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Hitachi Data Systems Adds Global Remote Copy Capabilities with Support for Internet Protocol Networks

Company Works Closely with Nishan Systems to Expand its Storage Networking Options for Enterprise Customers

Wells Fargo Benefits from Long Distance Data Replication Solution

Palm Desert, California, April 3, 2002 — Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), today announced the expansion of its remote copy capabilities for enterprise storage customers by offering Hitachi TrueCopy, its leading software for replication of mission-critical data, over Internet Protocol (IP) networks. Through a reseller relationship with Nishan Systems, a leading provider of switches for Fibre Channel and IP storage networks, Hitachi Data Systems now provides another cost-effective solution for data replication from anywhere to anywhere in the globe.

Mark Taylor, Enterprise Storage Engineer, Wells Fargo, said "We chose a data migration solution based on Hitachi TrueCopy and Nishan IPS 3300 switches because it allowed us to move data from one site to another without taking our system down and to leverage our existing IP network and data circuits. We were able to complete a server migration in days rather than weeks, and it all performed flawlessly."

Hitachi TrueCopy remote copy software and Nishan IPS switches, combined with the industry-leading Hitachi Freedom Storage™ Lightning 9900™ Series systems, deliver a powerful combination and a greater degree of flexibility for enterprise storage customers. Because it uses IP networks that are already in place, Hitachi TrueCopy over IP is an economical choice for data movement, data replication, backups and content distribution over long distances.

"This relationship enables high-end fibre channel based shops to utilize their IP Networks to create distance based replications schemes — at greater distances and lower costs," said Steve Duplessie, Enterprise Storage Group. "This also signifies that Hitachi Data Systems views IP as a valid transport for mission critical data."

"We are excited about the opportunity to provide our customers with a cost-effective alternative for remote copy applications," said Steve East, vice president, Storage Integration, Hitachi Data Systems. "As we look beyond this announcement, Hitachi Data Systems is excited to continue to work with Nishan and other companies to further our mission of providing flexible, multi-protocol, open support for solutions that meet the diverse needs of enterprise customers."

Long Distance Remote Copy Demonstration

In October, Hitachi Data Systems, Nishan Systems, Dell, Intel®, McDATA®, QLogic®, Qwest and other vendors participated in the Promontory Project, a series of performance tests that demonstrated the ability of Lightning 9910 storage systems running a Hitachi TrueCopy application and Nishan IP Storage switches to sustain wire-speed throughput in a network that spanned thousands of miles — from Sunnyvale, California, to Newark, New Jersey. The performance tests run on the Promontory Project, and subsequent tests with Alacritech iSCSI adapters, showed that IP Storage switches and standards-based protocols such as iSCSI and iFCP can reach wire-speed throughput of 219MB/s with a high tolerance for latency. This validation marks a breakthrough for the way enterprises and telecom service providers design, and operate their storage networks across all topologies.

For more information about Nishan Systems, please visit www.NishanSystems.com.

About Hitachi Data Systems

Hitachi Data Systems is a leading supplier of storage hardware, software, solutions and services. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), Japan's largest electronics company, HDS is committed to providing the technological infrastructure for the world's most information-intensive corporations. With 2,600 employees, Hitachi Data Systems does business in the public and private sectors in 170 countries and regions on six continents, including the rapidly emerging economies in Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe. Its customers include more than 50 percent of Fortune 100 companies, and all of the major Storage Service Providers (SSPs). For more information, please visit the HDS Web site at www.hds.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world's leading global electronics companies, with fiscal 2000 (ended March 31, 2001) consolidated sales of 8,417 billion yen ($67.9 billion*). The company manufactures and markets a wide range of products, including computers, semiconductors, consumer products and power and industrial equipment. For more information on Hitachi, Ltd., please visit Hitachi's Web site at www.hitachi.com.

Contacts: PR
Jodi Reinman, Hitachi Data Systems, (408) 970.1050, jodi.reinman@hds.com

*At an exchange rate of 124 yen to the dollar.

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