Thursday, February 1, 2018

Hitachi Vantara HCP Scores in Gartner’s 2018 Critical Capabilities for Object Storage

Manila, PHILIPPINES – February 1, 2018 – Hitachi Vantaraa wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced Hitachi Vantara HCP (Hitachi Content Platform) has been scored in the Gartner 2018 Critical Capabilities for Object Storage, published January 25, 2018.

Object storage is in high demand to bridge the gap between traditional storage and emerging cloud technologies to obtain the most value from enterprise data, no matter where it resides. Because object storage uses an integrated approach to manage data through object storage systems, it fuels interest and investment frominfrastructure and operations leaders, and enterprise developers.

In the report, Gartner analysts, Raj Bala, John McArthur and Garth Landers, wrote about their evaluation of thirteen object storage products based on eight critical capabilities: capacity, interoperability, manageability, performance, resilience, security and multitenancy, storage efficiency, and pricing. The analysts also wrote about their evaluation of the object storage products based on five use cases: analytics, archiving, backup, content distribution, and cloud storage.

Compared to the previous iteration of the report, the scores for Hitachi Vantara HCP have improved in all five use-cases.*

Hitachi believes it has advanced with the following:

§  Hitachi Content Platform excels at providing a smart cloud object storage solution ecosystem that delivers unique private, hybrid or public cloud storage services. This includes being able to support mixed workloads, faster reaction times, and flexibility to store and move data across multiple public cloud services. It does all of this and reduces total cost of ownership (TCO) and increases the effective capacity of storage.

§  Handling big data applications can be time consuming, but HCP offers an integrated search and analytics solution to uncover new opportunities and insights data analysis. Analytics help organizations take advantage of the value of their data, surface new insights and accelerate results. As a result, productivity and performance increase.

§  HCP features certain performance boosters, such as enhanced multipart file transfers for faster uploads of large files, easier resolution of content sharing conflicts, and universal file migration improvements. Enhanced performance is crucial for influential object storage services in order to react more quickly in order to change and to optimize costs.

§  With built-in capabilities, HCP helps to increase the effective capacity of storage by letting customers smoothly repurpose their existing primary storage, provide ease of use for downloading and uploading, and being able to monitor and control the increased growth of data. 

“We believe HCP’s position in this year’s Gartner Critical Capabilities for Object Storage shows our strength and continued investment and innovation in our HCP portfolio,” said Brad Surak, chief product and strategy officer, Hitachi Vantara. “Customers turn to us to gather, store, protect and analyze their data, so they can make faster, more informed decisions. We feel that it’s no surprise that our award-winning HCP portfolio is the go-to IT storage solution for thousands of enterprises worldwide.” 

Hitachi Vantara announced major updates to Hitachi Content Platform last year in the 2017 Hitachi press release, “Hitachi Content Platform Portfolio Transforms Cloud Infrastructure,” highlighting a 400% increase in usable storage per cluster, 67% more storage node capacity via 10TB drives, a 55% increase in objects per node, and simplified software licensing for customers to achieve over 5 time lower storage costs than public cloud, all leading to over 60% TCO savings compared to public cloud for enterprise use cases.

Source: Gartner, “Critical Capabilities for Object Storage,” Raj Bala, Garth Landers, John McArthur, 25 January 2018.*In the 2016 version of the report, Hitachi Vantara HCP was named as Hitachi Data Systems HCP.

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About Hitachi Content Platform
The Hitachi Content Platform portfolio allows organizations to advance their digital workplace experience in a way that incorporates existing content repositories, delivers new age file sharing, collaboration and end-user data protection capabilities, simplify searches and provides APIs to design new workflows and customize the user experience. At the core is object storage software that allows organizations to broker a holistic approach to the digital workplace spanning data within the enterprise and in the cloud. The HCP portfolio intelligently automates tasks related to compliance, protection, security, and management. This allows organizations to speed operations, retain visibility and control with faster, simpler methods to find, analyze and share.

About Hitachi Vantara
Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society. We combine technology, intellectual property and industry knowledge to deliver data-managing solutions that help enterprises improve their customers’ experiences, develop new revenue streams, and lower the costs of business. Only Hitachi Vantara elevates your innovation advantage by combining deep information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and domain expertise. We work with organizations everywhere to drive data to meaningful outcomes. Visit us at

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

PTV4 and NEC launch digital terrestrial broadcasting services in the Philippines

Press release

Manila, Philippines, 26 January, 2018 -- People’s Television 4 (PTV4), the Philippines’ public broadcasting network, has gone from analog to fully digital after thelaunch of the network’s digital terrestrial broadcasting system on January 2017. NEC Philippines, Inc. provided overall support for the introduction of digital terrestrial TV equipment, including its installation and the training of personnel, as part of enabling viewers to enjoy their favorite programs with better and clearer reception.

A “switch-on” ceremony was held at PTV4’s broadcasting center in Quezon City and was led by the Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Martin Andanar.

Andanar said, “The administration’s goal of bringing the government closer to its people is now more achievable than ever.” At the time of his appointment, Andanar pushed efforts to modernize the state network. He envisioned PTV to be on par with its local counterparts in the country, and expanded the breadth and depth of PTV4’s educational, cultural and international programs.

