Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, has announced the expansion of the Lumada platform services and solutions portfolio. The stated goal is to help customers across industries break down data silos and drive more innovation through DataOps during NEXT 2019. Hitachi is now extending Lumada’s capabilities beyond the internet of things for enterprise and industrial customers to address the data challenges common to customers in any industry and for any use case.
Hitachi Vantara claims that organisations today see the potential for analytics, artificial intelligence, and new digital business models to transform their operations, but their existing data management tools and processes aren’t keeping up with the pace and complexity of modern digital business. New Lumada solutions address this need by enabling intelligent data operations, or DataOps, a collaborative data management practice that employs policy-based, automated approaches to help enterprises improve efficiency and drive innovation by getting the right data to the right place at the right time.
New and updated Lumada offerings include:
Lumada Data Services, a set of software services that help customers manage increasingly complex data ecosystems with an intelligent data foundation. Interoperating with Hitachi’s proven technologies for object storage, data integration and analytics, underpinning Hitachi Content Platform, Pentaho and Lumada, customers can now cost-effectively govern and manage all their data assets, including structured and unstructured, across data centre, cloud and edge locations. Policy-based automation tools orchestrate enterprise data flows to deliver on cost savings, compliance and business growth demands.
Lumada Data Lake, an innovative, smart data lake offering that is self-optimising, and which intelligently places data sets in an optimal location, continuously curates to avoid data swamps and is readily accessible to analytics anywhere.
Lumada Edge Intelligence, a new set of software and validated edge hardware devices that enable organisations to manage data and analytics at the network edge for digital use cases such as IoT, connected products, immersive customer experiences, remote and disconnected sites, and branch offices.
Enabling data-driven innovation
Lumada Data Services can accelerate data-driven innovation by enabling customers to orchestrate the ingestion, storage, discovery, preparation and delivery of governed data based on business policies for analytics, governance and operational cost savings.
Accessible via a common cloud console, Lumada Data Services work together through shared metadata supported by intelligent orchestration and policy engines. Data Services can be deployed in the cloud, in the data centre or at the edge, providing an agile data fabric and self-service data access for an enterprise DataOps practice.
To accelerate time to value, Hitachi is delivering Lumada Data Services through existing and new products addressing some of the most pressing data management requirements facing enterprises today:
- Pentaho 9.0 features new data flow services for data pipeline sharing, management and monitoring. Pentaho can reduce data pipeline friction and provide advanced data discovery, access and integration from edge to cloud. For more information on what’s new in Pentaho, read the blog post, “Pentaho 9.0: Faster Data Delivery with Less Pipeline Friction.”
- Lumada Data Lake, with a new data catalog and data curation services, combined with modern object store technologies, is a modern hybrid cloud data lake solution for use cases ranging from customer 360 data aggregation and analytics to electronic communications governance and IoT data hubs.
- Lumada Data Optimiser builds on new data placement services, providing a policy-based solution that can reduce costs and improve Hadoop resource utilisation with an intelligent data tiering solution that integrates tightly with Hadoop Distributed File Systems to provide seamless access to tiered data.
“Organisations today are implementing digital strategies to improve their operations and customer interactions. As they do, they’re realising that traditional approaches to managing data aren’t working for them,” says Brad Surak, chief product and strategy officer at Hitachi Vantara. “They need more automated, policy-based approaches that enable an adaptable and governed data fabric supply chain across their enterprise. With this announcement Hitachi is expanding Lumada to address the modern requirements of collaborative data management for the AI era.”
“Firms that invest in big data fabric architecture will democratise data to support new business insights, customer analytics, personalisation, and real-time and predictive analytics,” writes Noel Yuhanna, principal analyst, enterprise architecture, in the May 2019 Forrester report, Big Data Fabric 2.0 Drives Data Democratisation1. “They will be able to respond more quickly to business needs and competitive threats.”
“We’ve been leveraging several technologies from Hitachi Vantara to make sense of our complicated data landscape,” says Colin Chatelier, manager of Storage and Compute, Rabobank. “With Lumada Data Services, we’re excited to pool this information into a single platform that allows us to deliver the right data to the right place at the right time, maximising the return on investment for our data-driven business,” he adds.