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EMC Delivers on Commitment to Open Standards Management for Symmetrix and CLARiiON

Delivers SMI-S Provider for New and Legacy Symmetrix and CLARiiON systems; Enables Smooth Migration to SMI-S Standard

Hopkinton,, Monday, February 9, 2004 - 

EMC Corporation today announced a major milestone in its ongoing commitment to deliver on standards for open, interoperable and automated networked storage environments while protecting customers' existing investments. EMC Symmetrix® and EMC Symmetrix DMX" systems shipped since 1997 and all EMC CLARiiON® and CLARiiON CX systems shipped since 2000 are now capable of being managed by applications implementing the SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S). EMC Symmetrix and CLARiiON arrays are in the final stages of SMI-S validation through the SNIA Conformance Testing Program.

Howard Elias, EMC Executive Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Office of Technology, said, "Customers want open, standards-based management for their storage platforms, and EMC is delivering on this requirement. Furthermore, they've said they want to preserve their existing investments in both hardware and management software. To this end, EMC is delivering SMI-S compatible solutions that protect these investments while speeding the adoption of new management standards. We expect this will accelerate market acceptance and use of SMI-S standards."

In addition to SMI-S V1.0 compatibility, EMC will enable Symmetrix and CLARiiON customers to use any combination of existing management applications and open SMI-S based management applications from EMC and other vendors.

SMI-S, the storage industry's implementation of CIM (Common Information Model), is a set of interfaces designed to make it easier for storage hardware and management software from different vendors to work together. SMI-S enables EMC management software to better manage third-party arrays and allows more third-party management applications to manage EMC arrays.

EMC's SMI-S Provider (the enabling software) for Symmetrix and CLARiiON is available immediately for customers and ISVs. The EMC SMI-S Provider simultaneously supports all Symmetrix systems (Symmetrix DMX Series, Symmetrix 8000, Symmetrix 5000 and Symmetrix 3000 systems) running the Enginuity" 5x66 operating environment and later. This represents all Symmetrix units announced since 1997. All CLARiiON systems (CLARiiON CX Series and CLARiiON FC4700 and FC4500 systems) running Navisphere® 6.4 or higher are manageable via SMI-S. This represents CLARiiON systems announced since 2000.

EMC will showcase its SMI-S enabled EMC ControlCenter" and Visual families of management software supporting EMC and IBM, HP, HDS, Sun and LSI Logic arrays at the April 2004 Storage Networking World event in Phoenix. EMC also plans to demonstrate management of heterogeneous NAS environments comprising EMC Celerra® and other vendors' NAS systems.

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EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world leader in products, services and solutions for information storage and management that help organizations extract the maximum value from their information, at the lowest total cost, across every point in the information lifecycle. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at www.EMC.com.

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