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  • 15 July 2011 14:58

EMC UNVEILS NEW PROSPHERE CLOUD STORAGE MANAGEMENT

-- All-new Enterprise Storage Resource Management Offering Resets the Bar for Highly Virtualised Environments --

SYDNEY, 15 July 2011 – EMC Corporation today announced its all-new EMC ProSphereTM Storage Resource Management (SRM) offering. ProSphere was designed from the ground up specifically to address the rapidly evolving needs of enterprises as they migrate to highly virtualised, cloud-based computing models. With its federated architecture, ProSphere delivers a complete end-to-end view of all storage assets regardless of location, allowing single-pane management and host-through-storage performance monitoring and analysis.

Key new attributes such as agent-less discovery, “Smart Groups” policy management and tight integration with the latest EMC and VMware® storage and virtualisation technologies give ProSphere users powerful and innovative tools for streamlining the management of next generation storage infrastructures.

As enterprises increasingly move to highly virtualised environments and cloud computing, the additional layers of abstraction created by virtual provisioning, automated storage tiering, and other virtual storage technologies dramatically changes the requirements for efficient and effective storage management.

For storage managers to keep pace with rapidly changing infrastructure configurations and properly manage service levels, new productivity tools and management capabilities are essential. EMC ControlCenter® users under maintenance contract can upgrade to ProSphere free of charge, ensuring a seamless path to its advanced capabilities for virtual and cloud storage infrastructures. In addition to support for EMC Symmetrix®, VMAXTM, DMXTM, VNXTM and CLARiiON® series of arrays, ProSphere offers immediate support for the newly announced VMAXeTM system.

EMC ProSphere was designed to provide customers with the ability to manage increasingly larger, more disparate environments while integrating virtualisation and hybrid cloud computing models. ProSphere’s federated architecture was built to address the size and scale of the world’s largest data centers. It installs and discovers most enterprise environments in under eight hours. Its near real-time monitoring and analysis provides up to date and detailed views of service levels. ProSphere allows enterprises to fully realise the operational and capital cost savings associated with virtualisation and cloud storage by maximising productivity, resource utilisation, performance and service levels.

Industry Analyst Quote

“Virtualisation and the various iterations of cloud deployments present new management challenges to adopters. While clearly designed for enterprise storage professionals, ProSphere offers up a simple solution for managing these increasingly complex and rapidly changing environments. EMC has taken a large step forward in the SRM space at a time when enterprises need a new generation of management tools to realise the benefits of cloud storage.” -- Bob Laliberte, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group

EMC Executive Quote

“With the introduction of ProSphere, EMC is charting an aggressive course that maps customers’ storage resource management capabilities to next generation computing platforms. Full integration and support for the latest EMC and VMware technologies will enable ProSphere users to maximise the value of the investments they’re making in virtualisation and cloud technologies.” -- Jay Mastaj, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EMC Infrastructure Management Group

Product Highlights

--Agent-less Discovery eliminates the burden of installing and managing host agents.

--New “Smart Groups” Technology streamlines policy management by letting users group and manage objects with similar characteristics. Smart Groups dramatically improves operational efficiency in fast growing, highly virtualised environments.

-- Federated Architecture supports end-to-end, multi-site management from a single pane of glass regardless of location.

--New Highly Intuitive Browser-based User Interface provides a complete end-to-end view with just a few clicks, making it easy for users to understand and address complex relationships in large virtualised environments.

--Near real-time monitoring and analysis provides up to date and detailed views of service levels.

--Rapid Deployment /Updates: Deployed as a virtual appliance, ProSphere takes less than an hour to install and discovers most enterprise environments in under eight hours. Application updates are simple and performed via browser-based interface.

--Reduced Hardware Requirements: ProSphere reduces the number of physical servers to run the application by up to 75% compared to its predecessor.

Availability

EMC ProSphere will be generally available at the end of July, 2011. For customers with an EMC ControlCenter maintenance contract, ProSphere is available at no additional charge.

About EMC

EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyse their most valuable asset — information — in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be found at www.EMC.com.

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