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Five Hitachi Data Systems Customers Named Laureates by the IDG Computerworld Honors Program


SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), today announced that five Hitachi Data Systems customers have been selected as 2010 Computerworld Honors Laureate award winners by IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program. These Hitachi Data Systems customers are honorary recipients of the prestigious industry award and will be recognized during the 22nd Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony & Gala Awards Evening on June 7, 2010 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

“Each Laureate selected for this honor understands the importance of using one’s resources and technical prowess to benefit one’s fellow man,” said Bob Carrigan, chairman of the Computerworld Honors Program Chairmen’s Committee and CEO of IDG Communications Worldwide.

“We congratulate our customers on being honored as Laureates for the originality of their implementations, breadth of vision and significance of their benefit to society,” said Asim Zaheer, vice president of Corporate and Product Marketing, Hitachi Data Systems. “These awards are a testament to our customers’ breakthrough work, and reaffirm the commitment by Hitachi Data Systems to deliver innovative storage solutions for compelling customer ROI, unmatched return on assets (ROA) and demonstrable business impact.”

City of Coquitlam
The City of Coquitlam’s IT department supports 15 buildings across three city campuses that serve 125,000 citizens, diverse businesses and more than 1,000 city employees. The IT department leverages its extensive city-wide fiber optic network to provide 24/7 online services to the community. The IT department works diligently to capitalize on cutting edge technologies to improve the levels and types of service provided to the citizens of Coquitlam. Increases in city services, applications and database requirements summoned the need for greater storage performance, scalability and manageability. The City of Coquitlam implemented the Hitachi Universal Storage Platform VM (USP-VM) for its value, quality and scope of technology, support infrastructure, ease of use, controller-based virtualization and thin provisioning capabilities. The City of Coquitlam conducts leading edge work in the area of data storage virtualization. Utilizing its advanced fiber optic network (QNet), the city manages virtual storage to reduce operating costs and improve flexibility in handling the city’s growing information storage demands.

Home Guarantee Corporation
Home Guaranty Corporation (HGC) promotes home ownership to middle and low income families in the Philippines. However, HGC’s efforts were hampered by severe storage challenges as it operated without a solid and centralized data storage system in place. Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage (AMS) was implemented to provide a strong foundation for new storage operations within HGC. The Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 2000 solutions have the intelligence to manage many complex tasks that administrators routinely face. With front-to-back-end I/O load balancing made possible by symmetric-active controllers that are integrated, automated and based in hardware, these solutions provide 99.999 percent data availability. They also deliver enterprise-class performance, capacity and functionality at a midrange price. HGC also benefits from the systems highly flexible choice of SAS or SATA II disk drives and support for Fibre Channel SAN, iSCSI and NAS, which enables consolidation to a single platform.

National University of Singapore’s Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT)
As a new research center, the National University of Singapore’s Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) was given the opportunity to adopt an innovative new IT infrastructure in its research facilities. The CQT IT team manages a variety of computing facilities for technical research and general administration, as well as advanced information services to a rapidly growing staff. CQT’s state-of-the-art projects generate a vast amount of information, consuming large volumes of storage that can be difficult to manage. CQT researchers require a system that captures high speed information. In December 2007, CQT built one of the most robust, scalable and cost-effective IT infrastructures using Hitachi High-Performance NAS and Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage. Hitachi Data Systems storage was adopted as storage infrastructure to this entire project, which consisted of storage, network and server. The storage infrastructure is one of the highest performing networked storage infrastructures in the local academic community. The Hitachi NAS fit the specific needs of CQT, offering a graphical user interface (GUI) as well as an advanced command line interface for flexible yet comprehensive management options.

Pixorial was created to liberate the world’s video – to empower people of all ages to share, create and connect with friends and family through video. Pixorial is the state-of-the-art collaborative video service that offers customers a true interactive video experience without the typical limitations such as resolution and length. To ensure optimal digital workflow while meeting exponential growth projections, Pixorial needed to architect a highly dense, very versatile storage environment that would also meet a stringent cost-efficiency business model. Pixorial is the only company currently providing this type of service, and therefore required the maximum amount of flexibility, density and capacity from its storage solution. Pixorial adopted the Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 2500 and a cluster of Hitachi NAS, powered by BlueArc®, to make it possible for Pixorial to address intense scalability, I/O performance and disk utilization conditions.

Stadsarchief Amsterdam
Stadsarchief Amsterdam is one of the largest city archives in the world with 22 miles of archives including a historic-topographic collection with millions of maps, drawings and pictures. It also includes a library, extensive sound, movie and photo archives and more than eight million digital archive documents. In addition to official and public documents, it also stores private collections and archive documents for Dutch companies. To preserve these documents, Stadsarchief Amsterdam needed a solution to digitize its archives and ensure longevity and scalability. For all these digital archive documents or objects, it is very important to determine how the authenticity and integrity can be guaranteed. In other words, 100 years from now, a document has to come out of the archive in the same condition as when it was stored. To achieve this, Stadsarchief Amsterdam looked for a suitable digital archiving system. This so-called Digital Storage Depot (DSD) would also be required to possess an adequate capacity to optimally prepare Stadsarchief Amsterdam for the future. The Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) was implemented as a Digital Storage Depot for digitized as well as digitally created objects. A control mechanism in the Content Archive Platform automatically and continuously checks the digital archive documents for authenticity.

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About the Computerworld Honors Program
Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, the Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. In its 22nd year, Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to benefit society.

Each year, the program’s Chairmen’s Committee, a group of 100 Chairmen/CEOs of global technology companies, nominates individuals and organizations around the world whose visionary application of information technology promotes positive social and economic progress. Nominations are evaluated by an independent board of CIO-level judges who select Laureates, Finalists and award recipients, in 10 industry-related categories, to be honored at the Laureate Medal Ceremony.

This year’s ceremony and accompanying Gala Awards Evening will take place on June 7, 2010 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The technology achievements honored by this program are preserved and protected in national archives, and in over 350 universities, museums and research institutions throughout the world. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies and oral histories can be found at the Computerworld Honors website:

About Computerworld
Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld’s award-winning Web site (, weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research, form the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past six years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Folio Magazine’s 2006 Gold EDDIE Award for the best technology/computing magazine, the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In addition, in 2007 Computerworld’s then editor in chief, Don Tennant, received the prestigious Timothy White Award from American Business Media. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 2 million unique, monthly visitors and a print audience of 1,222,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2007).

About International Data Group (IDG)
International Data Group (IDG) is the world’s leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG’s online network includes more than 450 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG’s lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers. IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at Note: All product and company names are trademarks of their respective companies.

About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems provides best-in-class information technologies, services and solutions that deliver compelling customer ROI, unmatched return on assets (ROA) and demonstrable business impact. With a vision that IT must be virtualized, automated, cloud-ready and sustainable, Hitachi Data Systems offers solutions that improve IT costs and agility. With more than 4,200 employees worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems does business in more than 100 countries and regions. Hitachi Data Systems products, services and solutions are trusted by the world’s leading enterprises, including more than 70 percent of the Fortune 100 and more than 80 percent of the Fortune Global 100. Hitachi Data Systems believes that data drives our world – and information is the new currency. To learn more, visit:

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 2009 (ended March 31, 2010) consolidated revenues totaled 8,968 billion yen ($96.4 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


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