Hitachi Vantara and Cisco Ease Hybrid Cloud Operations

By Greg Tavarez, TMCnet Editor  |  June 21, 2023

Businesses often opt to expand their hybrid cloud footprints to gain scalability, flexibility and cost optimization by leveraging a combination of public and private cloud resources. This expansion allows them to efficiently allocate workloads, optimize costs, and respond to changing business requirements.

What comes with the expansion, however, are complexities surrounding data management and intelligence. From seamlessly integrating diverse systems to ensuring the security and accessibility of critical data, the task of effectively managing these hybrid infrastructures has emerged as a top priority.

According to a report by IDC, a market research firm, the reliance on multi-partner technology agreements is projected to play a pivotal role in addressing these intricate concerns – an estimated 40% of companies will actively depend on such alliances.

And one such alliance between Hitachi Vantara and Cisco has formed two new agreements. The agreements bring Hitachi (News - Alert) Vantara into Cisco's Service Provider and Solution Technology Integrator partner programs, respectively, enabling Hitachi Vantara to seamlessly integrate Cisco technologies with its storage products.

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd (News - Alert)., delivers intelligent data platforms, infrastructure systems and digital expertise that supports more than 80% of the Fortune 100.

With the agreements, Hitachi Vantara now incorporates Cisco (News - Alert) UCS X-Series servers into its offerings, presenting customers with a comprehensive converged infrastructure solution. The Cisco UCS X-Series servers are high-performance servers designed to meet the demands of modern data centers. With versatile capabilities and advanced management features, these servers support a wide range of applications and use cases, delivering optimized performance and simplified infrastructure management.

The server line is part of Cisco and Hitachi Adaptive Solutions and brings together Cisco's compute and networking capabilities with Hitachi Vantara's Energy Star-certified Virtual Storage Platform. The result is a reliable, resilient and environmentally friendly IT infrastructure solution.

"As customers seek to simplify their data center operations, providing converged infrastructure solutions with managed services capabilities from two trusted global vendors can help them reduce risk and optimize their business outcomes," said Nick Holden, Vice President of Global Strategic Partners and co-sell at Cisco. "Together, Hitachi Vantara and Cisco make it easier for customers to navigate complex hybrid data center and storage solutions."

Additionally, by participating in Cisco's Service Provider program, Hitachi Vantara provides consumption-based managed services to Cisco customers seeking data center and hybrid cloud services. These services play a key role in addressing the ongoing scarcity of skilled IT professionals, empowering enterprises to adopt emerging technologies more efficiently.

By relying on the expertise and streamlined operations of Hitachi Vantara, organizations can confidently navigate their hybrid cloud environments while optimizing their IT resources.

"Successful partners adjust to meet customers' needs, both for today and for the future, and these developments do just that by offering the data-driven solutions and services they need the most," said Kimberly King, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partners and Alliances at Hitachi Vantara.

As companies increasingly seek comprehensive and reliable solutions, the Cisco and Hitachi Adaptive Solutions portfolio meets this demand by combining cutting-edge technologies from two trusted industry leaders.

Edited by Alex Passett
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