Hitachi Data Systems Expands Portfolio of Management Software Beyond Storage

Santa Clara, California (PressExposure) May 04, 2009 -- Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) and the only provider of Services Oriented Storage Solutions, today announced that it is expanding its management software portfolio with three new offerings: the Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer, the Hitachi Virtual Server Reporter, powered by APTARE® and the Hitachi Storage Command Portal. These software products will provide customers with an extended management view beyond the storage system so they can better monitor and utilize current IT assets tied to business applications, virtualized servers and the data center.

“Hitachi prides itself on being a very partner-centric company and is committed to its TrueNorth Channel Partners,” said Mike Walkey, Senior Vice President of Global Channels, Hitachi Data Systems. “The introduction of the new IT systems management software offering creates new opportunities to help our partners expand their solutions portfolio while also allowing for additional services revenue. Specifically with the Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer, our partners are able to support different business models to reach more of their customers, realize a faster time to revenue, and ultimately enable more value out of their customers’ datacenter assets.”

The Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer is ideal for mid-market customers who are looking for a simple and easy to use solution. The software simplifies data center management by providing integrated monitoring of data center servers and IP networks along with Fibre Channel (SAN) networks, LAN and storage systems. This complete, holistic view of the data center enables comprehensive performance and availability monitoring across heterogeneous servers, network and storage assets. The new solution features automated root cause analysis, network visualization, agentless architecture to support simple deployment and a unified intuitive, web-based interface. The Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer is designed to help customers streamline IT operations, improve customer service levels, reduce total cost of ownership and is easy to manage across the data center without specialized training.

"We are impressed with the interface and the ease and speed with which the devices in the data center are discovered," said Todd Thelen, Technology Leader, Mary Kay Inc. "The feature set is focused on solving issues we face every day in our data center, and looks to hold great promise in helping optimize our existing assets and continue to find ways to reduce costs."

"IT Managers are continually challenged with increasing demands from their internal customers, and must stretch their expertise and limited staff to maintain multi-vendor, multiplatform data center infrastructures,” said Mary Johnston Turner, Research Director, System Management Software, IDC. “Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer provides the visibility customers need to monitor the performance and availability of the data center, and help manage fast remediation for network issues and outages, enabling IT managers to focus on critical areas that strengthen competitive advantage, control costs and increase customer service levels.”

The Hitachi Virtual Server Reporter, powered by APTARE®, provides a complete end-to-end view of virtualized VMware servers and their respective storage usage. The new software, targeted at enterprise customers, extends the capabilities of heterogeneous storage management reporting to individual virtual machines within a VMware virtual server environment. By integrating reporting of virtual servers, customers can increase the visibility of their virtual environments and more effectively manage their storage and backups, allowing them to optimize utilization of storage assets and decrease costs.

“We’re extending our innovation and expertise in storage management to deliver software that helps customers increase the return on their IT asset investments and reduce total cost of ownership in their data centers," said Sean Moser, Vice President of Software Product Management, Hitachi Data Systems. "Our approach to software is focused on helping our customers achieve service level objectives and optimize business value."

The Hitachi Storage Command Portal consolidates storage reporting within the Hitachi Storage Command Suite of management software to easily align Hitachi storage assets with the business applications that rely on them. The solution provides a business application view of the Hitachi storage environment with advanced business centric capacity and performance reporting to help manage service level objectives. Hitachi Storage Command Portal brings performance reporting and service level objective (SLO) management together in one enterprise-wide reporting solution.

Web Resources For more information, please visit: http://www.hds.com/products/index.html

The Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer, available now in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, will be offered via a 30-day Free Trial Download at ITOperations.HDS.com

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About Hitachi Data Systems Hitachi Data Systems Corporation provides Services Oriented Storage Solutions that enable heterogeneous storage to be dynamically provisioned according to business needs and centrally managed via industry leading Hitachi storage virtualization software. With over 4,000 employees, and as an integral part of the Hitachi Storage Solutions group, Hitachi Data Systems delivers storage infrastructure platforms, storage management software, and storage consulting services through direct and indirect channels in over 170 countries and regions. Its customers include nearly 60 percent of the top 100 companies on the Fortune 500®. For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.hds.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT/TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 390,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2007 (ended March 31, 2008) consolidated revenues totaled 11,226 billion yen ($112.2 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials, logistics and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's Web site at http://www.hitachi.com. Press Contacts:

Hitachi Data Systems Carli Ghelfi (408) 327-4024 carli.ghelfi@hds.com

Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide Dan La Russo (303) 634-2632 dan.larusso@ogilvypr.com

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