HDS and Ingram Micro bring high-end storage solutions to SMEs through global agreement

By | February 21, 2006

Delivering on its plan to increase market share in small and midsize enterprises (SME) worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, provider of Application Optimized Storage solutions and a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), today announced it has entered into a global distribution agreement with Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM), the world´s largest technology distributor. Under the agreement, Ingram Micro will distribute the next generation, channel-optimised Hitachi TagmaStore Workgroup Modular Storage model WMS100 and Adaptable Modular Storage model AMS200 to its vast reseller network who reach SMEs worldwide.

Today, companies of all sizes face the challenges of managing explosive data growth, complex applications and records retention requirements all under limited IT budgets. With this newly signed distribution agreement, SMEs in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific can now benefit from high-end storage functionality at a price point tailored for their budgets. In addition, Hitachi Data Systems and Ingram Micro will deliver solutions that have achieved Microsoft Simple SAN for Windows Server designation, enabling SMEs to implement and enjoy the benefits of networked storage easily and cost effectively without deployment headaches.

“We are committed to growing our presence in the worldwide SME market by developing tailored solutions and partnerships to execute on this strategy,” said Scott Genereux, executive vice president and general manager, Worldwide Sales, Channels, and Support. “Ingram Micro, with its global network of value added resellers, will now be able to help us greatly broaden our market reach and enable smaller enterprises to gain the benefits of our solutions.”

“Hitachi Data Systems is regarded as an innovative leader in the storage market. We look forward to bringing the high-end functionality that Hitachi Data Systems is known for to new markets,” said Kevin Murai, president and chief operating officer, Ingram Micro. “We´re excited about the new opportunities these solutions present to our resellers.”

“Ingram Micro has access to top quality, feature-rich products tailored for the market they serve,” said Tony Asaro, Sr. Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “Hitachi Data Systems gains a respected, effective partner who is focused on the SME. And, more importantly, the customers now have easy access to storage options, many of which are unique to Hitachi Data Systems that will improve their service delivery to their users.”

“For smaller organisations that lack a dedicated storage administrator, Microsoft´s Simple SAN initiative eases the complexity and improves the manageability of storage area networks,” said Dr. Claude Lorenson, Group Product Manager, Storage at Microsoft Corporation. “We are delighted that Hitachi Data Systems and Ingram Micro are delivering solutions that have achieved Microsoft Simple SAN for Windows Server designation to these organisations, this will greatly simplify deployments for our mutual customers.”

(See related press release, “Hitachi Data Systems Delivers First Microsoft-Designated Simple SAN Solution for Windows Server

Environments.”)

Enterprise-Grade Data Protection and Reliability

The channel-optimized TagmaStore Adaptable Modular Storage and Workgroup Modular Storage product lines feature high-end functionality-Logical Cache Partitioning and Virtual Storage Ports with secure Host Storage Domains-not available on any other midrange systems, to help IT organisations optimize the performance of and provide secure data access to vital business applications, such as Microsoft Exchange, ERP, CRM, or databases.

For improved data protection, RAID-6, in addition to RAID-5, 1+0 and 1, is available on both lines, offering significantly increased availability by sustaining up to a two disk failure within a single RAID group.

To simplify storage area network (SAN) implementation and management for small and medium-sized enterprises, the AMS200 and WMS100 storage systems have been certified under Microsoft´s Simple SAN for Windows Server program. Hitachi Data Systems has collaborated with Microsoft to advance SAN simplification by ensuring interoperability, simplifying hardware setup and helping SME customers make informed SAN purchase decisions.

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