Hitachi launches new UCP solutions for businesses


NEW SOLUTION: Saravanan introducing the Hitachi UCP suite of solutions.

PETALING JAYA: IT solutions provider Hitachi Data Systems Corp launched a portfolio of solutions designed for mission-critical workloads.

The Unified Compute Platform (UCP) provides a comprehensive cloud-ready infrastructure that can be quickly deployed and is easily managed, the vendor said.

UCP comes in two flavours — businesses can choose to have an all-in-one solution with UCP Pro, or opt for UCP Select which will give them a list of solutions that they can handpick from.

“You can think of it as a complete set meal or an a-la carte menu,” said Saravanan Krishnan, director of storage platforms and solutions business at Hitachi Data Systems.

UCP Pro comes preconfigured with the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform; Brocade fibre channel and Ethernet switches; Hitachi Compute Blade 500 server; as well as the VMWare VSphere and UCP Director software.

The software reduces complexity and lowers the cost for a comprehensive infrastructure management by providing integration with VMWare vCentre Server, it was announced.

UCP Director also gives administrators detailed views, and the management and orchestration of underlying physical infrastructures and virtual servers.

Hitachi Data Systems claims this feature is new and not yet available in existing unified computing platforms.

It also said that Hitachi UCP Select is the company’s best-of-breed solution that is designed to offer organisations a choice of how they would like to build their infrastructure.

This option provides organisations with pre-validated reference solutions that will enable them to integrate Hitachi storage systems with other servers, data networking and software management solutions.

“It’s like a blueprint the company can follow to build their ideal infrastructure,” Saravanan explained.

This option provides organisations with nine reference architectures and a deployment guide for Hitachi UCP and other products from vendors such as Cisco, Citrix, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and VMWare.

To learn more about Hitachi UCP, go to www.hds.com.

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