Hitachi Data Systems' new ANZ CTO supports cloud move

Hitachi Data Systems has welcomed Andrew McGee to the ANZ CTO position who hopes to help drive the company's cloud strategy locally.

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has appointed Andrew McGee as chief technology officer of its Australia and New Zealand operations.

McGee, who previously held the position of director of federal government presales, will help deliver on the company's business-defined IT strategy. He will be responsible for creating solutions teams in the areas of converged infrastructure, advanced automated IT management, scale out computing, in-memory analytics, and remote branch office solutions.

At the same time, McGee will continue with his position as presales director of ANZ, which he has held for the last nine months. He will manage an Australian-wide team of systems engineers and technical salespeople, as well as be responsible for the technical capability of the team tasked with building solutions to meet an organisation’s challenges.

"We are increasingly focusing on providing our customers with continuous cloud infrastructure that enables a non-disruptive shift to a new model of pay-per-use computing," said McGee. "My role will be to assist enterprises with that transition, and deliver agile and automated technology solutions that enable IT departments to successfully execute projects at speed."

McGee takes over the reins from former ANZ CTO Adrian De Luca, who is now Asia-Pacific CTO for HDS.

Neil Evans, regional VP and general manager of ANZ HDS, who was appointed to the position last April , commended McGee on his new position.

"For customers to realise their business vision, it is important for HDS to understand the evolving needs of the ANZ market," he said.

"Andrew will play a crucial role in increasing our understanding of customer requirements and business directions, and using this insight to drive technologies that help organisations innovate with information."

Yesterday, the company announced it was looking to transform itself as a cloud technology provider , offering its products to help other market players enhance their cloud offerings, despite the fact that a majority of the market still regards HDS as a storage player.

HDS' vice president and general manager for Asean Ravi Ravi Rajendran acknowledged this was still the case, and believes it will require the company to "work hard to change this and a concerted effort to transform the company".

McGee said he is confident the company is well positioned for the move.

"Now that we have the mature converged compute platform, which incorporates compute, storage, and networking in an integrated infrastructure, that's certainly assisted us to move into the cloud because now we believe we can provide more than just the storage layer," he said.

Locally, the company has already inked a cloud partnership with Avnet, which forms part of its three-pronged approach to the cloud, according to McGee.

"We recently launched our cloud service provider team in ANZ led by Altay Ayyuce, and they're working with some pretty big cloud providers, like Telstra, in giving those guys infrastructure that they can provide to their customers as cloud service providers in their own right," he said.

McGee said the company is also assisting customers in setting up their own private clouds.

"We have a number of customers in government and commercial that are doing that. For instance, in government we have whole-of-government providers and they're positioning themselves to provide services to their customers.

"On a private cloud perspective obviously as an infrastructure provider and a technology provider, you provide efficiency, technology, and expertise around that."

To complement its services, McGee revealed HDS ANZ will shortly be announcing the ability for its partners to provide public cloud services. He said it will be based on parent company Hitachi's infrastructure and technology.

"I think we cover every which way our customers want to go to the cloud whether it's hybrid model or a purely public model or a privately built model."