Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure and solutions subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced the availability of Hitachi Kubernetes Service, an enterprise-grade solution for the complex challenge of managing multiple Kubernetes environments, as part of their cloud service portfolio.
Hitachi Kubernetes Service enables customers to simplify operations, consistently, and securely deploy, manage, monitor, and govern Kubernetes clusters across major cloud providers and on premises. This empowers developers to deploy workloads on their platform of choice, and eliminates vendor lock-in.
“Hitachi Kubernetes Service is a significant addition to the cloud service portfolio of Hitachi Vantara. It can further help businesses in the Philippines and across Asia to save costs and seamlessly adopt cloud native infrastructure faster, simplifying operations. This expansion in our catalog is a reinforcement of our commitment to help enterprises accelerate and innovate their digital transformation and modernization,” said Varghese Mathew, Business Director in the Philippines and Head of Partners & Alliances in ASEAN of Hitachi Vantara.
Containers are being adopted faster and more comprehensively than previously anticipated. Gartner expects that by 2022, more than 75% of global organizations will be running containerized applications in production. The containerization of applications enables them to be deployed and run easily across different computing environments, providing substantial infrastructure cost savings.  Kubernetes is an emerging technology standard for creating, managing, and orchestrating containers and the new Hitachi Kubernetes Service brings Hitachi’s technology leadership, expertise in the enterprise, and renowned global training and support to this sector.
Accelerate Adoption of Cloud Native Infrastructure
Hitachi Kubernetes Service helps organizations accelerate the adoption of cloud-native applications by streamlining the management of the underlying infrastructure and Kubernetes cluster deployments. It also significantly simplifies how developers will use and consume IT-delivered container services whether these are delivered from on-premises or hybrid environments. The extensible self-service catalogue allows customers to optimize their experience by customizing it to match their business requirements and rapidly deploy curated applications across a hybrid Kubernetes landscape.
“While our customers love container technology, they are challenged by the complexity to deploy and securely manage containers at scale across multiple cloud environments,” said Bobby Soni, president, Digital Infrastructure, Hitachi Vantara. “Today, we are helping simplify and solve the multicloud Kubernetes challenge for our customers with the introduction of Hitachi Kubernetes Service. With this enterprise-grade service, our customers now have the freedom of a true agnostic platform, the flexibility of an extensible self-service catalogue, accompanied with world-class training and Hitachi global support to help their development teams drive business results.”
Hitachi Kubernetes Service provides enterprise-grade security with secure communications between the Kubernetes clusters and the SaaS management plane in the cloud. Key benefits are:
- Simplicity and ease of deployment through a single management pane that deploys, manages and governs across all of a customer’s private, hybrid and multicloud implementations to reduce risk and complexity
- A unified dashboard that enables efficient management and governance of multiple on-premises or the cloud-based Kubernetes clusters and the large number of resources across them
- Centralized monitoring and alerting that operators can use to solve Kubernetes root-cause analysis challenges to lower the mean time to respond and recover to achieve service level objectives
- Pre-populated applications in the robust service catalog to help developers start rapidly, using the latest Kubernetes-based orchestration and container services
Comprehensive Kubernetes Training and Global Support
One key concern in DevOps is the lack of trained and experienced personnel. Hitachi Vantara offers extensive customer training including 10 foundational courses ranging from DevOps essentials to certification-level training courses to help customers build necessary skills. Additionally, the entire Hitachi Kubernetes Service is a managed SaaS environment supported by Hitachi Vantara’s Global Customer Service organization.
The Hitachi Kubernetes Service is available today on AWS, with Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure available early in 2021.
 Gartner Press Release, “Gartner Forecasts Strong Revenue Growth for Global Container Management Software and Services Through 2024”, June 25, 2020