According to the recent technology trends 2017 by Hitachi Data Systems, enterprises in Asia Pacific will continue to be ahead in their digital transformation journey compared to their global counterparts. APAC enterprises are expected to feel the benefit as the region takes lead on digital transformation and India will play a major part in this transformation journey, says Russell Skingsley, CTO, Hitachi Data Systems Asia Pacific. In a recent interaction with Sudhir Chowdhary, he discusses the changing market dynamics and key tech trends that will positively transform and power businesses in 2017. Excerpts:
Are the cloud demands of Indian customer different as compared to other markets?
Yes, they are and all markets have their peculiarities. The cost of an on-premise cloud would be cost effective for very large enterprises. For them, there is a critical mass of compute and storage that reduces the relative cost of having your own data centre. But if you are an SMB, that’s a relatively expensive overhead and so you tend to go to public cloud. Given the amount of new businesses arising in India continuously, the growth in public cloud is likely to continue rapidly.
In addition, the start-up ecosystem in India is growing; there is a push for India to really be start-up leaders. India is soon going to be a country of start-ups and cloud is going to be the most likely platform of origin for these businesses.
Which sector has the highest number of cloud deployment in India?
There is a very high number of cloud deployments in India and using cloud is viewed favourably by government. So, the government sector is moving data into public cloud, where it makes sense too. Banks don’t tend to move into the public cloud so much. Money is extremely important and so they like to keep control of that. But they do feel the pressure from the fintech industry in terms of innovation. So they find themselves balancing safety with the need to innovate quickly. And then there are other sectors that intend to have data available online.There will be a continued growth towards both of public, private and hybrid cloud. HDS can provide the base infrastructure like servers, storage, basically the full stack of IT infrastructure.
Any other trends that are specific to Asia Pacific?
According to Hitachi Data Systems, there are a number of top technology trends that are the most significant for APAC in 2017 and they are:
Continued progress towards agile architecture: Enterprises today, are faced with competition from and disruption from innovative Internet-based businesses. Agile infrastructure is a really important part of this. Many of these businesses became reality because they were able leverage the agile infrastructure offered by the cloud to build their business ideas. Many of these disruptive businesses are basically built on three things a great idea, the cloud, and an app.
A centralised data hub: To ensure the governance and accessibility of a growing amount of data, IT needs to create a centralised data hub for better management, use and protection of their data. This centralised hub will need to be an object store that can scale beyond the limitations of traditional storage systems, ingest data from different sources, and provide search across public and private clouds as well as mobile devices.
What is the differentiator that HDS brings to the table?
Data is literally our middle name. Today our focus has changed from storage to data. Our differentiator in the market is our own analytic software, combined with our many years of data leadership.
What are some of the key verticals HDS is targeting here?
Hitachi Data Systems is focusing on engagement with the rest of the greater Hitachi group to be a major contributor to the IoT conversation. Data is key in the digital journey. This will be even more the case in the world of IoT. We are looking to help our customers on their digital transformation journey. When we think about IoT, it is billions of connected devices and data collected from those devices and analytics to make sense of what’s coming from those
devices. Hitachi’s social innovation business is involved in smart cities, nuclear power, high speed trains, healthcare and so many more areas.
Currently, HDS sells the staple enterprise block storage but has a dramatically growing business in object storage
because of its affinity to cloud and also because it’s an excellent platform for consolidating all types of data.
We also have solutions like converged compute platforms, automation software to make all of that infrastructure more agile and security offerings. So, we have a whole range of things pretty much present in most data centres.
Hitachi R&D offers IoT
solutions such as video management and analytic solutions. For example, in the areas of public safety and smart cities. The video analytics harnesses deep learning, machine learning, artificial intelligence and is able to teach machines to look for anomalous behavior.
This is an example of what I mean in regards to “making sense” of IoT data.