By Glen Lomond, Global Solutions Architect at Hitachi Vantara
Making data storage and management simple, yet powerful is the cornerstone of ThinkOn’s business. Based in Toronto as an Hitachi Cloud Service Provider partner, this wholesale provider of infrastructure as a service (IaaS) delivers innovative data solutions to a variety of value-added resellers and telecom providers – who resell ThinkOn services to enterprise and midsized customers across a variety of industries.
Challenge – Deliver wholesale cloud-based data solutions
As ThinkOn’s customers grapple with soaring volumes of unstructured data, the ability to manage and archive this data is key. These companies need solutions to help them retain older data to meet regulatory compliance needs, access that data for future business initiatives – and above all else – ensure the data is secure. “At the end of the day, there’s one thing you have to fully commit to: minimizing risk of destruction of customer data,” says Craig McLellan, CEO of ThinkOn. “That’s really what this is about – providing our customer with a rock-solid guarantee that their data is safe.”
Solution – Gain security and freedom in one solution
ThinkOn deployed Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), a cloud object platform that enables companies to store, share, sync, protect, and retrieve file data from a single system. HCP tackles exponential data growth and bridges traditional and emerging technologies to protect data while keeping it available anywhere, anytime. “Over time, we discovered that as an object store it has so many qualities that allow us to stand out over the alternatives,” says McLellan. “We continue to see advantages in HCP that other solutions don’t have. It’s an ideal long-term platform for us.”
Outcomes – Future ready with a scalable and secure solution
The value of HCP to ThinkOn include benefits to their bottom-line through cost savings and to their top-line through incremental revenue growth.
- First, with its powerful intelligence and automation, HCP delivers digital transformation dividends to ThinkOn’s IT staff by simplifying the provisioning process, driving cost efficiencies out of its infrastructure and improving utilization to 100%. “When there are issues, we see a high degree of ownership and collaboration from Hitachi,” said McLellan. “It all goes back to Hitachi’s heritage of being such a strong, technically competent organization. There is a level of collaboration that we just love.”Second, HCP provides a foundation for building Object Storage-based solutions. As a result, ThinkOn has been able to incrementally monetize the potential of HCP by developing several as-a-service offerings that include Data Storage, Disaster Recovery and Backup. So what’s next – leveraging HCP for a new level of services focused around Analytics and IoT.
The result - simple, scalable, value-add.
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