GA) of UCP Advisor 3.9. Here is the key highlights for VM Admins, App Infrastructure Admins, and Infrastructure Admins: Gain infrastructure visibility for specialized workload (such as VDI, Big Data, AI/ML) based on nVidia T4 GPUs Expand Data Management Infrastructure with Native Global Active Device PAIR Replication configuration Optimize storage resources and cost with native configuration of Adaptive Data Reduction (ADR) and Encryption on select VSPs Simplify ...
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