Hitachi Sunway Makes The First Hitachi Storage Sale in SEA

HSIS seals close to RM1 million Hitachi storage sales; helps boost Sunway Group’s data center efficiency by 500 per cent

Kuala Lumpur – Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn. Bhd (“HSIS”), a leading IT services and solutions provider in Southeast Asia (SEA), today announce that it has sealed its first significant IT storage sale since its joint venture establishment between Hitachi Systems, Ltd. and Sunway Technology Sdn Bhd earlier this year in April.

The storage consolidation project consists of Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) 130 storage systems implementation and support services valued at close to RM1 million is made to Sunway Shared Services Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Sunway Berhad (“Sunway”). 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.

Sunway, a public listed company in Malaysia, is the holding company of one of Malaysia’s most recognized 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 Center.

According to Cheah Kok Hoong, Group CEO / Director of HSIS, the deal exemplifies the company’s commitment to offering superior data storage and IT solutions to business organizations in SEA.

“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. The sale also confirms our strong in-country presence to provide fast and efficient support to enterprise customers, such as the Sunway Group,” says Cheah.

HSIS meets Critical Business Requirements of The Sunway Group
Meanwhile, Dato’ Chew Chee Kin, President of The Sunway Group shares that 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 recognized the need for an upgrade to continue supporting our rapid growth,” he says.

Sunway Group’s IT Shared Services Center is a centralized data center 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 Center 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. “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 centralization capabilities,” says Dato’ Chew.

“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 center infrastructure with their proven expertise and track record. The new storage solution can help improve our IT Shared Services Center’s data I/O (Input/Output) performance by up to 500 percent,” adds Dato’ Chew.

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

Cheah ends, “This project is a good case reference case 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.”

Note to Editor: In recent, HSIS has been officially appointed as a Gold Partner of Hitachi Data Systems.