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Hitachi Further Strengthens Strategic Focus on the Mainframe Storage Market

  • 06 September, 2006 10:14

<p>SYDNEY, Australia – 6 September 2006 — Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501) and its wholly owned subsidiary Hitachi Data Systems has announced successful completion of compatibility and interoperability testing of Hitachi storage supporting IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex® (GDPS)® solutions versions 3.2 and 3.3.</p>
<p>“A significant number of Hitachi storage customers—in the financial services, telecommunications and travel industries, among other key sectors—rely on mainframe systems to run mission-critical applications,” said Mark Kay, Managing Director - Australia and New Zealand, Hitachi Data Systems. “The successful completion of the interoperability and compatibility testing of Hitachi’s revolutionary storage systems with IBM’s GDPS demonstrates Hitachi’s commitment to this strategic segment of its storage business. As a result, users can be confident when they consider Hitachi in their data centre purchasing decisions.”</p>
<p>Hitachi has seen increased customer satisfaction and sales momentum across the globe since agreeing in May 2005 to begin product interoperability testing to validate Hitachi storage system compatibility with IBM zSeries mainframes. The interoperability tests were conducted with the Hitachi TagmaStore® Universal Storage Platform, Hitachi TagmaStore Network Storage Controller, Hitachi SANRISE Universal Storage Platform and Hitachi SANRISE Network Storage Controller, all of which are enterprise storage products marketed globally by Hitachi, Ltd., and Hitachi Data Systems.</p>
<p>IBM GDPS helps automate recovery procedures for planned and unplanned outages to provide near-continuous availability and disaster recovery capability. The companies successfully tested Hitachi storage support of GDPS version 3.2 and 3.3 using Enterprise System Connection™ (ESCON®), Fibre Connection (FICON®) and Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) connectivity – for select configurations of IBM eServer zSeries® 800, 900 and 990 systems; System z9; and IBM 9672 G5 and G6 – running z/OS® 1.6 and z/OS® 1.7.</p>
<p>Leveraging GDPS/Peer to Peer Remote Copy (PPRC) HyperSwap Manager enables synchronous mirroring up to distances of 100 km. Hitachi and IBM successfully tested GDPS/PPRC-based functions including:</p>
<p>Planned HyperSwap
Unplanned HyperSwap
HyperSwap Failover/Failback
Unplanned HyperSwap IOS Timing trigger
FlashCopy</p>
<p>Leveraging GDPS/Peer to Peer Remote Copy (PPRC) enables synchronous mirroring up to distances of 100 km. Hitachi and IBM successfully tested GDPS/PPRC-based functions including:</p>
<p>Planned HyperSwap
Unplanned HyperSwap
HyperSwap Failover/Failback
Unplanned HyperSwap IOS Timing trigger
Enhanced Recovery
FlashCopy</p>
<p>GDPS/Extended Remote Copy (XRC) enables asynchronous replication over unlimited distances. Hitachi and IBM successfully tested the GDPS/XRC-based FlashCopy function.</p>
<p>As a result of successful completion of compatibility and interoperability testing, a Letter of Qualification was issued by IBM and posted online at:</p>
<p>Hitachi Data Systems</p>
<p>http://www.hds.com/pdf/ibm_qualification_letter_gdps.pdf</p>
<p>IBM</p>
<p>http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/z/connectivity/products/fc.html</p>
<p>About Hitachi Data Systems</p>
<p>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 maximize customers' ROI and minimize 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 approximately 2,900 employees, Hitachi Data Systems conducts business through direct and indirect channels in the public, government and private sectors in over 170 countries and regions. Its customers include more than 50 percent of Fortune 100 companies. For more information, please visit our Web site at http://www.hds.com.</p>
<p>About Hitachi, Ltd.</p>
<p>Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 356,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2005 (ended March 31, 2006) consolidated sales totaled 9,464 billion yen ($80.9 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 website at http://www.hitachi.com.</p>
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