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A major concern of customers is the challenge of managing SharePoint and file servers, along with the cost of keeping on-premises storage, said Brian Cann, vice president of marketing and solutions for global infrastructure services, solutions, and consulting at CGI, a Montreal, Quebec-based solution provider and long-time HDS partner.
"Customers are looking for ways to take some of the data off their premium storage products to the cloud while keeping it accessible to users," Cann said. "With Hitachi Data Systems' information cloud, they can use intelligence to move data which hasn't been accessed for 30, 60, or 90 days to lower-cost storage."
The ability to get business intelligence from data stored on HDS arrays is a good next move for customers, Cann said.
"Since we have a lot of Hitachi storage on the floor, this is a bolt-on software that adds the new capabilities," he said. "This allows customers to move data to lower-cost storage based on business rules."