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Objective Ops Center v10.8.0 supports data-in-place upgrades of storage systems moving from VSP 5500 to VSP 5600. This blog highlights how easily Ops Center adapts to the upgrade. The upgrade was tested in the lab and the impact on Ops Center products was tracked. Introduction Data-in-place (DIP) upgrades provide the following benefits: You can upgrade current-generation controllers to the next generation controllers without data migration. You do not need new drives because the next-generation controllers continue to use the current controller drives. These changes are transparent to Ops Center, so the Ops Center products adapt to the upgrade ...
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Are you about to make the move to SAP HANA or S/4HANA? One-stop shopping offerings —hardware, services, consulting, and managed cloud services all from one vendor —can greatly reduce complexity, cost, and disruption during an SAP modernization initiative. An SAP HANA deployment can be a demanding, complex and time-consuming project. In a recent IDC white paper, “For SAP Database and Cloud Migration, Don't Go It Alone”, based on what IDC has seen SAP modernization, SAP database adoption, and SAP cloud migration together pose a challenge with too many variables for most businesses. IDC sees this complexity as, “why very few businesses go it alone ...
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Adaptive Data Reduction (ADR) is a feature on the Hitachi storage systems that reduces the size of data to store, effectively increasing the usable capacity on the array. There are two data reduction methods: 1) Compression and 2) Deduplication and Compression. These methods can be enabled heterogeneously on a per volume basis. Before the introduction of the VSP 5200 and VSP 5600 models, ADR was performed by software in the storage system controllers. New technology was introduced on the VSP 5200/5600 platforms to move this operation to dedicated hardware: Compression Accelerator Module. The new module offloads compression processing from the storage system ...
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As VMworld disappears in the rear-view mirror, we have a few learnings to pick from the event. The most obvious one is that containers have made it to the mainstream. Session after session, the adoption of data made it abundantly clear that inherent portability and speed of deployments have made container technology the deployment of choice for the developer community. IT operation policies are evolving to support the new paradigm with the right infrastructure for set-up, performance, replication, recovery, and management. We at Hitachi collaborated with VMware Product Management and engineering teams in bringing to fruition an  integrated Kubernetes platform ...
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Welcome and thank you for joining the invitation-only pre-launch of the all-new Hitachi Vantara online community! Whether you’re a developer looking for code support, a customer or partner working to solve a business challenge, or a visitor who would like to learn more about Hitachi Vantara offerings — our Community will facilitate your data journey every step of the way.  What is the Hitachi Vantara community? It’s a place for you to ask questions, share information, and get answers from your peers – a space uniquely for Hitachi Vantara customers and partners who use our Products, Services, and Solutions. By participating in the Soft Launch of the Community ...
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Since introducing the first all-NVMe Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) powered by Intel® Optane™ SSD P4800X in prior years (see the previous blog ) , we have seen steady adoption of our high-performance, compact HCI appliances. IT consolidation, business-critical app deployment, and tech refreshes have been the driving force behind the slow but steady transition from all-flash to all-NVMe HCI systems. New upgrades to Hitachi HCI include Intel’s 3 rd generation scalable processors (aka Ice Lake), Optane persistent memory, and RDMA technology to harness the potential of high-speed data processing capabilities introduces with Optane gen2 ...
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Scope of this document Main purpose of this document is to help you (our customers) in all the required steps to make a successful deployment of Pentaho server using Kubernetes technology for such purpose. You will have details about: Introduce Pentaho options for container-based deployment Provide definitive guide from zero to deployment stage Facilitate best practices to approach your Kubernetes deployment Introduction Now a days majority of enterprises are deploying their applications in the cloud to take benefit of the different *aaS offerings (IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS) due to its flexibility and seamless workload ...
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Scope of this document Main purpose of this document is to help you (our customers) in all the required steps to make a successful deployment of Pentaho Data Integration using Kubernetes technology for such purpose. You will have details about: Introduce Pentaho options for container-based deployment Provide definitive guide from zero to deployment stage Facilitate best practices to approach your Kubernetes deployment Introduction Now a days majority of enterprises are deploying their applications in the cloud to take benefit of the different *aaS offerings (IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS) due to its flexibility and seamless ...
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As the pandemic continues to upend our life in numerous ways, one thing we all can look forward to is the upcoming VMworld being held on October 5-7. Hitachi Vantara is a 20+ year strategic partner with VMware and is a global platinum sponsor to this marquee event. Hitachi Vantara has been hard at work to innovate and simplify the customer journey in the era of multi-cloud and hybrid cloud. Here’s what visitors will experience at the Hitachi Vantara virtual booth:                                High-impact breakout sessions: Top five strategies for your next IT infrastructure . Cloud expert and Director, Product Management, Paul ...
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Are you considering how to approach meeting the goal of delivering a  container workload platform as part of your evolving infrastructure that can satisfy the multiple different developer and operational needs that could potentially span on-premise and public cloud workloads.. How about managing the ever present data that is the lifeblood of those application services and provide those developers with access to reliable, protected persistent storage options that are easily consumable We just published our most recent reference architecture which walks you through how to accomplish those goals above.  This paper demonstrates combining VMware VCF,  TKGs, TMC, ...
