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EMC Announces Broad Technology Support for Windows Server 2012

EMC VSPEX Private Cloud for Windows Server 2012 Helps Customers Transform Their Microsoft IT Environments to Cloud Computing

Story Highlights

EMC today announced:

  • Broad storage platform and software support of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 to optimize performance and scalability of mixed Microsoft application workloads;
  • The new EMC VSPEX™ Private Cloud for Windows Server 2012, which is Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track validated and available exclusively through the Channel, is designed to accelerate the journey to cloud computing;
  • New EMC Global Services expertise to assist Microsoft customers with strategy, assessment and deployment of private cloud infrastructures based on Windows Server 2012 and EMC technologies.
HOPKINTON, Mass, September 10, 2012 - 

EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) today announced the new EMC® VSPEX™ Private Cloud for Microsoft Windows Sever 2012 together with broad EMC technology support for Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft private cloud environments. Microsoft customers moving to Windows Server 2012 will be designing private cloud infrastructures based on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V for mixed application workload environments. For these customers, optimizing their cloud infrastructure for virtualized application performance and scalability, simplified management and high quality of service will be key requirements.

EMC has invested heavily to provide Microsoft customers accelerated private cloud deployment options, EMC technology support and EMC Global Services expertise to ensure customers a seamless path to the latest release of Windows Server.

Seamless Support for Windows Server 2012 Across EMC’s Technology Portfolio

EMC has tested its broad portfolio of storage platforms, automated management, data protection and security software with Windows Server 2012 to help customers deploy Windows Server 2012 with flexibility and choice across their Microsoft on EMC environments. With this announcement, EMC will offer a robust set of technologies and solutions spanning storage, automated management, replication, backup and security ready within ninety days of Microsoft general availability for Microsoft Windows Server 2012.  This breadth of support will enable customers to leverage Windows Server 2012 functionality with best-in-class EMC technology to deploy cloud infrastructures for transactional and Big Data application workloads, optimize management efficiency and ensure the highest levels of quality of service. More information on these EMC platform and software technologies can be found at the EMC portal for the window to the private cloud:

Accelerating the Journey to Cloud Computing for Small and Medium Businesses

VSPEX provides Microsoft customers and others the power to choose the technology in their private cloud infrastructure while removing the complexity and risk that typically comes with designing, integrating and deploying a best-of-breed solution. The new EMC VSPEX Private Cloud for Windows Server 2012 configuration is certified for the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track program, which enables administrators to establish and accelerate a pre-configured private cloud. A joint effort between Microsoft and companies such as EMC and Cisco, the Fast Track program helps organizations quickly develop and implement private clouds while reducing both cost and risk.

Available exclusively through Channel partners, the new Microsoft Fast Track-validated EMC VSPEX Private Cloud for Windows Server 2012 configuration, based on Cisco UCS servers, is designed to accelerate the journey to cloud computing. The simple, efficient, and flexible EMC VSPEX Private Cloud for Windows Server 2012 takes advantage of EMC’s award-winning VNXe unified storage systems, along with Windows Server Hyper-V, to deliver predictable performance and significantly reduce the planning, sizing and configuration burdens of adopting a private cloud environment.

Optimize Microsoft Private Cloud Deployments with EMC Global Services

EMC Global Services provides a complete portfolio of strategic consultation, planning, delivery and support services across the entire lifecycle of Microsoft environments.

  • Strategy – Through workshops with IT and business leaders, EMC consultants develop a strategic roadmap for application virtualization.
  • Assessment – EMC will assess the application workload and supporting infrastructure and develop recommendations for how to optimize the application and virtual environment.
  • Architect and Deployment – EMC will design, build, and test the virtualized application and infrastructure that meets the business requirements and assist with migration of applications data to the new virtualized environment.
  • Support – EMC will provide world-class service and support of the EMC technology, leveraging best practices and the expertise of its Microsoft-certified support professionals.

EMC's Microsoft-certified consultants have expertise designing Microsoft-enabled private clouds managed by Microsoft System Center to help customers transform their IT infrastructure, reduce costs, improve application availability, and enhance service delivery.

Customer Quotes:

Matt Seif, vice president, IT, CSU Industries, Inc.

“CSU Industries is a performance-driven organization where being at the leading edge of technology helps us meet our ambitious customer satisfaction and uptime goals.  As one of the world’s fastest-growing 3rd party HW support providers, we needed an infrastructure solution that could keep up with our incredible growth.  After beta testing Windows Server 2012 on our EMC unified storage we were amazed with the results and have now standardized our infrastructure on Microsoft and EMC.  Speed was the biggest differentiator; we are now able to complete tasks 30% quicker due to new Windows Server 2012 functionality and storage integration. And with the new Hyper-V Replica feature, we have seen data recovery time decrease as much as 80% in our DR testing.   As a 99% virtualized shop with Hyper-V, running Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, SQL Server, and now Windows Server 2012, we have seen firsthand the benefits of the marriage between Microsoft and our EMC unified storage.”

Waleed Omar, IT services support manager, Mantrac Group

“As an early-adopter, we recognize game changing technologies. After beta testing Windows Server 2012 on EMC VNX® unified storage we believe that we’ll gain a cost effective and flexible platform for unified management spanning across physical, virtual and cloud computing models which will transform IT.”

Roar Bergersen, senior solution architect / CTO Europe, Atea ASA

“Atea ASA is in the process of building a state of the art data center for our new Outsourcing Services, based on Windows Server 2012, System Center suite 2012 SP1, along with EMC VNX unified storage and EMC VPLEX for storage virtualization and data center redundancy.  We selected EMC because of its ability to meet our criteria for high density, automation, scalability and performance and manageability. And with our ability to use new EMC and Microsoft technology to improve management, processes, automation and performance, we are hitting the market with the best cloud services ever.”

Microsoft Executive Quote:

Mike Schutz, general manager, product marketing, Windows Server, Microsoft

“Windows Server 2012 was designed on the foundation of Microsoft’s long experience with running large cloud services and data centers, and we’re pleased that EMC has taken a leadership role in preparing its technology to help our mutual customers seamlessly migrate to Windows Server 2012 and deploy a Microsoft private cloud environment.” 

EMC Executive Quote:

Prasad Rampalli, senior vice president, Solutions Group, EMC

“EMC’s readiness for the Windows Server 2012 launch, along with the breadth of our product and services expertise will give EMC and Microsoft customers the confidence to transition to the cloud. We’ve made the right investments to ensure that this process is efficient and easy for the customers so that they can faster realize the benefits of cloud computing.”

About EMC

EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset — information — in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be found at

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