Hitachi Vantara – US subsidiary of the Japanese tech giant – unveiled a new range of data centre products at Hitachi’s NEXT 2018 conference, marking one year since the launch of the new data-focused entity. 

Hitachi Vantara was formed last year by combining Hitachi Data Systems; the Hitachi Insight Group IoT business; and the Pentaho Big Data business.

The new products include hyperconverged (HCI systems), software management, and automation tools.

Tens of thousands of new devices are connecting to the internet every second, bringing with them huge amounts of data. Businesses who utilise this data to gain actionable insights can see their revenues grow by 10%, and modernising data centres is an essential part of their digital transformation strategies.

Hitachi Vantara says the new solutions will help enterprises expedite their cloud initiatives, and cut costs through IoT-powered maintenance and repair. It claims companies can reduce their data centre costs by up to 38%.

To help deliver the new smart cooling module, the company has partnered with cooling management leaders Vigilent. Vigilent’s technology uses machine learning and IoT temperature sensors to enable enterprises to keep a handle on hot spots. Dynamic cooling automatically responds to temperature changes, and management control allows operators to adjust the temperature of each individual rack.

Dave Hudson, Chief Executive Officer at Vigilent said it is imperative that more centres keep on top of their cooling.

“Cooling can create significant business risk. It also is an area that is ripe for operational and efficiency improvements,” he said.

Brian Householder, CEO of Hitachi Vantara emphasised the importance of getting a headstart with digital transformation.

“In today’s data-driven economy, organizations that are slower to adopt digital strategies will find it challenging to compete and stay relevant,” he said.

Earlier this month, Microsoft Azure suffered a cooling issue that left users unable to use its service.  The tech giant is trialling underwater data centres to help cut cooling related outages and costs.