HSIS makes major storage sale to another Sunway company
By Digital News Asia October 10, 2013
- Deal involving Hitachi Unified Storage 130 storage systems and support services worth nearly RM1mil
- IT shared services centre could no longer handle volume of data caused by Sunway Group’s growth
HITACHI Sunway Information Systems Sdn Bhd (HSIS) has sealed a storage deal with Sunway Shared Services Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Sunway Berhad, that is worth nearly RM1 million (US$312,000).
The agreement, which HSIS described as its “first significant IT storage sale” since the joint venture company between Hitachi Systems Ltd and Sunway Technology Sdn Bhd was established in April, is for a storage consolidation project involving the implementation of Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) 130 storage systems and support services.
Sunway, as a public-listed holding company and a property construction group with businesses worldwide, selected the storage solutions from HSIS is an effort to boost the capabilities and performances of its existing IT shared services centre, HSIS said in a statement.
“[The sale] … confirms our strong in-country presence to provide fast and efficient support to enterprise customers, such as the Sunway Group,” said HSIS group chief executive officer and director Cheah Kok Hoong (pic above).
Sunway Group’s IT shared services centre is a centralised data centre which hosts all data and handles IT application demands from on-premise and remote offices that are spread across its diversified businesses including construction, property development, trading, quarrying, manufacturing, theme parks, medical and healthcare, and hospitality chains.
The centre was recently certified with the ISO/IEC 27001:2007 Information Security Management System (ISMS) by Sirim QAS International in recognition of its commitment to information security, data asset protection, and operational excellence, the Sunway Group claimed.
Its president Chew Chee Kin said the group has been experiencing “exponential growth and diversification of data” due to an expansion in branches, customer bases and employees.
“The storage infrastructure of our IT shared services centre could no longer handle the massive volume of data and meet business demands. We recognised the need for an upgrade to continue supporting our rapid growth,” he said.
The Sunway Group opted for the Hitachi Data Systems offerings after a three-month evaluation, HSIS said in its statement.
Chew (pic) said among the factors that stood out was Hitachi Unified Storage’s data centralisation capabilities.
“The new storage solution can help improve our IT shared services centre’s data I/O (input/ output) performance by up to 500%,” he claimed.
The migration of Sunway Group’s entire storage environment to Hitachi storage solutions was fully completed by the end of September, HSIS said.
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