New offering strengthens end-to-end security for cloud application workload management, bolstering DevSecOps, protecting critical cloud-based data, and delivering zero trust security across hybrid and multicloud environments
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Hitachi Vantara, the modern infrastructure, data management and digital solutions subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today expanded the Hitachi Application Reliability Centers (HARC) portfolio of consulting and managed services with new Cloud Security Services. A crucial component of the HARC portfolio, this new set of application security services offer improved DevSecOps for customers navigating the cloud by strengthening data protection and securing global cloud application workloads across any platform or cloud environment including AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, to securely and reliably optimize costs and enhance performance.
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As more companies rush to the cloud, many are scrambling to manage the growing operational complexities of their hybrid and multicloud environments, as well as the resulting expanded attack surfaces. The widening cloud and cybersecurity skills gaps only compounds the problem, leaving data, digital infrastructure, and applications increasingly vulnerable. In fact, accurate research shows that cloud-based data were impacted in 39% of successful ransomware attacks during the past year.
HARC Cloud Security Services reduce complexity by giving IT leaders multilevel security to protect data across five different critical layers of business: cloud, cluster, container, customer data and code. Data-centric security and continuous compliance provides a high level of protection for achieving end-to-end security – regardless of platform, quantity of data, or size of application.
"The growth in the adoption of multi-cloud solutions has increased the need for efficient convergence and integration of cloud services, data security, and infrastructure networking across IT ecosystems. Thus, the industry is witnessing growing implementation of the integrated approach where security and networking applications are no longer composed of discrete devices," according to a accurate report from Grand View Research2. The report continues, "concerns and challenges associated with cloud migration include hardships in regulatory compliance, loss of control over IT services, insider threats or compromised accounts, and business disruption, among others. Nevertheless, adopting the latest and innovative risk mitigation and data encryption solutions in line with the continued advances in risk mitigation and encryption technologies can potentially help in annulling all these concerns gradually over the forecast period."
HARC Cloud Security Services draw on industry best practices, including the concept of the zero-trust architecture and automation, to help increase visibility, mitigate threats, and enforce compliance. The new application security services also can be customized to ensure the appropriate controls are embedded in all aspects of a customer's cloud operations. Such integration reflects Hitachi Vantara's core belief in "design for security."
"Many organizations approach modernization in a siloed way, but as more data is spread across multiple environments, a failure to securely link processes across environments presents real risks," said Premkumar Balasubramanian, Senior Vice President and CTO, Digital Solutions at Hitachi Vantara. "Hitachi Vantara's strategy centers around a data-driven approach which looks at infrastructure, applications, and data together to create a single, unified view. With the addition of Cloud Security Services as part of the HARC portfolio, we're adding the tools, processes, and approach our customers need with a zero-trust architecture and automation to protect cloud-based data and applications in today's fast-moving and increasingly complex business environment."
HARC is a key pillar of how Hitachi Vantara helps business modernize their digital core, which means taking a holistic approach and modernizing infrastructure, applications, and data together to leverage hybrid, distributed cloud environments and build a personalized cloud strategy. Geographically dispersed physical and virtual centers of excellence, HARC features a portfolio of managed services designed to optimize cloud workloads for reliability, security, and cost. Incorporating a Site Reliability Engineering (SRE)-focused strategy with application modernization and automation services, each site brings together best-in-class frameworks, design patterns, automated tools, and people to deliver SRE as-a-service and 24/7/365 cloud management.Additional Resources Connect With Hitachi Vantara About Hitachi Vantara
Hitachi Vantara, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., delivers the intelligent data platforms, infrastructure systems, and digital expertise that supports more than 80% of the Fortune 100. To learn how Hitachi Vantara turns businesses from data-rich to data-driven through agile digital processes, products, and experiences, visit www.hitachivantara.com.About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is focused on its Social Innovation Business that combines information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and products. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2020 (ended March 31, 2021) totaled 8,729.1 billion yen ($78.6 billion), with 871 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 350,000 employees worldwide. Hitachi is working to increase social, environmental and economic value for its customers across six domains; IT, Energy, Industry, Mobility, Smart Life and Automotive Systems through Lumada, Hitachi's advanced digital solutions, services, and technologies for turning data into insights to drive digital innovation. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at https://www.hitachi.com.
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1 Hitachi Vantara and Enterprise Strategy Group, ESG Research Study: The Long Road Ahead for Ransomware Preparedness, June 2022.
