Hitachi Vantara offers customers ARCs to control the DevOps beast – Blocks and Files
Hitachi Vantara hopes to improve the resiliency of its customers’ cloud workloads through a set of consulting and managed services, called Hitachi Application Reliability Services, delivered from physical and virtual Application Reliability Centers (ARCs).
This is all very focused on the IT department of the legacy business. The vendor says cloud operating models are complex with a variety of application types, limited visibility into how applications and infrastructure align, security issues, and time-consuming IT-DevOps coordination. The infrastructure of course includes Hitachi Vantara storage systems. The company says its consultants and services can improve this through a site reliability engineering (SRE) approach and key performance indicators (KPIs).
Frank Antonysamy, Director of Digital Solutions at Hitachi Vantara, said, “Hitachi Vantara’s Application Reliability Centers and engineering-led cloud operations enable our customers to achieve true DevOps by fully integrating operations into engineering. In his opinion, “Achieving KPI-driven results for cloud workloads requires a fundamental shift from simply managing infrastructure to managing application efficiency and reliability. »
Geographically dispersed physical and virtual ARC Centers of Excellence are where cloud applications are monitored and optimized by Hitachi V Professional Services to ensure customer-defined KPIs are consistently achieved. The first physical centers will be in Dallas, Texas and Hyderabad, India.
The services offered should make a legacy IT department happy when it worries about hacker incursions of DevOps into its sphere of influence:
• Cloud consulting services to define cloud modernization strategies: consulting services that provide a comprehensive assessment of each customer’s application portfolio, in terms of cost, reliability, and application criticality, to create a cloud adoption strategy. Customers can better determine which workloads should be kept on-premises or moved to the cloud, and which applications should be retired, rehosted and redesigned.
• AI-driven accelerators and observability: These technologies leverage 360-degree observability to deliver smarter insights into the health of cloud services and automate root cause analysis and problem resolution to improve mean time to service by up to 25%. detection (MTTD) and mean time to recovery (MTTR). ).
• SRE Strategies and Management: Using KPIs and SRE principles (fault tolerances, error budgets, and common backlog), IT teams can better collaborate to establish and meet their organization’s SLOs and goals for application and data performance , governance, compliance and cost. Combining these strategies with integrated versioning can yield up to 15% improvement in change failure rates.
• Resilience Engineering Services: Engineering resiliency into workloads through fault detection, fault tolerance and self-healing capabilities and the adoption of fault identification and prevention strategies such as failure mode analysis. failure and effects (FMEA). This service validates resiliency through various chaos engineering techniques and integrates them into all existing CI/CD pipelines.
• Modernization and migration of applications: Hitachi has implemented SRE principles in its application modernization services to help organizations optimize applications for innovation, performance and cost. A portfolio of proven plans and accelerators have helped hundreds of customers build, deploy, and modernize apps for the cloud.
This introduction of Hitachi Application Reliability Services builds on its September 2021 launch of FinOps Cloud Services. Hitachi Vantara’s FinOps consulting services assess customers’ cloud consumption costs against benchmarks and identify areas where costs can be optimized, delivering average savings of up to 30%. He says this includes an ongoing managed service to optimize and manage cloud spend against business goals. This includes automated enterprise-wide cloud consumption reporting, resource tracking, cost monitoring, and ongoing cost optimization through proper sizing and usage of the right cloud services.
Pure Storage has a FinOps approach, as does NetApp with its Spot wallet. The Pure approach is based on providing FinOps teams with insight into the capabilities and performance of Pure products and seems rudimentary when compared to NetApp and Hitachi Vantara.
NetApp’s Spot wallet is based on SaaS services and lacks the heavy (and traditional) consulting aspect that is part of Hitachi’s Vantara offering. If an IT department needs a lot of in-person manpower to control the DevOps beast, Hitachi Vantara has the people to do it
Hitachi Application Reliability Services are now available from Hitachi Vantara