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Malaysia's Hitachi Sunway announces first Southeast Asian sale

AvantiKumar | Oct. 17, 2013
This is the first significant IT storage sale since the JV between Hitachi Systems and Sunway Technology was announced in April, says HSIS's Cheah Kok Hoong.

Cheah Kok Hoong_Group CEO, Sunway Information Systems modified 

Photo - Cheah Kok Hoong, Group CEO, Hitachi Sunway Information Systems [HSIS]


ICT solutions firm Hitachi Sunway Information Systems (HSIS) has inked its first Southeast Asia IT storage sale since the firm was established as a joint venture between Hitachi Systems and Sunway Technology in April 2013.

HSIS group chief executive officer Cheah Kok Hoong said the new deal, a storage consolidation project comprising Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS)130 storage systems implementation and support services valued at close to RM1 million [US$315,450] has been awarded to a subsidiary Sunway Shared Services.

The sale took place after the company underwent its standard procurement selection process that involved three vendor brands of which HSIS participated as a value-add IT distributor, said Cheah, adding that the deal exemplifies the company's commitment to offering superior data storage and IT solutions to business organisations in Southeast Asia.

"HSIS is proud to have succeeded in making this sale as it proves that we are indeed a preferred IT business partner that can provide Malaysian businesses the value-add of end-to-end technology solutions," he said. "The sale also confirms our strong in-country presence to provide fast and efficient support to enterprise customers, such as the Sunway Group."

"This project is a good case reference for HSIS as it endorses our IT offerings to other large conglomerates in the region - specifically for the storage infrastructure betterment to support growing data for business needs," said Cheah.

Sunway Group president Dato' Chew Chee Kin said the group has been experiencing "exponential growth and diversification of data due to operational expansion in terms of branches, customer bases and employees."

"The current storage infrastructure of our IT Shared Services Center can no longer handle the massive volume of data and meet the business demands. We recognised the need for an upgrade to continue supporting our rapid growth," said Chew.


Photo - Dato' Chew Chee Kin, President, Sunway Group. 

Photo - Dato' Chew Chee Kin, President, Sunway Group.

Centralised data centre

Chew said 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 & healthcare, and hospitality chains.

Recently, Sunway Group's IT Shared Services Centre was certified with the ISO/IEC 27001:2007 Information Security Management System (ISMS) by SIRIM QAS International in recognition of its high commitment in information security, data asset protection, and operational excellence. 

Sunway Group opted for the Hitachi Data Systems offerings after a three-month evaluation, he said. "Our IT vendor evaluation procedures follow strict guidelines and requirements. Hitachi Unified Storage stands out from the other two prominent storage brands in the market space as it demonstrates high credibility in the areas of overall value, performance, security, and data centralisation capabilities."

"Another key decisive factor that made Hitachi Data Systems the choice of Sunway lies in the HSIS commitment as an implementation partner working towards improving our data centre infrastructure with their proven expertise and track record," said Chew. "The new storage solution can help improve our IT Shared Services Center's data I/O [input/output] performance by up to 500 percent."

The migration of Sunway Group's entire storage environment onto Hitachi storage solutions is fully completed by the end of September 2013.

Sunway, a public listed company in Malaysia, is the holding company of one of Malaysia's most recognised property construction groups with businesses worldwide; and its selection of Hitachi IT and storage solutions from HSIS is an effort to boost the capabilities and performances of its existing IT Shared Services Centre.


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