PTV Network General Manager, Dino Apolonio, said that the network must keep pace with its counterparts, both locally and abroad. “As the state network, we have to take it upon ourselves to lead the charge towards digital transition. It will be very beneficial for the people first of all, and we have to keep up with the rest of the world,” he said.

“NEC is proud to be working with PTV4 to expand the delivery of high quality broadcasting to a larger audience in the Philippines,” said Elizabeth Pangan, President, NEC Philippines. “As part of NEC’s focus on providing Solutions for Society, this equipment will help to ensure that broadcasting and access to information is reliably maintained, especially during times of emergency, such as when powerful storms strike the region,” she added.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Vote for your favorite Triathletes at SBR.PH

Press release Pre-Awarding Activities:  Where and How to Make Your Vote Counts

Catch the latest in the Awards happening in February at the Century City Mall!  With Black Arrow Express as official logictics partner, Philippine Airlines as official carrier, The Big Difference Communications -partner PR and Marketing, Tourism Promotional Board and the Department of Tourism, is all set for its annual award's night.

The whole awarding started with the nomination stage. Now on its voting phase, community members and friends are placing in their voice by choosing who they think should be the one by going to

How not to get your vote(s) counted at the 5th Annual Award?

 Please double check your email as the voting is automated. You won't be able to confirm your vote if you entered the wrong email.
Voting Procedures :
2. Make sure to enter your CORRECT email as you will be sent a CONFIRMATION EMAIL.
3. You will need to reply with the keyword to validate your vote.
4. As an extra measure to prevent double votes and fake accounts, everyone is required to answer the simple question in the confirmation email.
5. Double check your email address as the confirmation email will only be sent once.
6. If we see you voted more than once, your vote will automatically be deleted along with your original vote. Your invalidated votes will then be deducted to the current count of the nominee(s) who you voted for.

Cast now your votes and be counted in the winning moment of your nominee!


Thursday, January 25, 2018


Press release

The stage is set for the 5th DivinaLaw Philippine National Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition on February 22 to 24, 2018 at the University of Santo Tomas.
Last year's winners: Ateneo De Manila University

The Jessup Competition is the world's largest and oldest moot court competition for law students that addresses timely issues of public international law in the context of a hypothetical legal dispute between nations.  This year, more than 100 countries joined the annual debate competition.

Nine teams from all over the Philippines will compete in this prestigious competition. These are: Ateneo de Manila University, Far Eastern University-Institute of Law, San Beda College-College of Law, University of San Carlos, University of San Jose-Recoletos, University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, Lyceum of the Philippines University-College of Law, and Saint Louis University.

Teams will be judged on both their written arguments and oral pleadings.

The champion will bring home P50,000, and the distinction to represent the country in the White & Case International Rounds in Washington D.C., USA on April 1 to 7, 2018.

Last year, the Ateneo de Manila University bested eight other teams in the national rounds, and represented the Philippines in the international rounds. The Philippines has won twice in the 
International Jessup Cup: in 1995, represented by the University of the Philippines, and in 2004, with the Ateneo de Manila University.

The Jessup 2018 Philippine National Rounds is sponsored by DivinaLaw and hosted by the University of Santo Tomas, in partnership with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the Philippine Association of Law Schools.

For inquiries, please contact Atty. Enrique V. dela Cruz, National Administrator, at 09175329093 or at

Sunday, January 21, 2018

And The SBR.PH Nominees Are...

Press release

Nomination is done and the voting has started this January 17, 2018 for the deserving local tri-athlete for 2017’s season run. With names that made a mark in the circuit, community members and sports enthusiast came to front to cast their votes – showing support.

Here are the nominees:

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Press release ( is all set to bring the home-grown triathlon community into the recognition it deserves this 2018.  As enter its 8th year, new partnerships came to front all geared for the growing local community’s recognition and growth.

First into the partnership are The Big Difference Communications, a PR-Marketing and Events Management, responsible in promoting some of the sports –related events in the country such as the Ducati race.  They are also responsible in promoting the Axe Black-Fabio, Hattendo, Samwon; to name a few.  Next into the partnership is with Black Arrow Express, the ecommerce arm of Airlift Asia Incorporated.  Black Arrow Express is all set in supporting the triathlon community – now focusing the home grown triathletes development. 

Part of the new partnership is Century Properties – Century City Mall, acting as venue host for the upcoming press conference for the Tri-series, the TRIpalooza/SwimBikeRun Expo and Awards Night in January and February respectively.  Showing recognition to the growing community and activities of is the Department of Tourism (DOT).  With the focus attention on sports tourism this year, the DOT is showing recognition to the growing home breed of athletes in the triathlon field.

To give more excitement to the growing home-grown triathlon community is the creation of the triathlon activity for kids and people with disability (PWD).  Everything is in the works for this 2018. 

The tri-series event shall start this March and conclude in June, with a press launch this January and the home-grown community recognition night in February.  The tri-series shall be held in the Philippine Sports Plaza, Nuvali and Fontana while the pre-events is at the activity center of the Century City Mall in Makati City.  With the awards night, new set of awards are to be given out such as the Hall of Fame, Breakthrough Athlete as recognized by Black Arrow Express and a recognition coming from the DOT.

2018 is entering strong this year for the home-grown triathlon community as delivers things in style.