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Bank Uses EMC

HOPKINTON, Mass. -- EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC - News), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced that Central Bank, a holding company that operates 13 banks throughout Missouri, has deployed EMC storage, software, and services to lower the costs of managing fast-growing information assets, while improving protection of checks, bank statements, financial records and other information.

Bob Boeckman, Senior Vice President and Manager of the Information Systems Group, Central Technology Services -- the IT organization for Central Bank, said, "Over the past 18 months business growth and data retention regulations have quadrupled our information assets and the cost in time and resources to reconfigure servers, add disk drives, and manage server outages was becoming prohibitive. EMC was critical to retaking control over our rapid-fire information growth. We not only are more efficiently managing and better protecting all of our data, but we've reduced time-to-market for new financial services products without increasing our administrative staff."

Based in Jefferson, Mo., Central Bank deployed 165 terabytes of EMC storage to support its information infrastructure and information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy. EMC Symmetrix DMX-3(TM) network storage systems supports Central Bank's mission critical Microsoft SQL 2005 databases, Microsoft Exchange 2003 email and core banking applications. The company also uses EMC CLARiiON® CX network storage systems for its for check imaging processes, EMC Celerra® NS network-attached storage for backups via iSCSI and EMC Centera(TM) content-addressed storage for archiving check images.

"As information ages, we move it to the appropriate EMC storage tier to lower our operational costs and increase the value of our IT investments," said Boeckman. "As we refine our information lifecycle management strategy, we expect these gains to grow even more."

For example, check images are stored on EMC CLARiiON storage area networks (SANs) for 60 days and are then archived on an EMC Centera system, which stores up seven years of the bank's check images to satisfy banking regulations. The Centera also houses customer statements and financial reports dating back 35 years.

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