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EMC Delivers Replication Management for VMware Infrastructure

EMC Replication Manager Software Automates Data Protection for Virtual Environments

HOPKINTON, Mass., Sept. 11, 2008 - 

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced that its EMC® Replication Manager software now features new data protection functionality for VMware® Infrastructure  that provides customers with more effective information protection and business continuity of virtual environments.  As more servers and applications are deployed in virtualized environments, EMC will continue providing the broadest range of data protection solutions for all pillars of VMware recovery.

Replication Manager automates the management of EMC array based replicas, accelerating backups, enabling more complete reporting and saving time, staff and computing resources.  By automating the management processes, replicas can be created in the context of the application, with parallel access to production data for backup acceleration, reporting, and testing – with little to no impact to production.

With the latest version of Replication Manager, management of copies and complete recovery of both physical and virtual environments is handled through a single console.  Now, the EMC data protection software provides integrated array replicas at the VMware virtual machine level and integrates with VMware ESX Servers and Virtual Center APIs to ensure virtual machine consistency.  This streamlines virtual machine file system (VMFS) replica management by providing near-instant, virtual machine consistent backup and recovery of VMFS delivered via EMC’s array based snapshot and clone technology. 

This new functionality can be used for direct integration with VMware VMFS providing instant VMFS level backup and virtual machine level restore.  Automating and scheduling VMFS replicas has become much easier through intuitive easy-to-use wizards and a point-and-click user interface.  Customers can leverage replicas created by Replication Manager for a single virtual machine level restore through VMware’s VirtualCenter management software.

Pulte Homes, one the largest U.S. home building companies with operations in 26 states, utilizes Replication Manager in its environment.  Chris Faria, Pulte Homes’ System Engineer, said, “One of the greatest challenges in keeping the operations of our data center running smoothly is meeting our backup and deployment windows.  By leveraging EMC Replication Manager for our most critical applications, we’ve been able to reduce our deployment windows by more than 50 percent, enabling us to better service our field operations.”

Faria added, “The expanded support for VMware Virtual Infrastructure will enable us to reduce our physical footprint in the data center by creating virtual replicas of application data that react just like ones previously in physical environments.  In addition, we’ll be able to route non-production applications into a virtual environment so those production environments in the data center can run at peak performance.  We expect Replication Manager’s new support will help us extend the life of our data center, lower power and cooling costs and increase productivity.”

Mark Sorenson, Senior Vice President of EMC’s Storage Software Group, said, “While the proliferation of virtual environments has provided significant benefits across the infrastructure, it has posed new challenges from a recovery management perspective.  With EMC Replication Manager’s new support, we’re now delivering our powerful replication management technology for both physical and virtual environments, so customers can achieve optimal flexibility and savings in the management of their data centers.  As a company, we continue to extend our market and technology leadership in storage software by augmenting the most comprehensive portfolio of data protection solutions for virtual environments.”

In addition to existing support for EMC’s array-based replication software, EMC TimeFinder®, EMC SnapSure™ and EMC SnapView™, the latest version of Replication Manager also includes additional application support, such as:

  • Already supported in physical environments, new application level support for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Oracle 10g/11g instances that are running on VMFS in a VMware ESX Server 3.5 Windows 2003 guest operating system environment.
  • Expanded support for EMC’s network-based replication solution, EMC RecoverPoint enabling management in Microsoft Windows 2003 environments with the ability to manage application consistent RecoverPoint continuous remote replication (CRR) and concurrent local and remote (CLR) replicas for Microsoft Exchange 2003 and 2007, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, and Oracle 10g/11g on EMC CLARiiON® and EMC Symmetrix® networked storage systems.

EMC’s new Replication Manager support for VMware infrastructure will be demonstrated at VMWorld 2008, booth #502, located at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.  For more information on EMC’s broad virtual infrastructure data protection solutions, please visit http://www.emc.com/solutions/business-need/virtualizing-information-infrastructure/virtual-infrastructure-data-protection.htm.

Availability

EMC Replication Manager – version 5.1 SP2 – is immediately available from EMC and its authorized partners.

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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Todd Cadley
843-569-2715
cadley_todd@emc.com



EMC, CLARiiON, Symmetrix and TimeFinder are registered trademarks and SnapSure and SnapView are trademarks of EMC Corporation. VMware is a registered trademark of VMware, Inc. All other trademarks 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) risks associated with acquisitions and investments, including the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (iv) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (v) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (vi) component and product quality and availability; (vii) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (viii) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (ix) war or acts of terrorism; (x) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (xi) fluctuating currency exchange rates; and (xii) 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.

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