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Hitachi regroups IT business around IoT

William Payne
September 21, 2017

Hitachi has launched a new business to address IoT and OT/IT markets. The new business, Hitachi Vantara, will marshal resources from across all Hitachi companies, but retain a focus on OT/IT integration and IoT technologies. Hitachi Vantara will unify the operations of Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group and Pentaho into a single integrated business. The company has also announced a major upgrade to its IoT platform, adding new machine learning, artificial intelligence and analytics functions.

Hitachi Vantara will provide infrastructure and analytics technologies to enterprises. This will include data centre, cloud and at the enterprise edge. The new company is targeting the emerging IoT market opportunity, according to Hitachi.

Hitachi Vantara will develop data management and analytics technologies, including Hitachi data infrastructure, storage and compute solutions, and Pentaho software. It will develop strategic software and services solutions, including Hitachi Smart Data Centre software and services, Lumada, Hitachi's IoT platform, now available as a stand-alone, commercial software offering, and Hitachi co-creation services.

Hitachi's Lumada IoT platform has also been upgraded, with release 2.0 announced at the same time as the launch of Vantara. Release 2.0 adds new machine learning, artificial intelligence and analytics capabilities. Lumada features a portable architecture that allow it to run both on-premises or in the cloud, and supports industrial IoT deployments both at the edge and in the core, according to the company.

The company will focus on serving global Fortune 1000 companies with class data management, infrastructure, content and analytics products and industrial IoT solutions for a number of industries including financial services and insurance, government, industrials/manufacturing, telecom, and transportation.

“No other company brings together more than a century of operational technology expertise with informational technology trusted in the world's most demanding enterprise environments,” said Hitachi Vantara CEO, Ryuichi Otsuki. “Hitachi Vantara capitalises on this unique combination by creating solutions that meet the needs of an increasingly connected world. Like our customers with whom we partner and co-create, Hitachi Vantara sees data as an opportunity---a path to outcomes that matter.”

“Hitachi Vantara marks a monumental change for Hitachi as we continue to advance our unified corporate vision of Social Innovation,” said Hitachi, Ltd. President and CEO Toshiaki Higashihara. “Hitachi has been helping customers harness the power of their data to support meaningful business action for years. Now as the world is being transformed by digital tools and processes, we are unifying our strongest digital solutions companies together as a new Hitachi company that delivers exponential business impact for our customers and the betterment of society. The formation of Hitachi Vantara underscores Hitachi's commitment to collaborative creation with customers and partners, and being a true innovation partner for the era of IoT.”