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Hitachi picks US for global internet of things HQ

Japanese group creating new company that will focus on IT for infrastructure

Hitachi will run its global internet of things operations from Silicon Valley.

TOKYO -- Hitachi is forming a new U.S. company tasked with managing businesses at the intersection of hardware and data in an effort to compete with General Electric and Siemens for a bigger piece of rising global infrastructure demand.

The Tokyo-based conglomerate will merge information technology unit Hitachi Data Systems and data analytics company Pentaho on Wednesday to form Hitachi Vantara. The new California-based company will be entrusted with expanding Hitachi's "internet of things" operations to over 130 countries and oversee roughly 7,000 employees, or a third of the conglomerate's IT personnel. 

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