2 Grand View Research, Cloud Computing Market Estimates & Trends Analysis to 2030
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Hitachi Energy just launched wireless Spark Prevention Unit indicators that help prevent wildfires by enabling remote monitoring.
According to the US Department of Energy, approximately 10% of wildfire ignitions are sparked by faults on electrical infrastructure or electric equipment failure. Hitachi Energy’s new Wireless SPU Indicators allow utilities to monitor the grid remotely, in real time, with automated visual inspection rounds.
The SPU monitors the current and thermal load of surge arresters – which protect equipment from surges in the power system – installed in wildfire risk areas.
If there’s a thermal overload in the grid, the SPU interrupts the current flow and disconnects the surge arrester, thus preventing any arcing – which is when a circuit becomes overloaded and overheats – sparking, or ejection of hot particles that could potentially start a wildfire.
A visual indicator on the SPU lets the utility field crew know that it needs to be replaced. Hundreds of thousands of SPUs installed in some of the world’s most wildfire-prone areas, such as in the United States and Australia, have had a real impact in preventing wildfires. Being able to monitor them remotely is only going to Excellerate wildfire prevention.
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Hitachi Rail has been chosen to equip its digital bi-standard cab signalling technology on SNCF and Eurostar trains.
On board digital signalling technology from Hitachi
The bi-standard technology combines transmission voice-machine (TVM) and European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) technologies. This will enable the Eurostar E300 and SNCF high-speed trains to safely operate on both the French and cross border high-speed networks, and will allow passengers to more easily travel by train across European borders.
Eight Eurostar trains will be upgraded with the bi-standard technology, and a new version of the product will be developed for use onboard high-speed SNCF trains operating in Italy and Switzerland.
To date, approximately 1,000 Hitachi bi-standard products have been put into revenue service onboard a variety of trains across Europe and Asia.
The first was rolled out in France in 2007, when the technology was equipped onboard SNCF trains operating on the Paris-Strasbourg line.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart McWhorter and Hitachi Zosen Inova USA LLC announced the company is investing $6.6 million to expand operations at its Knoxville headquarters.
Hitachi Zosen Invoa or HZI relocated its North American hub from Georgia to Tennessee in 2020. This expansion will create 90 new jobs in Knox County.
“Tennessee’s business climate and highly skilled workforce offer companies the ideal atmosphere to grow and succeed. I thank HZI USA for its decision to expand in Knox County and create 90 new jobs for East Tennesseans," Lee said.
HZI is the Swiss-based renewable energy arm of Japan's Hitachi Zosen Corporation. The company specializes in converting municipal and agricultural waste into renewable electricity, natural gas and hydrogen.
“HZI USA appreciates the support it has received from the State of Tennessee, Knox County and the City of Knoxville, as well as the chamber’s hard work to help us grow our North American headquarters. The combination of business climate, skilled workforce and quality of life make Knoxville a great investment for our future. HZI USA is excited to deepen Japanese ties to Tennessee and to help reaffirm the State’s worldwide leadership in clean energy," HZI managing director Heath Jones said.
Hitachi Energy, a global technology leader, has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with oil and gas major Equinor to collaborate within electrification, renewable power generation and low-carbon initiatives worldwide.
The agreement underlines both companies’ commitment to accelerate the energy transition and advance a more sustainable, flexible and secure energy system. It builds on the two companies’ long and successful collaboration over many decades.
During that time, Hitachi Energy has provided Equinor with power grid solutions and pioneering technologies on several projects, such as Dogger Bank A, B and C, the world’s largest offshore wind farm on completion, and Troll A, the world's first HVDC power-from-shore connection.
Areas of focus
Initial areas of focus for the collaboration include developing standardised base designs to be applied for high-voltage direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) transmission systems to connect offshore wind farms and Equinor production facilities to mainland power grids.
“We are delighted to deepen our longstanding relationship with one of the world’s leading energy companies and to help Equinor achieve its ambition of becoming net zero by mid-century,” said Niklas Persson, Managing Director of Hitachi Energy’s Grid Integration business. “Together we make a strong team that will support the society to reach the goal of the Paris Agreement and create a sustainable energy future for all.”
“Hitachi Energy has been a reliable supplier to Equinor for many years. This strategic collaboration agreement is a signal of joint ambitions to increase our competitiveness in the ongoing energy transition. Standardisation of technical solutions will be a key to succeed, and we look forward to improving together with Hitachi Energy” said Geir Tungesvik, Executive Vice President for Projects, Drilling and Procurement at Equinor.
