HITACHI DATA SYSTEMS RECOGNIZED BY GARTNER FOR CRITICAL CAPABILITIES FOR GENERAL-PURPOSE, HIGH-END STORAGE ARRAYS

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Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform Is One of Two Systems Rated Highest in Every Use Case Category Including Cloud, Server Virtualization and Analytics

SANTA CLARA, Calif.— March 25, 2014 — Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced Gartner has scored its Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) as one of two systems with the highest rating for every use case analyzed by the research firm. The second system is an HP OEM version of the Hitachi VSP. The HDS Hitachi Unified Storage Virtual Machine (HUS VM), also performed at a high level in the use cases. Both products received "Excellent" ratings for Product Viability. As the need for critical data to be safely and securely stored continues to rise, the market's competitive noise around product offerings also increases. Key findings from this report speak to that, as, with the inclusion of solid-state drives (SSDs) in arrays, performance alone is no longer seen as a unique differentiator.

The report, published March 7, 2014, presented a number of specific findings, including: "Product differentiation is created primarily by differences in architecture, software functionality, data flows and microcode quality, rather than components and packaging," according to the report. "Security and concerns with migration and conversion costs between competing vendor arrays are less important purchasing criteria than performance, reliability, scalability and vendor reputation."

In every facet that offered specific numeric ratings, HDS was one of two providers rated first for its VSP product. The five use-cases are cloud, analytics, server virtualization and VDI, consolidation and online transaction processing (OLTP).

High performance, storage virtualization, and robust software for replication and tiering were all identified as critical to the success of available products for this category. HDS rated high in these use cases thanks to its well-regarded software, the ability to virtualize third-party storage systems and its reliability, solid performance and quality microcode.

"Hitachi Data Systems is proud of the capabilities of both our Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform and Hitachi Unified Storage VM solutions," said Sean Moser, vice president, Worldwide Products and Solutions Management, HDS. "We were pleased, but not surprised, by the use case results. Our customers recognize the importance of data and the storage that houses it. They use us because we deliver the best possible solutions for their needs. We look forward to extending the reach of those solutions very soon."

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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 6,300 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 http://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.

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