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EMC Announces Support for SNIA SMI-S V1.3 Across EMC Symmetrix and EMC Clariion Storage Platforms

EMC Extends Commitment to Open Industry Standards; Is First and Only Vendor to Support SMI-S for Enterprise Flash Drive Technology

HOPKINTON, Mass., October 13, 2008 - 

EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today demonstrated its continued commitment to advancing open industry standards for storage management, announcing that it has completed implementation of key profiles and features of the Storage Networking Industry Association’s (SNIA) Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) version 1.3 for current and previous models of its EMC® Symmetrix® and EMC CLARiiON® storage arrays.

EMC is the first and only storage vendor to extend SMI-S support to Enterprise Flash Drive (EFD) technology, featured in its premier EMC Symmetrix DMX-4 and CLARiiON CX4 storage arrays. Working collaboratively with other industry leaders, EMC continues to advance open industry standards like SMI-S to promote solution interoperability and extend the value of customers' investments in next-generation enterprise storage technology.

“As a leading supporter of open standards, EMC is committed to helping its customers and SNIA advance SMI-S by developing and implementing complete, feature-rich profiles into its products,” said Jeff Nick, EMC’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “EMC is moving ahead aggressively to help accelerate SMI-S momentum and to be a catalyst for widespread adoption of the specification in end-user environments.”

EMC has upgraded its existing SMI-S v1.2 profiles to the requirements of the v1.3 specification and added platform-specific extensions beyond what is required by SMI-S. This upgrade offers customers access to additional rich management features within EMC’s arrays. Collectively, EMC storage platforms are open to be managed by any SMI-S-conformant storage management application, including EMC ControlCenter® software. EMC offers SMI-S support to customers at no cost, with no charge for version upgrades.

EMC storage platforms implementing the latest profiles offer new enhancements that deliver a range of rich device management features. These features include Replication Services, Thin Provisioning, Block Storage Views, Storage Server Asymmetry, Volume Composition, Access Points, Block Services Package, Block Server Performance, Disk Drive Lite, Physical Package, Extent Composition, FC Initiator Ports, FC Target Ports, iSCSI Target Ports, Location, Masking and Mapping, Multiple Computer System, Array and Software, and Storage Element Protection. This SMI-S provider release has obtained both CTP 1.3 and CTP 1.2 certification.

The following EMC storage platforms support the latest SMI-S updates and improvements:

  • EMC Symmetrix systems: Symmetrix DMX Series (DMX-4, DMX-3, DMX-2, DMX-1), and Symmetrix 8000 Series.
  • EMC CLARiiON systems: CX4 Series, CX3 Series, CX Series, AX4 Series and AX Series.

To learn more about EMC and the SNIA SMI-S visit:

EMC encourages customers wishing to update their EMC products immediately with the latest SMI-S profiles to contact their EMC support representative and request EMC SMI-S Provider v3.3.2. Customers can also perform their own upgrades by obtaining the software through the EMC Powerlink® web portal:

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