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GRZ IT Center specializes in providing IT services for leading regional banks in Austria.  Daniel Eckerstorfer, System Engineer at GRZ IT Center, recently spoke with Hitachi Vantara about creating a private cloud than could compete with their public cloud competitors.


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Moving to a Private Cloud

“Companies increasingly migrate workloads from their own data centers into the cloud. It has become commonplace that customers expect pricing for on-premises solutions to match offerings by cloud providers.  To see off this fresh wave of competition, we set out to offer high-quality and high-performance IT services to our banking clients for the same price as established public cloud platforms, and with enhanced security and control.”



Why Hitachi

“We looked at proposals from several leading vendors,” recalls Eckerstorfer. “Ultimately, we decided to go with Hitachi because the solution represented superb value for money.  In the past, we have had excellent experience working with Hitachi, so we knew we could count on them. For support during the implementation, we engaged with the services team and they provided excellent solution deployment skills.”


Maintaining a Competitive Edge

“In total, the Hitachi solution has enabled us to cut costs by over two thirds and match the price of public cloud storage, such as Microsoft Azure. By offering top-quality IT services at competitive prices, we can satisfy our customers’ expectations.”



Excerpts From GRZ IT Center Gains Private Cloud Security and Control at Public Cloud Prices.  For full story Click Here

See how our 2017 Hitachi Transformation Award finalists are using data to transform their business.



  • CPFL (Energy) – See how CPFL, a leading energy company, supports their customers with Smart Grid and greater automation to help minimise the time of any power outage.
  • Curtin University - See how Curtin plans to improve the student experience using data and analytics.

  • Spin Master - Paw patrol, Meccano, Etch-a-sketch to name a few - Spin Master produces some of the biggest names in children's entertainment. See how they use data to maintain a competitive edge.

  • Meat and Livestock Australia - See how MLA are using cameras, sensors, data analytics and IoT to transform their industry in Australia. 

  • Wiggle – See how Wiggle is using data to transform from e-retailer to a global leader.

Ahead of the launch of our Transformation Award finalist video’s at Hitachi NEXT 2017 (18-20 Sept), we are sharing some behind the scenes images, screen shots and facts about our finalists. 


Check back here for more Meet the Finalists


Over the past 100 years, CPFL Energia has become a complete energy company, with businesses in distribution, generation, commercialization of electricity and services.



CPFL was founded in 1912  (making them 2 years younger than Hitachi).  Today, they are considered one of the largest companies in the Brazilian electric sector with over 9.1 million customers.



To celebrate 100 years, CPFL launched the The CPFL Digital Memory Project.  This is an unprecedented project to commemorate the 100 years of our history, recording the company's trajectory from first-hand testimonials. Learn more at:



CPFL HQ is based in in São Paulo State - with more than 45 million inhabitants in 2017, São Paulo is the most populous Brazilian state.  A person born in the city of São Paulo is known as a "Paulistano" and one who is born in the state is called a Paulista. 

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Transformation Award Finalists and Honorable Mentions -

Ahead of the launch of our Transformation Award finalist video’s at Hitachi NEXT 2017 (18-20 Sept),  we thought we’d share some behind the scenes images, screen shots and facts about our finalists. 


Check back here for more Meet the Finalists later this week



Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest and most culturally diverse university with Australia’s third largest international student population.



Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide in the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017.




Curtin is ranked second in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering in the QS World University Rankings

by Subject 2017.      



Curtin is ranked the 26th most international university in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016.


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Transformation Award Finalists and Honorable Mentions -


Meet the Finalists - Wiggle

Posted by cchaffey Employee Aug 31, 2017

Ahead of the launch of our Transformation Award finalist video’s at Hitachi NEXT 2017 (18-20 Sept),  we thought we’d share some behind the scenes images, screen shots and facts about our finalists. 


Check back here  next week for more Meet the Finalists




    Wiggle is a global online retailer of cycle, run, swim and outdoor equipment and apparel .






      The majority of people that work at Wiggle are tri-sports nuts and this is reflected through their passionate service and

      technical knowledge.




    Wiggle have highly trained engineers that test every bike before it goes out the door. 



   Wiggle HQ is based in Portsmouth, the home of the HMS Victory and HMS Warrior.  We took some time to visit the Historic

    Docks and Spinnaker Tower



    Wiggle’s global distribution centre in Wolverhampton, shipping across 70 countries.  The site provides 30,000m2 of distribution           space and is roughly three-times the size of a rugby pitch. 



