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Hitachi Data Systems Simplifies the Journey to The Software-Defined Data Center with Support for VMware Vsphere Virtual Volumes

February 03, 2015

Early Hitachi Data Systems support of this new framework offers increased agility, efficiency and simplified management for Hybrid Cloud deployments

San Francisco, CA, February 3, 2015 – Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), announces early support of VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes, simplifying customers' cloud journey and extending the value of Hitachi's rich infrastructure solutions. The combination of vSphere Virtual Volumes policy based automation and the trusted, high-performance infrastructure solutions from Hitachi Data Systems provides the continuous infrastructure foundation customers can build upon with confidence.

Building on a deep history of VMware support, HDS worked closely with VMware as a partner to be among the first storage providers to deliver the full benefits of vSphere Virtual Volumes and extend that functionality with the unique capabilities of high-performance Hitachi storage systems to our mutual customers. Customers deploying vSphere Virtual Volumes can look forward to the proven functionality, performance and reliability as the bedrock for advanced private and hybrid cloud deployments.

The important new VMware framework will be implemented across a variety of Hitachi Data Systems offerings, including its Hitachi NAS Platform and Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform family of storage systems. This adds to a long list of VMware API and application support Hitachi Data Systems currently offers. With customers increasingly looking to deploy converged infrastructure solutions, they can look forward to the benefits of this integration with Hitachi Unified Compute Platform, and advanced Unified Compute Platform Director integration with VMware vCenter. The powerful combination of storage solutions, deep converged infrastructure management and Hitachi Data Systems vSphere Virtual Volumes implementation will reduce storage management overhead and increase IT efficiency.

"vSphere Virtual Volumes is a major technological advancement in the storage ecosystem," said Ravi Chalaka, VP marketing of Hitachi Data Systems. "The implementation of vSphere Virtual Volumes can solve several key issues for customers: overprovisioning of storage, inflexibility to perform granular data services, complex provisioning and manual operational changes. Hitachi solutions for vSphere Virtual Volumes will enable faster go-to market, and reduce overall storage costs with more efficient utilization of storage capacity and less management overhead. It will provide increased scalability and enhanced automation with policy-based storage management."

Combining vSphere Virtual Volumes benefits with proven Hitachi storage virtualization and converged management software yields a true software-defined storage management framework, bringing the software-defined data center to fruition. With the introduction of a policy-based management system, VM and application provisioning becomes more streamlined and subsequent adjustments become less time consuming.

"vSphere Virtual Volumes is a key solution for the software-defined data center," said Gaetan Castelein, Sr. Director of Product Management, Storage and Availability, VMware. "As more workloads are becoming virtualized, Hitachi's solutions with vSphere Virtual Volumes will play a strong role in helping customers realize the benefits of simplifying IT infrastructure through efficient storage technologies in the software-defined data center."

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Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 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 materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at

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