Hitachi and VMware Expand Strategic Partnership

Hitachi and VMware Expand Strategic Partnership 
Hitachi to Join VMware vCloud(R) Datacenter Services Program;
Collaboration Aims to Provide Reliable and Trusted Hybrid Cloud
Solutions 
TOKYO and PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/15/12 --  Today
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, "Hitachi") and VMware (NYSE: VMW) announced
the expansion of their strategic partnership to accelerate the
deployment of reliable and trusted hybrid cloud solutions. As part of
this partnership expansion, Hitachi plans to join the VMware
vCloud(R) Datacenter Services program.  
News summary: 


 
--  Hitachi will join the VMware vCloud(R) Datacenter Services program.
    VMware vCloud Datacenter Services offer enterprise-class hybrid cloud
    services to multiple countries around the world. Hitachi plans to
    offer VMware vCloud Datacenter Services as a part of the Hitachi cloud
    solution in fiscal year 2013.
    --  Hitachi's social innovation business initiative seeks to provide
        social infrastructure to support customers with highly efficient
        and highly reliable information and telecommunications system
        technologies. As one of its high-priority initiatives, Hitachi is
        seeking to provide reliable and trusted hybrid cloud solutions on
        a global scale.
--  Hitachi will open a VMware Competency Center in December 2012 in
    Yokohama City, Kanagawa. The center aims to accelerate the development
    of hybrid cloud services based on VMware vCloud Datacenter Services,
    as well as IT platform products and services that support cloud
    computing. In parallel, the companies will jointly market and sell in
    the cloud services market.
--  VMware solutions will be supported as a premium level of Hitachi
    Support services.
    --  Under the technical partnership with VMware, Hitachi will add
        VMware solutions to its premium level of support services. This
        enables customers to secure support for their business-critical
        cloud environments.
--  Hitachi is expanding its enterprise license agreements with VMware
    solutions globally, and will use them across the company's global IT
    systems of the Hitachi Group.

  
Evolution of Hitachi and VMware Partnership
 Hitachi and VMware have
had a strategic alliance in the storage business since 2004. Since
then, the companies have promoted collaboration in a variety of
fields such as the development of IT platform products, cloud, and
utilization of big data.  
In October 2012, Hitachi Data Systems introduced new converged
infrastructure offerings with servers, network and storage solutions
based on VMware cloud infrastructure. These solutions enable
customers to construct and operate cloud environments quickly and
easily. Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Pro for VMware vSphere(R) is
a pre-configured converged infrastructure solution that enables
integrated infrastructure management from VMware vCenter(TM) Server
to perform orchestration of the underlying physical infrastructure in
addition to virtual servers. Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select
for VMware View(R) is a pre-validated solution with flexible servers
and storage options to meet the specific needs of the customer. 
Executive Quotes 
Masaya Watanabe, Vice President and Executive Officer, Chief Strategy
Officer of Information & Telecommunication Systems Company,
Information & Telecommunication Systems Group, Hitachi, Ltd. 
"We are enthusiastic about the expansion of our strategic partnership
with VMware. By joining the VMware vCloud(R) Datacenter Services
program, we can provide highly reliable, secure and optimized hybrid
cloud services to our customers. In addition, as we work toward the
development of future cloud services, we will work together to
implement R&D, market and sales activities. We are excited about the
collaboration between VMware and Hitachi." 
Gary Green, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware  
"Hitachi and VMware have had a longstanding partnership, and we are
pleased to expand our strategic partnership with them. VMware
vCloud(R) Datacenter Services offered by Hitachi will give global
customers the ability to use enterprise-class cloud services that are
reliable, scalable and secure."  
About Hitachi Ltd.
 Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in
Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with
approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2011 (ended March
31, 2012) consolidated revenues totaled 9,665 billion yen ($117.8
billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation
Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems,
power systems, industrial, transportation and urban development
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. 
About VMware
 VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud
infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the
Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way
they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a
manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With
2011 revenues of $3.77 billion, VMware has more than 400,000
customers and 55,000 partners. The company is headquartered in
Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found
online at www.vmware.com. 
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mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective organizations.
The use of the word "partner" or "partnership" does not imply a legal
partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.  
Media contacts: 
Hitachi, Ltd.
Takeshi Kawakami/Miyuki Oi
Phone: +81-3-5471-8900
E-mail: koho@itg.hitachi.co.jp 
VMware Global Communications
Ken Lotich
Phone: +1-650 427-1911
E-mail: klotich@vmware.com 
 
 
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