New EMC Continuous Availability Advisory Services Enable an Always-on-and-Available IT Infrastructure

Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:45am EST

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Continuous Availability Solutions Built with EMC® VPLEX® Help Organizations
Maximize Information Trust and Availability
HOPKINTON, Mass., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  

News Summary:

* New EMC Continuous Availability Advisory Services based on EMC®  VPLEX® 
virtual storage can help organizations mitigate outages through a journeyed
approach to an IT availability transformation.  
* Delivered by EMC Global Services, the offering can enable organizations to
improve information availability capabilities and reduce CAPEX and OPEX through
comprehensive assessment, cost/benefit analysis, and roadmap development.  
* EMC Continuous Availability Advisory Services can enable organizations to
reduce server count by combining existing production, high availability, and
disaster recovery compute platforms into a single solution.  
* Join the  EMC Community Network  webcast today at  11:00 a.m. EST.

Full Story:  EMC  Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today announced  Continuous
Availability Advisory Services: a comprehensive assessment, cost/benefit
analysis, and roadmap development offering delivered by EMC  Global Services  in
combination with EMC®VPLEX® virtual storage which enables an
always-on-and-available IT infrastructure with reduced CAPEX and OPEX. As
demonstrated in certain customer engagements conducted by EMC, Continuous
Availability Advisory Services have been shown to enable organizations to reduce
server count by up to 40% by combining existing production, high availability,
and disaster recovery compute platforms into a single solution.

EMC Continuous Availability Advisory Services: Helping Customers Fully Realize
the Benefits of VPLEX and Continuous Availability with Active/Active Data
Centers and Applications

Delivered by EMC Global Services, the Continuous Availability Advisory Services'
suite of offerings include: assessing the readiness of applications and existing
infrastructure, and developing an architectural design, roadmap and cost benefit
analysis for the technical deployment and transition.  

EMC Continuous Availability Advisory Services provides organizations with a
proven services methodology that is based on EMC VPLEX virtual storage.
Previously, a continuous availability environment was either limited to be
within a data center, or required complex systems integration that made it
expensive to build and maintain. EMC VPLEX provides the critical foundation for
continuous availability by presenting read/writable virtual volumes in two
geographically separated data centers. It enables users to build "stretched data
centers," permitting them to process data collaboratively, using server
clustering technologies over distance, and to take a powerful new approach to
business continuity design and execution. However, solutions built with EMC
VPLEX and off-the-shelf clustering technologies can help organizations maximize
information trust and availability.

EMC Global Services can help organizations by:

* Providing the organization with an assessment of the current environment to
enable a change of focus from the recovery time and recovery point objectives,
forging a path to improved availability.  
* Enabling the organization to reduce risk associated with business continuity
outages and restarts.  
* Providing the organization with the architectural design and roadmap
information to help enable the organization to deliver "Always-On, and
Always-Available access" to its users, thereby, helping the business increase
its competitive advantage.

Organizations are increasingly reliant on uninterrupted active/active access to
data and applications. Additionally, the rapid growth of  Big Data  and
globalization, increasing regulatory pressures, more frequent planned outages,
and the impact of natural disasters have reinforced the need for management to
continue operations through any type of disruption. In response, many IT service
organizations have created an expensive labyrinth of different solutions and
techniques to eliminate single points of failure in their data centers.  

In a recent  study¹ commissioned by EMC, Forrester Consulting found that the
increased reliance on technology is the number one factor driving increased risk
in business. Organizations require new IT delivery models, such as continuous
availability that provide greater control and visibility of data. This
establishes a foundation of trust that IT infrastructure will perform the way it
should even in the event of business disruptions that may occur.

Customer Quote

Keith Mallonee, Senior Vice President,  McKesson IT

"We recently examined a continuous availability strategy for one of our major
business units.  What we learned is that continuous availability is not only
architecturally feasible, leveraging off-the-shelf products, it is achievable at
significant savings.  EMC practitioners delivered far more than we expected, and
the strategy is readily executable, enabling us to bring the business case to
management quickly and efficiently."

EMC Quote

Mike Koehler, Senior Vice President, Global Services, EMC Corporation

"Globalization, competition and the ever increasing reliance on IT systems has
driven an evolution in business. CIOs and business leaders have an urgent need
to improve availability to meet market and competitive demands for an
"always-on-and-available" IT infrastructure.  Whether customers want to
transition to continuous availability for all their applications and data, or
take a journeyed approach, EMC designed this new service to help clients assess
their current position, strengthen their infrastructure, take full advantage of
their existing technology, and improve their overall availability posture."

Additional Resources

* Connect with EMC via  Twitter,  Facebook,  YouTube,  LinkedIn  and  ECN
* Learn more about  EMC Global Services  and  EMC VPLEX
* Join the  #EMCGS  and  #VPLEX  conversations on Twitter.

About EMC

EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers
to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this
transformation is  cloud computing.  Through innovative products and services,
EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store,
manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset - information - in a more
agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be
found at  www.EMC.com.

¹"How Organizations Are Improving Business Resiliency with Continuous IT
Availability," a Technology Adoption Profile study commissioned by EMC and
conducted by Forrester Consulting.

EMC and VPLEX are either registered trademarks or trademarks of EMC Corporation
in  the United States  and other countries. All other trademarks used herein are
the property of their respective owners.

This release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under the Federal
Securities Laws. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in
the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including
but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market
conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iii)
the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and
the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (iv) competitive
factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product
introductions; (v) component and product quality and availability; (vi)
fluctuations in VMware, Inc.'s operating results and risks associated with
trading of VMware stock; (vii) the transition to new products, the uncertainty
of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and
market change; (viii) risks associated with managing the growth of our business,
including risks associated with acquisitions and investments and the challenges
and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies;
(ix) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (x)
insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (xi) fluctuating currency exchange
rates; (xii) threats and other disruptions to our secure data centers or
networks; (xiii) our ability to protect our proprietary technology; (xiv) war or
acts of terrorism; and (xv) other one-time events and other important factors
disclosed previously and from time to time in EMC's filings with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission. EMC disclaims any obligation to update any
such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.  

SOURCE  EMC Corporation


Hadley Weinzierl, +1-508-293-7642, hadley.weinzierl@emc.com

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