Hitachi Offering Unified Computing Stack

Hitachi’s angling for one-stop IT shopping.

The firm has become the latest tech shop to offer a unified computing suite, rolling out an integrated stack comprised of blade servers, storage, networking and the software to put it all together.

In making the jump into unified computing, Hitachi Data Systems is the latest challenger to incumbents like Cisco and the offering of the combined Oracle and Sun, though those outfits run on Linux and Solaris, respectively. Hitachi has thrown its lot in with Microsoft, Server Watch reports.

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is the latest hardware vendor to offer an integrated IT stack with the announcement of its own unified compute platform, which consists of blade servers, storage, networking and orchestration software.

One area where HDS’s offering is different from that of Cisco’s Unified Computing System and the combined Oracle and Sun is that the two use Linux and Solaris, respectively, while HDS has partnered with Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) to offer Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft’s System Center suite and SQL Server 2008 products.

Hitachi will also provide orchestration software for automated, end-to-end management of all processes for server, storage, network and applications through a role-based management portal. All of the hardware and Microsoft software, including Hyper-V virtualization, will be managed by this orchestration software.

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Hitachi Enters Unified Computing Stack Market With New Blade Server

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