Hitachi Data Systems Announces Scale-Out Platform for SAP HANA

  Hitachi Data Systems Announces Scale-Out Platform for SAP HANA

  New End-to-End Scale-Out Architecture Features Clustered Compute Nodes and
 Enterprise-Class Persistent Data Storage for Superior Availability and Data
                                  Protection

SAPPHIRE NOW 2012 Madrid SAP TechEd 2012 Madrid

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. & MADRID -- November 15, 2012

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd.
(TSE: 6501), today announced that the new scale-out capabilities of Hitachi
Unified Compute Platform (UCP) Select for the SAP HANA^® platform have been
certified by SAP. The platform enables enterprises to achieve higher
performance, scalability and data persistence for faster analysis of large
volumes of data over a distributed environment. The new scale-out architecture
combines Hitachi Compute Blade with Hitachi enterprise-class data storage, and
supports up to 16 nodes today with further expansion in the future. Today’s
announcement was made at the SAPPHIRE^® NOW and SAP^® TechEd conferences being
held in Madrid, Spain through November 16.

Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select for SAP HANA gives today’s
information-driven enterprises the ability to accelerate business decisions
and provides real-time insights based on innovative in-memory analysis of
massive datasets. The solution delivers SAP’s next-generation, in-memory
computing technology on an integrated, optimized hardware platform, which
combines Hitachi blade server technology and enterprise-class storage systems
with industry-standard network components. Together, Hitachi and SAP are
enabling organizations to unlock answers, insights and new value, faster than
ever before.

“Large and even some midsize businesses seek higher quality and more timely
access to data to facilitate real-time operational analytics with 24/7
applications,” said John Mansfield, executive vice president, Global Solutions
Strategy and Development, Hitachi Data Systems. “Our scale-out solution for
SAP HANA not only gives customers the ability to handle larger volumes of data
with better failover, increased performance and higher availability – all of
which are essential for big data use cases – but we offer several advantages
as well. Most notably this solution combines highly reliable and scalable
compute clusters for in-memory computing with an external, enterprise-class
persistent storage tier to further ensure 24/7 operation in the most demanding
and data-intensive environments. Customers have been relying on our
understanding of the business requirements for the largest mission-critical
deployments of SAP solutions for nearly 20 years. We have a proven track
record of delivering the performance, scalability, reliability, management and
total cost of ownership that they require.”

In-memory computing, the technology that enables the real-time business
intelligence of SAP HANA, demands processing, storage and transport at
unprecedented speeds and volumes. Hitachi UCP Select for SAP HANA gives
organizations a reliable, fast solution that scales easily to accommodate
dynamic workloads. The solution uses Hitachi blade server technologies to
expand capacity for SAP HANA. By integrating Hitachi compute, storage and
networking resources, organizations can accelerate their business value and
meet their demanding applications in either physical or virtual computing
environments. Hitachi Data Systems will begin general availability of the new
scale-out platform for SAP HANA next quarter.

Hitachi and SAP Alliance

Hitachi and its subsidiaries, including Hitachi Data Systems, have had a
strategic relationship with SAP since 1994, including the sale, integration
and implementation of SAP solutions. Together, Hitachi and SAP certify
integrated offerings that provide mutual customers with industry-leading
availability, scalability and performance for their critical corporate
information. The new scale-out capabilities of Hitachi UCP Select for SAP HANA
is the latest milestone in the Hitachi global technology partnership with SAP,
which includes integration of HDS technologies with SAP software, first
announced in May 2011.

Customer benefits of Hitachi solutions integrated with SAP applications
include the following:

  *Predictable, Repeatable, Reliable Results: Pre-validated reference
    architectures, pre-packaged solutions with enterprise-class components
    across the entire stack, and targeted provisioning help ensure consistent,
    predictable results as organizations look to manage and store massive
    volumes of fast-changing data.
  *Exceptional Performance: High-density computing and throughput combines
    with wide-striping technology for enhanced utilization. Customers benefit
    from flexible server management capabilities and scalable architectures.
  *Faster Time to Value: Quicker, simpler deployment is offered from a single
    source for ordering and for providing services for planning and
    implementation. Pre-configuration and SAP validation of key components
    drastically reduce onsite deployment time. Intelligent automation of
    complex tasks enables rapid provisioning of resources with the assurance
    that the appropriate underlying infrastructure components are in place.

HDS Solutions at SAPPHIRE NOW and SAP TechEd 2012 Conferences in Madrid

Attendees of the co-located SAPPHIRE NOW and SAP TechEd 2012 Conferences being
held in Madrid, Spain, November 13-16, can experience the full technical
capabilities and benefits of Hitachi solutions for SAP solutions. As an
emerald-level exhibitor, Hitachi Data Systems will demonstrate the power of
its technologies for SAP environments with presentations, in-booth
demonstrations and videos in booth #1055.

Demonstrations, videos and presentations will feature: 1) how customers can
streamline and simplify their SAP solution-based landscapes with Hitachi
solutions, 2) Demo the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select for SAP HANA in
the SAP Test Drive Theater, 3) showcase how Hitachi Data Systems addresses the
multiple, distinct landscapes in SAP environments with tightly integrated and
virtualized solutions.

In-booth presentations are scheduled at multiple times each day and will
highlight Hitachi solutions for SAP HANA, the SAP NetWeaver® Information
Lifecycle Management component and SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization
Management software.

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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 approximately 5,900
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.

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.

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