Steve Garone

A "Converged" Approach to Cloud Services

Blog Post created by Steve Garone on Oct 5, 2016

In this second blog installment focused on cloud service providers, we explore the importance of converged systems and their role in helping these providers deliver cloud services economically and with the performance required to meet the SLAs their customers demand.  

 

Organizations today are moving down their path to digital transformation – which means evolving their IT to help them monetize more, innovate faster, and reduce risk. Delivering “on demand” cloud services quickly, reliably, and securely to stakeholders is key to helping organizations achieve the goals and benefits of digital transformation. Through its Cloud Service Provider Program, HDS works with providers to help deliver cloud services that meet these requirements, backed by financial models that help providers align their business with the “pay as you go” requirements. 

 

Converged and hyper-converged systems are the foundation of digital transformation, simplifying IT modernization and the journey to the cloud.  Our service providers leverage our Unified Compute Platform (UCP) family to take advantage of the many benefits of a converged platform for delivering cloud services.   

 

What are these benefits? To start, by preloading all software onto a racked, cabled and configured system, UCP systems can have you up and running in days.  Faster deployment, along with policy-based management and advanced orchestration, can help service providers accelerate time to market, delivering real competitive and economic advantages.

Second, UCP systems are designed for the most demanding enterprise applications, delivering unparalleled performance for online transaction processing, scientific, engineering and data analytics applications to accelerate innovation.

Our cloud service providers derive a variety of other benefits from our UCP systems (see the link to our website at the bottom of this blog post to learn more about UCP), one of the most significant of which is its economics. The UCP family architecture consists of an economical, open system, leveraging modular building blocks of converged and hyper converged infrastructure providing greater configurability, flexibility, agility, with the ability to efficiently and cost effectively scale up or down to economically follow business demands.

Hitachi UCP systems for virtualized and cloud environments include industry leading infrastructure orchestration technology, which is fully integrated into the overall systems. The result is an entirely composable, cloud infrastructure solution.   These capabilities enable IT organizations to manage their physical and virtual environments from a single pane of glass.  Total cost of ownership is reduced by up to 30% through unified management and automation enabling IT to become more agile, innovate more quickly and react to changing market conditions.

 

In a recently published IDC white paper (see link below for the full paper, several UCP customers (including a service provider) were interviewed, the result s of which revealed some impressive business value results (summarized in the chart below). 

 

 

Performance, management, reliability, economics – all important criteria in choosing technology and platforms for delivering cloud services.  This is especially true for cloud services providers, who need both the technology and the economics on their side.   For end user customers of these cloud service providers, working with one that address these criteria favorably means taking advantage of the services – and service levels – they require while leveraging the advantages of the cloud.

Keep and eye out for enhancements to our UCP systems that will make them an even better choice for cloud service providers.

For more details on HDS’s converged infrastructure, click here.

To learn more about HDS’s cloud services providers, click here.

Click here to view the IDC White Paper entitled “The Business Value of Hitachi Unified Compute Platform”.

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