Seven Hitachi Data Systems Customers Honored With Laureate Awards by the IDG Computerworld Honors Program

Santa Clara, California (PressExposure) May 18, 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 seven Hitachi Data Systems customers have been selected as 2009 Computerworld Honors Laureate award winners by IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program. These Hitachi Data Systems customers are the honorary recipients of this prestigious industry award and will be recognized during the 21st Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony and Gala Awards Evening on June 1 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

“Each year, the Computerworld Honors Program seeks to recognize organizations from a variety of sectors for their ongoing efforts to utilize technology in order to benefit society,” said Ron Milton, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation and Executive Vice President of Computerworld. “We are proud to provide a platform to publicly acknowledge these contributions.”

“We congratulate our customers on being honored for implementing innovative IT projects so they can continue to provide vital services to society,” said Eric-Jan Schmidt, Vice President of Global Marketing, Hitachi Data Systems. “These awards are not only a testament to our customers’ breakthrough work, but to the Hitachi Data Systems commitment to delivering innovative storage solutions that ensure our customers realize a lower total cost of ownership and a higher return on existing assets.”

Foothill-DeAnza Community College District The police department and administrators of Foothill-DeAnza Community College District are constantly looking for ways to provide a safer environment for students, faculty and staff. Upgrading Foothill-DeAnza campus security meant altering the way security camera data was captured and stored. Foothill-DeAnza selected a Hitachi Simple Modular Storage 100 system with Symantec Backup Exec 12 to help manage its video surveillance data, providing the campus with enterprise-class storage features and RAID-6 data protection with outstanding performance and at a reasonable cost. The Hitachi technology platform leverages highly scalable and reliable storage hardware and software to better campus security and the Foothill-DeAnza community.

International School Bangkok As a pioneer and leader of international schools in Thailand, International School Bangkok (ISB) gives high priority to educational technologies – a progressive vision that incorporates new technologies and massive amounts of data. ISB decided to switch its storage and disk backup in the format of a SAN solution – the Hitachi Adaptable Modular 200 System coupled with the Hitachi Data Protection Suite software (powered by CommVault®), which can store large amounts of audio and visual data with lower total cost of ownership while supporting the implementation of an e-Learning system in the future. ISB selected a platform that would deliver sophisticated virtualization, tiered storage management and exceptional administrative tools, allowing ISB IT to focus on improving both academic research as well as the student experience.

The Victoria and Albert Museum As the world’s largest art and design museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum (“the V&A”) in London takes its responsibility to share its collection with the public very seriously, both within the UK and abroad. To enable public internet access to as many of the 4 million objects in the V&A collection as possible, the museum needed to upgrade its existing storage platform, which was difficult to manage and quickly running out of capacity. The Victoria and Albert Museum decided to upgrade its storage system with a Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 1000 system, Hitachi TrueCopy Extended Distance software and Hitachi ShadowImage Replication software, and services provided by Hitachi Data Systems Global Solution Services and Viglen Ltd. With this upgrade, the museum gained the security of a mirrored site to safeguard against crashes, and a system that could hold the bulk of its growing and in-demand online collection.

HBO+EMTB HBO+EMTB is a design house with studios in 21 cities across Asia Pacific, offering diverse expertise in architecture, interior design, workplace solutions, urban design, landscape design, heritage and planning. HBO+EMTB’s 300+ specialists deliver projects that shape the world’s most dynamic cities. Advances in digital design coupled with introduction of the digital camera have dramatically elevated the storage requirements of the architecture industry. HBO+EMTB decided that the system that would best suit their growing need for capacity and interoffice collaboration would be a modular storage solution from Hitachi Data Systems, the Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 200. Because of the implementation, HBO+EMTB designers and architects experience greater data accessibility and increased collaboration between offices.

University HealthSystem Consortium Formed in 1984, University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) is an alliance of 103 academic medical centers and 210 of its affiliated hospitals representing approximately 90 percent of the nation's non-profit academic medical centers. To keep up with an avalanche of data growth demands, and to better safeguard the data which supports so many UHC members, the organization implemented a highly available virtualized storage environment with Hitachi Universal Storage Platformâ„¢ V running Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning software. In this case, the technology was important as it provided the functionality and scalability needed for a large and growing healthcare consortium, while providing an easy to manage system for IT staff.

Blackburn with Darwen Primary Care Trust Detailed and accessible records are essential to the proper care of patients in medical institutions. In order to ensure hospitals, general practices, dentists and other essential services are fully operational and able to deliver superior patient care 24 hours a day, the Blackburn with Darwen Primary Care Trust (PCT) IT department needed to maintain access to critical data for the 5000 staff across some 85 sites at all times. Blackburn with Darwen selected two Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 200 systems to build out its new storage infrastructure, one for the primary site in central Blackburn and the second for a disaster recovery site out of town. Having a storage system at each site enables the PCT to replicate data between the systems, ensuring that critical data, like dental x-rays and patient history, is backed up and available to medical professionals and staff regardless of any unexpected downtime at either site. The flexibility of the Hitachi storage solution has allowed the PCT to configure the storage system to suit its purposes exactly, ensuring staff members are provided with the services they need from Hitachi Data Systems Global Solution Services and ANS Group.

National Library of Scotland Founded in 1689 as the Faculty of Advocates, the National Library of Scotland (NLS) holds almost 400 years’ worth of the country’s written history and culture. Scotland’s legal deposit library for all publications produced in the United Kingdom needed to have the storage capacity to make all its collection related data accessible to the public and develop a digital repository to keep its extensive archive safe for posterity. The solution deployed consisted of two Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 1000 systems, each with 120TB of capacity and services provided by Hitachi Data Systems Global Solution Services and Viglen Ltd. The advanced scalability and reliability of the solution mean documents ranging from historical manuscripts to online magazines are now available to users across the globe, 24 hours a day.

About Computerworld Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld’s award-winning Web site (, weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past six years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Folio Magazine's 2006 Gold EDDIE Award for the best technology/computing magazine, the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In addition, in 2007 Computerworld's then editor in chief, Don Tennant, received the prestigious Timothy White Award from American Business Media. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 2 million unique, monthly visitors and a print audience of 1,222,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2007).

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. In its 20th year, Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to benefit society. Each year, the program’s Chairmen's Committee, a group of 100 Chairmen/CEOs of global technology companies, nominates individuals and organizations around the world whose visionary application of information technology promotes positive social and economic progress. Nominations are evaluated by an independent board of CIO-level judges who select Laureates, Finalists and award recipients, in 10 industry-related categories, to be honored at the Laureate Medal Ceremony. This year’s ceremony and accompanying Gala Awards Evening will take place on June 2, 2008 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The technology achievements honored by this program are preserved and protected in national archives, and in over 350 universities, museums and research institutions throughout the world. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies and oral histories can be found at the Computerworld Honors website:

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 4,100 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

About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 400,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2008 (ended March 31, 2009) consolidated revenues totaled 10,000 billion yen ($102.0 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 website at Press Contacts:

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