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 Indias 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.
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.