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EMC & Microsoft Extend Strategic Alliance

At an event in New York City, EMC CEO Joe Tucci and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced an extension of their companies' strategic alliance through 2011. The pair discussed how EMC and Microsoft will continue delivering value to their mutual customers by focusing on storage and information protection in virtualized environments, increasing productivity through centralized content management, and preventing data breaches with leading-edge security solutions.

Moving forward, EMC and Microsoft will focus their efforts in three areas:

Efficient Information Infrastructures -- To build dynamic and efficient IT infrastructures that use advances in server virtualization, tiered storage, and IT management, and leverage the ability to manage both physical and virtual environments, information storage, protection, and management solutions for Microsoft virtualized environments. In addition, EMC Consulting's Application Practice will provide assessment, planning, and implementation services for Microsoft technologies in a wide array of virtualization environments.

Agile Information Infrastructures -- To help organizations cope with growing amounts of information spread across disparate systems, such as file shares, content servers, and team sites, and as a demonstration of deepening ties between the companies, EMC will develop solutions that leverage and extend Microsoft Office SharePoint. In addition, EMC will continue to develop solutions that use familiar Microsoft Office and SharePoint user interfaces to interact with content stored, protected and managed by EMC Documentum.

Resilient Information Infrastructures -- To reduce the likelihood of data loss, data unavailability, and data corruption, the companies will develop information protection solutions across Microsofts application portfolio. As a first step, the new RSA DLP (Data Loss Prevention) Suite 6.5 has been tightly integrated with Microsoft Active Directory Rights Management Services, allowing security managers to implement information access and usage polices throughout the data center and on endpoints.

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