Hitachi Data Systems Announces New Converged and Hyperconverged Solutions for Virtualization and Cloud Environments

Newest Members of Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Allow Customers to Start Small, Deploy Quickly and Scale Infrastructure on Their Path to Digital Transformation

SANTA CLARA, CA — June 21, 2016 — Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), today announced Hitachi Unified Compute Platform 2000 (UCP 2000) converged system and Hitachi Unified Compute Platform HC V240 (UCP HC V240) hyper-converged system, two new infrastructure solutions designed to be flexible, agile and scalable for customers undergoing digital transformation. Built on proven Hitachi technology, these solutions reduce cost and risk while alleviating complexity and accelerating time to market.

Digital transformation requires a modern, agile IT environment to take advantage of cloud, open source and emerging technologies to deliver IT services. Being out of sync with business and technology demands can force IT organizations to constantly shuffle priorities and reconfigure existing resources amidst budget constraints.

As the journey to digital transformation puts data at the center of business strategy, converged infrastructures become a more critical element of corporate success as they provide the fastest way to deploy infrastructure supporting virtualized environments, giving IT leaders the flexibility to manage costs, enhance service delivery, meet evolving business expectations and increase revenue. The Hitachi UCP family of converged and hyper-converged infrastructure solutions span from the core of the data center to the edge to meet any IT enterprise requirement.

The new Hitachi UCP 2000 simplifies and expedites deployment of private and hybrid clouds through the delivery of a pre-tested, pre-built converged infrastructure platform. With support for all-flash configurations, the UCP 2000 provides flexibility and scale with modular building blocks of compute, storage and networking that scale independently to run different application workloads. UCP 2000 is a value-based, entry-level system that is easy to deploy and manage, and features tight integration with VMware vSphere and vRealize Cloud Automation and Service Management platform, along with Hitachi Data Systems data protection technologies. Designed and tested to support multiple virtualization environments, including VMware, Microsoft and OpenStack, UCP 2000 provides a flexible, low-risk path to converged infrastructure and is ideal for general-purpose applications, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), databases, and test and development environments.

The Hitachi UCP HC V240 is an automated, versatile and policy-driven, hyper-converged infrastructure appliance. The system features virtual machine (VM) centric pools of capacity that are flexibly consumed based on VM-level policies that can be changed on demand. UCP HC V240 delivers high performance and scale without compromising simplicity and cost-effectiveness. UCP HC V240 helps customers build a foundation for business applications and next-generation solutions with a hyper-converged infrastructure based on Intel x86 hardware and Hitachi Data Systems value-added software. UCP HC V240 is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution jointly-certified as a VMware Virtual SAN Ready Node platform and is powered by VMware’s market-leading Hyper-Converged Software stack.

Designed for simplicity, UCP HC V240 is an all-in-one solution that accelerates time-to-value with rapid deployment that enables customers to go from power-on to virtual machine creation in minutes. UCP HC fully automates provisioning and orchestration, simplifies installation, management, patches and upgrades, and provides linear scale-out that grows in small increments to meet business needs.

"We are seeing increasing demand to provide reliable, trusted, and certified cost optimal integrated systems from core-to-edge across the enterprise," said Thomas Trela, senior director, solutions and cloud, Hitachi Data Systems. "UCP HC V240 and UCP 2000 systems provide architectural options that can scale compute and storage resources while still offering simplified management for virtualization specialists."

"VMware Virtual SAN is a radically simple, enterprise-class shared storage solution optimized for today’s all-flash performance. We are excited to partner with Hitachi through the Virtual SAN Ready Node program to bring a broad range of hyper-converged infrastructure solutions to market. The combination of Hitachi’s hardware platforms and VMware Hyper-Converged Software offers radically simple, cost-effective path to digital transformation and helps customers meet ever-changing business needs." – said Fadi Azhari, Director Product Marketing, VMware.

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About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., builds information management and social innovation solutions that help businesses succeed and societies be safer, healthier and smarter. We focus on big data that offers real value – what we call the Internet of Things that matter. Our IT infrastructure, analytics, content and cloud solutions and services drive strategic management and analysis of the world’s data. Only Hitachi Data Systems integrates the best information technology and operational technology from across the Hitachi family of companies to deliver the exceptional insight that business and society need to transform and thrive. Visit us at hds.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2015 (ended March 31, 2016) totaled 10,034.3 billion yen ($88.7 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 335,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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Hitachi Data Systems
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