Hitachi And HDS Deliver Virtualization Support For Sap Hana® Platform

Cloud Service Providers Increase Efficiency and Reduce Costs, Achieve Performance SLAs for SAP HANA Delivered On-Premises and in the Cloud

TOKYO, Japan, SANTA CLARA, Calif., U.S.A. — October 19, 2014 - Hitachi and Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced an industry-first release of the Hitachi LPAR (logical partitioning) technology on x86 servers for the SAP HANA® platform. Customers can now deploy secure, LPAR-virtualized environments running SAP HANA on-premises and in the cloud, as well as in hybrid cloud environments.

With an increasing number of SAP® partners, including Cloud Service Providers, looking to accelerate cloud adoption with SAP HANA, SAP HANA on Hitachi LPAR offers an efficient method to help maximize consolidation without sacrificing performance. SAP HANA on Hitachi LPAR for production use is available in controlled availability for select customers only. Customers looking to move their SAP HANA-based environments into the cloud can benefit from the speed and agility provided by Hitachi LPAR technology.

Hitachi LPAR provides server virtualization at the firmware level with very low performance overhead. Server hardware resources are divided into multiple partitions, which appear as independent "bare metal" servers that result in increased utilization and reduced costs. With the ability to logically partition the server, multiple SAP HANA-based workloads can run on a single system with minimal impact to application performance.

"For clients using SAP solutions, CSC delivers a full range of capabilities including hybrid, private and public cloud services; application and support services; and SAP solution-centric industry solutions," said Eric Pulier, vice president and general manager of the CSC Cloud business unit. "We chose the HDS platform to support SAP HANA, based on the flexibility and value the HDS platform delivers for CSC and our clients."

The power of SAP HANA complemented by support from Hitachi LPAR will help dramatically reduce cost of deployment through consolidation, reduce hardware costs, simplify infrastructure and result in faster time to value.

"With Hitachi LPAR available for SAP HANA, our customers are better positioned to move towards a software-defined data center," said Mike Walkey, senior vice president, Global Partners and Alliances, Hitachi Data Systems. "Hitachi LPAR for SAP HANA allows our customers to benefit from a high performing, highly reliable, hybrid cloud model that delivers a fast time to value, enhanced service levels and lower total cost of ownership through simplified management."

HDS also supports running SAP HANA on VMware solutions on certified SAP HANA-based hardware configurations by HDS. Hitachi's solutions for SAP HANA help ensure resiliency and investment protection, particularly for customers that plan to move their mission-critical applications onto SAP HANA. Hitachi LPAR delivers compute and storage capabilities designed to scale along with customers' needs. HDS gives customers one platform that helps support future data growth, minimize risk, and helps customers to achieve a return on investment quickly.

"We are pleased with this milestone in our 20-plus year relationship with Hitachi," said Daniel Schneiss, head of SAP HANA Platform and Database, SAP. "The availability of LPAR technology enables us to offer our customers the flexibility to use SAP HANA on-premises or in the cloud, helping them to gain real-time business value today."

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Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.


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