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EMC Selects Hitachi GST Enterprise-Class Solid State Drives

Hitachi Ultrastar SSD400S SSDs are Now Shipping in EMC’s VNX Family to Help Meet the Escalating Performance, Capacity, Endurance and Reliability Demands of Enterprise Applications 

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 5, 2012Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST), a leading supplier of enterprise-class solid state and hard disk drives, today announced that EMC® Corporation (NYSE:EMC) has qualified and is now shipping Hitachi Ultrastar™ SSD400S SLC–based (single level cell), 2.5-inch, SAS solid state drives (SSD) in its “all Flash” VNX® Unified Storage systems for mission-critical Microsoft and Oracle environments. The Ultrastar SSD400S family is the world’s first jointly develop SAS and FC enterprise-class SSDs, combining Hitachi GST’s proven enterprise HDD strength with Intel’s extensive capabilities developing high-endurance SLC NAND flash memory and advanced SSD technology. All of this powers Hitachi GST’s leading line SSDs with high endurance, reliability and sustained performance for Tier 0, mission-critical server and storage workloads.

Pushing the limits of ultra high I/O performance, Hitachi Ultrastar SSDs deliver the highest sequential throughput in the market, reaching up to (535MB/s) read throughput with its 400GB 6Gb SAS (single port) drive and 390MB/s throughput with 4Gb FC. The Ultrastar SSD400S family also delivers up to 46,000 read and 21,000 sustained write IOPS, speeds 100 times faster than hard drives, resulting in rapid response times for real-time transaction processing access to “hot” enterprise data for improved productivity and operational efficiency. As fewer SSDs are required to achieve the same HDD ultra-high performance, the new Ultrastar SSD400S family offers significant value in terms of IOPS per Watt, while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) through low power consumption, efficient cooling and reduced space requirements.

The EMC VNX family delivers industry-leading innovation and enterprise capabilities for file, block and object storage in a scalable easy-to-use solution. Utilizing Hitachi Ultrastar SSDs, EMC’s VNX5500-F system delivers 10X the performance and 80 percent lower cost per TPM (transactions per minute) compared to an all-HDD EMC VNX® system in Oracle OLTP environments. The EMC VNX5500-F is also designed for five-9 availability (available 99.999% of the time), a requirement for mission critical Microsoft and Oracle OLTP workloads. As a member of the EMC VNX series, the VNX5500-F delivers data integrity, multiple RAID options, and proactive global sparing and diagnostics. Advanced software suites also provide local and remote data protection, application protection, security and compliance.

“Hitachi GST is committed to delivering quality solutions for the enterprise, and their Ultrastar SSDs are a perfect match for our flash VNX unified storage solution,” said Rich Napolitano, President, Unified Storage Division at EMC. “They understand our stringent design and qualification process, and delivered a solid solution that helps extend the reliability, endurance and sustained ultra high I/O performance that our customers demand. It is a pleasure working with the Hitachi team and we look forward to qualifying additional SSDs in the future.”

“Our enterprise-class SSDs continue to gain traction with our Global OEMs as tier-0 enterprise applications are of increasing importance to enterprise IT managers, especially as they redesign their data centers for improved TCO, and to support advances in cloud computing, virtualization and thin provisioning,” said Mike Cordano, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing and president, Branded Business, Hitachi GST.  “Over the years, Hitachi has developed a strong working relationship with EMC and we’re thrilled to have our SSDs selected in their VNX platform. We look forward to continuing our relationship and working with them to complete additional qualifications in the months and years ahead.”

Hitachi GST Ultrastar SSD400S SLC SSDs

The Ultrastar SSD400S family combines enterprise-grade SLC NAND flash memory, advanced endurance management firmware and exclusive Power-loss Data Management technology to extend reliability, endurance, and sustained performance over the life of the SSD. The Ultrastar SSD family achieves an extraordinary 0.44% annual failure rate (AFR) and endures up to 35PB of random writes over the life of the drive—the equivalent of writing 19.2 TB per day for five years. For complete end-to-end data protection and reliability, the Ultrastar SSD400S family incorporates the T10 Data Integrity Field (DIF) standard, extended error correction code (ECC), Exclusive-OR (XOR) parity to protect against flash die failure and parity-checked internal data paths without an external write cache.

Hitachi GST is currently shipping its 400GB, 200GB and 100GB SLC Ultrastar SSD400S drives in volume. The Ultrastar SSD400S family is backed by a five-year limited warranty, or the maximum petabytes written (based on capacity).

Hitachi GST is also shipping its Ultrastar SSD400M MLC (multi level cell) SSD family – the most advanced in the industry utilizing Intel’s 25 nanometer (nm), highest endurance Enterprise-grade, MLC NAND Flash and delivering outstanding performance. Ultrastar SSD400M family is available in a 2.5-inch form factor with a 6Gb SAS interface in capacities of 200GB and 400GB.

Please visit http://www.hitachigst.com/solid-state-drives for more information.

About Hitachi Global Storage Technologies

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) develops advanced hard disk drives, enterprise-class solid state drives, innovative external storage solutions and services used to store, preserve and manage the world’s most valued data. Founded by the pioneers of hard drives, Hitachi GST provides high-value storage for a broad range of market segments, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Personal Storage. Hitachi GST was established in 2003 and maintains its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachigst.com.

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About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2010 (ended March 31, 2011) consolidated revenues totaled 9,315 billion yen ($112.2 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban 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.

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