Hitachi Data Systems Customers Honored for IT Innovation

  Hitachi Data Systems Customers Honored for IT Innovation

    IDG Computerworld Honors Awards Recognize Virtualization Projects That
                  Influence Business, Society and the World

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- June 10, 2013

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi,
Ltd., (TSE: 6501),today announced that its customers, HBF and Institute of
Information Science (IZUM), have been named Laureate award winners by the 2013
IDG Computerworld Honors Program. This award recognizes individuals and
organizations that create and use information technology to promote positive
social, economic and educational change. HBF received the award in the
category of Emerging Technology, while IZUM was honored in the category of
Philanthropy. Both customers were recognized during the Annual Laureate Medal
Ceremony & Gala Awards Evening on June 3, 2013, at the Andrew W. Mellon
Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

“Hitachi Data Systems would like to congratulate HBF and IZUM for being named
2013 Computerworld Honors Laureates. Both companies are great examples of what
it means to innovate with information,” said Asim Zaheer, senior vice
president, Worldwide Marketing, Hitachi Data Systems. “We are proud to work
with our customers to deliver innovative information solutions and services
that help move businesses forward and improve society.”

“Technology continues to play a pivotal role in transforming how business and
society functions. For the past 25 years the Computerworld Honors Program has
had the privilege of celebrating innovative IT achievements,” said John Amato,
vice president and publisher, Computerworld. “Computerworld is honored to
recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the 2013 class of Laureates and
to share their work. These projects demonstrate how IT can advance
organizations' ability to compete, innovate, communicate and prosper.”


HBF is the largest private health insurer in Western Australia, supporting the
health and well-being of 900,000 Western Australians. The organization also
sells general insurance offerings, including travel, car, life, and home and
contents insurance. HBF has a distributed workforce comprising nearly 650
staff members spread across 19 service centers and its central office in
Perth; all requiring access to the data and internal business applications
located at the head office.

By deploying Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) and Hitachi Command Suite
management software, HBF was able to effectively consolidate its existing
infrastructure assets into an environment that is now more than 50 percent
virtualized. HBF has the flexibility and scalability it needs to efficiently
store, access and move all of its current and growing data. The new solution
also allowed the organization to successfully complete its virtual desktop
infrastructure (VDI) project without experiencing any downtime, ensuring the
best possible experience for users.

Institute of Information Science (IZUM)

The Institute of Information Science (IZUM) is a public, not-for-profit
organization founded by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. IZUM
provides library information services to more than 600 Slovenian libraries,
allowing the entire country’s population to have access anytime to the
national bibliographic system, as well as resources for research, education
and culture.

Because IZUM’s database is available at all times to nearly 3,000 librarians
and more than 300,000 public users who access millions of book titles,
libraries faced challenges with the existing system’s performance,
availability and reliability. To ensure its systems didn't have issues with
storage space, IZUM upgraded its existing infrastructure with Hitachi Data
Systems virtualization technologies. They chose Hitachi Universal Storage
Platform VM, the industry’s first unified storage product that provides
enterprise-class virtualization for all data types (block, file and object),
and Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning, thin provisioning software that provides
virtual storage capacity. IZUM has seen impressive results, including 100
percent availability, reliability and flexibility of its book database system.
Additionally, by implementing HDS virtualization technologies, IZUM has
significantly simplified their data management and migration tasks.

About the Computerworld Honors Program

Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors
Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology
Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program
to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to
promote positive social, economic and educational change. The 2013
Computerworld Honors Program feature will appear in the June 3 issue of
Computerworld as well as online.

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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 6,000 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

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global
electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The
company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled
9,041 billion yen ($96.1 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 material & components, automotive systems and others. For more
information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at

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