The scope of the agreement covers the complete spectrum of Hitachi Energy’s portfolio of power grid technologies and solutions. It includes IdentiQ, Hitachi Energy’s digital twin for high-voltage direct current (HVDC) and power quality solutions, which provides significant benefits throughout the assets’ plan, build, operate and maintain life cycle; Grid-eXpand modular and prefabricated offshore and onshore grid connections that make it faster, simpler and more efficient to connect facilities to the grid; OceaniQ solutions such as transformers and high-voltage products that can operate flawlessly on land, offshore and below the sea surface; and grid automation solutions that keep onshore and offshore electrical assets operating reliably, safely and securely.-- TradeArabia News Service
In application modernization, how does one scale expertise without compromising the quality of products?
IT services provider Hitachi Vantara LLC has an established portfolio of specialized solutions to guide digital transformations across data storage, cloud infrastructure and analytics. And to maintain a quality-over-quantity approach while keeping costs in check, the company looks to a knowledgeable partner ecosystem as an extension of its own sales efforts.
How will this strategy evolve as new partner types emerge across verticals, and how can Hitachi Vantara leverage this ecosystem to signal the technologies that will make the leap from what’s now to what’s next?
“We actually have a utility company in North Carolina whose customers are able to save on their electricity and water bills,” said Radhika Krishnan, chief product officer of Hitachi, in a recent interview with theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio. “This particular company had to contend with millions of sensors that were constantly streaming data back. That’s where a partnership with [NoSQL database provider] MongoDB really paid off … we were able to leverage Hitachi Pentaho to integrate all of the data and have the data reside on MongoDB.”
During the Dec. 6 “Hitachi Vantara Drives Customer Success With Partners” event, theCUBE analysts will talk with Hitachi Vantara executives about the company’s plans for hyperconverged infrastructures, including its expanding channel strategy and notable product/solution partnerships. (* Disclosure below.)
Under parent company Hitachi Ltd., Hitachi Vantara claims nearly 80% of the Fortune 500 as clients, looking to help organizations unlock new competitive advantages, Excellerate customer experiences and identify novel revenue streams. The company is part of the Hitachi group, an $80B conglomerate with over 60 years of IT experience.
While especially known for its rock-solid block and file storage solutions like VSP, Hitachi Vantara also is a major player for cloud infrastructure and services, converged and hyperconverged solutions, data management and analytics – and content and distributed file solutions.
Recently, the company announced that its Hitachi Content Platform object storage solution is expected to grow at a projected rate of 40% in Q2 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, outstripping the market compound annual growth rate of around 13.6%. This market growth is due mostly to organizations seeking data-driven solutions, according to the company.
“Hitachi’s portfolio has evolved over the years, and the latest Hitachi VSP E Series is very attractive for midmarket customers and departments within large enterprises,” said Pierre Munro, product account executive at Eclipsys Solutions Inc., speaking on Hitachi’s popular flash hybrid storage solution.
“The strength of the Hitachi portfolio is underpinned by its go-to-market approach,” Munro furthered. “Hitachi Vantara is really partner-focused, and they’ve demonstrated more than once that they will go the extra mile to bring value to the customer and support us through the sales cycle.”
Partnerships are the heart of any solutions-based expansion plan, but a balanced approach is critical to the success of the overall ecosystem. To this end, Hitachi Vantara is focused on tight integrations in order to simplify its own points of interaction across products in a world of increasing cloud complexities.
“The Hitachi culture is unique, the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience the Hitachi engineering team has is something you don’t always see,” said Sachin Soni, co-founder and chief technology officer of Centum Technologies. “That experience makes a big difference when I need to find solutions for my customers.”
One such alliance is with VMware Inc., spanning three major areas: hyperconverged infrastructure solutions, hybrid cloud and digital workspaces. The Hitachi Unified Compute Platform HC, for instance, combines storage, compute and virtualization into one appliance and is powered by VMware vSAN.
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During the “Hitachi Vantara Drives Customer Success With Partners” event, theCUBE analysts will talk with Hitachi Vantara’s Kimberly King, senior vice president of strategic partners and alliances; Russell Skingsley, chief technology officer and global VP of technical sales; and Tom Christensen, global technology advisor and executive analyst.
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Rolling stock manufacturer Hitachi Rail has received an $814m (JPY114bn) contract for the new commuter railway project in the Philippines.
