Hitachi eyeing new markets for Computer Blade solution for cloud environments

- Monday, October 17, 2011

Hitachi eyeing new markets for Computer Blade solution for cloud environments

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is looking at introducing its new Compute Blade solutions platform in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Nicaragua, Lynn McLean, HDS's VP of convergent solutions, told BNamericas.

The company recently launched the solution in Chile, the second Latin American market after Mexico, McLean said. Compute Blade is intended to be a more efficient way for organizations to deploy and manage applications in virtual environments. The solution is for storage in data centers and private and public cloud deployments.

Consultancy IDC has forecast that cloud computing in Latin America will reach maturity in 2015 with 69% adoption. Currently, 14.5% of companies with more than 100 employees have contracted cloud services, while 50% have adopted virtualized services.

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According to Walter Sunkel, HDS's Hispanic South America director, the markets showing the greatest potential for these solutions are financial services, banks, telecommunications, retail, mining, industry and services.

The HDS solution combines Hitachi software, storage and server products; Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) software; Hyper-V virtualization technology; and SQL Server database, as well as networking products, to provide a unified computing platform for enterprise organizations with highly virtualized environments.

The companies that will most benefit from the solution are those with massive scalability requirements, or looking to transition to a private cloud within their data centers, McLean said. The solution has been on the Japanese market for two years, having first emerged following interviews with clients who said they were unable to keep up with the need to deploy new technology.

"Our customers simply have too much to do, they don't have enough staff or can't train people fast enough, and the technology is changing too quickly. They simply can't keep up," McLean said.

"So customers are looking for new ways to deploy and consume technology so they can spend more time adding value to their organization and less time just deploying technology."

According to McLean, HDS began to build a converged stack based on various components the company has in its portfolio, which it believes are different from those of competitors.

In the Americas, the company launched first in the US ,and then in Mexico six months ago with the largest customers.

McLean said HDS had decided to launch in Chile after Mexico because it is one of the easier countries in Latin America to do business. From this base, the company will offer the solution elsewhere in the region.