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Hitachi Data Systems Announces Broad Support for System Center 2012

April 17, 2012

New Hitachi Solutions Built on Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Help Businesses Quickly and Cost-effectively Deploy Private Cloud Infrastructures

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — April 17, 2012 — Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT/ TSE: 6501), today announced new versions of Hitachi solutions built on Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track. These new solutions add broad support for System Center 2012, including System Center 2012 monitoring packs and PowerShell cmdlets (pronounced “command-lets”). This support provides seamless integration with the Virtual Machine Manager component of System Center 2012 and transparent live migration of virtual machines on the same site and across multi-site deployments up to distances of 200 kilometers, or 125 miles. The new Hitachi solutions built on Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track also support 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.

Hitachi solutions built on Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track combine Hitachi compute and storage with industry-standard network infrastructure and Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 software.

Businesses today need building blocks for private cloud infrastructures that are reliable, available, scalable, multitenant and multitiered. Hitachi Data Systems addresses these customer challenges by looking at the data center from a business perspective, tuning solutions to different business needs and driving innovation across all components. As the latest milestone in the company’s relationship with Microsoft, the new Hitachi solutions built on Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track help businesses quickly and cost-effectively deploy private cloud infrastructures with predictable results and create an avenue for further automation and orchestration.

“The new Hitachi solutions built on Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track provide our customers with a consistent and scalable infrastructure as a service that can be quickly deployed to host Microsoft applications,” said Brian Householder, senior vice president, Worldwide Marketing, Business Development and Partners, Hitachi Data Systems. “For private cloud deployments, we provide a foundation on which Microsoft software, guidance and validated configurations are combined with Hitachi compute, storage and software technologies. Our joint customers can quickly build a private cloud infrastructure that has flexible, just-in-time provisioning and dedicated resources with efficient operations that are optimized to control shared capabilities, data and costs.”

“The new Hitachi solutions built on Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track bring together mission-critical expertise from Hitachi and Microsoft with the proven value of System Center 2012, Windows Server and Windows Server Hyper-V in a validated private cloud architecture,” said Brad Anderson, vice president, Management and Security, at Microsoft. “The goal is to help customers quickly and reliably deploy a private cloud based on the expertise and experience of both Hitachi and Microsoft.”

Hitachi, Ltd., 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 Adaptable Modular Storage systems, and Hitachi Storage Cluster for Microsoft Hyper-V, an end-to-end server-to-storage virtualization solution.

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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 5,400 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:

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

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