Press Release

New EMC Solutions, Services and Software Support Help Customers Implement Microsoft SQL Server 2005

EMC Delivers Information Lifecycle Management Capabilities for SQL Server 2005

San Francisco,, Monday, November 7, 2005 - 

EMC Corporation, the world leader in information management and storage, today announced a suite of new solutions, professional services and software support designed to help customers migrate to and optimize their storage and information infrastructure for the new Microsoft SQL Server 2005 database platform. With EMC’s offerings, customers can make optimal use of the new scalability, availability and security capabilities in SQL Server 2005 and efficiently and cost-effectively manage and protect information from key business and analytical applications from the time the information is created until it is archived or deleted.

EMC is showcasing its industry-leading portfolio of information lifecycle management (ILM) offerings for SQL Server 2005 to thousands of Microsoft Corp. customers and industry partners as a Gold sponsor of today’s launch event for SQL Server 2005. EMC will also join Microsoft in Philadelphia, Seattle, Anaheim, Minneapolis, Boston, Washington D.C. and select cities in Europe and Asia on its SQL Server 2005 launch tour, delivering presentations and demonstrations designed to help customers optimize their storage and information infrastructures.

The new solutions and professional services, delivered through EMC Technology Solutions, and software support for SQL Server 2005, include:

  • EMC® Solution Suite for SQL Server 2005:
    Solutions incorporating EMC networked storage platforms, software and professional services help customers accelerate migrations and optimize their SQL Server 2005 information infrastructures. With the EMC Solution Suite for SQL Server 2005, customers can cost-effectively upgrade and migrate to the new platform, consolidate their information infrastructures, and implement backup and recovery and disaster recovery capabilities using unique EMC replication, data mobility and data protection software. EMC, along with Microsoft-certified EMC Velocity channel partners, are available to help customers implement the EMC Solution Suite for SQL Server 2005 and accelerate their upgraded or new implementation using EMC Symmetrix®, EMC CLARiiON® or EMC Celerra® networked storage systems.

  • EMC Services for SQL Server 2005: EMC’s leading Technology Solutions organization and network of Microsoft-certified EMC Velocity channel partners are trained to provide customers with best-practices design and implementation expertise for their information infrastructures. New additions to the EMC services portfolio for SQL Server include:
    • EMC Upgrade and Migration for SQL Server:
      Assessment and planning for upgrade and migration help customers accelerate upgrades and migrations
    • EMC Database Layout for SQL Server:
      Delivers to customers an optimized SQL database on an EMC storage platform to support service-level agreement requirements for scalability, availability and performance
    • EMC Recovery Optimization for SQL Server:
      Planning and implementation solution that addresses customers’ local and over-distance (remote) backup and recovery needs to support business continuity requirements

  • EMC Software Support for SQL Server 2005:
    EMC next-generation information protection software will provide support for SQL Server 2005. EMC NetWorker® Module for SQL Server 2005, provides customers with fast, online backup and restore for SQL Server 2005 databases; EMC RecoverPoint, offers continuous data protection and point-in-time recovery for SQL Server 2005 information; EMC Replication Manager SE, provides CLARiiON users with a simple, automated process to leverage disk-based replicas of SQL Server 2005 data; and EMC AutoStart (AS and AS/SE), delivers 24x7 availability and recovery of enterprise applications, including the Windows Server System, and heterogeneous environments.

“As enterprise customers deploy SQL Server 2005, it is critical that storage infrastructure planning is synchronized with database and application design,” said Bill Baker, General Manager of SQL Server Business Intelligence at Microsoft Corp. &lquo;Microsoft is committed to working with EMC to enable our mutual customers to maximize the benefits of SQL Server 2005. Together, we are helping our mutual customers implement scalable, high-performance SQL Server 2005 environments that are easy to deploy, manage and protect.”

Nationwide Building Society (www.nationwide.co.uk) provides a variety of financial services that help consumers invest and protect their long-term assets. Nationwide’s data warehouse is built on SQL Server 2005 and EMC CLARiiON networked storage, and it manages thousands of transactions per day. “EMC provides a complete, holistic information infrastructure to support our SQL Server 2005 environment,” said Michael Humphreys, Divisional Director for IT. “The storage platforms and software and extensive services provided by EMC have allowed Nationwide to protect its infrastructure investments, extend its ILM strategy and meet its business requirements.”

“EMC is committed to working with Microsoft to deliver a broad set of solutions that enable mutual customers to achieve the benefits of information lifecycle management,” said BJ Jenkins, EMC Vice President of Global Marketing. “EMC is driving technical integration and delivering services for the SQL Server 2005 platform to simplify the deployment of scalable, high-performance storage infrastructures for business and analytical application environments.”

For more information about the EMC Solution Suite for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and EMC’s participation in the SQL Server 2005 launch tour, visit www.emc.com/solutions/microsoft/sql_server/ and www.emc.com/events/showevent.jsp

EMC Products Garner Industry Accolades for SQL Server Support

Several of EMC’s leading networked storage and software products were recently selected as winners of SQL Server Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards in four categories.

  • In the Best Storage Products category, the EMC CLARiiON family won awards for Best Fault-Tolerant Storage Solution and Best Direct-Attached Storage Hardware.
  • The EMC Centera content addressed storage (CAS) platform won the award for Best Database Backup/Recovery Hardware.
  • The Dell/EMC-branded CLARiiON was awarded Best Storage Area Network Solution.
  • The Dell/EMC information protection and recovery software, Replication Manager, SnapView, SAN Copy and VisualSAN® won Best Replication Solution.

About EMC

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