HDS targeting mining sector with storage management technology

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Japanese storage services and hardware provider Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is looking to target Latin America's mining sector with new technologies to aid in the streamlining and safety of operations.

The mining sector is particularly affected by a "boom of unstructured data," for which "we offer to administrate this data in the adequate platform, with the speed that the industry is demanding," Hitachi Data Systems' Spanish South America (SSA) division director, Walter Sunkel, told BNamericas.

In this area, the company is currently working with "one of the largest miners in Chile," he said, declining to mention its name.

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HDS's Latin American division regional VP, Pedro Saenger, previously said that the Japanese firm is ramping up efforts in the storage management sphere, such as a solution to increasing data diversity and disperse information from databases across storage devices from multiple providers.

Other areas that HDS may focus on for the mining industry include systems maintenance and using data for discovering new mineral deposits. Technology may also be used to help predict earthquakes, Sunkel added, but "we're not providing this specific technology at the moment; we're investing in R&D" to offer this service.