Hitachi ID Systems, an analyst-recognized identity and access management (IAM) leader, today announced a strategic agreement with its parent company, Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., to bundle its IAM suite, which consists of Identity Manager, Password Manager and Privileged Access Manager, with select Hitachi Content Platform and Hitachi Unified Compute Platform offerings from Hitachi Data Systems.

Increasingly, the need to connect and manage a large number of distributed digital identities across the enterprise has become a key challenge facing IT decision makers. For this reason, reliable, proven IAM solutions offered by Hitachi ID Systems, are in high demand and will continue to be with industry analysts forecasting the global IAM market growing from $5.13 billion in 2013 to more than $10 billion in 2018.

"As data creation, usage and storage continues to grow, so does the risk level that IT decision makers face without incorporating effective data protection solutions with their existing infrastructure, systems and platforms. With this partnership, Hitachi Data Systems and Hitachi ID Systems will combine powerful enterprise storage offerings with identity management and access governance that offer greater data protection, flexibility and choice to customers and partners around the globe," stated Neil Colstad, vice president, ISV Alliances and Verticals, Hitachi Data Systems. 

"Our collaboration with Hitachi Data Systems will result in some of the worlds' most advanced, integrated enterprise storage and security solutions offered in the market today," said Howard Trottenberg, Senior Vice President, Channels, HIDS.  "This strategic move opens new avenues for HIDS to expand the sales of its IAM solutions through the vast global reach of the HDS channel and direct sales force."