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Hitachi America, Ltd.

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03/08/2001


Hitachi To Provide Legacy Storage Systems Corp. With High-End Disk Drives For Use In Optical Storage Systems


Mar 8, 2001 15:57 PM

BRISBANE, Calif., http://www.hitachi.us/, March 9, 2001 - Legacy Storage Systems Corp., a Markham, Ontario based Mass Storage Manufacturer, announced today that it has qualified Hitachi's DK30CJ line of high-end SCSI and Fibre Channel disk drives for use in its UDSS™ and Netmate™ Product lines offering SCSI, Fibre and NAS RAID and Optical Storage Systems.

Hitachi's 73GB 10,000RPM U160 disk drive was selected for inclusion in Legacy's storage system after undergoing numerous performance and quality tests. Systems are also available with 36GB and 18GB drive capacity points. Hitachi's family of DK30CJ disk drives includes MR heads, GMEEPRML read channels and fast rotational disc speeds. These functions give Hitachi's 3.5-inch drives the capacity to effectively and reliably support the high data transfer needs of Legacy's UDSS™ and Netmate™ storage systems.

"Hitachi is an industry leader in Disk Storage Technology and we will benefit greatly from the relationship," stated Paul Chan, vice president of Legacy. "We're currently testing their Fibre Channel Disks with our new Fibre Channel Backplanes also. The reliability of Hitachi disks will contribute greatly to our Clusterstor™ SSP Initiative currently in development."

"We are pleased to join forces with Legacy," said Gary Galusha, vice president of hard disk drives sales and marketing for Hitachi America's Computer Division, Storage Products Group. "Powerful storage solutions are critical for businesses operating in today's competitive and demanding climate."

About Legacy
Legacy manufactures High Performance High Availability Storage Systems for the SAN and NAS Market using Disk, Optical and Tape Technologies. Founded in 1983 to provide storage solutions for Fortune 1000 companies, Legacy has pioneered the development of High Performance Online, Nearline and Offline Storage Solutions. Legacy produced the first SCSI Multiple Disk Storage System in 1988, followed by the first "Hot Swap" RAID in 1989. Legacy continues to be an innovator and world leader in RAID, CD/DVD Servers and Tape Backup Storage Systems with over 70,000 storage solutions in 18 countries worldwide. Legacy is a member of the RAID Advisory Board, the Fibre Channel Industry Association and the RAID Advisory Board.

About Hitachi
Hitachi America, Ltd., Computer Division, supplies high-performance computer storage products and multimedia products to OEMs, value-added resellers, system integrators and distributors. The division's products include high-capacity hard disk drives and DVD optical drives, digital multimedia recorders, hand-held computers, LCD projectors, CRT monitors, color laser beam printers and flat panel and plasma displays.

Hitachi America, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., Japan, markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems, consumer electronics and semiconductor products, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout the U.S. Additional information is available at Hitachi America's web site at http://www.hitachi.us/.

Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world's leading global electronics companies, with fiscal 1999 (ended March 31, 2000) consolidated sales of 8,001 billion yen ($75.5 billion*). The company manufactures and markets a wide range of products, including computers, semiconductors, consumer products and power and industrial equipment. For more information on Hitachi, Ltd., please visit Hitachi's Web site at http://global.hitachi.com.

*At an exchange rate of 106 yen to the dollar.

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