Hitachi, VMware Team on Hybrid Cloud Solutions
Longtime partners Hitachi and VMware (NYSE: VMW) have again teamed up, this time to promote hybrid cloud technology, with the Japanese vendor joining the virtualization kingpin’s vCloud Data Center Services program and the two companies pledging to collaborate on cloud services research and development, marketing and sales activities. As part of the arrangement, Hitachi will expand its enterprise license agreements with VMware globally across all the Japanese company’s businesses.
Hitachi’s interest in VMware’s cloud services is tied to its strategy to provide hybrid cloud solutions to its IT and telecommunications customers globally — the vendor said it plans to offer VMware vCloud Data Center services as part of a cloud solution it will unveil in spring 2013. With technical guidance from VMware, Hitachi will add VMware solutions to its premium-level support services, specifically for customers with business critical cloud environments.
To advance its development of hybrid cloud services based on vCloud Data Services, as well as other services and IT platforms that support the cloud, Hitachi intends to open a VMware Competency Center in Yokohama City, Kanagawa next month, officials said.
Hitachi and VMware have partnered on a number of projects since 2004 when the two vendors formed a strategic alliance for storage, subsequently progressing to other collaborations on IT platform products, cloud and Big Data.
In June, Hitachi and VMware worked together on a new financial cloud solution built on VMware's vSphere to aid financial institutions looking to transition away from older and less-flexible technologies.
And, this past October, Hitachi rolled out a new converged infrastructure platform with servers, network and storage solutions based on VMware cloud infrastructure in two models — the Unified Compute Pro for vSphere, a preconfigured solution that enables integrated infrastructure management from vCenter Server to orchestrate the underlying physical infrastructure and virtual servers; and Unified Compute Select for View, a prevalidated solution with flexible servers and storage options to meet specific customer needs.