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Joint Integration of EMC VPLEX and VMware vSphere® Delivers Higher Levels of Availability and Workload Mobility

EMC Achieves Certification For Implementing New VMware vSphere® Metro Storage Cluster

COPENHAGEN, Oct. 19, 2011 - 

Today at VMworld® 2011 Europe, EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the number one choice of customers in VMware virtual and cloud environments according to a recent Wikibon survey, today announced that EMC VPLEX is now certified by VMware to implement vSphere Metro Storage Cluster (vMSC). Now organizations can realize even greater IT efficiency and flexibility with the ability to manage and move data between stretched VMware vSphere® clusters in different geographic locations.

EMC and VMware have worked together to produce the test harness for vMSC to enable VMware ecosystem partners to certify clustered storage products. This work is another example of how EMC has been leading the industry by integrating closely with VMware technologies to increase ease of use, performance, and availability of virtual and cloud infrastructures. As customers virtualize mission critical applications to accelerate their journey to the cloud, there is a greater need for higher availability and data mobility.

EMC VPLEX is a unique virtual storage technology that federates data located on multiple storage systems — EMC and non-EMC — allowing the storage resources in multiple data centers to be pooled together and accessed anywhere. Customers can achieve transparent workload mobility and availability, both locally and over distance, through VPLEX's simultaneous access to storage systems at geographically separate sites. The combination of VPLEX and VMware vSphere provides high availability and transparent, non-disruptive data mobility to achieve the ultimate cloud computing environment.

"EMC is excited to accelerate the benefits of cloud computing with stretched VMware vSphere® clusters across active/active datacenters," said EMC's Chad Sakac, Vice President, VMware Technology Alliance. "Combining industry-leading features in EMC VPLEX and VMware vSphere customers can now achieve simple workload mobility across their data centers while at the same time decreasing management overhead."

"With the introduction of the VMware vSphere® Metro Storage Cluster program, we're helping enhance mobility and agility within customer datacenters by enabling our storage partners to self-certify new clustered storage products and architectures," said Hatem Naguib, vice president, alliances, VMware. "We are delighted that EMC is taking advantage of this key new program as we continue working together to further our customers' journey to their cloud."

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