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Acer and Hitachi Data Systems Partner to Target Small and Medium Businesses

  • 07 June, 2004 09:21

<p>- Regional Multimillion Dollar Agreement Will Allow Acer to Deliver Superior Storage Area Network Solutions to Small and Medium Businesses</p>
<p>Sydney - June 7, 2004 - Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), and Acer Inc., the world's top five PC vendor, today announced a distribution agreement whereby Acer will market, sell, and support the Hitachi Thunder 9500TMV Series modular storage systems in addition to third party products, as part of a total SAN solution.</p>
<p>This three year agreement will make Acer a Regional Platinum Solutions Partner in Hitachi's TrueNorthTM Channel Partner Program in Australia, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. Under this agreement, Acer will promote the Hitachi Thunder family of storage systems through its local channel partners in these markets. This partnership will accelerate Acer's position in the entry to mid-level Storage Area Network (SAN) market and bring Hitachi Data Systems into the storage-attached-oriented Windows server market.</p>
<p>This agreement significantly enhances the competitive advantage for Acer and Hitachi Data Systems customers seeking to meet increasingly demanding overall application service levels. The complementary skills that Acer and Hitachi Data Systems bring will give customers more choices of SAN solutions that fulfill their particular business requirements.</p>
<p>"Acer's primary objective is to provide value to our customers by delivering dependable, easy-to-use products and services that meet their specific needs," said Mr Richard Johns, Business Manager, Enterprise Solutions Group, Acer Oceanic Region. "By integrating Hitachi's industry-leading storage and storage area management software, we are now able to deliver a truly complete and open SAN solution to Small and Medium Businesses."</p>
<p>Mr Johns added, "We look forward to working with Hitachi Data Systems in a business relationship that is set to grow from strength to strength."</p>
<p>"We see tremendous opportunity for growth within the small and medium enterprise marketplace as more and more enterprise applications become available on the Windows operating system, including e-mail which is as ubiquitous as office stationery," said Mr Michael Cremen, Hitachi Data Systems' General Manager for Australia and New Zealand. "Our Application Optimized StorageTM solutions are built on the same tradition of quality that has made Hitachi Data Systems a recognised name among Fortune 500 customers."</p>
<p>As part of this agreement, Acer will become a Partner Authorised Service Provider in each of the participating countries. In addition, Acer partners who complete the training process will be certified to provide installation and configuration of Hitachi Data Systems solutions.</p>
<p>- ENDS -</p>
<p>For further information, please contact:</p>
<p>Gabriel Wong / Geoff Hoddinott
Network Communications
Phone: (02) 9267 9477
Email: gabriel.wong@networkpr.com.au / geoff.hoddinott@networkpr.com.au</p>
<p>Sheree Fromholtz
Acer Oceanic Region
Phone (02) 8762 3216
Email: shereef@acer.com.au</p>
<p>About Acer Inc.
Acer ranks among the world's top ten branded PC vendors, designing and marketing easy, dependable IT solutions that empower people to reach their goals and enhance their lives. In 2000, Acer spun-off its manufacturing operation to focus on globally marketing its brand-name products: desktop and mobile PCs, servers and storage, displays, peripherals, and e-business solutions for business, government, education, and home users. Established in 1976, the pan Acer Group employs 60,000 people supporting dealers and distributors in more than 100 countries. Revenues reached US$15.6 billion in 2003. Please visit www.acer.com.au.</p>
<p>About Hitachi Data Systems
Hitachi Data Systems leverages global R&amp;D resources to develop storage solutions built on industry-leading technology with the performance, availability and scalability to maximise customers' ROI and minimise 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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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 totalled 8,632.4 billion yen (US$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.</p>
<p>Hitachi Data Systems is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark and service mark of Hitachi, Ltd. Thunder 9500, TrueNorth, and Application Optimized Storage are trademarks of Hitachi Data Systems.</p>

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