Hitachi and VMware Expand Strategic Partnership

Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:00am EST

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  TOKYO and PALO ALTO, CA, Nov 15 (Marketwire) -- 
Today Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, "Hitachi") and VMware (NYSE: VMW)
announced the expansion of their strategic partnership to accelerate the
deployment of reliable and trusted hybrid cloud solutions. As part of
this partnership expansion, Hitachi plans to join the VMware vCloud(R)
Datacenter Services program. 

    News summary:


--  Hitachi will join the VMware vCloud(R) Datacenter Services program.
    VMware vCloud Datacenter Services offer enterprise-class hybrid cloud
    services to multiple countries around the world. Hitachi plans to
    offer VMware vCloud Datacenter Services as a part of the Hitachi cloud
    solution in fiscal year 2013.
    --  Hitachi's social innovation business initiative seeks to provide
        social infrastructure to support customers with highly efficient
        and highly reliable information and telecommunications system
        technologies. As one of its high-priority initiatives, Hitachi is
        seeking to provide reliable and trusted hybrid cloud solutions on
        a global scale.
--  Hitachi will open a VMware Competency Center in December 2012 in
    Yokohama City, Kanagawa. The center aims to accelerate the development
    of hybrid cloud services based on VMware vCloud Datacenter Services,
    as well as IT platform products and services that support cloud
    computing. In parallel, the companies will jointly market and sell in
    the cloud services market.
--  VMware solutions will be supported as a premium level of Hitachi
    Support services.
    --  Under the technical partnership with VMware, Hitachi will add
        VMware solutions to its premium level of support services. This
        enables customers to secure support for their business-critical
        cloud environments.
--  Hitachi is expanding its enterprise license agreements with VMware
    solutions globally, and will use them across the company's global IT
    systems of the Hitachi Group.

    

Evolution of Hitachi and VMware Partnership
 Hitachi and VMware have
had a strategic alliance in the storage business since 2004. Since then,
the companies have promoted collaboration in a variety of fields such as
the development of IT platform products, cloud, and utilization of big
data. 

    In October 2012, Hitachi Data Systems introduced new converged
infrastructure offerings with servers, network and storage solutions
based on VMware cloud infrastructure. These solutions enable customers to
construct and operate cloud environments quickly and easily. Hitachi
Unified Compute Platform Pro for VMware vSphere(R) is a pre-configured
converged infrastructure solution that enables integrated infrastructure
management from VMware vCenter(TM) Server to perform orchestration of the
underlying physical infrastructure in addition to virtual servers.
Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select for VMware View(R) is a
pre-validated solution with flexible servers and storage options to meet
the specific needs of the customer.

    Executive Quotes

    Masaya Watanabe, Vice President and Executive Officer, Chief Strategy
Officer of Information & Telecommunication Systems Company, Information &
Telecommunication Systems Group, Hitachi, Ltd.

    "We are enthusiastic about the expansion of our strategic partnership
with VMware. By joining the VMware vCloud(R) Datacenter Services program,
we can provide highly reliable, secure and optimized hybrid cloud
services to our customers. In addition, as we work toward the development
of future cloud services, we will work together to implement R&D, market
and sales activities. We are excited about the collaboration between
VMware and Hitachi."

    Gary Green, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware 

    "Hitachi and VMware have had a longstanding partnership, and we are
pleased to expand our strategic partnership with them. VMware vCloud(R)
Datacenter Services offered by Hitachi will give global customers the
ability to use enterprise-class cloud services that are reliable,
scalable and secure." 

    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.

    About VMware
 VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud
infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud
Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build,
deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is
evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2011 revenues of
$3.77 billion, VMware has more than 400,000 customers and 55,000
partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices
throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.

    VMware, VMware vCenter, VMware View, VMware vCloud and VMware vSphere are
registered trademarks and/or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United
States and/or other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned
herein may be trademarks of their respective organizations. The use of
the word "partner" or "partnership" does not imply a legal partnership
relationship between VMware and any other company. 

    

Media contacts:

Hitachi, Ltd.
Takeshi Kawakami/Miyuki Oi
Phone: +81-3-5471-8900
E-mail: koho@itg.hitachi.co.jp

VMware Global Communications
Ken Lotich
Phone: +1-650 427-1911
E-mail: klotich@vmware.com 

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