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Hitachi Data Systems to Showcase Executives and Advanced Virtualization Solutions at Storage Networking World 2004.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Top Executives to Deliver Perspectives on Storage Industry, and Heterogeneous Virtualization Demonstration to Take Center Stage

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd (NYSE:HIT), will play a key role in legitimizing virtualization for the enterprise at this Fall's Storage Networking World (SNW) 2004. SNW is the leading conference series designed for storage end-users and industry players, being held in Orlando, FL, from October 25-28, 2004 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort.

Four Hitachi Data Systems executives are participating at the conference: Shinjiro Iwata, CEO; Hu Yoshida, vice president and CTO; Claus Mikkelsen, senior director of Storage Applications; and Eric Hibbard, senior director, Data Networking Technology. Hitachi Data Systems will also demonstrate key virtualization features of the newly released Hitachi TagmaStore(TM) Universal Storage Platform.

Hitachi Data Systems participating executives in order of appearance are as follows:

--Eric Hibbard, senior director, Data Networking Technology PRE-CONFERENCE: SNIA Storage Security Tutorial -- Storage Security October 25, 2004, 3:20-4:20 p.m.

--Shinjiro Iwata, CEO KEYNOTE: Industry Perspective: Elevating the Art of Storage October 26, 2004, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Location: Mediterranean Ballroom

--Claus Mikkelsen, senior director of Storage Applications Tons of Luns: A case for explosive storage growth and why the word petabyte is "so retro" October 28, 2004, 10:30-11:05 a.m. Location: Palazzo Ballroom, Salon G

--Hu Yoshida, vice president and CTO The Simplicity Imperative Panel October 28, 2004, 11:30-1:00 p.m. Location: Segura Room 3

At the SNW Interoperability Lab, Hitachi Data Systems will demonstrate key capabilities of the Hitachi TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform, including the power of Universal Storage Platform's heterogeneous virtualization. By attaching a Hitachi Thunder 9585(TM) V Series modular storage with the SATA Intermix Option, plus an IBM Enterprise Storage Server to a Universal Storage Platform, Hitachi Data Systems will show how external systems become part of a unified pool of storage. This storage environment will be controlled by heterogeneous storage management capabilities of the Hitachi HiCommand(R) Storage Services Manager software.

In addition, Hitachi Data Systems, which is a Platinum sponsor of the event, will be giving a short slide presentation with an overview of its TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform in its booth (P16). Desktop demonstrations of the Storage Services Manager software and Message Archive for E-Mail solutions will be conducted between the Universal Storage Platform overviews.

Storage Networking World is the leading conference for IT managers, storage architects and infrastructure professionals. SNW is widely regarded as the most influential educational forum for the storage industry with record-breaking attendance at SNW Spring 2004.

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 2,800 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.

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 totaled 8,632.4 billion yen ($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.
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