Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hitachi Data Systems Wins Two VMware Innovation OEM Partner of the Year Awards

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Company Recognized for Extraordinary Performance Globally and in EMEA

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), today announced that it has been honored as a winner of two VMware Partner of the Year awards in the Innovation OEM Partner category for its exceptional efforts both globally and in EMEA at the VMware Partner Leadership Summit 2017 (see VMware press release here).

The two awards recognize the company’s accomplishments in 2016, including unprecedented year-over-year revenue growth and continued integration between Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) offerings and VMware vSphere, vSAN, vRealize and NSX solutions. Furthermore, with its next-generation Programmable Data Center concept, HDS enables customers to consume IT and data services from both traditional and cloud-native workloads, addressing the needs of the entire application portfolio. 

“Digital transformation requires a modern, agile IT environment to take advantage of emerging trends and requirements. In collaboration with VMware, we’ve focused on engineering new ways to deliver capabilities that meet customer business objectives, reduce business risk and anticipate future customer needs. We appreciate the recognition for all that we’ve accomplished over the past year and look forward to expanding upon that success with VMware to help customers realize the power of their data for both today and tomorrow,” said Mike Walkey, senior vice president, Global Partner Organization, Hitachi Data Systems.

“For years, VMware and HDS have worked together to help customers on their transformation journey. In 2016, we raised the bar for our partnership with VMware in EMEA and globally. Our successful collaborations have resulted in a digital platform that offers flexibility, agility and a point from which customers can achieve outcomes above and beyond infrastructure modernization,” said Steve Furniss, vice president, Solutions and Products, Hitachi Data Systems EMEA.

VMware is pleased to recognize this year’s Global Partner Innovation Award winners, which are given to a select group of partners for their exceptional efforts in 2016,” said Ross Brown, senior vice president, Worldwide Partners and Alliances, VMware. “VMware is proud to see Hitachi Data Systems win these awards and we look forward to our continued collaboration.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

@warriors Dominate #NBAFinals and the Twitter Timeline

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Kevin Durant was mentioned over one million times during game 5

13 June 2017, MANILA - The Golden State Warriors (@warriors) proved that they are the better team and defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) in dominant fashion. @NBA fans around the globe took to Twitter and Periscope for live#NBAFinals conversation to rant and rave.

NBA players took to Twitter to congratulate #DubNation.

Despite a disappointing finish, the @cavs took to Twitter to thank the fans for their support all season long.

The @NBA brought fans right to the podium for the postgame press conferences live on Twitter and Periscope for the first time ever during the #NBAFinals.

Twitter Data
The live conversation around the #NBAFinals spread across the globe since the series began. Here are moments that generated the biggest peaks of Twitter conversation in the series:
1.      Warriors win NBA Finals (Game 5)
2.      Warriors complete comeback, win 118-113, go up 3-0 in series (Game 3)
3.      Steph Curry 3-pointer gives Warriors 129-115 lead (Game 5)

These were the most mentioned Warriors players on Twitter during the series, led by #NBAFinals MVP Kevin Durant, who was mentioned over 1 million times during Game 5 alone.

These were the most mentioned Cavs during the #NBAFinals.

All of that and more unfolded live on Twitter! Check out this Twitter Moments for one last look at all of the #NBAFinalsconversation that happened on Twitter.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Trumpets Playshop 2017 Extends. The Third Wave

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know why after almost 25 years Trumpets  Playshop is still on stage

At face value, summer workshops like those offered by Trumpets are classes to get kids busy while school is out. You pay for a three to four hours of a day in a month of singing, dancing, rehearsing, vocalizing, stretching, and most of all having fun. Some parents underestimate the meaning of those hours in Trumpets Playshop to their children. Yes, they are away from those tablets and technological devices. They are playing without a screen and they are making friends minus the friend request button. They run around, they sing, they dance a little.  To most, it looks like child’s play because it is child’s play but behind it is something so much more. Playshoppers get a chance to explore what they can do and who they can be for their rest of their lives. Take it from Audie Gemora, who together with Butch Jimenez, started Trumpets as doorway for young kids into the endless possibilities of the performing arts. “It is a space – an venue for them to play, to discover what they are gifted to do,” expounds Audie who admits that they didn’t have that space when they were younger.

At around 16 years old, Audie sang in a high school play and found fun. At the time, he just saw it as something fun to do and not really a career path. “It really was just laro (play),” shares the veteran performer. But later on, he finds himself in Repertory Philippines during the late 1970s.  In the middle of a performance in 1995 was when he realized that this was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. No one can deny that he was talented and passionate about performing. “But do not equate passion with talent. Those are two entirely different things… I had to earn passion,” he explains. Passion is when one perseveres to be better at what he or she is good at, which is his or her talent.

