Hitachi Data Systems Announces Support for Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track, Version 3

  Hitachi Data Systems Announces Support for Microsoft Private Cloud Fast
  Track, Version 3

    Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select for Microsoft’s Private Cloud
   Architecture Helps Businesses Cost-effectively Deploy and Easily Manage
                        Private Cloud Infrastructures

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- April 08, 2013

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd.
(TSE: 6501), today announced that Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP)
Select for Microsoft Private Cloud supports Microsoft Corp.’s Private Cloud
Fast Track architecture, version 3. This updated converged solution adds
support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 SP1 and the
associated monitoring packs, PowerShell cmdlets (pronounced “command-lets”)
and Orchestration integrations, and combines Hitachi compute and Hitachi
storage with industry-leading virtualization capabilities and best-of-breed
networking.

Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select for Microsoft Private Cloud provides a
simplified approach to delivering scalable, preconfigured, and validated
infrastructure platforms for on-premises, private cloud implementations.With
local control over data and operations, customers can dynamically pool,
allocate, secure, and manage resources for agile infrastructure-as-a-service
(IaaS) or platform-as-a-service (PaaS.) Likewise, business units can deploy
line-of-business applications with speed and consistency using
self-provisioning and decommissioning automated data center services in a
virtualized environment.

Today’s announcement builds on the longstanding strategic relationship and
close collaboration between Hitachi Data Systems and Microsoft. As an
inaugural participant in the Fast Track Program, HDS has seen tremendous
momentum and growth in demand for Microsoft’s private cloud solutions over the
last three years. Hitachi Data Systems has seen strong adoption of its
Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track solutions in key vertical markets including
telecommunications, hosted managed services, and the service provider space,
as well as global 1000 customers in the retail and financial sectors. Rapid
deployment of Microsoft applications such as SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange,
Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Lync Server is driving customer adoption,
demonstrated by the strong alignment between HDS and the Microsoft Fast Track
team in Redmond and worldwide.

Hitachi Data Systems was one of the first OEMs to commit to the Microsoft
Private Cloud Fast Track program as a Gold Sponsor at TechEd Berlin in
November 2010. HDS introduced its first Microsoft Private Cloud solutions in
early 2011, followed by version 2 solutions for Microsoft Private Cloud in
2012, and today’s announcement of version 3 solutions.

“In today’s dynamic market, companies require an IT infrastructure that can
adapt and grow with their business while protecting their current
investments,” said Mike Walkey, senior vice president, Global Partners and
Alliances, Hitachi Data Systems. “We are proud to deliver innovative
information solutions optimized for the latest version of Microsoft Private
Cloud FastTrack architecture, providing the flexibility and scalability that
our mutual customers demand. We are dedicated to continuing our investment in
Microsoft private cloud solutions for our joint customers and continue to see
these solutions driving a strong business impact for Hitachi Data Systems.”

The new Microsoft validated HDS reference architectures provide seamless
integration with the Virtual Machine Manager component of System Center 2012
and transparent live migration of virtual machines (VMs) on same-site and
multi-site deployments up to distances of 200 kilometers, or 125 miles.
Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select for Microsoft private clouds also
supports 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.With the heterogeneous
virtualization capabilities of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform and Hitachi
Unified Storage VM, companies can extend investments in supported 3^rd party
storage.

“With Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision, customers gain groundbreaking technology to
deploy cloud infrastructure using Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012
SP1,” said Chris Phillips, Partner Director PM, Windows Server and System
Center, Microsoft. “Strategic collaborations with innovative companies like
Hitachi Data Systems help customers move forward with their deployments
quickly and confidently. Hitachi Data Systems has been an active participant
in the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track program since its inception. Their
latest solution, the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select for Microsoft
Private Cloud, version 3, builds on their experience and success with
Microsoft private cloud implementations in the datacenter. Microsoft and
Hitachi Data systems help our customers realize the benefits of our Cloud OS
vision today, by providing a quick and efficient way for telecommunications
companies, hosters, service providers, and enterprises to deploy robust
Microsoft private cloud solutions.”

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 Unified Storage
systems, and Hitachi Storage Cluster for Windows Server Hyper-V, an end-to-end
server-to-storage virtualization solution.

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About Hitachi Data Systems

Hitachi Data Systems provides information technologies, services and solutions
that help companies improve IT costs and agility, and innovate with
information to make a difference in the world. Our customers gain compelling
return on investment (ROI), unmatched return on assets (ROA), and demonstrable
business impact. With approximately 5,900 employees worldwide, Hitachi Data
Systems does business in more than 100 countries and regions. Our products,
services and solutions are trusted by the world's leading enterprises,
including more than 70% of the Fortune 100 and more than 80% of the Fortune
Global 100. Visit us at 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 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 http://www.hitachi.com.

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Contact:

Hitachi Data Systems
Stefani Finch, 408-499-7349
stefani.finch@hds.com
or
Lois Paul & Partners
Brandi Ellerbee, 512-638-5327
brandi_ellerbee@lpp.com
 
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