Press Release

EMC Symmetrix and EMC CLARiiON Support SMI-S Open Management Standard

Industry's Broadest Storage Platform Support for SMI-S Includes New and Legacy EMC Information Storage Systems

PHOENIX,, Tuesday, April 6, 2004 - 

EMC Corporation, the world leader in information storage and management, today announced that both the EMC Symmetrix® and EMC CLARiiON® families of networked information storage systems have completed the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Conformance Testing Program (SNIA-CTP). Underscoring its commitment to implementing open standards, EMC passed the SNIA-CTP, which tested products for conformance to the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) last month. According to the SNIA, products that pass the SNIA-CTP for SMI-S deliver the benefits of standardized management.

Symmetrix and Symmetrix DMX systems shipped since 1997 and all CLARiiON and CLARiiON CX systems shipped since 2000, including Dell|EMC branded models, are now capable of being managed by applications implementing the SNIA SMI-S. Representing approximately one-third of all vendors' products that passed the SNIA Conformance Testing Program, this expansive range of current- and prior-generation systems delivers the industry's broadest storage platform support for SMI-S.

In addition, EMC announced yesterday (see separate release) that its flagship EMC ControlCenter" and EMC Visual families of storage resource management software now support the SMI-S standard, thereby expanding EMC's leadership in providing unified management for customers' multi-vendor tiered storage environments.

EMC enables Symmetrix and CLARiiON customers to use any combination of existing management applications and open SMI-S based management applications from EMC and other vendors.

Howard Elias, EMC Executive Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Office of Technology, said, "This achievement is a major milestone in EMC's ongoing commitment to deliver on standards for open, automated and interoperable networked storage environments while protecting customers' existing investments. Through open management across new and currently installed systems, EMC is helping customers apply their information lifecycle management strategies across the industry's broadest range of tiered networked storage systems."

SMI-S, the storage industry's implementation of CIM (Common Information Model) and WBEM (Web-Based Enterprise Management), is a set of management interfaces designed to make it easier for storage hardware and management software from different vendors to work together. SMI-S enables EMC management software to better manage third-party arrays and allows more third-party management applications to manage EMC arrays.

Using the EMC SMI-S Provider, the EMC systems successfully passed the storage array profile and all seven of the storage array sub-profiles, including key features for volume creation and LUN masking.

Access to the EMC SMI-S Provider is available to software developers through the EMC Developers Program at http://www.emc.com/partnersalliances
/developers/developer_features.jsp
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About EMC

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world leader in products, services and solutions for information storage and management that 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.

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