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Press Release

April 08, 2013

Hitachi Data Systems Announces Support for Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track, Version 3

Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select for Microsoft’s Private Cloud Architecture Helps Businesses Cost-effectively Deploy and Easily Manage Private Cloud Infrastructures

SANTA CLARA, Calif.— April 8, 2013 — Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced that Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) Select for Microsoft Private Cloud supports Microsoft Corp.’s Private Cloud Fast Track architecture, version 3. This updated converged solution adds support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 SP1 and the associated monitoring packs, PowerShell cmdlets (pronounced “command-lets”) and Orchestration integrations, and combines Hitachi compute and Hitachi storage with industry-leading virtualization capabilities and best-of-breed networking.

Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select for Microsoft Private Cloud provides a simplified approach to delivering scalable, preconfigured, and validated infrastructure platforms for on-premises, private cloud implementations. With local control over data and operations, customers can dynamically pool, allocate, secure, and manage resources for agile infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) or platform-as-a-service (PaaS.) Likewise, business units can deploy line-of-business applications with speed and consistency using self-provisioning and decommissioning automated data center services in a virtualized environment.

Today’s announcement builds on the longstanding strategic relationship and close collaboration between Hitachi Data Systems and Microsoft. As an inaugural participant in the Fast Track Program, HDS has seen tremendous momentum and growth in demand for Microsoft’s private cloud solutions over the last three years. Hitachi Data Systems has seen strong adoption of its Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track solutions in key vertical markets including telecommunications, hosted managed services, and the service provider space, as well as global 1000 customers in the retail and financial sectors. Rapid deployment of Microsoft applications such as SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Lync Server is driving customer adoption, demonstrated by the strong alignment between HDS and the Microsoft Fast Track team in Redmond and worldwide.

Hitachi Data Systems was one of the first OEMs to commit to the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track program as a Gold Sponsor at TechEd Berlin in November 2010. HDS introduced its first Microsoft Private Cloud solutions in early 2011, followed by version 2 solutions for Microsoft Private Cloud in 2012, and today’s announcement of version 3 solutions.

“In today’s dynamic market, companies require an IT infrastructure that can adapt and grow with their business while protecting their current investments,” said Mike Walkey, senior vice president, Global Partners and Alliances, Hitachi Data Systems. “We are proud to deliver innovative information solutions optimized for the latest version of Microsoft Private Cloud FastTrack architecture, providing the flexibility and scalability that our mutual customers demand. We are dedicated to continuing our investment in Microsoft private cloud solutions for our joint customers and continue to see these solutions driving a strong business impact for Hitachi Data Systems.”

The new Microsoft validated HDS reference architectures provide seamless integration with the Virtual Machine Manager component of System Center 2012 and transparent live migration of virtual machines (VMs) on same-site and multi-site deployments up to distances of 200 kilometers, or 125 miles. Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select for Microsoft private clouds also supports full provisioning of compute and storage resources, allowing customers to quickly provision virtual machines with full support for the Orchestrator component of System Center 2012. With the heterogeneous virtualization capabilities of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform and Hitachi Unified Storage VM, companies can extend investments in supported 3rd party storage.

“With Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision, customers gain groundbreaking technology to deploy cloud infrastructure using Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1,” said Chris Phillips, Partner Director PM, Windows Server and System Center, Microsoft. “Strategic collaborations with innovative companies like Hitachi Data Systems help customers move forward with their deployments quickly and confidently. Hitachi Data Systems has been an active participant in the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track program since its inception. Their latest solution, the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select for Microsoft Private Cloud, version 3, builds on their experience and success with Microsoft private cloud implementations in the datacenter. Microsoft and Hitachi Data Systems help our customers realize the benefits of our Cloud OS vision today, by providing a quick and efficient way for telecommunications companies, hosters, service providers, and enterprises to deploy robust Microsoft private cloud solutions.”

Hitachi Data Systems and Microsoft have a long-standing relationship that has delivered mission-critical solutions to customers around the world. Hitachi solutions that support Microsoft applications include Hitachi Compute Blade, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform, the industry’s leading storage virtualization platform for enterprise data centers, Hitachi Unified Storage systems, and Hitachi Storage Cluster for Windows Server Hyper-V, an end-to-end server-to-storage virtualization solution.

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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 5,900 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 320,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2011 (ended March 31, 2012) consolidated revenues totaled 9,665 billion yen ($117.8 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, industrial, transportation and urban development systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at

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