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EMC Intros Virtual Provisioning

HOPKINTON, Mass. – EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today introduced EMC® Virtual Provisioning and new management capabilities for EMC Symmetrix® DMX enterprise storage systems. By further helping to simplify and speed both virtual and physical provisioning of storage capacity, EMC is continuing to help customers to lower the total cost of ownership in high-end storage environments.

Virtual Provisioning for Symmetrix DMX simplifies and accelerates the process of allocating storage capacity across storage tiers in a storage array, including the highest performance ‘tier zero’ using solid state drives (SSDs) (see separate announcement for details), based on specific application requirements. It enables the Symmetrix DMX system to present an application with more capacity than is physically allocated, delivering ‘just-in-time’ capacity allocation and enhanced management flexibility while improving overall system utilization and energy efficiency.

Optimized for enterprise environments, EMC Virtual Provisioning is an enterprise–class implementation of thin provisioning that will offer seamless support for remote and local replication operations, supporting Virtual-to-Virtual (thin-to-thin) replication for EMC SRDF® (Symmetrix Remote Data Facility) remote replication software and EMC TimeFinder® replication software. Virtual Provisioning enables comprehensive monitoring, automated alerts and provides reporting, forecasting and chargeback using EMC ControlCenter® software to further optimize management efficiency.

“No one understands high-end storage infrastructure requirements like EMC, with more customers trusting their mission-critical storage operations to Symmetrix DMX than any other storage platform,” said David Donatelli, President, EMC Storage Division. “Complemented by our best-in-class physical provisioning capabilities, Symmetrix DMX-4 offers full-featured thin provisioning that enterprise customers can depend on for simplified management and improved utilization in demanding production, replication and application development operations.”

EMC Corp.