In Trumpets, Playshoppers get a chance to sharpen both their talent and passion. A perfect example would be Trumpets alumni, Sam Concepcion. At a very young age, Sam loved to sing and dance in front of crowds so his parents decided to place him in his first class with Trumpets, and was later on trained as a Trumpets Playshop Kid. . “I owe everything to Playshop,” Sam shares. “That’s the place I grew up in. Everything I knew about music, performing, acting, everything! At my very formative years, I was guided by Trumpets,” shares the singer, who is managed by Trumpets’ sister company, Stages. The actor, singer, dancer and host, cites Trumpets as a family to him and encourages people who like to perform to be part of that family.
And just like Sam, some of our young students turned professional talents as “Trumpets Playshop Kids” have been making waves in the current theater scene and as professional stage talents. Hand picked from the thousands of children who join the summer workshops, these talented kids have been honing their skills by performing on real live stages that include shows for various known brands and corporations, malls shows and musicals as well as being guests in concerts. These include Ericka Peralejo who played one of the orphans in Annie; Kaylene Francisco as Martha Cratchit, Andre Ruelo as Jonathon in A Christmas Carol; Gabo Tiongson as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol as well as Tommy in Playshop Playhouse’s Always Upon A Time; and Daniel Drilon and Anton Posadas in the upcoming musical, Newsies. And despite already having professional experience, these kids and teens always seem to come back home to Playshop every summer, to learn from the advanced workshop – turned theater group – Playshop Playhouse, which recently launched it’s first original musical last year called Always Upon A Time. Also, stay Tuned for the official launch of our new batch of Trumpets Playshop Kids on June 25!

On that note, even Audie can’t deny that in every Playshop, Playshoppers get a second family with no blood-affiliation except for everyone’s deep love for performing. “If you like to perform or like music and you don't have be great at it, that’s why you go to class: To learn. Everybody that I know joined never regretted it… It’s a family and it’s learning made fun,” Sam expounds. Joining the long list of Trumpets Playshop alumni are Alex Gonzaga, Nina Corpuz, Gab & Pao Valenciano, and of course, the new Engineer of Miss Saigon’s UK Tour - Red Concepcion - as well as alternate to Kim – Joreen Bautista, to name a few.

“I’m not saying all kids who are artistic will necessarily pursue it as a career but it will most definitely help develop any facet that they have. And they can use this later on, in whatever career they choose to pursue, even if it is not necessarily the arts,” Audie explains.  Nearing their 25th silver anniversary in the next year, Trumpets continues to be a haven and a home for young and aspiring talents. The secret behind lasting almost a quarter of a century is Trumpets’ genuine passion to nurture every child’s talent and skills beyond the stage. “We are after the childs full development. Its not just talent but their whole character is built… and they discover what their talent is for. So there’s a bigger picture,” he emphasizes. Trumpets aspires to be a fun and nurturing place to develop any Playshopper’s heart, mind, and soul. “The spirit of the child is as important to us as his talents. In fact, thats the more important thing,” Audie adds.

If you think that it’s all about jazz hands, memorizing lines, putting on a costume, and vocalizing do-re-mi, think again.  So for those who want to join our THIRD WAVE this year, ENROLLMENT IS ONGOING!

Trumpets Playshop’s Third wave of workshops will begin on July 16 in KIDZCITY at SM AURA and the 4th level of THE PODIUM! Available classes and schedule are as follows:

CHILDRENS MUSICAL THEATER (6-12 years old) – Mondays to Fridays from 10am-12 noon.

MUSICAL THEATRE for Teens and Aduls (13-19 years old) – Mondays to Fridays from 12:30 Noon – 3:00 PM

Recital will be on July 2, with a run through the day before (July 1).

Enroll now! Because in Trumpets Playshop, #TheBestofMe is a guarantee!
Like and follow TRUMPETS PLAYSHOP on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit for full course descriptions, details, and to keep yourself updated with our very exciting promos, events and contests for summer 2017!

Call 901-4364 , 818-1111 loc 235 or 0917-5864177. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

World Vision appeals for donations to help displaced families in Marawi

Child-focused aid organization World Vision begins its relief operations after more than 200,000 people were forced to flee the city of Marawi in Mindanao.

Relief kits that contain hygiene kits and non-food items (mosquito nets, mats, blanket and malong or tube skirt) are already being distributed.
World Vision hopes to reach at least 10,000 people or 2,000 families. In the next days, child-friendly spaces will also be set up in two evacuation centres to provide psychological first aid to the children affected by the conflict.

