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Major Victorian utility selects Hitachi Data Systems for business continuity solution

  • 12 May, 2004 09:04

<p>Sydney, AUSTRALIA – May 12, 2004 – Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) has been selected by Barwon Region Water Authority (Barwon Water) to implement a centralised storage solution.</p>
<p>The new solution will meet Barwon Water’s business continuity requirements to alleviate the risk of downtime. It will also allow for a rapid deployment of new applications, such as Document Management, due to the heterogeneous platform support, performance and scalability of the solution.</p>
<p>Hitachi Data Systems won the contract in a competitive tender against two leading server vendors with its combined data recovery experience and ability to offer service and support in regional Victoria. The solution comprises of two Thunder 9500V Modular storage arrays separated by two kilometres of fibre optic cable, Brocade Fibre Channel switches, JNI host bus adaptors and Hitachi Data Systems’ TrueCopy synchronous replication software for real-time disaster recovery.</p>
<p>Escalating storage management costs and a need for improved application availability resulted in Barwon Water’s decision to implement a centralised storage solution. The cost of managing separate islands of storage in a Windows and Solaris environment was growing and downtime in core applications, such as Customer Billing, was becoming harder to deal with due to the number of invoices it generated on a daily basis.</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 by Barwon Water to deliver a new storage environment, using our hardware and software. Hitachi Data Systems’ new solutions will enable the authority to meet its critical business goals.”</p>
<p>Mr Joe Adanski, Executive Manager Strategy and Technology for Barwon Water said, “Hitachi Data Systems demonstrated their reputation for delivering robust and reliable storage systems. We were impressed with Hitachi Data Systems’ ability to demonstrate the value of their storage software and how it could solve our business challenges”.</p>
<p>Barwon Water is the largest regional urban water authority in Victoria, providing quality water and sewerage services to a permanent population of 250,000 people across an area of more than 8,100 square kilometres. The authority manages ten major water storages, ten water treatment plants and nine sewage treatment facilities.</p>
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<p>For further information, please contact:</p>
<p>Gabriel Wong / Geoff Hoddinott
Network Communications
Phone: (02) 9267 9477
Email: gabriel.wong@networkpr.com.au / geoff.hoddinott@networkpr.com.au</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 www.hds.com.</p>
<p>About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company, with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2003 (ended March 31, 2004) consolidated sales totalled 8,632.4 billion yen (US$81.4 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 http://www.hitachi.com.</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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