Provides Richer Diagnostics, Higher Service Levels, Logical Partitioning Reporting, and Enhanced Support for the Windows Platform
Santa Clara, Calif. February 22, 2005 - Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), today announced a series of enhancements to the Hitachi HiCommand® Suite - its heterogeneous storage infrastructure management software. The upgrades deliver advanced integration for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 platform, significant improvements in measurement, analysis, and diagnostic capabilities and support for logical partitions, including external storage, on the Hitachi TagmaStore™ Universal Storage Platform.
"In today's data-rich economy, an organization's survival depends on uninterrupted access to an ever-increasing flow of information," said Jack Domme, vice president, Storage Management Software, Hitachi Data Systems. "With these latest enhancements to the HiCommand Suite customers can realize previously unachievable levels of information availability and application optimized performance, particularly in Windows environments."
The latest upgrades to the HiCommand Suite provide enhanced support for Windows platform, including Windows Server 2003. Hitachi Dynamic Link Manager™ path manager software is now fully compliant with the Microsoft Multipath Input/Output (MPIO) environment. Dynamic Link Manager supports multipath load balancing and path failover capabilities with Microsoft Cluster Service (MSCS) based on Microsoft MPIO architecture. Dynamic Link Manager is also integrated with Microsoft Windows Performance Monitor. In addition, HiCommand Protection Manager's improved support for Microsoft Volume Shadow-Copy Service (VSS) brings enhanced data protection to Exchange 2003 and the NT File System (NTFS) by enabling rapid application-driven disk-to-disk backup. HiCommand Device Manager, the interface and centralized management tool for Hitachi storage systems, supports Microsoft's Virtual Disk Service, facilitating application-driven management between Windows Server 2003 and Hitachi storage.
"Hitachi's HiCommand Suite takes advantage of the inherent manageability of the Windows platform to help customers simplify and cost-effectively manage storage in Windows environments," said Chris Phillips, General Manager, Windows Server Division, Microsoft. "We're pleased to continue working together with Hitachi Data Systems."
The latest versions of HiCommand Tuning Manager and HiCommand Device Manager provide significant improvements in measurement and analysis for the Universal Storage Platform. Updates to HiCommand Tuning Manager enable greater ability to monitor and report through I/O response time analysis, add storage system metrics, and extend its capabilities into logical partitions and to externally attached storage systems. Device Manager now can configure and report on logical partitions within the Universal Storage Platform to better enable the determination of resources and service levels on an individual application basis.
"Using Hitachi HiCommand Device Manager has saved me time and enabled me to manage my storage more efficiently," said Gary Pilafas, Enterprise Architect, United Airlines. "This is important given the rapid growth of storage requirements on our key business systems. I'm impressed with the rapid advancement of the HiCommand Suite - Hitachi offers the best in class heterogeneous storage based on open standards and now HiCommand Device Manager gives us the ability to help manage our virtualized EMC storage under the TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform."
All software products will be available in the first calendar quarter of 2005.
Hitachi Data Systems leverages global R&D resources to develop storage solutions built on industry-leading technology with the performance, availability and scalability to maximize customers' ROI and minimize their risk. By focusing on the customer's perspective as we apply the best hardware, software, and services from Hitachi and our partners, we uniquely satisfy our customers' business needs.
With 2,900 employees, Hitachi Data Systems conducts business through direct and indirect channels in the public, government and private sectors in over 170 countries and regions. Its customers include more than 50 percent of Fortune 100 companies. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.hds.com.
Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company, with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2003 (ended March 31, 2004) consolidated sales totaled 8,632.4 billion yen ($81.4 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 and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's Web site at www.hitachi.com.
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