To extend your help to the people displaced by Marawi crisis, visit or call 372-77-77 for more information.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hitachi Content Platform Portfolio Transforms Cloud Infrastructure To Achieve Over 60% TCO Savings Versus Public Cloud

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Enable Multi-Cloud Environment On Your Terms with Hitachi Object Storage Solutions 

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), announced major updates to the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) portfolio, providing a path to digital transformation for enterprises while achieving significant cost savings over public cloud. The integrated portfolio offers the capability to increase profitability and productivity through cloud economics and by applying analytics to uncover new opportunities and insights. It also can reduce risk by enhancing security, availability and data protection.

With this release, HCP gains a 400 percent increase in usable storage per cluster, 67 percent more storage node capacity via 10TB drives, a 55 percent increase in objects per node and simplified software licensing so customers can achieve over 5x lower storage costs than public cloud, which leads to over 60% TCO savings than public cloud for enterprise use cases. 

“Once again, we’ve raised the bar for object storage with our uniquely integrated Hitachi Content Platform portfolio. Hitachi Content Platform provides the ideal ecosystem to support customers’ existing content-centric applications and newer cloud use cases and workloads simultaneously. It also provides a central way for customers to securely incorporate hybrid cloud storage on their terms to react faster to change and to optimize costs.” -- Peter Sjoberg, Chief Technology Officer, Cloud and Mobility, Hitachi Data Systems

The HCP portfolio is a unique end-to-end solution that eliminates silos; promotes collaboration; enables governance and compliance; provides safeguards for sensitive data; automates management in private, hybrid and multicloud environments; and surfaces insights through sophisticated search and analytics. The HCP portfolio includes Hitachi Content Platform for software-defined object storage; HCP Anywhere for file synchronization and sharing and data protection capabilities; Hitachi Data Ingestor (HDI), an elastic-scale cloud file gateway; and Hitachi Content Intelligence, where rapid insights emerge from your data.

“At MCIS, Inc., we are a healthcare information technology company dedicated to delivering and managing innovative products and services. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS), MCIS products and services deliver better outcomes at lower costs across the system. Hitachi helped us decrease costs with the Hitachi Content Platform portfolio’s native, self-healing capabilities, which removed the need for traditional backups. We’ve expanded with Hitachi to include other medical imaging sources and as a replacement of traditional backups for large static datasets within MCHS. The flexible security, multi-tenant support, and built-in encryption, combined with other products from the Hitachi Content Platform portfolio, have also allowed us to realize true cost savings by enabling us to repurpose existing primary storage capacity, deferring budgeted upgrades and delaying new purchases.” -- Tim Buss, Vice President, Infrastructure Services and Chief Technology Officer, Marshfield Clinic Information Services (MCIS)

“Klinikum Wels-Grieskirchen is committed to leveraging innovative IT solutions to provide the best healthcare to our patients. Over the past four years, Hitachi Content Platform has consistently delivered value as a highly scalable cloud-based clinical repository that can integrate with any clinical system. Furthermore, the healthcare data stored on HCP is readily available, which has drastically improved the speed and quality of our response to patient emergencies. We are excited about the addition of Hitachi Content Intelligence to the HCP product portfolio based on the potential to use sophisticated analytics to accelerate diagnoses.” -- Elmar Flamme, CIO, Klinikum Wels-Grieskirchen

“The challenges surrounding unstructured data growth has triggered a renaissance in object storage; both on-premises and in the cloud. The key to next-generation data management lies in collecting the high quality metadata needed to provide enhanced data visibility, automation and policy-based management regardless of where the data may physically reside. The economics of storage are evolving, and the smart move may be to start with an on-prem object storage framework that best matches company needs and is extensible to public cloud options; rather than the other way around.” -- Steven Hill, Senior Storage Analyst, 451 Research

Hitachi Content Platform Updates
As traditional organizations transform to compete with companies born in the digital era, they need a cloud-driven infrastructure for greater agility. With this release, HCP gains a 400 percent increase in usable storage per cluster, 67 percent more storage node capacity via 10TB drives, a 55 percent increase in objects per node and simplified software licensing so customers can achieve over 5x lower storage costs than public cloud alone. Customers can also take advantage of enhanced multipart file transfers to speed performance of large file uploads, downloads and range reads for Amazon cloud storage applications. APIs have also been enhanced to give organizations greater visibility to analyze the performance and health of their infrastructure.

