Press Release

Next-Generation EMC Celerra IP Storage Systems Tap Ultrascale for Increased Performance and Scalability

New EMC Celerra NS Series Systems Deliver Superior Economic Advantage and Better Reliability Than Standard Filers

Hopkinton, Mass., Monday, October 23, 2006 - 

EMC Corporation, the world leader in information management and storage, today unveiled the next generation of its market-leading EMC® Celerra® NS series of IP storage systems. Using EMC's breakthrough full 4Gb/s (gigabit-per-second) EMC CLARiiON® CX3 UltraScale™ architecture, the new EMC Celerra NS series systems further extend EMC's price/performance leadership in network attached storage (NAS) while delivering advanced scalability and functionality, unmatched availability, and simplified management. According to IDC, EMC is the #1 provider of NAS systems in the world. 1

®EMC is providing customers with more IP storage value for their money than anyone,® said David Donatelli, EMC Executive Vice President, Storage Product Operations. ®Competing products have inherent limitations that compromise performance as capacity increases. They simply cannot scale, and customers end up wasting money buying new filers with low capacity utilization to meet performance requirements, which results in greater management complexity. The EMC Celerra NS series systems take advantage of the EMC UltraScale architecture to allow customers to scale both performance and capacity simultaneously, without compromise. With the EMC Celerra NS series, customers can scale a single system and make use of more of their available storage without affecting performance, while more effectively managing and allocating their IP storage resources.®

EMC's next-generation Celerra NS series of IP storage systems includes:

Comparing the overall economics of these new EMC Celerra NS series systems with standard Network Appliance filers, the new Celerra NS systems deliver more value, both in advanced functionality included with the system and in price/performance. The new Celerra NS40 system offers up to 46% better price/performance when compared with a similarly configured Network Appliance FAS3020C. The Celerra NS series systems also deliver other significant advantages, including gateway upgradeability, advanced clustering capabilities, better capacity utilization, array-based RAID configurability, free snapshot restore functionality, sustained service levels in failover scenarios and EMC's industry-leading service and support.

The EMC Celerra family of IP storage systems lead the industry in delivering high availability with capabilities like an active-passive N+1 clustering architecture, controller-based RAID and protection from single points of failure from the network to the disk drive. Offering the most comprehensive suite of built-in features including snapshots, automated volume management, file migration APIs and virtual (thin) provisioning, Celerra systems offer advanced functionality while minimizing management complexity. These capabilities distinguish Celerra technology as the ideal foundation for an IP-based information lifecycle management strategy, especially when leveraged in combination with other best-of-breed technologies from EMC to deliver policy-based file mobility and archiving (EMC DiskXtender® software), dynamic file virtualization (EMC Rainfinity® software), performance optimization (EMC MPFSi software), advanced network management (EMC Smarts® software), information classification and IT service management (EMC Infoscape™ software ), and IP-based fixed content storage (EMC Centera™ systems).

®As one of the world's leading providers of networked IT services, BT uses hardware and software that will help deliver the best possible service to our customers. For the hosting of the online music store of one of our customers we needed an IP storage platform that could handle large volumes of multimedia content and keep the content in sync between our two datacenters for disaster recovery purposes,® said Maurice Nettesheim, Senior Product Manager, Hosting & Storage Services, BT. ®With the Celerra NS40G, EMC enabled us to implement this IP storage platform seamlessly in our datacenter storage infrastructure and management framework, effectively meeting our challenging time constraints.®

EMC Celerra NS series systems go through rigorous system-level testing and validation in Microsoft and Oracle environments. EMC offers a series of solutions and services to help enterprise customers of all sizes enhance overall performance, simplify storage and server management and consolidate applications and servers into a single IP storage system that combines NAS and iSCSI for improved total cost of ownership.

With many midsize enterprises constrained by limited IT resources, new EMC solutions are designed specifically to help both customers and partners streamline implementations using documented best-practices, reference architectures and testing. They include: EMC Assessment for Oracle RAC; EMC Solutions for Oracle RAC – Consolidation, Backup and Protection; EMC Assessment for Microsoft SQL Server 2005; EMC Consolidation Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and EMC Assessment for Microsoft Exchange 2003 and EMC Solutions for Microsoft Exchange 2003 – Consolidation, Archive, Backup and Protection.

Brad Nisbet, Program Manager with IDC Storage Systems, added, ®File-level services continue to garner increased attention as organizations experience significant growth in file-related data. At the same time, iSCSI is proving to be a viable protocol to support Exchange and other database applications. Products providing IP-based storage, such as EMC's new Celerra line, will help customers address both file- and block-level storage while minimizing management complexities.®

Availability

The EMC Celerra NS 40, NS 40G systems and X-Blade 65 are available today. The Celerra NS80 and NS80G systems will be available in November 2006.

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.

Press Contacts

Colin Boroski
EMC Corporation
508-293-6321
boroski_colin@emc.com

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