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Hitachi Data Systems Continues to Lead the Industry in Standards Adoption

  • 08 April, 2004 10:34

<p>Hitachi Lightning 9900 V Series, Thunder 9500 V Series and HiCommand Device Manager Among the First Products to Meet SNIA’s New SMI-S Specifications</p>
<p>Sydney, AUSTRALIA – April 8, 2004 – Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi. Ltd. (NYSE:HIT), today announced that the Hitachi Lightning 9900™ V Series, Thunder 9500™ V Series storage systems and a prototype of the HiCommand® Device Manager 3.x have been certified as fully compliant with the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) following an evaluation using the Storage Networking Industry Association Conformance Testing Program (SNIA-CTP).</p>
<p>Compliance with the new SMI-S specification assures customers that the company’s products will interoperate with other compliant products, which will aid in the deployment and management of multi-vendor storage environments.</p>
<p>“We long ago recognised the management challenge faced by large organisations that rely on multiple vendors for their storage needs,” said Mr Michael Cremen, General Manager of Hitachi Data Systems Australia/New Zealand. “As a result, Hitachi Data Systems was one of the first vendors to call for the development and adoption of industry standards to ensure heterogeneous storage management. We continue to lead by example as a number of our products are certified SMI-S compliant and bring the benefits of standards-based management to our customers.”</p>
<p>Created by the industry’s leading storage engineers at the SNIA Technology Center, the SMI-S is an evolving specification that will develop based on the needs of the end user community, which has assisted in defining the features addressed by the specification. Additions will be made to the SMI-S specification in the future, as requirements are identified and defined.</p>
<p>Hitachi Data Systems submitted its products for evaluation by SNIA using the Conformance Test Program – the process that is key to ensuring that vendors meet the requirements of the specification. Details of Hitachi Data Systems conformance to the SMI-S standard will be available on the SNIA Web site at http://www.snia.org/tech_activities/snia-ctp.</p>
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<p>For further information, please contact:</p>
<p>Gabriel Wong / Geoff Hoddinott
Network Communications
Phone: (02) 9267 9477
Email: gabriel.wong@networkpr.com.au / geoff.hoddinott@networkpr.com.au</p>
<p>About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems leverages global R&amp;D resources to develop storage solutions built on industry-leading technology with the performance, availability and scalability to maximise customers’ ROI and minimise their risk. By focusing on the customer’s perspective as we apply the best hardware, software, and services from Hitachi and our partners, we uniquely satisfy our customers’ business needs.</p>
<p>With 2,700 employees, Hitachi Data Systems conducts business through direct and indirect channels in the public, government and private sectors in over 170 countries. Its customers include more than 50 percent of Fortune 100 companies. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.hds.com.</p>
<p>About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company, with approximately 340,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2002 (ended March 31, 2003) consolidated sales totalled 8,191.7 billion yen ($68.3 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors, including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's Web site at http://global.hitachi.com.</p>

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