Paul Meehan

Timing is Everything…. Hitachi Enterprise Cloud brings Public Cloud to YOUR back yard

Blog Post created by Paul Meehan Employee on Oct 14, 2016

I blogged three weeks ago HERE about a new Cloud paradigm Hitachi is bringing to the Market.

I couldn’t name it as it was pre-GA but at last, on Tuesday October 11th, Hitachi finally announced Hitachi Enterprise Cloud.

 

This is a huge moment for all of us working so hard on this solution for over a year.  The vision of the Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) faces significant adoption barriers based on traditional CAPEX and (even) OPEX models. Now Hitachi is providing a solution that will help customers make SDDC a reality, on a basis they can afford and understand.

 

Timing really is everything

When I was writing this post I came across Chris Evans’ article on The Register questioning the dilemma  facing customers  when choosing Private versus Public Cloud ….

 

Quoting the article:

We need to move away from simplistic hardware comparisons. AWS and Azure are renting services, not hardware.

 

Companies like Dell need to demonstrate more compelling TCO models and offer managed services to their customers that allow the private cloud model to compete on a more even playing field with public cloud. Solutions such as converged and hyper-converged infrastructure are a start, but in reality AWS and Azure are streaking ahead in the service game, bringing new offerings to the market almost daily. Ultimately this may be the demise of private cloud – the fact that public cloud providers can be and are so much more agile than the infrastructure vendors.

 

It could be a race in which Dell, HPE and the others can never catch up.

 

Chris describes the lack of innovative Service models being offered by vendors with on-premises Private Cloud. He also wonders what vendors are doing to improve the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) picture for current Private Cloud solutions.

 

At Hitachi we agree but we also believe a major issue with Public cloud is not only lack of Service Levels, but indeed lack of any kind of Service. There might be many solutions or types of Service you can consume but not Customer Service in the truest sense of the word.  Private Cloud can provide service but typically lacks flexible consumption models; This is the converse of Public Cloud.

 

That problem is now solved with Hitachi Enterprise Cloud. This is where timing comes in, as this really could not be more timely for this blog post.

Hitachi brings Public Cloud agility and consumption models to the SDDC

 

Hitachi Enterprise Cloud offers on-premises Private Cloud with Service Level Agreements as part of the default Managed Cloud Services (MCS) offering.

The service includes a flexible pay-per-use model, available today.

 

Hitachi Enterprise Cloud is Fully Managed, by default, and owned and operated by HDS in an MCS financial arrangement.

Alternatively, it can be based on traditional CAPEX or OPEX finance models.

 

As per Chris' article, the MCS (Managed Cloud Services) solution is designed to remove the need for solution costs to appear on your books in a traditional OPEX arrangement.  With an  MCS solution Hitachi manages the environment after deployment with pre-defined SLAs. There are relatively low implementation and monthly minimum-commit costs. After that, billing is based on pay-per-use monthly,  using a simple consumption model and rate card.

 

Additional Services

Data Protection, Disaster Recovery can be added as incremental services from the Catalog as part of pre-engineered blueprints. These additional services are constructed in an simple model designed to reduce confusion and complexity. This Service portfolio is growing to build out a full set of services our customer base will demand.

 

Solution Overview

Hitachi Enterprise Cloud comprises Hitachi Unified Compute Platform, VMware vRealize Suite as well as a significant amount of solution and services pre-engineering.

 

The aim is to deliver a repeatable, scalable platform ready for workloads 90 days from order. UCP Director is the most orchestrated Converged Software system on the planet. Many of my colleagues and I have written blogs on the subject already. If you don't believe how incredibly flexible automation can be with UCP Director click on some of these links:

Challenge Hitachi UCP at VMworld !

Anil Erduran MVP:

Hands on with UCP Director API – Overview – Part 1

UCP Director API - PowerShell Module

Valentin Hamburger (vExpert)

Unlock the power of UCP Director - Create vRA cloud services - Part 1

Unlock the power of UCP Director - Create vRA cloud services - Part 2

Unlock the power of UCP Director - Create vRA cloud services - Part 3

 

Hitachi Enterprise Cloud includes pre-defined Professional Services to a defined scope to ensure the solution is right-sized for customers.

The platform is based on a defined reference architecture aligned with VMware and Hitachi best practice. I mentioned in my last blog that whether you deploy MCS, Capex or Opex we use the 80/20 rule and always have the possibility to customise each deployment.

 

Comparison to pricing to AWS is not an Apples-to-Apples comparison thanks to the additional Service provided by Hitachi. One consistent feature of AWS and Hitachi Enterprise Cloud will be simpler pay-per-use models, although customers will definitely find the Hitachi model simpler to understand.

 

Thankfully the automation possibilities UCP Director offers due to the compelling API offer total flexibility to automate every operation within your Datacenter.

 

Hitachi Enterprise Cloud Professional Services

Anybody considering adopting Cloud should be aware that this is an engineering heavy effort.

 

No two customer environments are the same. A typical VM or application provisioned in different environments has a discrete set of steps that need to be followed to bring it into service. To automate this means orchestrating the full sequence, and no two customers will have the same process.

 

 

The journey to achieve Cloud agility needs to be properly understood. That is why Cloud Envisioning, Design and Planning are pre-defined services that will be delivered as part of our methdology with pre-defined scope. The goal is the best outcome possible aligned with the requirements our customers provide.

 

In my next post I will build on the information in the blogs above to talk more about the technical solution that sits behind Hitachi Enterprise Cloud and discuss some of the cool features of UCP Director API, when coupled with vRealize Automation blueprints and vRealize Orchestrator workflows.

 

Come talk to us at VMworld and maybe even listen to my on-booth presentation called “Hitachi rock-solid engineering, now available at a Cloud near you” for more information.

 

Maybe now we can move Onwards and Upwards to the Cloud?

 

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