Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is trying to make great strides into the cloud platform and is using its unified storage range for the medium-sized and enterprise Business to do it. Unified storage brings better performance, and efficiency. HDS’s new Unified Compute Platform (UCP) follows the lead of bundled offerings from NetApp, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and EMC, through its Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) joint venture with Cisco Systems HDS’s UCP bundle can be configured for a number of hypervisors, including Citrix Xen Desktop, Microsoft HyperV or VMware. EMC was the first company to begin offering bundled storage, server and networking solutions. Its vBlock architecture is a combination of products brought together through its VCE partnership with Cisco and VMware, a subsidiary of EMC. NetApp followed suit with its FlexPod offering; like EMC, NetApp signed a deal with Cisco for its UCS platform.. Hitachi is focused on the content cloud solutions and services which provides a single virtualization platform for all data to support cloud and big data deployments. There were some recent upgrades which cover the Hitachi Unified Storage and NAS Platform and the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) UCP Pro for VMware vSphere gets more automation and monitoring options, along with non-disruptive firmware upgrades via a new UCP Director upgrade expected to land in October. On the hardware side, it now offers Cisco networking as an option — a Brocade-only affair, previously — and support for up to 126 compute blades. UCP Select for Microsoft Private Cloud is now pre-validated for Hyper-V 3.0 and also features live migration with automated disaster recovery and resync. Offering expanded automation capabilities, the Microsoft Fast Track certified system alleviates many of the stumbling blocks for organizations that “have trouble moving from test and dev to production” in Hyper-V. UCP Select for Oracle Real Application Cluster gains a Hitachi Accelerated Flash boost, resulting in twice the IOPs and sub-millisecond wait times. Performance is further enhanced by symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) support. Altogether HDS is setting a flexible yet powerful foundation for private cloud and big data platforms.