Hitachi Data Systems Wins Two VMware Innovation OEM Partner of the Year Awards

Company Recognized for Extraordinary Performance Globally and in EMEA

SANTA CLARA, CA (June 19, 2017) — Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), today announced that it has been honored as a winner of two VMware Partner of the Year awards in the Innovation OEM Partner category for its exceptional efforts both globally and in EMEA at the VMware Partner Leadership Summit 2017 (see VMware press release here).

The two awards recognize the company's accomplishments in 2016, including unprecedented year-over-year revenue growth and continued integration between Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) offerings and VMware vSphere, vSAN, vRealize and NSX solutions. Furthermore, with its next-generation Programmable Data Center concept, HDS enables customers to consume IT and data services from both traditional and cloud-native workloads, addressing the needs of the entire application portfolio.

"Digital transformation requires a modern, agile IT environment to take advantage of emerging trends and requirements. In collaboration with VMware, we've focused on engineering new ways to deliver capabilities that meet customer business objectives, reduce business risk and anticipate future customer needs. We appreciate the recognition for all that we've accomplished over the past year and look forward to expanding upon that success with VMware to help customers realize the power of their data for both today and tomorrow," said Mike Walkey, senior vice president, Global Partner Organization, Hitachi Data Systems.

"For years, VMware and HDS have worked together to help customers on their transformation journey. In 2016, we raised the bar for our partnership with VMware in EMEA and globally. Our successful collaborations have resulted in a digital platform that offers flexibility, agility and a point from which customers can achieve outcomes above and beyond infrastructure modernization," said Steve Furniss, vice president, Solutions and Products, Hitachi Data Systems EMEA.

"VMware is pleased to recognize this year's Global Partner Innovation Award winners, which are given to a select group of partners for their exceptional efforts in 2016," said Ross Brown, senior vice president, Worldwide Partners and Alliances, VMware. "VMware is proud to see Hitachi Data Systems win these awards and we look forward to our continued collaboration."

About VMware Partner Leadership Summit
VMware Partner Leadership Summit 2017 offered VMware partners the opportunity to engage with VMware executives and industry peers to explore business opportunities, customer use cases, solution practices and partnering best practices. An invitation-only event, VMware Partner Leadership Summit 2017 provided partners with resources to develop and execute comprehensive go-to-market plans in 2017 and beyond. The event concluded with awards ceremonies recognizing exemplary achievements in the VMware Partner ecosystem. Read the press release here.

Hitachi UCP Systems
The Hitachi UCP family of converged and hyperconverged systems enable businesses to drive greater agility to stay ahead of competition. They simplify data center complexity with easier planning, implementation and management of an integrated stack of IT infrastructure and VMware virtualization technologies. With VMware at the core, Hitachi UCP systems provide unique management and orchestration software that enables the next generation of converged infrastructure solutions. Hitachi UCP provides [superior/leading] reliability, flexibility, automation and performance to support the most demanding workloads. Our next-generation Hitachi UCP HC hyperconverged infrastructure powered by VMware vSAN delivers linearly scalable performance and high availability with policy-based control for mixed workloads with near-effortless simplicity.

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About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., offers an integrated portfolio of services and solutions that enable digital transformation through enhanced data management, governance, mobility and analytics. We help global organizations open new revenue streams, increase efficiencies, improve customer experience and ensure rapid time to market in the digital age. Only Hitachi Data Systems powers the digital enterprise by integrating the best information technology and operational technology from across the Hitachi family of companies. We combine this experience with Hitachi expertise in the internet of things to deliver the exceptional insights business and society need to transform and thrive. Visit us at https://www.hds.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2016 (ended March 31, 2017) totaled 9,162.2 billion yen ($81.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 304,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

Company Contact:
Kevin Komiega
Hitachi Data Systems
Kevin.komiega@hds.com
+1 978-834-6898

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