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Hitachi Data Systems Initiates Support for Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track, Version 3

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation has announced that Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) Select for Microsoft Private Cloud supports Microsoft Corp.’s Private Cloud Fast Track architecture, version 3. This updated converged solution adds support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 SP1 and the associated monitoring packs, PowerShell cmdlets (pronounced “command-lets”) and Orchestration integrations, and combines Hitachi compute and Hitachi storage with industry-leading virtualization capabilities and best-of-breed networking.

Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select for Microsoft Private Cloud provides a simplified approach to delivering scalable, preconfigured, and validated infrastructure platforms for on-premises, private cloud implementations. With local control over data and operations, customers can dynamically pool, allocate, secure, and manage resources for agile infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) or platform-as-a-service (PaaS.) Likewise, business units can deploy line-of-business applications with speed and consistency using self-provisioning and decommissioning automated data center services in a virtualized environment.

Today’s announcement builds on the longstanding strategic relationship and close collaboration between Hitachi Data Systems and Microsoft. As an inaugural participant in the Fast Track Program, HDS has seen tremendous momentum and growth in demand for Microsoft’s private cloud solutions over the last three years. Hitachi Data Systems has seen strong adoption of its Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track solutions in key vertical markets including telecommunications, hosted managed services, and the service provider space, as well as global 1000 customers in the retail and financial sectors. Rapid deployment of Microsoft applications such as SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Lync Server is driving customer adoption, demonstrated by the strong alignment between HDS and the Microsoft Fast Track team in Redmond and worldwide.

Hitachi Data Systems was one of the first OEMs to commit to the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track program as a Gold Sponsor at TechEd Berlin in November 2010. HDS introduced its first Microsoft Private Cloud solutions in early 2011, followed by version 2 solutions for Microsoft Private Cloud in 2012, and today’s announcement of version 3 solutions.

The new Microsoft validated HDS reference architectures provide seamless integration with the Virtual Machine Manager component of System Center 2012 and transparent live migration of virtual machines (VMs) on same-site and multi-site deployments up to distances of 200 kilometers, or 125 miles.

Hitachi Data Systems and Microsoft have a long-standing relationship that has delivered mission-critical solutions to customers around the world. Hitachi solutions that support Microsoft applications include Hitachi Compute Blade, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform, the industry’s leading storage virtualization platform for enterprise data centers, Hitachi Unified Storage systems, and Hitachi Storage Cluster for Windows Server Hyper-V, an end-to-end server-to-storage virtualization solution.

10-Apr-2013 17:10:15
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