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Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute Reaches for the Stars with its EMC Information Infrastructure

EMC Furthers Information Heritage Initiative With Donation To North Carolina-Based Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute

HOPKINTON, Mass., July 18, 2008 - 

EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, announced today it donated $70,000 in technology and services to the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) in North Carolina. With this technology, PARI will collect and enable access to celestial observation data for astronomers, researchers and students.

“Astronomical photographic plates are in danger of being lost or destroyed unless measures are taken to collect them and make their information available to scientists and researchers from around the world,” said Dr. Michael Castelaz, Director of Astronomical Studies and Education at PARI. “EMC’s generous donation and ongoing support helps us collect astronomical data from researchers throughout North America and make these valuable resources available over the Internet to scientists and researchers from around the world.”

PARI, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) foundation established in North Carolina in 1998, is dedicated to furthering science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and research for students, astronomers and the general public. Formalized in 2007, the EMC Information Heritage Initiative uses EMC products and services to help organizations collect humanity’s information heritage and make information readily accessible via the Internet for research and education purposes.

“While studies of celestial observations have often produced compelling, definitive data to assist the interpretation of astrophysical phenomena, few observatories today have the resources to categorize such information,” said Lamar Owen, PARI’s Chief Information Officer. “EMC’s suite of information infrastructure technology provides us with the foundation we need today and into the future.”

Through its Information Heritage Initiative, EMC, one of North Carolina’s largest high-tech employers, donated an EMC® CLARiiON® networked storage system and EMC Navisphere® software to store and analyze more than 100 terabytes of research data. For instance, the EMC information infrastructure will support the Stellar Classification Online Public Exploration (SCOPE) program, which enables PARI and volunteers from the general public to classify astronomical research data.

“At EMC, we’re dedicated to advancing science, technology, engineering and math education in North Carolina and around the world,” said Bob Hawkins, EMC’s Vice President, North Carolina Operations. “We’re pleased that the information infrastructure technology we donated will not only serve as the foundation for PARI’s datacenter, but will support the institute’s research and education initiatives.”

EMC operates a manufacturing plant in Apex, a research and development facility in Research Triangle Park, and sales and services offices in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh. EMC’s North Carolina operations play a crucial role in enabling EMC to deliver the world’s most comprehensive lineup of information infrastructure systems, software and services to customers around the world.

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The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) foundation established in 1998. Located in the Pisgah Forest 30 miles southwest of Asheville, NC, the PARI campus is a dark sky location for astronomy and was selected in 1962 by NASA as the site for one of the first U.S. satellite tracking facilities. Today, the 200 acre campus houses radio and optical telescopes, earth science instruments, 30 buildings, a fulltime staff and all the infrastructure necessary to support STEM education and research. PARI offers educational programs at all levels, from K-12 through post-graduate. The institute is affiliated with the 16-campus University of North Carolina system through PARSEC, a UNC Center hosted at PARI, and is a member of the NC Grassroots Museum Collaborative. For more information about PARI and its programs, visit

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