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EMC Drives Data Center Automation and Compliance with EMC Storage Configuration Advisor

HOPKINTON, MA -- May 12, 2009 -- Rounding out the company's comprehensive software portfolio for IT configuration and compliance management, EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) -- the world leader in information infrastructure solutions -- today unveiled EMC Storage Configuration Advisor. The automated management software is directly aimed at helping storage teams minimize their operational costs by addressing the most frequent cause of service-affecting events: improper storage area network (SAN) configurations.

Storage Configuration Advisor is the newest piece of the company's broad portfolio of IT compliance and configuration management software. EMC's cross-domain IT management solutions extend change, configuration and compliance management across the storage, server, network and application domains.

"Experience has shown that more than half of SAN outages occur due to improper configurations that are a result of either poorly designed or executed change," said Bob Laliberte, Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. "With all the moves, adds and changes that take place daily, SAN administrators struggle to maintain adequate service levels for the business."

Leveraging agentless discovery to simplify management and reduce deployment times, the solution tracks the storage infrastructure to proactively detect vulnerabilities and ensure customers are maintaining compliance with internal configuration policies, vendor guidelines or industry best-practices. Providing an audit trail of SAN changes and rule violations -- flagging potential service-affecting events before they occur -- the software also offers customers extensive reporting capabilities with detailed analysis of SAN configurations, compliance breaches and service levels. The end result is a dramatic reduction in operational costs within the data center by reducing time spent on resolving storage configuration issues and downtime associated with human error.

"Businesses are under increasing pressure to minimize both the risks and costs associated with their ever-changing data centers. Proving their IT environments are compliant -- with both regulatory standards and internal corporate IT policies and best practices for configuration and security -- is now mandatory for businesses to ensure successful operations," said Chris Gahagan, EMC's Senior Vice President, Resource Management Software. "By adding EMC Storage Configuration Advisor to our broad suite of automated IT configuration and compliance solutions, EMC is one of the only companies enabling customers to fully validate IT compliance across their entire data centers."

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