StoneCreek Drives More Customer Value by Partnering with Hitachi Vantara

Cofounders discuss why it’s a great time to help clients deliver business outcomes and why partnering with Hitachi Vantara is different

  • November 17, 2022 | Author: Patricia Schnaidt
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“It’s a great time to be a partner,” says Mark Ziskind, founder of StoneCreek Technologies, a solutions provider and consultancy based in Marietta, GA. “Companies are trying to do more with less. Everyone is short-handed.”

An unpredictable world, coupled with the talent squeeze, is creating opportunity for StoneCreek to help customers through complex data center modernization, data protection and cloud transformation projects with white-glove service and deep subject-matter expertise. 

“As unpredictable as the economy is right now, you need a partner like StoneCreek to help lower the total cost of ownership and maximize your ROI,” says StoneCreek co-founder Dale Sides.

A Different Kind of Relationship with Hitachi Vantara

Ziskind and Sides each have used Hitachi Vantara solutions to deliver business outcomes for more than two decades, both as hands-on experts and as consultants. 

StoneCreek’s five-year relationship as a Hitachi Vantara partner goes far beyond a traditional reselling role, as the Hitachi Vantara team often seeks the firm’s specialized expertise to solve particularly challenging customer projects. 

“We’ve worked closely with Hitachi on a variety of interesting projects from storage performance analysis to data protection to leading implementations. By working with Hitachi’s Center of Excellence and having direct access to Hitachi engineering, we can create custom solutions that are cutting edge,” says Ziskind.

Sides cites recent wins in finance and legal companies that leverage Hitachi Ops Center Protector for Disaster Recovery between different geographic regions. 

“One of the things that makes us stand out is our unique ability to create scripts or APIs that enable the integration into Dev Ops strategies or system administrators automation schedules,” he says 

Taking the Long-Term View

“I like the fact that Hitachi Vantara is owned by a more than 100-year old Japanese conglomerate,” says Ziskind. “Hitachi is a long-term thinker and investor. They’re not like a lot of companies in tech that are backed by private equity and want to IPO.”

By partnering with Hitachi Vantara, StoneCreek has been able to deliver lasting value for its clients across financial services, manufacturing, legal and real estate. 

Sides says, “Hitachi Vantara gives a personal touch to its customers that few other Storage companies can match.  Hitachi customers feel like they are important not just another label.” 

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