Hitachi Vantara improves cloud services with container security, multicloud support for DevOps and data services

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., announced enhancements to Hitachi Enterprise Cloud (HEC) Container Platform that enhance Hitachi’s managed cloud services offerings. New security, simplified multi-cloud management and faster deployment and management of Kubernetes container environments help customers simplify and accelerate their cloud initiatives.

These enhancements help enterprises deliver business outcomes by maximizing the power of data no matter where it resides – from the data center to the cloud and out to the edge – and move them forward in today’s digital, data-driven business landscape.

As organizations move more development into cloud-native application environments with containers, particularly customers in financial services and other highly regulated industries, they require not only standard security measures, but also container-specific solutions that allow complete visibility into container status and activity.

These solutions need to enable the security of container-based applications from development to production while improving the management and deployment experience.

Hitachi Enterprise Cloud Container Platform provides an “as a Service” delivery that provides elastic consumption with a hybrid cloud platform for containers, DevOps and data services. At the same time, it controls risks by addressing shadow IT and limiting cloud lock-in. It features pay-as-you-go options with a small entry point and no upfront investment, along with predictable rate card pricing with no hidden costs.

Hitachi Enterprise Cloud reduces costs and risks through improved IT service delivery capabilities. It increases control over cloud resources as well as management of resources for applications and deployment processes. By automating IT service delivery to match diverse set of business requirements, organizations will achieve far greater agility in delivering the infrastructure and application services it needs, without compromising on service levels.

Hitachi Vantara is partnering with Aqua Security to add comprehensive security capabilities to the HEC Container Platform service that enable customers to safely move their mission-critical applications to an agile, cloud-native platform. The collaboration delivers a comprehensive, managed and pre-engineered, end-to-end container solution designed to provide unmatched security for DevOps and data services through enhanced visibility and control of container activity.

Currently available, HEC Container Platform also adds support for multicloud management to deliver transparent visibility through a single cloud management interface, reducing risks, costs and time to value by helping customers manage multiple cloud implementations simultaneously. Customers get improved visibility of private, hybrid and public cloud deployments with the ability to run application workloads in these disparate environments without the need to adapt applications to proprietary public cloud APIs, interfaces and methods, reducing lock-in concerns.

HEC Container Platform adds self-service capability with one-click deployments of Kubernetes clusters. In addition, an extended pre-tested, pre-integrated catalog of DevOps and data services are available for deployment, enabling developers to self-serve Kubernetes clusters, as well as related DevOps and data services such as Spark, Cassandra and Kafka, speeding application development. This accelerates the cloud experience for customers by simplifying how containers and related services are deployed.

Aqua Security adds capabilities to the HEC Container Platform service including run-time protection, encryption, vulnerability scanning and micro-segmentation for a solution that detects and prevents suspicious activity and attacks while providing transparent, automated security and simplifying enforcement of corporate security policies and regulatory compliance.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Hitachi Vantara to help ensure the security of data in containerized applications for customers leveraging the Hitachi Enterprise Cloud Container Platform,” said Dror Davidoff, CEO of Aqua Security. “Aqua’s cloud-native security platform provides full visibility and comprehensive protection over containerized environments, with security controls and intrusion prevention capabilities at any scale. As an MSP Partner in our Aqua Link Partner Program, Hitachi Vantara eases the path to more centralized management of container deployments and accelerates customer deployments.”

“Customers are facing an increased need to ensure the security of their container-based applications from development to production as well as enabling developers to become more productive with self-service access to DevOps tools and data services,” said Bobby Soni, chief solutions and services officer at Hitachi Vantara. “In collaboration with Aqua Security, HEC Container Platform’s enhanced security capabilities increase control over cloud resources allowing customers to meet security and compliance audits. With added self-service Kubernetes capabilities and an enhanced range of DevOps and data services, organizations will achieve greater agility in delivering the infrastructure and application services they need to empower developers, without compromising on security and service levels.”


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