Hitachi Vantara and Microsoft Continue Collaboration with the Unified Compute Platform for Azure Stake HCI

Hitachi Vantara, the modern infrastructure, data management, and digital solutions subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., is announcing the continued expansion of its collaboration with Microsoft, manifesting as the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) for Azure Stake HCI. Designed to respond to the increasingly hybrid cloud environment of the modern enterprise, this solution delivers on business agility and enhances cloud management in disparate and complex data estates.

According to a TechRepublic 2021 report, more than 60% of organizations surveyed were using or going to implement the hybrid cloud, with more than 30% planning to. This is due to a multitude of reasons, such as increased flexibility and safeguarding against data loss because of the migration to a hybrid cloud. However, this environmental switch introduces other complexities, such as an absence of data source integration and increased management costs.

Hitachi’s UCP for Azure Stake HCI innovates in this area of inefficiency, bringing flexible, seamless workload performance across on-premise data centers, cloud environments, or edge locations. Capacity can be scaled up or down as needed, and intelligent automation and advanced analytics centralize data visibility, as well as ease overall management.

The solution supports several validated configurations, thereby strengthening the hybrid cloud portfolio and expanding application infrastructure possibilities, according to Hitachi. Additionally, users are given the option to purchase the Azure solution with the Hitachi EverFlex Infrastructure-as-a-Service subscription model for optimized resource investment and enhanced scalability.

With the UCP for Azure Stake HCI alone, scalability is guaranteed; users can deploy the solution starting with one node and scale up to 16. This opens a wide breadth of configuration potential, accommodating any enterprise’s unique data management analytics and requirements.

“Our customers have enormous volumes of distributed data at the edge, core, and cloud, requiring easy and resilient access to analyze in real-time to make informed decisions, custom tailored to meet dynamic business demands,” said Dan McConnell, senior vice president of product management-storage at Hitachi Vantara. “Through our collaboration with Microsoft, and our end-to-end engineered systems approach, we help optimize our customers’ cloud architecture to better harness their data, lower operating costs and improve application and user experiences.”

The UCP hybrid cloud solution also addresses vertical industries—such as manufacturing, financial, retail, telecommunications, healthcare, and more—by utilizing Hitachi Vantara’s deep domain expertise to meet industry-specific needs and compliance requirements.

This solution is also paired with Hitachi Vantara’s latest validation endeavors for two Azure Arc-enabled data services, empowering users to modernize critical applications while delivering cloud services throughout IT locations.

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