Hitachi Vantara wanted to relocate its U.S. data center to Colorado, its area of focus for nearly all incremental corporate growth. An internal data center wasn’t an option, so Hitachi embarked on a journey to evaluate and select a state-of-the-art facility that would meet its needs in Colorado.
Major corporate growth efforts give rise to data center relocation
In the midst of significant incremental corporate growth efforts, Hitachi Vantara recognized the need to relocate its U.S. data center to Colorado, the focal point of its expansion. Based in California, the company expanded operations into Colorado in 2013 and realized that it’s an excellent location for data centers, particularly given its low risk for natural disasters, abundant power and highly educated workforce.
With its relocation goals laid out, its evaluation of data centers in Colorado began. Hitachi reviewed the Flexential Englewood data center in Denver and concluded that it’s the region’s most cutting-edge data center facility. With more than 140,000 square feet of raised floor, the Englewood data center is concurrently maintainable and fault tolerant, ensuring its customers’ mission-critical data is always available. The high-density facility offers unprecedented power usage effectiveness and superior network and cooling capabilities. These features and added benefits made the Flexential Englewood data center the obvious choice.
Unprecedented monitoring and proactive support deliver peace of mind
The Flexential client-centric approach delivered the peace of mind Hitachi was looking for by ensuring that its network and products would receive around-the-clock monitoring and proactive support from on-site expert engineers and service staff. With Flexential support offerings delivered by highly trained technical specialists, Hitachi felt confident that its assets would remain protected.
Additionally, Flexential presented Hitachi with the ability to leverage the Englewood data center as a unique product marketing opportunity. Flexential proposed a prominent floor location for Hitachi’s cage that could be viewed from a second floor mezzanine, which it could use to showcase its advanced product portfolio to prospective customers.
Superior data center space and a robust, ongoing partnership
While its previous data center was 10,000 square feet, Hitachi took advantage of Flexential’s advanced facilities and higher-density capabilities to consolidate its IT infrastructure to a 3,600 square foot space. A Flexential solution architect worked side-by-side with Hitachi IT personnel to ensure a streamlined, highly-available deployment. Hitachi was set on taking advantage of Flexential multilayered security features, expert monitoring and support teams.
At the close of the engagement, Hitachi was able to reduce their data center footprint and significantly cut costs while simultaneously gaining a cutting-edge showcase for Hitachi equipment that generates market appeal to its prospects and customers. Today, Hitachi’s multimillion-dollar investment is protected and monitored, thanks to trustworthy, around-the-clock support.
“We were looking for an industry-leading solution for our data center, and Flexential’s Englewood facility is the best in class, by far.”
- Roger Hughes, Vice President of IT Global Service Delivery, Hitachi Vantara