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Leading Industry Analyst Firm Recognizes EMC with ""Strong Positive"" Rating in MarketScope for Network Configuration and Change Management (NCCM)

EMC Focuses on NCCM Market with Ionix Network Configuration Manager

HOPKINTON, MA, April 27, 2010 - 

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced that Gartner, Inc. has recognized EMC with a "Strong Positive" rating in its newest report entitled, "MarketScope for Network Configuration and Change Management." ¹ A "Strong Positive" is the highest possible vendor rating given by Gartner.

EMC believes this rating acknowledges its technology and market leadership in network configuration and change management (NCCM), a key requirement for private and public cloud models of information technology. EMC® Ionix® Network Configuration Manager provides the industry's only model-based, automated network change, configuration, and compliance management solution. To be rated positively in this report, Gartner emphasizes product/services, offering (product) strategy (the vendor's approach to product development and delivery that emphasizes differentiation, functionality, methodology and feature sets as they map to current and future requirements), and overall viability (Business Unit, Financial, Strategy, Organization).

According to Gartner's report: "NCCM has primarily been a labor-intensive, manual process involving remote access to individual devices and typing commands into vendor-specific command line interfaces that are fraught with the possibility for human error, or creating homegrown scripts to ease retyping requirements. With its 'just get it running' approach, the enterprise network operations team gave little consideration to rigorous configuration and change management, compliance audit or disaster recovery rollback processes when executing network configuration alterations, although though they were often the root cause of network issues. However, corporate audit and compliance initiatives are forcing a shift in requirements…A new generation of NCCM vendors have created tools that operate in multi-vendor environments, enable automated configuration management and bring more-rigorous adherence to the change management process, as well as compliance audit capability."

¹ Gartner, Inc. MarketScope for Network Configuration and Change Management, Deb Curtis, David Williams, March 31, 2010.

Ionix Network Configuration Manager is a highly automated solution that provides features, advantages, and benefits that ensure the compliance, operational efficiency, security, and availability of the network. The product makes this possible by supplying industry-recognized best-practices, enhancing collaborative network infrastructure design, verifying controlled change processes, providing network device and service configuration transparency, and ensuring compliance with corporate and regulatory requirements. The software automates support for all facets of the NCCM lifecycle by seamlessly integrating critical management requirements, including: establishing baselines, standardizing change processes and configuration remediation, assuring configuration compliance, proactively designing and activating network-based services, reporting and auditing configurations and compliance states, and ensuring network security.

"As IT infrastructures become increasingly complex and companies make their journey to the private cloud, the need for solutions that automate the IT infrastructure management process become increasingly important," said Jay Mastaj, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EMC Ionix. "EMC Ionix has become an essential component helping customers on this journey – enabling them to save money, reduce errors associated with mis-configurations, automate processes, and improve efficiency and compliance. We believe this "Strong Positive" rating by the industry experts at Gartner is further evidence that EMC Ionix solutions are resonating with the market – true confirmation that our products are delivering significant value to our customers."

To find out more about Ionix for Network Configuration Management, please visit http://www.emc.com/products/detail/software/network-configuration-manager.htm

About EMC

The MarketScope is copyrighted 2010 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The MarketScope is an evaluation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the MarketScope, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest rating. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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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