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Hitachi Tops 6,000 Controllers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT) and the only provider of Services Oriented Storage Solutions, today announced that Hitachi Ltd. has shipped more than 6,000 intelligent virtual storage controllers worldwide, fueling further market share gains in the storage virtualization space.

"Hitachi continues to lead the industry in enterprise and modular-class storage controller-based virtualization deployments," said Carl Greiner, senior vice president, Infrastructure & Software, OVUM. "With over 6,000 virtual controllers shipped to date, Hitachi continues to deliver to users' desire for a unified, cost-effective, and heterogeneous storage infrastructure with common functionality and management."

Building on the momentum established by the category-defining Hitachi Universal Storage Platform launched in September 2004, Hitachi continues to push the innovation envelop in storage virtualization and expand its leadership position in the industry. The companys latest flagship storage virtualization solution, the all-new Hitachi Universal Storage Platform™ V, delivers the benefits of proven large-scale external storage virtualization with thin provisioning — a new service called Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning. This enables customers to allocate virtual disk storage based on their anticipated future needs without needing to dedicate physical disk storage up front. If the need for additional physical disk arises, capacity can be purchased at a later time — at a lower cost — and implementation occurs transparently, without any disruption to mission-critical applications.

“Hitachi continues to provide customers the ultimate in enterprise storage innovation — taking customers Beyond Virtualization — combining the virtualization of volumes for non-disruptive data mobility with the virtualization of capacity within those volumes to directly address the power, cooling and space costs of allocated but unused space,” said Hu Yoshida, CTO, Hitachi Data Systems. “The fact is that Hitachi has reached out beyond the confines of a single ‘box’ to do what nobody else can do — manage all Hitachi and non-Hitachi storage products and provide common management and common replication services — which is not a box, not a system, but a true storage services platform, the all-new Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V.”

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS)