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Hitachi Unveils Long-Term Data Preservation Platform

Hitachi Data Systems announced its new Hitachi Digital Preservation Platform, which allows federal agencies to preserve and archive mission-critical data on recordable Blu-ray discs.

For more information visit: www.hdsfed.com


Unedited press release follows:

Hitachi Data Systems Federal Announces Next Generation, Long-Term Data Preservation Platform

Platform Uses Optical Technology to Cost-Effectively Preserve Federal Data Indefinitely

RESTON, VA–(Sep 10, 2014) – Hitachi Data Systems Federal Corporation (HDS Federal), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), today released Hitachi Digital Preservation Platform (HDPP), the next generation long-term data preservation solution that allows federal agencies to preserve and archive mission-critical data indefinitely.

Hitachi Digital Preservation Platform is an optical storage solution that uses existing Blu-ray and eventually M-DISC technology to preserve the nation’s most valuable resource, its information. HDPP lets federal agencies access their data whenever they want, no matter how long it is stored, at lower total cost of ownership.

“The explosive growth of digital information and the proliferation of media formats poses a long-term storage challenge for federal agencies,” said Mike Tanner, president and CEO of HDS Federal. “To fulfill regulatory requirements, agencies are required to archive the data they generate and collect anywhere from five to over 100 years, while others have mandates that require data to be preserved forever.”

To comply with federal mandates such as the Presidential Memorandum – Managing Government Records, which requires U.S. government agencies to store and safeguard electronic records for as long as needed, HDPP allows long-term storage of 50 years using Blu-ray, and eventually up to 1,000 years using M-DISC media. These optical media solutions ensure compatibility as data formats continue to evolve, longevity across generations of technology, and continued retrieval and use for the life of the Republic.

“Most of our data is highly sensitive and must be properly safeguarded,” said Dylan Riley, director, Office of Innovation, U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, China Lake. “Media and IT options related to the storage and handling of that data tend to be very limited. Writable optical media remains a preferred technology in many cases because of the significant longevity and durability of the media.”

In addition to alleviating pain points caused by forced data migrations, enterprise-quality optical discs ensure that agencies can safely preserve data for decades because of their proven survivability, including resistance to water, dust, electromagnetic events, and storage environments that have high heat and humidity.

With the introduction of Hitachi Digital Preservation Platform, HDS Federal continues to demonstrate its ability to apply the most cutting-edge technology to meet the highly specific and often sensitive needs of U.S. government customers.

About Hitachi Data Systems Federal
Hitachi Data Systems Federal is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Data Systems focused on serving the IT needs of the federal government. Federal agencies use HDS Federal’s scalable solutions to reduce the complexity and increase the efficiency of government data center initiatives, cloud services, big data analytics, storage needs and more. HDS Federal is headquartered in Reston, Virginia. For more information, please visit: www.hdsfed.com. Follow HDS Federal on Twitter @HDSFederal.

About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems provides information technologies, services and solutions that help companies improve IT costs and agility, and innovate with information to make a difference in the world. Our customers gain compelling return on investment (ROI), unmatched return on assets (ROA), and demonstrable business impact. With approximately 6,300 employees worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems does business in more than 100 countries and regions. Our products, services and solutions are trusted by the world’s leading enterprises, including more than 70% of the Fortune 100 and more than 80% of the Fortune Global 100. Visit us at www.HDS.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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