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Hitachi Data Systems wins deal with Australian Broadcasting Corporation

  • 03 February, 2004 10:39

<p>Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to provide the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) with twelve terabytes of storage supported by software and services to support ABC’s new media and internet services.</p>
<p>Hitachi Data Systems was awarded the contract in a competitive tender against three other leading storage vendors with its technically superior Storage Area Network (SAN) and Networked Attached Storage (NAS) solution delivering the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) over five years. Other selection criterion that Hitachi Data Systems had met centred on a solution that would manage data growth cost-effectively, consolidate server and storage environments and maintain internal Service Level Agreements.</p>
<p>Mr Michael Cremen, General Manager of Hitachi Data Systems in Australia and New Zealand said, “Hitachi Data Systems is pleased to be selected as ABC’s technology partner. We look forward to growing this relationship and helping them maximise their return on investment in our storage solution."</p>
<p>The selection of Hitachi Data Systems’ brought a collaborative approach to the contract by delivering a best fit solution leveraging the technology and services of five complementary partners – Network Appliance, SecureData Group, StorageTek, VERITAS and Brocade.</p>
<p>“The ABC contract marks an important step in the evolution of storage network collaboration in Australia,” said Mr Simon Green, Managing Director of Network Appliance Australia and New Zealand. “We look forward to working closely with Hitachi Data Systems and the other project partners to ensure the consolidation solution being deployed by the ABC maximises its storage utilisation across NAS and SAN environments while driving down the total cost ownership.”</p>
<p>ABC is Australia’s national, public and commercial-free broadcaster. It serves Australians through four national radio networks, 57 local stations, an internet radio station and a national free-to-air TV network. The new SAN and NAS convergence solution will be used to support ABC’s new media and internet services.</p>
<p>ABC’s Sydney data centre will house a Hitachi Thunder 9580V, the industry’s only ultra high-end modular storage array, attached to both a NetApp GF940C Clustered Gateway Filer for the purpose of file sharing and Brocade Silkworms switches for ABC’s Application Servers, allowing the ABC to benefit from an integrated SAN and NAS solution leveraging a single pool of storage. Additional Hitachi Thunder 9530Vs will be deployed to ABC’s offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and Darwin.</p>
<p>The storage network will be managed by Hitachi's HiCommand management software providing a single access and management point across the network. Under this contract, Hitachi Global Solution Services will implement and support the solution which includes consolidated backup to an automated tape library silo using VERITAS’ NetBackup DataCentre and BusinessServer Software in the distributed locations.</p>
<p>Mr Fred Spark, Manager, System Management Services, ABC said, “Hitachi Data Systems demonstrated their commitment and capability to deliver a SAN and NAS solution that would meet our growing data requirements. We selected Hitachi Data Systems over other storage vendors because they understood our needs and presented a best of breed solution that will help us manage our storage environment around Australia more effectively now and in the future.”</p>
<p>For further information, please contact:</p>
<p>Gabriel Wong / Geoff Hoddinott
Network Communications
Phone: (02) 9267 9477
Email: /</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</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</p>
<p>© 2003, Hitachi Data Systems Corporation. Hitachi Data Systems is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark and service mark of Hitachi, Ltd. The Hitachi Data Systems logotype is a trademark and service mark of Hitachi Ltd.</p>

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