Press Release

Enhanced EMC Enterprise Storage Network Brings ""NAS"" Into the World of ""SAN""

New and Expanded Offerings Deliver Open Connectivity from Workgroup to Workforce and Beyond

New York,, Tuesday, April 25, 2000 - 

Advancing its position as the leading provider of open, highly reliable storage networking solutions, EMC Corporation today unveiled significant new network connectivity offerings. By connecting more of the enterprise to the information that drives business success, the EMC Enterprise Storage Network (ESN) offerings greatly enhance customers' ability to generate business value from information living within and outside the enterprise.

EMC provides a common, integrated storage network platform, raising the EMC Enterprise Storage Network above the widespread industry debate over the relative merits of network-attached storage (NAS) and storage-area networks (SAN). EMC Enterprise Storage Networks offer an ever-increasing range of connectivity options from NAS file servers to standard channel protocols such as Fibre Channel, SCSI and ESCON. This breadth of connectivity choices enables customers to consolidate distributed information from departments and business units throughout the enterprise, as well as from remote locations over wide-area networks.

The new EMC Enterprise Storage Network offerings include:
  • Major enhancements to EMC Celerra network-attached file server, the industry leader in NAS market share growth, delivering enterprise-class information sharing across any distance. New Celerra features elevate the value of its associated storage into a shared and protected resource in the EMC Enterprise Storage Network. They include Fibre Channel connectivity, support for VERITAS NetBackup for local backup and restore, enhanced Ethernet-based availability and enhanced business continuance and disaster recovery functionality.
  • A new lineup of EMC Connectrix 8- and 16-port departmental Fibre Channel switches, and major enhancements to EMC's 32-port Connectrix enterprise director. EMC's expanded Connectrix family enables customers to consolidate and centrally manage information from the enterprise data center to the distributed branch office and beyond.

"Fast companies are those that recognize and respond quickly to competitive opportunities and threats," said Michael Ruffolo, EMC's Executive Vice President of Global Sales, Services and Marketing. "Only by effectively harnessing enterprise information that lives within the workgroup, throughout the workforce and beyond can organizations deliver 'institutional knowledge' - information - to knowledge workers where and when they need it. Today, EMC is taking dramatic steps to help customers usher in the next generation of business success - built with information and resting on an unshakable infrastructure for proactively managing growth and change."

Mark Dalic, resource manager with ALLTEL Information Services' telecommunication organization in Twinsburg, Ohio, said, "Our business success rests squarely on our ability to access and profitably employ information universally -- within the enterprise and beyond -- regardless of server platform or application. EMC's new connectivity solutions give us the vertical leap in scale and flexibility we need."

Celerra: The World's Fastest-Growing NAS Offering

According to International Data Corporation, with global market share growth of 300 percent in just three years, the EMC Celerra file server is the fastest-growing network-attached storage product. By combining EMC's industry-leading storage technology with a special-purpose file server architecture optimized for availability, scalability and performance, EMC Celerra sharply distinguishes itself from the competition. EMC Celerra is ideally suited for network-based applications requiring enterprise-class data sharing, including e-mail, Web hosting and e-commerce, as well as NT consolidation and software development.

To enhance customers' ability to consolidate and manage widely dispersed enterprise information more flexibly, EMC Celerra now supports Fibre Channel connectivity to any EMC Symmetrix system via any member of the newly enlarged Connectrix family of switching devices. Customers now can fully integrate Celerra's superior file-sharing capabilities within the overall Enterprise Storage Network while leveraging the connectivity and reach benefits of Fibre Channel.

For enhanced local, centralized serverless backup and restore operations in UNIX, Windows NT and multiplatform environments, Celerra also now supports VERITAS NetBackup, which employs the Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) and other standards.

Celerra also now offers new features for enhanced business continuity and disaster recovery, including tighter integration with EMC's market-leading Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) data mirroring software and enhanced availability with Ethernet Trunking.

Connectrix: Switched Fibre Channel Connectivity from Workgroup to Workforce

EMC today significantly expanded the scalability and market reach of the Enterprise Storage Network by unveiling the new 16-port EMC Connectrix DS-16 departmental switches and 8-port EMC Connectrix DS-8 departmental switches. The products are the result of new OEM agreements with Brocade Communication Systems, Inc., and Ancor Communications, Inc., each a provider of Fibre Channel-based storage networking devices.

The Connectrix DS-16B (Brocade) and DS-16A (Ancor) switches each offer 16 ports of Fibre Channel connectivity ideally suited for consolidating departmental data living on EMC storage systems in distributed, heterogeneous server environments. They provide high availability through redundant power supplies, fans and other components; a choice of desktop or standard rack-mount configurations; and are optimized for applications such as Web hosting, e-commerce and data mining. Similarly, the entry-level 8-port Connectrix DS-8B switch delivers the same high performance and simplified management for CLARiiON-based workgroups.

To ensure seamless integration with EMC's ESN management strategy, Brocade has joined the FibreAlliance, an open, EMC-sponsored industry coalition of some 40 Fibre Channel vendors driving standards for managing heterogeneous storage networks. The entire Connectrix family of Fibre Channel switches employs the FibreAlliance-developed technology, providing open, centralized, heterogeneous management through EMC ControlCenter and other storage network management frameworks.

In addition, EMC announced significant enhancements to the Connectrix ED-1032 Fibre Channel director, EMC's flagship ESN component created through a joint technology alignment with McDATA Corporation. The Connectrix ED-1032 Fibre Channel director delivers industry-leading switched fabric performance, scalability and fault-tolerance, together with multi-host support and powerful, easy-to-use management for 24x7 enterprise applications.

Among the many new features in the Connectrix ED-1032, support for interswitch links (E-Ports) enables the creation of larger switched fabric configurations, providing a four-fold increase in connectivity for customers who need to deploy large, scalable Enterprise Storage Networks.

Further, Connectrix ED-1032 customers now can flexibly deploy and manage ESNs that span up to 20 km between EMC Symmetrix Enterprise Storage systems, enabling data consolidation from a wide range of locations. The Connectrix ED-1032 now supports eight server platforms, a four-fold increase, including UNIX platforms from IBM, Siemens, and Compaq, in addition to Sun Solaris and Windows 2000.

New features in the FibreAlliance-compliant EMC Connectrix Manager provide customers with a graphical view of the entire EMC Enterprise Storage Network and the ability to zero-in on individual ports when necessary.

Availability

The enhanced Celerra network-attached file server and Connectrix ED-1032 enterprise director are available immediately. Brocade-based Connectrix DS-16B and DS-8B switches are available immediately. Ancor-based Connectrix DS-16A switches are expected to be available this summer.

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world leader in information storage systems, software, networks and services, providing the information infrastructure for a connected world. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at www.EMC.com.

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