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HDS Unveils New USP V Series

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In the face of unprecedented infrastructure complexity, the relentless proliferation of disparate storage arrays and corporate edicts to reduce carbon output worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT - News), today rounded out the industry's most comprehensive line of storage systems, the Hitachi Universal Storage Platform(TM) V series, to address these pressing issues. The all-new Hitachi Universal Storage Platform VM is the world's first heterogeneous storage services platform that offers customers the operational, financial and environmental benefits of enterprise-class virtualization, thin provisioning and tiered storage in a package that does not require a raised floor data center and operates on an industry standard 220-volt power supply.

The popularity and growth of storage networks combined with merger and acquisition activity has left many organizations with a sea of incompatible storage arrays distributed across multiple locations. Many customers also struggle with a complex assortment of software license schemes from different vendors, expensive capacity-based tier one licensing policies, and a server infrastructure that is both underutilized and unable to get to required data easily. The Universal Storage Platform VM joins the Hitachi Universal Storage Platform V as the industry's most complete enterprise-class platforms developed explicitly to address these vital concerns.

"SAN silos have crept into the data center making storage management and provisioning onerous for many organizations," said Dave Vellante, CEO of leading CIO consultancy ITCentrix. "Storage migrations in particular are expensive and disruptive. Our independent analysis confirms that for every dollar spent on array hardware and software, an additional 50 cents is spent on incremental migration costs over the life of an array. Approaches like Hitachi's USP VM can dramatically reduce this cost from 50 percent down to less than 10 percent through the combination of heterogeneous tiered storage support, virtualization and thin provisioning."

Hitachi Ltd.