To learn more about Wiggle -

Transformation Award Finalists and Honorable Mentions -

As part of Raiffeisenbank International AG, one of the leading banking groups in Central and Eastern Europe, Raiffeisenbank a.s. is the country’s fifth largest bank by asset volume, and one of the fastest growing banks in the Czech Republic. 


With their focus on growth, Raiffeisenbank needed fast and reliable access to business, financial, customer and marketing data.  Tomas Jaburek, Head of IT Operations at Raiffeisenbank explains “Sound managerial and financial decisions and a detailed knowledge of our clients are essential for execution of our business strategy that is focused on dynamic growth.”



With a new solution supporting their data, Raiffeisenbank users have much faster access, and a comprehensive, contextual view of the client, which will ultimately improve the bank’s services.  “The data warehouse is more powerful, the users are more satisfied and the bank is able to meet regulatory requirements, as well as be more agile in responding to business and market developments thanks to ready access to quality data for decision-making processes” explains Jaburek


Learn more at: Raiffeisenbank Accelerates Data Analysis Infographic and Case Study

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Leading university manages expanding data with Hitachi solutions.


More universities and education facilities face ever-increasing data growth, as new students expect high performance and 24/7 access as a basic requirement.  We asked Corvinus University of Budapest, Chief Information Officer, János Mogyorósi to share his views on data management.


Q. What challenges were you facing as a result of rapid data growth?

A. “Corvinus defines itself as a research university, oriented towards education.  All research institutions and education institutions collect massive amounts of data – and we are both so our data growth is twice as large.  With over 14,000 students and 15,000 users of our systems at any one time, we had increasing amounts of data to manage. Each incoming year of students means more data, and with every passing year there is increase in expectations of IT performance and data availability.”


“Additionally, there were a growing number of required services competing for the same resources (especially random IO – email, databases, home directories).  This led to a ‘slow-down’ on every service.  Plus the backup window limited the amount of data we could provide.  It was clear to us that the aging storage hardware had to be replaced.”



Q. Why Choose Hitachi?

A. “We had worked with Hitachi before and felt confident in their solutions.  To increase speed and performance, we chose their hybrid flash solution with automatic tiering.  This allows us to manage and tier data as needed while maintaining costs.  We migrated the data ourselves, but throughout the process we got great support from Hitachi and their partner, Invigor.”



Q. What other outcomes have you seen?

A.” Since implementation of the Hitachi Flash solution, we have been able to significantly reduce backup time.  This reduced backup window allows us to offer more disk space to our end-users. Plus, with the new solution, we have freed up time and can now focus on other projects.”


Customer Bio

János Mogyorósi

Chief Information Officer

Corvinus University of Budapest


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With all the convenience of online banking, data mobility and banking apps for our devices, we can conduct financial business just about anywhere at any time. For the banks, however, the challenges are around ensuring data protection, access and compliance. Banks are responsible for managing massive growth of their data, both structured and unstructured, which must be retained and auditable to meet ever-changing regulations.


No easy task.


Rabobank is a Dutch bank with €674 billion in assets, over 10 million customers in 47 countries, and 51,000 employees. Those numbers add up to a lot of communications traffic — bank records, banking transactions, emails, online chat applications, surveillance video: the list goes on. All of these activities are heavily regulated by federal and industry with the intent to de-risk operations, safeguard personal information and provide oversight.


Ensuring governance of Rabobank’s communications falls to its Global Compliance Group.  And, of course, to the IT department.


When the compliance division needed to examine a particular set of corporate actions, we collected the data from these diverse sources: some from third-party vendors, and some held on backup tapes,” explains Colin Chatelier, Head of Data Center (UK) and Global Storage at Rabobank. “If an inquiry changed scope, we might have to search the same systems with different criteria. We wanted to address the problem of consistently mining multiple data sources spread across many disparate silos with no obvious way of joining one communication type to another, by helping compliance teams work more flexibility and collaborate more easily.”



So, how does this global financial institution manage its communications governance amid the churn of siloed data assets, regulatory change and banks across the globe.


Enter Hitachi


Rabobank engaged Hitachi to build a modern ingest-and-search data platform based on Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) technology. The solution transformed the bank’s compliance operations. Discovery searches can now be performed in hours instead of weeks. The compliance teams can efficiently and flexibly manage the auditable lifecycle and rapidly respond to regulatory investigations.

For the IT department, no data gets left behind. Every piece of relevant data now resides in a single place. By creating a central, comprehensive data set, Rabobank can perform compliance investigations with confidence, and maybe even a little time to spare.


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