Last week I was out in Las Vegas at VMworld 2017 - An incredible event for both VMware and for us at Hitachi! At a high level VMware clearly demonstrated that not only is Private Cloud is accelerating but Hybrid Cloud is now a reality and the future rests on cross-cloud services tied to network and security virtualization.
Beyond the hype (after all this is Las Vegas...) its clear that both the Private and Public Cloud are maturing quite quickly and that enterprise clients are looking to accelerate from Strategy to Execution. While some initial thoughts around the cloud centered around cost savings its clear today that the real gains come from the Agility associated with Private/Hybrid Cloud. Being able to "Run any application, in any cloud on any device" provides enterprises the opportunity to build and run their applications across a wide variety of infrastructure, platform and consumption models driving increased flexibility and more rapid innovation. Most importantly it gives enterprises the flexibility to develop applications on a variable cost basis with the flexibility to bring them back in-house should business requirements change.
For more thoughts on the VMworld show and my personal reflections on the future please visit "The Clouds are Clearing...VMworld 2017 Reflections and Predictions"
I'd also encourage you to read my colleague Bob Madaio's thoughts "A (mostly) Grown-up Take on VMworld"
So what does it mean to Hitachi? Well, the maturation of Private and Hybrid Cloud is exciting because it enables us, at Hitachi, to enhance the depth of the relationships with our clients. Specifically, as it relates to VMware and cloud adoption we leveraged the show to demonstrate 3 key offerings:
- To Accelerate Private Cloud - Hitachi's NEW Unified Compute Platform (UCP) offerings powered by VMware Cloud Foundation and allowing customers to simply deploy their private clouds on VMware Cloud Foundation in either a Hyperconverged or Rack-Scale footprint
- To Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Adoption - Hitachi's Data Services vision powered by Hitachi Content Intelligence and Pentaho Analytics offering centralized governance, analytics and compliance across multiple clouds - If you are interested in better understanding our perspective on Compliance and Governance of Data today, tomorrow and into the future Ild encourage you to read our CTO; Hu Yoshida's blog "New Data Sources and Usage requires New Data Governance"
- To Drive a Lower Cost and Lower Risk to End-User Computing - Hitachi's Content Platform allowing for "Smart Home Directories for VDI" lowering the operational cost and risk of virtual desktop infrastructure
The vision of cloud agility is finally coming to life and Hitachi is excited to be at the forefront of solutions that accelerate deployment.