Chris Gugger

Digital Transformation for Midmarket IT

Blog Post created by Chris Gugger Employee on Jun 21, 2016

Midmarket IT organizations face the same challenges as their larger enterprise brothers, keep the lights on and adopt new technologies; ensure asset protection and unleash maximum mobility; deliver reliable critical applications and deploy new user services swiftly; store massive amounts of data then efficiently analyze it to impact business decision. Being out of sync with business and technology demands forces IT organization to constantly shuffle priorities, reconfigure existing resources amidst budget constraints, and stay in constant firefighting mode.  IT must shift from a reactive to proactive business partner, be more agile and flexible and also achieve the level of service delivery users need and expect.



Midmarket IT needs to lead with a digital transformation strategy or become irrelevant


Digital transformation isn’t an option, it’s imperative to stay competitive in a constantly changing business environment.  It requires new ways of doing business, dramatically improving operational efficiencies.  Technology and data are essential to a successful digital transformation journey. Digital transformation uses technology to enable efficiency, differentiation and innovation all while achieving cost savings and accelerating time-to-market.

 

Digital transformation requires a modern, agile IT environment to take advantage of cloud, open source and emerging technologies to deliver all IT services.  That is why Hitachi Data Systems is pleased to introduce two new solutions squarely targeting midmarket IT transformation – the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform 2000 (UCP 2000) and the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform HC V240.  Both solutions are flexible, agile and grow as you need to meet ever changing business demands.  Built on proven technology, these solutions enable digital transformation that reduce cost and risk while alleviating complexity and increasing time to market.



Right-sized, simple, resilient, value-based entry level converged system

 

The UCP 2000 converged architecture is comprised of commodity, rack-based servers, VSP unified storage arrays, Brocade switches with HDS value-add software.  These modular building blocks scale independently and provide customers with greater configurability, flexibility and scale. Built on standard Intel x86 rack servers to provide the foundation for innovation and account for the majority of all servers in today’s virtualized data centers, driving down cost and providing higher performance for peak workloads. There are four ESXi hosts in a single rack server that enable resiliency for failures as well as a fault-tolerance.  The G200 through G600 as well as F400 and F600 storage arrays are based on VSP unified storage technology, providing industry-leading unified and flash-based features and performance.  Networking is provided by a Brocade top-of-rack switches.  Designed, tested and factory-built to support multiple virtualization environments, including VMware, Microsoft and OpenStack, UCP 2000 provides a flexible, low-risk path to converged infrastructure. The solution is ideal for general-purpose applications, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), small databases, and test and development.  UCP 2000 provides midmarket, enterprise, departmental and MSPs with enterprise scale, efficiency and agility not found in other solutions.



Start modestly, launch quickly and pay as you grow


UCP HC V240 builds the foundation for business applications and next-generation solutions with the introduction of a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) built on standard Intel x86 rack-based servers with VMware vSphere, vCenter and Virtual SAN (VSAN) software defined storage along with HDS value-add software. UCP HC V240 enhances business agility by allowing IT to build, deploy, scale, and maintain their hyper-converged infrastructure through a more agile operational framework – to respond more quickly and efficiently to changing business needs.  UCP HC offers the fastest path to new application and technology adoption, optimal deployment and consistent operations across midmarket, enterprise, departmental, remote office and MSP environments.

 

UCP HC V240 appliance delivers virtualization, compute, storage, management and protection in an agile, scalable, resilient, hyper-converged infrastructure. Designed for simplicity, UCP HC is an all-in-one solution that accelerates time-to-value with rapid deployment enabling customers to go from power on to virtual machine creation in minutes. UCP HC fully automates provisioning and orchestration, simplifies installation, management, patches and upgrades, and provides linear scale-out that grows in small increments to meet business needs. UCP HC V240 is ideal for midmarket general purpose applications or a specific project, such as virtual desktops, remote office/branch office (ROBO) or big data analytics.  UCP HC offers a flexible, versatile, scalable, automated, low-risk path to virtualized infrastructure.

 

Drive digital transformation by shifting from a reactive to proactive business partner. UCP offers a choice of converged and hyperconverged infrastructure to deploy solutions that support virtualized cloud environments and gives IT leaders the flexibility to manage costs, enhance service delivery, meet evolving business expectations, and increase revenue. IT leaders want better control over IT services, automated provisioning, scale up and down elastic capacity, and simplified operations for their virtualized environments. They want to deploy infrastructure quickly and easily where and when it is needed. Deliver a converged infrastructure with greater hardware configurability, scalability, a choice of virtualization environments, improved management and protection to enable the midmarket enterprise to transform IT operations into a strategic asset.

 

Hitachi Data Systems offers a family of converged and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions that spans from the core of your data center to the edge, to meet all your IT enterprise requirements. Find out more about Unified Compute Platform (UCP) today by going to www.hds.com

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