New initiative aims to open partner-delivered cloud- and service-based offerings to federal agencies
Hitachi Vantara Federal is launching a new initiative through its public-sector partners to bring cloud and managed services to the government market, giving agencies more options for accessing technology without having to invest in infrastructure.
The Lowdown: Hitachi Vantara Federal says the new as-a-service offerings will allow the customers of its federal partners to acquire technologies such as storage, infrastructure, and managed cloud services without the time and expense of buying and building expensive on-premises systems.
The Impact: The entry of Hitachi Vantara Federal into government IT services pits it against other technology heavyweights — notably, Microsoft (Azure), Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Oracle — in bids for lucrative, multiyear contracts. By creating cloud– and service-based offerings, Hitachi Vantara Federal and its partners have an opportunity to compete as government agencies continue to shift more of their IT spending from on-premises to services. The U.S. government is the largest IT customer in the world and will spend more than $89 billion on technology goods and services in 2019, according to the White House budget report.
The Buzz: “As the quantity of data our federal customers must tackle continues to escalate, so does the need for them to have faster, easier access to proven data services and data management solutions,” said Dave Turner, president and CEO of Hitachi Vantara Federal. “Today, we are excited to announce the ability to address those challenges directly by offering a new set of innovative solutions based on the traditional as-a-service model. This will lift the burden of financial and technology risk and allow our partners and customers to advance any requirement they have, from modernization of systems to surge needs, in a highly agile manner that also works within their budget.”
“This is a game changer for many federal agencies that are in need of modernization tools and may not have larger budgets for capital infrastructure expenditures,” said Gary Hix, director of engineering for Hitachi Vantara Federal. “We are confident this set of solutions will help the government advance innovation and modernization at a more rapid pace — a pace that is critically needed in today’s data environment.”