For today’s always-on IT environments, HCP offers several reliability, availability, security and flexibility improvements. HCP adds geo-distributed erasure coding for multisite deployments, resulting in lower capacity overheads, reduced total cost of ownership (TCO), and faster rebuilds. Corrupted files are restored from storage across geographies, rather than from redundant sites, which maintains availability during adverse events, such as a large-scale outage. HCP users may choose the right  combination of data protection options including local and geographically distributed erasure coding, RAID and replication based on their business, regulatory and performance requirements. This release also includes a variety of customer-driven enhancements to further extend existing serviceability and monitoring capabilities. To provide customers with even greater flexibility, HCP has added KVM Hypervisor support to further improve the total cost of ownership and extend software-defined capabilities. To address security-conscious customer needs, HCP has added a dedicated management port that isolates user and administrator network traffic for an added level of security.

Hitachi Data Ingestor Updates
With Hitachi Data Ingestor, organizations can greatly reduce risk, cost and complexity of providing IT services to geographically dispersed locations and cloud users. New features include multipart file transfers to HCP for faster uploads of large files such as videos. Other enhancements include: easier resolution of content sharing conflicts, universal file migration improvements that boost performance, and updated cryptographic hash algorithms to further protect data. 

Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere Updates
This announcement builds on HCP Anywhere updates announced last month to enable organizations to advance their digital workplace experience in a way that incorporates existing content repositories; delivers next-generation file sharing, collaboration and data protection capabilities; simplify searches; and provides APIs to design new workflows and customize the user experienceFor additional details, the full release is availablehere.

Hitachi Content Intelligence
Announced in November 2016, this search and analytics solution is the latest addition to the portfolio which allows organizations to exploit the value of their data. The Hitachi Content Platform portfolio is the only offering that allows organizations to bring together object storage, file sync and share, cloud storage gateways, and sophisticated search and analytics to create a tightly integrated, simple and smart cloud storage solution.  For additional details the full release is available here.

Enrico Signoretti, Head of Product Strategy at OpenIO, in a March 2017 Gigaom report called Sector Roadmap: Object storage for enterprise capacity-driven workloads, wrote the following: “The HCP (Hitachi Content Platform) is one of the most successful enterprise object storage platforms in the market. It has more than 1700 customers, with an average cluster capacity between 200 and 300TB. … Alongside the hardware ecosystem, HDI (remote NAS gateway) and HCP Anywhere (Sync & Share) stand out for the quality of their integration and feature set.”

Hitachi Data Systems is a sponsor at the Cloud Expo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

The #NBAFinals are Set to Tip Off on Twitter

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The #NBAFinals are Set to Tip Off on Twitter

2 June 2017, MANILA - The matchup is set. The @Cavs and @Warriors will be featured in a third consecutive installment of the #NBAFinals. Cleveland’s LeBron James (@KingJames), Kevin Love (@kevinlove) and Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) take on Golden State’s Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30), Klay Thompson (@KlayThompson) and Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) for the Larry O’Brien Trophy. 

Join the Conversation
The best and fastest way to join the live conversation and connect directly with the teams and fellow fans is to search for and Tweet with #NBAFinals. Make sure to follow @NBA and @ESPNNBA to keep up with the latest happenings along the way.

To help bring NBA Finals Tweets to life, Twitter partners with the NBA with a special Twitter emoji. Fans Tweeting with #NBAFinals throughout the series will automatically render an emoji of the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. Fans of the Cavs and Warriors can also Tweet using #DefendTheLand (Cavaliers) and #DubNation(Warriors) for special team emojis.

Twitter has also created eight NBA Finals Twitter Stickers: 2 NBA Finals (championship ring and replica of Larry O’Brien trophy) and 3 each for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors (team jersey, team headband and foam finger with team logos).

#GoLive during the NBA Finals
“The Warmup”, which streamed live exclusively on Twitter this season, will go live with special shows before each NBA Finals game. The programs, co-hosted by sports and entertainment commentator Ben Lyons(@iamBenLyons) and emcee, DJ and sports personality Ro Parrish (@RoParrish), feature a blend of the NBA, lifestyle, music, and pop culture talk. The first #NBAFinals edition begins June 3 at 12:00 AM Manila time Fans can also tune-in postgame press conferences live on Twitter and Periscope for the first time ever after each game via @NBA.

Twitter data
There is no shortage of star power during the NBA Finals, so who are fans talking about most? This graphic from@TwitterData looks at mentions of the @Cavs and @Warriors top stars since the playoffs began.

And while there are a ton on shining stars, it all comes down to the best team. It’s a close call with two great teams, but here’s who fans think will be NBA Finals champions.