Hitachi Data Systems and Ingram Micro Bring Enterprise-Grade Storage Solutions to SME Markets in Singapore, Malaysia and India

Released on = November 7, 2006, 2:59 am

Press Release Author = Prasanth/MutualPR

Industry = International Trade

Press Release Summary = Delivering on its plan to increase market share in Small
and Midsize Enterprises (SME) in Singapore, Malaysia and India, Hitachi Data Systems
Corporation, provider of Application Optimized Storage™ solutions and a wholly
owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), today announced that it has entered
into a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM), the world\'s largest
technology distributor, in these markets.

Press Release Body = Bangalore, November 7th, 2006 – Delivering on its plan to
increase market share in Small and Midsize Enterprises (SME) in Singapore, Malaysia
and India, Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, provider of Application Optimized
Storage™ solutions and a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT),
today announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro
Inc. (NYSE: IM), the world\'s largest technology distributor, in these markets.



According to analyst group, Access Markets International (AMI) Partners, SMEs in
India are on track to cross US$70 million on data storage solutions this year, the
bulk of it on DAS (direct attached storage). DAS has traditionally been the default
choice among India’s SMBs. The ballooning number of network users, as well as
the speed, capacity and plummeting prices offered by network storage, will also make
it the preferred storage solution over the next few years, especially among SMEs.
AMI defines SMEs as commercial companies with 1-999 employees.



Like enterprises, SMEs have the requirement of high availability, long retention or
scalable volume of data storage because of an increased focus on compliance and
corporate governance. In addition, many organizations operate 24x7 and have remote
offices that require backup. Critical business applications are also consuming more
and more storage. At the same time, SMEs are looking at ways to maximize IT human
resource, looking for easy to managed solutions that is ideally managed from an
application.



Under the agreement, Ingram Micro will offer the following Hitachi solutions which
will help reduce the complexity in purchasing, installing and managing storage
solutions for SMEs.



“Hitachi Data Systems’ tailored solutions and channel strategy remains key
as we continue to build on our success in the mid-market segment. Ingram Micro, with
its global network of value added resellers, will help us greatly broaden our market
reach and enable smaller enterprises to gain the benefits of our solutions.\" said
Michael Cremen, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific Operations,
Hitachi Data Systems.

\"Our partnership with Hitachi Data Systems represents our common commitment to
bringing best of breed, enterprise class storage solutions to SMEs in APAC, who are
demanding for it to meet their growth requirements. We look forward to bringing the
high-end functionality that Hitachi Data Systems is known for to market like India,
“ said Alain Monie, President, Asia Pacific, Ingram Micro.



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About Ingram Micro

As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and
profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing
programs, outsourced logistics services, technical support, financial services and
product aggregation and distribution. The company serves 100 countries and is the
only global IT distributor with operations in Asia. Visit www.ingrammicro.com



About Hitachi Data Systems

Hitachi Data Systems leverages global R&D resources to develop storage solutions
built on industry-leading technology with the performance, availability and
scalability to maximize customers\' ROI and minimize 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.



With approximately 3,200 employees, Hitachi Data Systems conducts business through
direct and indirect channels in the public, government and private sectors in over
170 countries and regions. Its customers include more than 50 percent of Fortune 100
companies. For more information, please visit our Web site at http://www.hds.com.



About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading
global electronics company with approximately 356,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal
2005 (ended March 31, 2006) consolidated sales totaled 9,464 billion yen ($80.9
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 website at
http://www.hitachi.com.



2006, 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. All other trade names, trademarks, and service marks used herein are the
rightful property of their respective owners.



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