EMC and VMware Join Forces Around Software-Defined Storage and VMware Virtual SAN™

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

News Summary:

  • EMC® and VMware® to collaborate on new server-based storage infrastructure
  • Collaboration includes joint R&D, Proven Solutions, Test & Validation Labs
  • Initial focus to be VDI, test & dev and disaster recovery in SMB & SME environments

Full Story:

As customers continue their march toward ever-simplified IT infrastructure, lower costs and increased business agility, EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) and VMware (NYSE: VMW) today at VMworld® 2013 announced a major investment and commitment focused on rapid advancement of software-defined storage architectures and emerging models for the way applications consume storage in virtualized environments.

Initial offerings emerging from this software-defined storage collaboration will focus on the small- to medium-sized business (SMB) and small- to medium-sized enterprise (SME) markets.   In these markets it is common for customers to use vSphere® singularly across a broad set of workloads, making the simplicity and tight integration of VMware Virtual SAN with VMware vCenter Server compelling.  The efforts will focus on joint research and development projects, the creation of joint EMC and VMware proven solutions, and joint test and validation labs.

Offerings emerging from the collaboration are targeted to span a multitude of customer use cases for implementing software-defined storage in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), test/dev and disaster recovery environments. Each targeted use case will be optimized for deployment on VMware Virtual SAN infrastructure, supported by storage policy-based management and featuring significantly reduced TCO through the use of low-cost server-side storage.

To ensure tight integration and execution, EMC and VMware have initiated and are building out geographically distributed development labs focused on product definition, compatibility testing, and the optimization of EMC, VMware and third-party technologies.

EMC, as a leading information infrastructure provider for VMware solutions, provides customers running VMware software with the availability, protection, and security needed to virtualize and gain competitive advantage while making it easier for customers to adopt cloud computing and virtualization technologies to run VMware software in next-generation cloud infrastructures with increasing levels of automation.

Analyst Quote:

Dave Vellante, CEO and Co-founder, Wikibon

"EMC's collaboration with VMware around VMware Virtual SAN promises a compelling software-defined storage value proposition for smaller organizations with fewer resources. Critical high availability and migration services, with granular, policy-based control at the virtual machine level, will be possible without the complexity and expense of large storage networks. Importantly, validated, tested and proven solutions emerging from this software-led initiative will enable IT pros to focus resources on tasks other than troubleshooting storage."

Executive Quotes:

Jeremy Burton, Executive Vice President, of Product Operations and Marketing, EMC Corporation

"EMC and VMware together are defining a new class of highly integrated storage infrastructure to reduce cost and complexity in VMware environments for SMBs and SMEs.  A best-of-breed offering based on the combination of VMware Virtual SAN with EMC's market leading storage hardware and software portfolio will help expand the market opportunity for both companies."

Raghu Raghuram, Executive Vice President, Cloud Infrastructure and Management, VMware

"VMware and EMC are helping drive transformative change to software-defined storage in virtualized environments. Our new collaboration with EMC is designed to help customers adopt VMware Virtual SAN and build storage architectures that are radically simpler and more efficient while delivering increased agility and flexibility."

EMC @ VMworld 2013 – Key Opportunities to Listen, Learn and Gain Hands-on Experience

Join EMC at VMworld 2013, August 26-29 at Booth #1207 in San Francisco, CA where customers and partners will learn how to transform IT by leveraging cloud and big data using best practices, customer experience, and the latest strategic developments.  Through EMC's innovative products and services customers will gain IT agility and flexibility by enabling the highest levels of service, performance and availability.  EMC will present its continued collaboration with VMware around cloud and virtualization technologies, and have sessions and experts on hand to speak with customers about EMC solutions.

About EMC

EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset -- information -- in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be found at www.EMC.com.

About VMware

VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2012 revenues of $4.61 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 55,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.

Additional Resources

EMC, Avamar, RecoverPoint, ScaleIO and ViPR are trademarks or registered trademark of EMC Corporation in the United States and other countries. Other products and/or services are trademarks of their respective owners.

VMware, VMware vCenter, VMware Virtual SAN, VMworld and vSphere are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks and names may be trademarks of their respective organizations. The use of the word «partner» or «partnership» does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.

EMC Forward-looking Statement
This release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under the Federal Securities Laws. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iii) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (iv) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (v) component and product quality and availability; (vi) fluctuations in VMware, Inc.'s operating results and risks associated with trading of VMware stock; (vii) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (viii) risks associated with managing the growth of our business, including risks associated with acquisitions and investments and the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (ix) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (x) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (xi) fluctuating currency exchange rates; (xii) threats and other disruptions to our secure data centers or networks; (xiii) our ability to protect our proprietary technology; (xiv) war or acts of terrorism; and (xv) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in EMC's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. EMC disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

VMware Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding the future collaboration and development of server-based storage infrastructure products, the potential features of such products and benefits for customers and potential market opportunities. These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in consumer or information technology spending; (iii) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors into the virtualization and cloud computing markets, and new product and marketing initiatives by our competitors; (iv) our customers' ability to develop, and to transition to, new products and computing strategies such as cloud computing, network virtualization and the software defined data center; (v) the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology; (vi) rapid technological and market changes in virtualization software and platforms for cloud and end user computing and networking; (vii) our ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; and (viii) geopolitical events and stability. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in condition, significance, value and effect as well as other risks detailed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K that we may file from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. VMware assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

 

SOURCE EMC Corporation



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