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Hitachi TagmaStore Network Storage Controller Named Best Product in the Enterprise Storage Market; Hitachi Data Systems Hu Yoshida Named Storage CTO of the Year

Data Management Institute Chairman and Enterprise System Journal Contributing Editor Jon William Toigo Announces his Picks for Storage Products of the Year

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – December 12, 2005 - Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, provider of Services Oriented Storage Solutions™ solutions and a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), today announced that Hitachi TagmaStore™ Network Storage Controller has been named Best Product in the Enterprise Storage Market by leading storage industry commentator, Jon William Toigo. Mr. Toigo evaluated dozens of products to determine his picks for best storage products of the year. Hu Yoshida, chief technology officer at Hitachi Data Systems, was also named by Mr. Toigo as Storage CTO of the Year.

"After reviewing many products this year, the TagmaStore Network Storage Controller won the top spot on my list for its elegant storage approach for midsize enterprises," said Jon William Toigo, chairman of The Data Management Institute, and CEO of data management consulting and research firm Toigo Partners International. "For companies whose applications necessitate a fibre channel fabric, the Network Storage Controller simplifies the complexity of fibre channel fabric design, management, and virtualization."

Hitachi TagmaStore Network Storage Controller, model NSC55, blends enterprise-class functionality with a modular, rack mounted, small footprint package to meet the business needs of entry-level enterprises and fast-growing midsize organizations, while supporting distributed or departmental applications in large enterprises.

The NSC55, powered by the Hitachi Universal Star Network™ crossbar switch architecture, delivers the innovative controller-based virtualization, logical partitioning, and universal replication introduced with the category-creating Hitachi TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform for open systems and mainframe environments.

In a very competitive vendor landscape, Hu Yoshida was honored by Mr. Toigo for his clear vision of the storage marketplace and how his company differentiates itself from the pack.

"Hu Yoshida has given us an inordinate measure of his time to clarify differences (including improvements he would like to see) in his architecture versus his competitors," said Mr. Toigo.

Mr. Yoshida is responsible for defining the technical direction for Hitachi Data Systems, and is spearheading the company's effort in developing Services Oriented Storage Solutions solutions to address compliance, governance, and operational risk issues. He also played a significant role in defining the Hitachi TrueNorth™ initiative, a collaborative approach to develop open, standards based, storage management which led to the Hitachi HiCommand® Suite of storage management software.

About Jon William Toigo

Jon William Toigo is chairman of The Data Management Institute, the CEO of data management consulting and research firm Toigo Partners International, as well as a contributing editor to Enterprise Systems and its Storage Strategies columnist. He is a 25-year IT veteran and the author of 15 books, including four covering disaster recovery planning. His latest title on the subject, Disaster Recovery Planning: Preparing for the Unthinkable (Prentice Hall PTR: 2003), is the third edition of a book that has come to be widely regarded as the bible of disaster recovery planning and business continuity.

About Hitachi Data Systems

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 approximately 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 http://www.hds.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 347,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2004 (ended March 31, 2005) consolidated sales totaled 9,027.0 billion yen ($84.4 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 Website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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