Press Release

EMC Centera And EMC Symmetrix DMX Named ""Most Valuable Products"" by Customers and Industry Analysts

EMC Tiered Storage Platforms Win Compliance and Retention, Disk Subsystems Categories at Storage World Conference; Only Company Recognized With Two MVP Awards

Hopkinton,, Tuesday, July 13, 2004 - 

EMC Corporation, the world leader in information storage and management, today announced that the EMC CenteraTM content addressed storage (CAS) solution and the EMC Symmetrix® DMXTM series of networked storage systems received Most Valuable Product awards at the 2004 Storage World Conference, an annual end-user event dedicated to the advancement of storage networking. EMC is the only company this year to receive two awards.

As the leading storage platforms in their respective markets, Centera and Symmetrix DMX were selected by end users and industry analysts as MVP for their superior functionality, reliability, usability and proven results. Centera secured top honors in the newly created "Compliance And Retention" category, while Symmetrix DMX garnered the MVP award in the "Disk Subsystem" category.

"Storage World's annual MVP awards recognize the 'best of the best' of storage networking products in the industry," said Daniel Delshad, Conference Chairman. "The response from our end user voters was tremendously strong for both EMC Centera and EMC Symmetrix DMX. It's a clear indication that customers recognize the value of EMC's industry-leading tiered storage platforms as the foundation for an information lifecycle management strategy."

"We're honored to receive two Most Valuable Product awards that together highlight our unparalleled breadth of product leadership," said Howard Elias, EMC's Executive Vice President of Corporate Marketing, Office of Technology. "The awards speak volumes because they represent the collective voice of storage networking users and acknowledge EMC's commitment to provide customers with the most functional tiered storage platforms required to implement a full information lifecycle management solution."

Centera is the first storage solution designed from the ground up to solve all enterprise archiving challenges associated with managing and storing unchanging data such as document images, e-mail, x-rays and medical records. The CAS solution has earned industry-wide recognition as an enterprise online archival storage medium capable of guaranteeing content authenticity for data from multiple applications and scaling to hundreds of terabytes without requiring additional management overhead. Centera Compliance Edition provides the next generation in secure, online storage optimized for long-term retention and instant retrieval of regulated digital assets. It enables compliance with a wide range of the most stringent records regulations and standards, including HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley and DoD 5015.2.

Representing the most significant advancement for high-end storage customers in more than a decade, Symmetrix DMX has been widely recognized as the industry standard for high-end networked storage. Its revolutionary Direct Matrix Architecture set a new trajectory for scalability, functionality, performance, availability and affordability while maintaining compatibility and functional integration with prior-generation Symmetrix systems.

In addition, the EMC LEGATO NetWorker® information protection software was named a finalist in the "Data Protection Software" category.

About Storage World Conference MVP Awards

The MVP Awards Program recognizes the "best of the best" of storage networking products in the industry, as determined by storage end users. This prestigious awards program is co-sponsored by two user-focused organizations - InfoStor Magazine, the leading storage-specific publication for enterprise storage professionals, and the Association of Storage Networking Professionals (ASNP), the first worldwide organization dedicated to the needs of storage networking users.

Storage World Conference's MVP Awards recognize the storage industry's best products in the following categories: Backup Hardware, Data Protection Software, Disk Subsystems, Network Equipment, Management Software and Compliance and Retention. More than 250 submissions were received for the awards this year. A panel of judges composed of analysts and industry experts selected the finalists.

MVP Award winners are selected by the people who know best end users who manage storage on a daily basis. InfoStor's 22,800 end-user readers and ASNP's more than 1,300 members voted to select the award winners. For more information, visit www.storageworldconference.com.

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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