Wednesday, 07 January 2015 09:54

HDS focussing on end-to-end systems


Hitachi Data Systems is going to "explode the portfolio" in 2015, according to its chief technology officer for Asia Pacific, Adrian De Luca.

The broader Hitachi group has around 900 businesses in extremely varied sectors, but there is a general movement towards social innovation, De Luca told iTWire.

He pointed to the September 2014 acquisition of Pantascene which, along with Avrio, was used to create HDS's public safety group. As the company expresses it, "Pantascene and Avrio expertise is in wireless communications, wide-area video surveillance, and video and sensor integrations. HDS experience is in world-class IT technologies, such as software, servers, storage and cloud innovations. Joined together, these skills create a unique ability to deliver integrated, seamless and state-of-the-art solutions to our customers."

De Luca said "It's going to be a very big part of our future." Governments usually want to deal with companies on the scale of IBM or HP for these sort of systems, and Hitachi's breadth and size makes it a viable choice.

The group has domain expertise in many different areas (eg, Hitachi has a HD video camera business), and in some cases actually operates in sectors it sells to.

HDS is no longer just a storage company, but an IT infrastructure company, he said. In combination with the rest of Hitachi, it can provide end-to-end systems for connected vehicles, heathcare and other areas, he said. The company is becoming less of a mainstream vendor and increasingly an integrator serving particular market segments.

For example, Hitachi's vision for a 'smart city operating system' to take advantage of sensors, analytics and other technologies does not include Hitachi as a sole supplier. While it will provide the parts it can do best, partnerships and other ecosystems will also be important.

Most large IT vendors are undergoing a similar transformation, De Luca suggested.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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