Note: This is a guest blog post by Geoff Woollacott, Data Center Practice Manager at Technology Business Research, Inc.
Digital transformation remains a key strategic initiative for companies, especially as they struggle to remain competitive and provide unique value that today’s IT professionals are demanding. Some companies still struggle with the concept of digital transformation as it is a broad, multilayered topic. For other companies, digital transformation may impact only one part of their organization or can go across the entire organization, impacting operations, processes, employees and customers.
There are several emerging technologies, such as Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation, that digital transformation depends on. Increased adoption of emerging technologies is creating modern workloads that introduce a new set of requirements that impact the organization, and specifically IT. A common challenge for companies undergoing digital transformation is the massive volume of critical data generated by these emerging technologies. Moreover, companies are placing an increased emphasis on their data as they seek to leverage it to achieve better business outcomes and remain one step ahead of competitors.
The migration toward digital transformation is causing companies to also look at modernizing their IT infrastructure. New requirements brought on by digital transformation and the associated emerging technologies for the most part cannot be met by traditional data center architectures. The quest to increase performance, efficiencies, agility and scalability is now compounded by new requirements that necessitate greater data optimization, especially as companies generate increasing amounts of critical data. Consolidation continues in the enterprise data center as new architectures, such as converged infrastructure (CI), gain adoption and customers see them as viable alternatives to legacy stand-alone data center architectures.
Hitachi Vantara’s Unified Compute Platform (UCP) CI is a converged infrastructure platform that is ideal for companies undergoing digital transformation. UCP CI is built on Hitachi Vantara’s Virtual Storage Platform, providing support for hard disk drive, flash and hybrid storage environments. One of UCP CI’s key features is that it is an intelligent storage controller and uniquely stores, manages, moves, protects and analyzes critical data that digital transformation and its associated emerging technologies generate. However, because of Hitachi Vantara’s long-term investments in its UCP CI capabilities, the system has evolved to be much more than just an intelligent storage controller. It also includes complex data services, which makes UCP CI a reasonable choice for the foundation on which customers can implement their modern data strategies as their organizations undergo digital transformations.
Learn how Hitachi Vantara’s UCP CI is the ideal platform for modernizing your infrastructure to support business-critical applications. For more information, please view the UCP CI infographic to see how Hitachi Vantara can help you modernize your data center.