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Wednesday, 18 January 2023 15:23

Hitachi Vantara partners with Model9 to 'accelerate Mainframe Data Modernisation'

By Gordon Peters

Infrastructure, data management and digital solutions company  Hitachi Vantara  has announced a new global partnership with cloud data  management and digital solutions comanye Modl9, to  provide "significantly greater access, visibility, and value" from critical data for enterprises with mainframes as their core business platform. .

Hitachii Vantara says the partnership is key for enterprises that utilise hybrid cloud environments.

According to Hitachi Vantara nearly three-quarters (71%) of Fortune 500 companies host their critical core IT on a mainframe, and a recent report found that as more businesses undertake mainframe modernisation, the most important IT operating factor for businesses was to create a single point of data management across hybrid environments.


“However, as mainframe modernisation becomes increasingly more critical to enterprise customers, moving data to the cloud can be difficult and risky. Businesses have an array of concerns including securing data in transit, the volume of data involved, the ability to fully access and gain value from that data, and the fear of breaking applications that are functioning well,” notes Hitachi Vantara.

“The unique Hitachi Vantara and Model9 collaboration enables enterprises to gain greater data-driven value through the cloud, making mainframe data available and accessible for both cloud applications and predictive analytics services, accelerating business cloud transformation in a low risk, low cost, and fast way.

“Bringing additional capabilities to the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) 5000 series and Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) object storage portfolio, Model9’s software connects the mainframe, so customers can transfer current or historical mainframe data, whether stored on disk or tape, without interim disk storage. Additionally, the technology allows customers to securely unlock mainframe formatted data for use in any private or public cloud,” says Hitachi Vantara.

“The dilemma for many organisations is that on-premises data is siloed, and access to legacy data on tape backups is difficult,” said Mark Ablett, President, Digital Infrastructure, Hitachi Vantara. 

“Combining our VSP 5000 series and HCP storage portfolio with Model9’s software provides many benefits including protected backup copies, recovering and restoring data quickly and replacing costly virtual tape hardware with affordable cloud storage. This is also a great example of how our strong partner network is able to drive trusted solutions and profitable outcomes for customers.”

"The reality is that mainframe modernisation takes time, and it’s critical that businesses are able to access and gain value from their mainframe data while undergoing that transition,” said Gil Peleg, Chief Executive Officer, Model9.

“By leveraging Hitachi Vantara and Model9's collective expertise in secure data governance and management, we provide a unique offering that provides a streamlined approach that enables customers to protect, access, and monetise their data.”

“To be successful, a partner program must be a strategic vehicle for both vendors and their partners, allowing them to leverage specific skills and expertise from each side to address market challenges together,” said Steve White, Program Vice President, Channels and Alliances, IDC. “This better together direction should enable both to focus on adding value to the mutual customers they serve and support joint business growth as they expand across specific industries and geographical areas.” 

“The Hitachi Vantara VSP 5000 series is a next-generation storage infrastructure designed to provide a modern foundation for digital transformation and data center modernisation. Supporting block, file, and containerised workloads, VSP is among the highest performing, scalable, and resilient data storage platforms on the market, supporting any workload from open systems to mainframes,” Hitachi Vantara says.

“HCP offers a broad ecosystem of solutions including comprehensive, intelligent data management that spans beyond object storage alone to unlock the full value of data assets. A leader in the GigaOm Radar for Unstructured Data Management Business Solutions and a DCIG Top 5 On-premises SDS Object Storage Solution, Hitachi’s HCP portfolio has been rated as exceptional for metadata analytics, big data analytics, and compliance and security. HCP delivers comprehensive data management for IoT, big data, and unstructured data whether it is on premises or in the cloud. 

“The Model9 patented software solution performs data set backup, full volume dump, aggregate backup, data migration and automatic recall. The software runs simultaneously with data management products and simplifies implementation by allowing some data to be redirected to cloud storage,” concludes Hitachi Vantara.

Hitachi Vantara and Model9 note that they co-sell this joint solution globally.

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