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EMC Offers FCOE Switch

DALLAS -- EMC
Corporation, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today
introduced the EMC(R) Connectrix(R) NEX-5020, its first Fibre Channel over
Ethernet (FCoE) switch and the first to be offered by a storage provider. The
newest addition to EMC's family of switches and directors uses the emerging
FCoE standard to transfer data between physical and virtual servers and
storage systems using the highly reliable Fibre Channel protocol over high
speed, lossless 10 Gb/s Ethernet networks.

A network that consolidates data and storage area networking (SAN) on the
same wire helps to simplify server, network and storage infrastructures and
can lower costs and protect existing technology investments without
sacrificing performance, security or reliability. Based on the Cisco Nexus
5000 Series Switches for data centers, the Connectrix NEX-5020 provides
line-rate, low-latency, lossless 10 Gb/s Ethernet switching for network
connectivity. It is designed to meet the ever-increasing I/O (input/output)
demands of multi-core processors, VMware Infrastructure and other virtualized
server and SAN environments. FCoE can help simplify server and network
infrastructure by reducing the number of cables and adapters required for
network connectivity, which in turn reduces power consumption and overall data
center costs. It also enables additional servers to be attached to the SAN
infrastructure and take advantage of the capabilities of EMC's industry
leading networked storage systems.

"FCoE technology is an evolutionary approach to consolidated storage
networking and EMC is helping to lead this evolution with our key partners,"
said Barbara Robidoux, EMC vice president, Storage Product Marketing. "The
Connectrix NEX-5020 is designed to help address immediate challenges our
customers are facing around infrastructure sprawl, asset utilization, and the
related power and cooling issues in the data center. Just as important, it
provides investment protection for current data center assets and traditional
SAN tools and training."

EMC Corp.