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Press Release

August 06, 2013

Hitachi Data Systems Speeds Mainframe Applications With New Tiered Storage and Advanced Flash Technologies

Company Showcases New Automation and Advanced Flash Storage for Mainframe at SHARE 2013

SANTA CLARA, Calif.— August 6, 2013 — Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today continues its leadership of mainframe storage with new technologies that improve the performance of customers’ mainframe applications. The company will spotlight the new Hitachi Tiered Storage Manager for Mainframe and a leading mainframe flash storage offering at SHARE2013, August 11-16, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. The new technologies align with IDC results that in 2012, HDS shipped more storage capacity into mainframe environments than any other supplier (IDC WW Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker, 1Q2013).

“Demand for mainframe attached storage has been strong for much of the past year and a half,” said Eric Sheppard, research director, IDC Storage. “In fact, worldwide investments in enterprise storage supporting mainframe environments outperformed the total external disk storage systems market five of the seven most recent quarters tracked by IDC. Hitachi's long trusted presence within this portion of the market and its continuous investments in storage technologies like Hitachi Tiered Storage Manager for Mainframe are important reasons why the company is shipping so much capacity into this market.”


New Technologies Easily and Efficiently Speed Mainframe Applications

Hitachi Tiered Storage Manager for Mainframe is a new native management product for IBM® z/OS® and is for Hitachi Dynamic Tiering for Mainframe. The new product controls storage service levels for critical mainframe applications and uses proven Hitachi Dynamic Tiering to automate optimum performance and utilization with tiered storage. Online control of storage service levels helps customers improve their performance, avoid problems before they happen, and drive efficiencies throughout the environment.

Hitachi Tiered Storage Manager for Mainframe is integrated with DFSMS, which is familiar to the mainframe administrator, does not require additional interfaces, and minimizes training. It automates control of application storage service levels through automated tiering policies for application datasets aligned to SMS storage groups or to individual devices. At the same time, it provides reporting and control for ongoing management and monitoring of Hitachi Dynamic Tiering for Mainframe.

Today, Hitachi Data Systems also solidified its mainframe storage performance lead with new mainframe support for the latest flash acceleration microcode enhancements for Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) that dramatically improve high speed flash media performance within VSP. Now mainframe performance has been boosted by as much as 26% for reads and 46% for writes with flash acceleration and the latest Hitachi VSP microcode releases. This complements the unique Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage and will benefit customers using all-flash volumes as well as those using hybrid configuration with Hitachi Dynamic Tiering automated page-based tiering.”

HDS Tiered Storage and Flash Technologies for Mainframe Environments at SHARE 2013

SHARE 2013attendees can experience why more customers choose Hitachi VSP for their mainframe storage than any other vendor. As a Silver Premier sponsor, HDS will demonstrate the power of its technologies for mainframe environments through presentations and in-booth demonstrations in Booth #314. Speaking sessions include:

“Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform Update”
Tuesday, August 13, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

“Hitachi Dynamic Tiering – Managing Mainframe Storage Easily and Effectively”
Wednesday, August 14, 3-4 p.m.

“Solving Complex Mainframe Replication and Data Protection Problems With Hitachi VSP”
Wednesday, August 14, 3-4 p.m.

“Storage Economics”
Thursday, August 15, 12:15-1:15 p.m.

“Simplified Migrations Along With Improved Backup and Disaster Recovery”
Thursday, August 15, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

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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 6,000 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

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