HDS Extends Big Data Capability With Pentaho Deal

by CXOtoday News Desk    Feb 11, 2015

big data

Today, an increased number of traditional storage vendors are finding alternative revenue streams as new technologies such as cloud and big data are gaining momentum.  The recent example comes from Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a provider of mid-range and high-end storage systems, software and services, who has announced that they are acquiring Pentaho, a big data integration and business analytics company with an open source-based platform for diverse big data deployments.

While the amount involved in the deal was not disclosed, company sources mentioned, this is the largest private big data acquisition transaction to date.

The Pentaho platform simplifies preparing and blending any data and includes a spectrum of tools that enable users to easily analyze, visualize, explore, report insights and predict outcomes. Pentaho offers a platform that is open, embeddable and extensible, which allows it to deliver data and analytics as a service to customers and partners.

The acquisition of Pentaho is expected to be complete by the middle of this year, and will create a new Hitachi entity, Pentaho, a Hitachi Data Systems company. Pentaho’s CEO, Quentin Gallivan, will remain and report to Kevin Eggleston, a senior vice president of HDS.

The acquisition will help Hitachi to speed up business innovations that integrate machine data, information technology and analytics to extract value from big data and the Internet of Things.

“Data remains an untapped resource for many organizations and businesses – with the realization of the value of that data remaining a challenge,” said Kevin Eggleston, senior vice president, Social Innovation and Global Industries, Hitachi Data Systems.

“We are pleased to join the Hitachi Data Systems family and truly believe our complementary set of solutions will accelerate the adoption of big data deployments and Internet of Things applications,” said Quentin Gallivan, chairman and chief executive officer, Pentaho.

 “The broad resources, expertise and global presence of Hitachi Data Systems, as well as Hitachi, Ltd., help ensure a strong foundation for Pentaho to continue to accelerate our big data analytics and data orchestration capabilities, bring new innovations to market, and expand support for current and future customers,” commented Gallivan.

This acquisition builds on an existing OEM relationship between the two companies and is a core component of the HDS strategy to accelerate its social innovation business and become a leader in IoT.

While the idea of this deal is to extend HDS’ product offerings into the lucrative big data space, experts believe that it needs to be seen how the company leverages Pentaho platform and create a competitive edge in the already crowded storage big data market.