Press Release

New NAS Gateway Fuels EMC Network Attached Storage Growth

Hopkinton, - Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Hopkinton,, Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - 

EMC Corporation announced today that its network attached storage (NAS) business experienced significant growth during 2003 following the introduction of the EMC Celerra NS series of midrange NAS products. According to IDC, EMC claimed the #1 NAS spot in the fourth quarter and maintained its leadership position for the full-year of 2003(a). EMC's traction continues with new market-leading performance measurements for the recently announced NS700 NAS system, published on the SPEC SFS web site (www.spec.org).

David Donatelli, EMC Executive Vice President of Storage Platforms Operations, said, "EMC has expanded its NAS product line to address customer and market demands. The performance, functionality, and improved manageability of our offerings are resonating with customers. They are choosing to deploy networked storage with providers who can surpass their expectations on service, support, flexibility and functionality."

The Celerra NS600 NAS system, introduced in December 2002, and the NS600G gateway, introduced in October 2003, both contributed to EMC's overall NAS unit growth of nearly 100% for 2003. Strong customer demand for gateway NAS systems that integrate with EMC SAN environments drove quarterly unit growth of the NS600G to over 200% during the fourth quarter of 2003 compared to Q303. This momentum demonstrates that customers are looking to EMC for their complete networked storage infrastructure and information management requirements.

Hubbard One develops software products and provides business solutions to almost 40 percent of the largest law firms in America. Hubbard One's Director of Technology, William Hansmann, noted, "We began evaluating network-attached storage technologies to improve storage management, increase capacity and maximize our existing SAN environment for our clients' benefit. There are a variety of NAS products on the market, but these are typically point products that do not have the flexibility, scalability and availability necessary to meet our rapidly growing business needs. We are confident that EMC's NS600G NAS gateway provides the infrastructure necessary to pool our existing storage infrastructure and drive utilization."

EMC's NAS software simultaneously experienced rapid customer adoption throughout 2003. EMC Celerra Manager enables customers to configure, administer, monitor and more easily manage their NAS environments from a simple, web-based interface eliminating the need for a dedicated management workstation.

EMC's NAS products address customer problems across the spectrum of NAS requirements, delivering industry leading price, performance, and ease-of-management. In addition to the NS series mid-tier NAS, EMC offers the Celerra CNS to address high-end applications that require very high performance and scalability. For the low end and the Windows market, EMC provides the EMC NetWin 200, which was recently added to the Microsoft Windows Server Catalog.

Increasing demand around the globe, especially in North America and EMEA, and several key trends are contributing to EMC's NAS growth. Gateways are the fastest growing segment of the NAS market. EMC's Celerra CNS, NS600G and the newly announced NS700G are experiencing rapid growth as customers discover that NAS gateways combine with SANs to offer comprehensive networked storage solutions. These combined NAS/SAN environments deliver more value to customers by pooling storage to provide better utilization, flexibility, scalability, and investment protection. EMC is also announcing that SPECsfs performance data for the newly announced NS700 integrated and gateway models has been posted to the SPEC web site. The newly published data underscores EMC's clear performance and price/performance leadership over Network Appliance. The new NS700 Series, delivering top performance of 71,482 SPECsfs97_R1.v3 ops per second with an overall response time of 2.54 ms, outperforms the entire line of Network Appliance filers. Additionally, the NS700 is priced 42% less than the estimated list price for the FAS980, and delivers superior performance. Additionally the NS700 delivers:

  • Over 40% more throughput performance than the NS600
  • 55% better price/performance than the Network Appliance FAS940
  • 48% better price/performance than the Network Appliance FAS960
  • 42% better price/performance than the Network Appliance FAS980

Howard Goldberg, President of SKYDATA Corporation, a leading provider of mass storage and memory solutions based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, said, "We offer customers the highest quality products and unparalleled service and support to meet their unique business needs. Our customers are rapidly embracing EMC's NS700G NAS gateway because it enables them to quickly, easily and affordably deploy NAS and leverage their SAN investments delivering consolidation, driving higher performance and providing greater data protection."

About EMC

EMC Corporation is the world leader in information storage systems, software, networks and services, providing automated networked storage solutions to help organizations extract the maximum value from their information, at the lowest total cost, across every point in the information lifecycle. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at www.EMC.com.

About SPEC

SPEC" and the benchmark name SPECsfs97_R1" are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Competitive benchmark results stated above reflect results published on www.spec.org as of March 2, 2004.

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