New Cisco MDS Storage Switches Certified By Hitachi Data Systems

Hitachi Data Systems to Offer Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for Comprehensive Data Center Solutions

SANTA CLARA, Calif.— May 1, 2013 — Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced that it will integrate the Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director as part of its comprehensive portfolio of information solutions. Hitachi Data Systems offers best-in-class information technologies, services and solutions, which combined with the Cisco networking solutions, provide customers with streamlined operations, improved reliability and optimal investment protection.

Cisco’s 16-Gigabit MDS 9710 Director delivers 24 Tbps of total switching capacity, superior reliability with a fault-tolerant architectural design and fully redundant components, providing more flexibility and reduced costs.

As businesses find new ways to leverage their enterprise data to drive innovation and faster decision making, the demand for storage continues to grow. IDC estimates that external enterprise storage system capacity will have an compound annual growth rate of 40.2% from 2011 through 2016.* As a Cisco original storage manufacturer (OSM) collaborator, Hitachi Data Systems works with customers to deploy unified storage and converged data center solutions to enterprises around the globe.

“Our enterprise customers want solutions that are easy to deploy and that quickly deliver value,” said Linda Xu, vice president, Product Marketing, Hitachi Data Systems. “Together, the new Cisco MDS storage switches and innovative information solutions from HDS deliver a tightly integrated solution that provides the performance and ease of deployment that is critical for today’s data center environments.”

“Cisco and Hitachi Data Systems collaborate to provide customers with a seamless network and storage solution, including the Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director and Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform, for ease of deployment and turnkey operations for customers,” said Rajeev Bhardwaj, vice president, product management, Cisco Data Center Group. “We are pleased to continue our collaborative efforts for Cisco’s MDS next-generation SAN solutions, and our products are certified to interoperate. Together, we will transform data centers with greater scale, reliability and flexibility while addressing virtual, cloud and Big Data market needs.”

Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP), the industry’s premier enterprise virtualization platform, complements the new Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director, bringing customers a highly reliable and virtualized networked IT infrastructure that provide unmatched flexibility and reliability. The Cisco Unified Fabric Solution, combined with the innovative Hitachi Command Suite management platform, transforms data center management by delivering end-to-end visibility and control of the entire infrastructure.

Customers can count on a streamlined buying and support experience, as Cisco and Hitachi Data Systems align their sales and delivery model, enabling customers to work with a solo infrastructure vendor.

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About Hitachi Data Systems

Hitachi Data Systems provides information technologies, services and solutions that help companies improve IT costs and agility, and innovate with information to make a difference in the world. Our customers gain compelling return on investment (ROI), unmatched return on assets (ROA), and demonstrable business impact. With approximately 5,900 employees worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems does business in more than 100 countries and regions. Our products, services and solutions are trusted by the world's leading enterprises, including more than 70% of the Fortune 100 and more than 80% of the Fortune Global 100. Visit us at www.HDS.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2011 (ended March 31, 2012) consolidated revenues totaled 9,665 billion yen ($117.8 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, industrial, transportation and urban development systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

*IDC Worldwide Enterprise Storage Systems 2012-2016 Forecast Update, doc #237886, November 2012.

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