Australian Cloud Document Management Provider Edocx Among the First Customers to Select the Oper8 National Digital Archive

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – May 14, 2014 — / — Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE 6501) and Brisbane based, Australian owned and operated IT services provider, Oper8 Pty Ltd (Oper8), today announced the launch of the Oper8 National Digital Archive, a locally hosted, public cloud storage service underpinned by the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP).

Oper8 has partnered with Hitachi Data Systems to support its growing portfolio of Australian cloud services with a cloud infrastructure that meets the highest data security, availability and compliance requirements, with data guaranteed to be stored in Australia. Initially housed in the Polaris Tier III, high security data centre, the Hitachi content management solution enables Oper8 to store, protect, preserve and retrieve unstructured data with a single storage platform.

At its core is Hitachi Content Platform, a multipurpose object storage system designed to support large-scale repositories of unstructured data. With the ability to leverage Hitachi Data Ingestor (HDI) technology as a local edge NAS cache and on-ramp for cloud backup and archiving, HCP links the cloud storage and data management services directly to the Oper8 National Digital Archive.

“We chose Hitachi Data Systems to build the storage and content management infrastructure of the National Digital Archive. This has enabled us to launch a true cloud service for value added services such as document management, workflow capabilities, backup as a service, and archive, all built on the Hitachi content cloud. Companies from a range of industries such as legal, finance and health can use this service to archive, store and distribute digital content across multiple, geographically dispersed sites and branches,” said Mark Owen, Oper8 chief operating officer.

“Normally backup windows are large. With an Oper8 Edge NAS cache connected to the National Digital Archive we can backup large, unstructured data sets of more than 30TB per day for our clients,” said Owen. “The bottomless NAS capabilities delivered by the Oper8 Edge NAS cache are extremely powerful for storage redundancy, backup and archive, even for the most mission critical data such as CCTV footage and financial records.”

Demand for Onshore Cloud Drives Customer Momentum for Oper8 National Digital Archive
One of the first customers to choose the Oper8 National Digital Archive as their Australian storage solution is Australian cloud-based document provider, Edocx.

Edocx is a popular Australian electronic document management and sharing service that brings big business infrastructure to the SMB sector at a competitive price. By partnering with Oper8 as the local cloud service provider, the company can guarantee that user data will always be stored in the user account and within the selected jurisdiction. This is a vital consideration for SMBs, corporations and governments who choose cloud services, especially with the Australian Privacy Act changes that came into effect on March 12, 2014.

Chris Love, chief architect, Edocx, said the appointment of Oper8 as its strategic partner marked the next stage of the company’s growth phase in Australia.

“The ability to integrate the Edocx application with a partner’s storage solution is an example of the flexibility and potential of the application,” said Love. “This makes Edocx the perfect cloud partner with the ability to control where, how and by whom your data is stored.”

“As the first provider to offer Edocx on a local cloud infrastructure we take a very compelling service to market. With the growing demand for onshore Australian cloud storage solutions, the market recognises the Oper8 National Digital Archive as the trusted data repository and archive for Australian organisations that require certainty on data sovereignty, location and security,” said Owen.

Australian Organisations Move Applications in the Cloud
“There is a powerful shift underway in the IT market towards a utility computing model, one that Australian providers are well positioned to capitalise on,” said Altay Ayyuce, director, cloud and service provider, Hitachi Data Systems, Australia and New Zealand. “We are pleased to partner with Oper8 to deliver the content management solution for its document management, archive and backup offering in the cloud. More businesses across all sectors are moving to deploy applications in the cloud to drastically reduce IT operational costs, but they seek local cloud providers to meet data security, privacy and compliance requirements.”

Delivering infrastructure management, and converged and content management solutions and services as a tailored business model, Hitachi Data Systems allows cloud and service providers to flex up and down to capitalise on the growing demand for near-shoring cloud services without the capital expense (capex) and management requirements of traditional infrastructure in their data centre. Hitachi Data Systems recently announced the launch of its ANZ Cloud and Service Provider division, and already works with more than 20 service providers in Australia and New Zealand.

About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems provides information technologies, services and solutions that help companies improve IT costs and agility, and innovate with information to make a difference in the world. Our customers gain compelling return on investment (ROI), unmatched return on assets (ROA), and demonstrable business impact. With approximately 6,300 employees worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems does business in more than 100 countries and regions. Our products, services and solutions are trusted by the world’s leading enterprises, including more than 70% of the Fortune 100 and more than 80% of the Fortune Global 100. Visit us at

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at

About Oper8
Oper8 Pty Ltd, headquartered in Springfield, Queensland, is a specialist IT and Cloud Services Provider delivering services targeted on delivering Australian solutions for Australian business. Oper8’s product suite includes Data Storage and Management Solutions through the National Digital Archive, Data Centre Services including hosting and operational monitoring and management, software licensing, Internet connectivity and network management, and Infrastructure and Software as a Service solutions. Oper8 services are offered as a managed service or cloud solution enabling our clients to reduce capital expenses while achieving the best business outcomes from their IT investment. Visit us at

About Edocx
Edocx is an Australian owned Cloud Service Provider based in Brisbane, Australia. Edocx has been developed to provide a simple way to have all your data stored safely in a location and by a provider of your choice. Edocx is the safe and easy way into the Cloud – and we make sure that you decide what happens to your information. You don’t need to be an IT engineer to stay in control. Edocx helps you keep your valuable information safe and secure many ways: However you choose to work, from your computer or from the Cloud, Edocx keep your files backed up across multiple data centres in Australia – helping you meet your privacy obligations. The Edocx application is an easy way for all – home users, small, medium and large institutions to operate safely and securely in the Cloud environment. Visit us at


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