Hitachi Vantara and Cisco Partner on Hybrid Cloud Managed Services
January 31, 2024
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Hitachi Vantara announced the next evolution of its partnership with Cisco, introducing a suite of hybrid cloud services designed to address ongoing data management challenges faced by modern enterprises.

The joint offering, Hitachi EverFlex with Cisco Powered Hybrid Cloud, is unique because it integrates automation solutions and predictive analytics to give organizations a future-proof portfolio for advanced infrastructure management, cost efficiency, and operational effectiveness.

Hitachi EverFlex with Cisco Powered Hybrid Cloud confronts these challenges head-on. By combining Hitachi Vantara's proficiency in storage, infrastructure, managed services, and hybrid cloud management with Cisco's expertise in networking and computing, the comprehensive offering provides a consistent experience whether used on-premises or in the cloud. Available in various levels of customization and through Hitachi Vantara's partner ecosystem, it offers complete flexibility with a support and consumption-based model that delivers cost efficiencies through pay-per-use pricing and resilient, scalable solutions without requiring upfront investment. The diverse portfolio includes Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), STaaS, Containers as a Service (CaaS) data protection, managed operations services, professional services, and learning services, among others.

Additionally, the offering brings together several key capabilities:

- HIOaaS and Intersight: Hitachi Infrastructure Orchestration as a Service (HIOaaS) and Cisco Intersight® offer full observability, delivering cloud-like management for on-premises and cloud environments, enabling strong performance analytics, hybrid cloud observability, and efficient automation.

- Managed Services Operating Model: Leveraging extensive experience from numerous implementations, the managed services operating model ensures seamless operational transitions, informed decision-making, and expedited provisioning without the need for dedicated IT staff. Typically, Hitachi Managed Services has reduced customer total cost of ownership (TCO) by 30-50%.

- Hitachi EverFlex Consumption Model: Hitachi Vantara's elastic consumption model ensures flexible, pay-per-use solutions for hybrid cloud and on-premises environments.

"According to a recent survey, nearly half of businesses are struggling to navigate complex cloud landscapes," said Kimberly King, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partners and Alliances, Hitachi Vantara. "Hitachi EverFlex with Cisco Powered Hybrid Cloud is a strategic response to modern enterprise needs. Our ability to deliver both through our partners and Cisco's network directly tackles the complexity challenge by providing strong IT operational capabilities that can be scaled based on customer data management needs. This partnership enables businesses to establish a robust data foundation today so that they are prepared for future innovation."

Hitachi EverFlex with Cisco Powered Hybrid Cloud delivers impactful outcomes for customers through:

- Hybrid Cloud Acceleration: Seamlessly facilitates a hybrid cloud environment, enabling data storage and processing across diverse locations.

- Efficiency through Automation: Automates routine tasks, enhancing operational efficiency and reducing human errors through IaaS.

- Security and Compliance: Implements comprehensive security strategies and compliance measures, ensuring data encryption, access controls, and threat prevention.

"Our joint efforts with Hitachi Vantara around hybrid cloud managed services support a holistic approach to achieving customers' business outcomes," said Alexandra Zagury, Vice President of Partner Managed and as-a-Service Sales, Cisco. "Our combined portfolio, including Hitachi Infrastructure Orchestration as-a-Service (HIOaaS), deliver the reliability, flexibility and insights that allow the customer to be more agile in today's dynamic business environment. And the Partner-to-Partner model taps into one of the biggest growth drivers in the industry right now by providing customers with more choice and partners with the opportunity to build offers around their competencies."

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