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EMC Provides Support for Microsoft Virtualization Initiative

EMC Provides Consultant Readiness, Innovative Network Storage Platform Support and Backup And Recovery Solutions for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-VEMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced consultant readiness, broad technology support and solutions for Microsoft’s new virtualization strategy and portfolio, including Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center management suite. As the leader in providing information infrastructure for virtualized environments and a Microsoft partner, EMC is committed to enabling customers to enjoy the many operational and cost benefits of virtualization and helping them realize the full value of their Microsoft virtualization technology investment.

HOPKINTON, Mass., Sept. 8, 2008 - 

EMC Provides Consultant Readiness, Innovative Network Storage Platform Support and Backup And Recovery Solutions for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-VEMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced consultant readiness, broad technology support and solutions for Microsoft’s new virtualization strategy and portfolio, including Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center management suite. As the leader in providing information infrastructure for virtualized environments and a Microsoft partner, EMC is committed to enabling customers to enjoy the many operational and cost benefits of virtualization and helping them realize the full value of their Microsoft virtualization technology investment.

"Customers are demanding the efficiency, flexibility, continuity and agility provided by virtualization. Microsoft's suite of virtualization technologies, combined with EMC's innovative storage and information management solutions, enables customers to realize these benefits and achieve a more dynamic IT environment," said EMC's Tom Roloff, Senior Vice President of EMC Consulting. "EMC is well positioned to assist customers adopting Microsoft virtualization technologies through our leading Microsoft consultancy, storage technology integration across Microsoft's broad product portfolio and deep experience in information infrastructure for virtual environments."

“Microsoft’s virtualization strategy and portfolio across desktops and datacenters provides the cost savings and holistic management that customers require for more agile IT operations," said Zane Adam, Senior Director of Integrated Virtualization Microsoft Corp. “Our customers tell us that a critical factor in their ability to deliver upon this strategy is the support and expertise of partners. EMC’s commitment to Microsoft’s virtualization platform has been evident through our close engineering work, solution development, and consultant readiness efforts. Our work together will enable mutual customers to deploy integrated virtualization solutions with confidence.”

Microsoft specialists within EMC Consulting have deep capabilities and experience in server, application, presentation and desktop virtualization and have been engaging with customers on planning and implementing Microsoft virtualization solutions. To help customers optimize their infrastructure and leverage virtualization to reduce costs, increase flexibility and improve system availability, EMC also offers Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and System Center assessment and planning services, design services for application virtualization with Microsoft Application Virtualization and Windows Server Terminal Services implementations.

EMC’s deep integration testing through EMC E-Lab™ and longstanding engineering relationship with Microsoft has enabled early product support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. EMC’s industry-leading network storage platform portfolio, including EMC Symmetrix®, EMC CLARiiON® and EMC Celerra® fully support Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V to help provide a scalable, highly available information infrastructure for virtualized environments.. EMC also offers a backup and recovery solution for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V with EMC NetWorker® software through the combination of flexible tiered backup deployment options, broad support of the operating environments VSS Writer support and application consistent protection.

EMC is also integrating Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V in its EMC Proven™ Solution development process to produce solutions that combine EMC and Microsoft technology that are tested and documented for a broad set of common customer workloads and uses cases. As a result, joint EMC and Microsoft customers have the opportunity to more rapidly achieve the cost-reduction and flexibility of virtualized environments. An example is the EMC Proven Solution for consolidation and protection of a virtualized Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 farm leveraging Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2005 supported by CLARiiON networked storage and protected by EMC NetWorker and EMC Disk Library. As customers turn to Microsoft technologies to create, share and use information, EMC Proven Solutions enables customers to address their growing information needs and provide critical scalability.

For more information on EMC Information Infrastructure Solutions for Microsoft virtualization please visit http://www.emc.com/microsoftvirtualization.

About EMC

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world’s leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC’s products and services can be found at www.EMC.com.

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