Awarded by The Philippine Government ’s Department of Transportation , the contract will cover electrical and mechanical systems and track works, which includes digital signalling for the new commuter rail from Solis to Malolos.
Scope of the project includes nearly 35.4km and nine stations on the North-South Commuter Railway, as well as a 147km commuter line from Calamba to Clark.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will finance the works.
The project is expected to cut down carbon emissions in the railway sector and promote the use of eco-friendly public transportation over polluting cars.
North South Commuter Railway will feature the European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 signalling technology, which will help monitor the train’s movement and speed limit on the track.
By enabling efficient operation of the trains, the ETCS technology will also help lower the energy footprint of the railway.
Furthermore, the technology will allow the automatic activation of train safety functions, including emergency braking.
Hitachi is offering complete turnkey E&M systems of signalling, electrification, telecommunications, depot equipment, fare collection, and trackwork for the railway sector in the Philippines.
Hitachi Japan business deputy head, Asia and Japan initiatives (sales and projects) railway systems business unit head Takuya Yamakawa said: “We are proud to be awarded this contract to bring our digital signalling expertise to the Philippines, following our experiences pioneering the technology and successfully introducing it to countries across Europe and Asia.
“By delivering this project, Hitachi Rail will reduce a major commuter railway’s energy footprint, supporting greener travel.”
Earlier this month, Hitachi Rail won a €368m order for the manufacturing of 46 new metro trains for the Milan metro in Italy.
TOKYO -- A group led by Hitachi has won a contract worth 9 billion Canadian dollars ($6.7 billion) to supply and operate driverless subway trains for a new rail line in Canada.
The Japanese industrial group's Connect 6ix consortium will deliver the trains for the planned Ontario Line in Toronto, Hitachi said Friday. The fleet will consist of 31 trains of four cars each.
Hitachi Energy has handed over the North Sea Link power interconnector to Statnett, the national power grid operator in Norway, and National Grid, which owns and manages gas and electricity infrastructure in the UK and northeastern United States.
The link, which is the world’s longest subsea power interconnector, is enabled by HVDC Light, Hitachi Energy’s high-voltage direct current (HVDC) technology, interconnects Norway’s and the UK’s power grids, which are separated by the North Sea.
North Sea Link has the capacity to transmit 1400 MW of renewable power through a 720-km HVDC underwater cable, which is enough electricity to supply 1.4 million UK homes. It allows Norway to import wind power from the UK and the UK to import hydropower from Norway. This efficient power exchange will help increase grid resilience in both countries, reduce fossil-fuel power generation in the UK and avoid 23 million tons of carbon emissions by 2030.
“North Sea Link is a cornerstone of Europe’s carbon-neutral energy future, interconnecting national power grids and enabling the flow of electricity across borders and seas,” said Niklas Persson, managing director of Hitachi Energy’s Grid Integration business. “The link increases power supply reliability and security in both countries, accelerates progress toward their sustainability targets, and facilitates power trading and economic growth.”
“This is an exciting day for National Grid and an important step as we look to diversify and decarbonize the UK’s electricity supply. North Sea Link is a truly remarkable feat of engineering,” said Nicola Medalova, managing director for National Grid Interconnectors. “North Sea Link is a great example of two countries working together to maximize their renewable energy resources for mutual benefit.”
Hitachi Energy designed, engineered, supplied and commissioned the enabling technology for the interconnector – two HVDC Light converter stations, one at Blyth in northeast England and the other at Kvilldal, Norway. The stations convert the alternating current power from the grid into direct current for efficient transmission in the subsea cable, then reconvert it back to alternating current for use in the receiving grid.
(RTTNews) - Investment firm KKR & Co. Inc. (KKR) said it has completed tender offer for the common shares of Japan's Hitachi Transport System Ltd. or "HTS". About 51.11% of the common shares have been tendered in the offer.
The cash tender offer was through HTSK Co., Ltd., a special purpose entity owned by the investment funds managed by KKR. Approximately 51.11% of the common shares have been tendered and will be acquired by HTSK. Settlement of the tender offer will commence on December 6, 2022.
In addition, HTSK will acquire the remaining shares of HTS through a squeeze-out process which, combined with a buyback by HTS of the shares held by Hitachi Ltd., will result in HTSK owning 100% of the shares of HTS.
HTS will be renamed LOGISTEED, Ltd. from April 1, 2023.