Hitachi Data Systems Expands Footprint into West Bengal

Opens office in Kolkata to cater to the growing demand in the East

Bangalore, August 24, 2011: Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd.(NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501) today announced its expansion into the eastern region by opening an office in Kolkata to better serve the growing storage and data management needs of enterprise customers in this market. The rapid growth of the manufacturing and IT sectors in the state has given rise to exponential data growth, and the company sees huge potential for its storage solutions in the region.

Commenting on the expansion, Vivekanand Venugopal, vice president and general manager, Hitachi Data Systems India, said, “Kolkata has emerged as a preferred IT destination with the state government offering excellent infrastructure for companies to setup operations here. We see Kolkata as a centre to service the East and North East region. The feedback and response from the existing and new partner community has been very encouraging. Together, we will address the information infrastructure requirements for various customers including Government, Utilities, Energy, Manufacturing and IT/ITes segments. These customers will now have direct access to Hitachi Data Systems best-in-class information technologies, services, and solutions that will provide a compelling ROI, unmatched return on assets (ROA) and demonstrable business impact.”

Hitachi Data Systems has developed a strong network of channel partners to effectively serve this market and has already engaged Wipro, HCL, TCS, CMC and Accel Frontline as active partners in the region, while also building on its reseller partner strength with strong focus on local partners in the east. In addition, its strong distributor network through Redington, iValue and Ingram Micro will be able to reach across the network of the eastern states in India.

Kolkata has emerged as an extremely lucrative investment destination with one of the fastest growing economies in the country. Apart from the public utility and large manufacturing industries, the state has seen rapid growth in IT infrastructure, with several large SEZs and IT parks being developed to house the eastern operations of global and Indian IT firms that have set up hubs in Kolkata.

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About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems provides best-in-class information technologies, services and solutions that deliver compelling customer ROI, unmatched return on assets (ROA) and demonstrable business impact. With a vision that IT must be virtualized, automated, cloud-ready and sustainable, Hitachi Data Systems offers solutions that improve IT costs and agility. With more than 4,900 employees worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems does business in more than 100 countries and regions. Hitachi Data Systems products, services and solutions are trusted by the world’s leading enterprises, including more than 70 percent of the Fortune 100 and more than 80 percent of the Fortune Global 100. Hitachi Data Systems believes that data drives our world – and information is the new currency. To learn more, visit: http://www.hds.com/in/.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2010 (ended March 31, 2011) consolidated revenues totaled 9,315 billion yen ($112.2 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban 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 http://www.hitachi.com.

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