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Recently the Wall Street Journal published an article by Christopher  Mims, What’s Missing in the Electric-Vehicle Revolution: Enough Places to Plug In . In this article he described the experience of a driver of a 2017 Chevrolet Volt, who drove from Tampa, Fla. to Fort Carson, Colo., who spent about 58 hours on the road, a journey of 1,900 miles which would have only taken 30 hours In a gasoline-powered vehicle. This time difference was due to his need to regularly power up the Bolt’s battery at a “fast” charger—so called because they’re many times faster than typical home chargers. (Fast charging stations provide 50kw, compared to home charging stations ...
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Current public-key algorithms for encryption are dependent on one of three hard mathematical  problems: the integer factorization problem, the discrete logarithm problem, or the ellipti-curve discrete logarithm problem. Although current computers do not have the processing power to solve these problems and decipher our encryption keys, all these problems can be easily solved by a sufficiently powerful quantum computer.  Current quantum computers in the 50 to 100 Qubit range are not a threat today. However, if we believe Neven’s Law that the quantum computer is gaining computational power at a doubly exponential rate, it won’t be too long before this happens. ...
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Missed Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2021? It’s not too late, see below is a selection of panels with speakers from: Citi, HSBC, RB International, NHS (Health service UK), Telefonica, American Heart Association, CERN, Walmart, Penske, Jacobs Engineering, Sestra, Rainforest Connection, Shekel Brainweigh, Intel and Hitachi For more sessions including the keynotes, please visit the event site here: The Journey Is the Destination: How Data Helped Telefonica Modernize Their Digital Experience As most customer interactions are digital, it’s critical to provide an amazing experience if you want to streamline processes, build loyalty, and increase ...
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Hack Proof Encryption

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One of the basic ingredients for cyber security is the use of hack proof encryption. It is always amazing to me when I hear that someone’s data was stolen because it was not encrypted. Data can be encrypted through hardware or software systems. Hitachi storage systems can encrypt data at rest and Hitachi systems like Hitachi Content Platform can encrypt data in flight and in the cloud.   There are three basic ingredients that are required to make a hackproof encryption method. First you need an algorithm that converts your message into a string of meaning less characters. Second you need a way to produce random numbers to combine ...
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During the dot-com bubble in the 1990s, cyber liability insurance gained popularity as a layer of protection for these new companies against unauthorized system access, computer viruses and data loss. Back then, companies had it easy compared to the cybercrime and data breaches that organizations deal with today. Today cyber liability Insurance is all about ransomware which is roiling the Liability insurance market. Ransomware insurance is used to pay ransom demands. The Lake City, Florida City Council decided to pay a ransom of 42 bitcoin, then worth about $460,000 at the cost of a $10,000 deductible, which they paid to their cyber insurer, Beazley, an underwriter ...
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The average cost of a ransomware incident as reported by Purplesec.us used to be    2018 – $4,300 2019 – $5,900 2020 – $8,100 This was mostly targeting small businesses. In 2021 this took a dramatic turn. On May 7, 2021, a cyberattack on the U.S.’s largest fuel pipeline, Colonial Pipeline forced a shutdown that triggered a spike in gas prices and shortages in parts of the Southeast. The operator of the Colonial Pipeline learned it was in trouble at daybreak on May 7, when an employee found a ransom note from hackers on a control-room computer. By that night, the company’s chief executive officer came to a difficult ...
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Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders are looking to use artificial intelligence (AI) in their infrastructures to gain a competitive advantage. T he winners are those who can run more models with more complex algorithms and do it faster than their competitors. To win, you need faster access to more data at a lower cost than your competition and the workloads are diverse and fundamentally different from any other workload the organization may have run in the past. I&O leaders are often unprepared to address the storage requirements and data management challenges for the growing datasets of large- scale machine learning (ML), AI and HPC analytics. ...
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Object storage began as an economical way to archive large amounts of unstructured data. Today vast amounts of data have been archived on object storage where they also gain the benefits of scalability, protection, compliance, and cost efficiency. Up to now, enterprises have been reluctant to use object storage for tier-1 application due to the meta data management overhead associated with object storage. Now Hitachi Vantara makes it possible for organizations to realize these same benefits, and more, with their Tier-1 workloads such as AI/ML, analytics, data warehouses and S3 cloud applications while maintaining the performance levels that they require. Tier-1 ...
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As I reported in my last post , the introduction of the Chia Coin cryptocurrency has literally exploded the storage market. The reason behind this is that It relies on a linked blockchain of mathematical constructs based on a proof of having storage space (Disk or SSD) over a time period. This is said to be less demanding in electricity supply than popular crypto currencies like bitcoin and ether, which relies on a proof-of-work which requires large amounts of CPU processing. The demand is being driven by “farmers” (the equivalent to miners in bitcoin) who earn Chia Coin when they are selected to propagate the block chain. When the blockchain broadcasts a challenge ...
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In 2020 the amount of data that was created and replicated exceeded previous expectations due to the pandemic which required more people to work and learn from home. The amount of data for 2020 is now expected to come in at 64.2 zettabytes, up from 41 zettabytes in 2019. At the beginning of this year the projection for 2021 had been increased to 79 zettabytes. Now that number may have to be increased due to another phenomena which started in April with the announcement of Chia. If you are in the storage industry, you know about Chia since it has bumped up the cost of SSD’s in just a matter of weeks, especially high performance NVMe SSDs. Chia is the new ‘Eco ...
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