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EMC ControlCenter SAN Advisor 5.3 Software Extends SAN Validation and Design


Newly Enhanced Resource Management Software Helps Customers Tap Proven Best Practices for Building, Changing and Maintaining Storage Area Networks

Hopkinton, Mass.-Monday, July 31, 2006, EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information management and storage, today announced the immediate availability of EMC ControlCenter® SAN Advisor™ 5.3, a newly enhanced SAN validation and design tool featuring support for logical SAN configurations and flexibility in applying SAN best practices. These enhancements enable customers to more easily and efficiently fine-tune both new and existing SANs for interoperability, device configuration and high availability, while reducing risks associated with implementing changes in the SAN.

SAN Advisor resource management software enables customers to ensure compliance with best practices for SAN design, implementation and maintenance. It lets storage administrators:

* Validate the existing SAN environment for best practice compliance
* Model fixes or changes to the SAN in a risk-free environment
* Produce an implementation checklist
* Verify the fixes or changes are implemented correctly

“EMC ControlCenter SAN Advisor has been a great tool to help our storage management team optimize our SAN for the highest performance and availability,” said Miguel Torres, Storage Administrator at MidAmerica Bank in Chicago. “SAN Advisor gives me peace of mind because I now have a tool that alerts me to potential issues before we make changes in our live production environment. SAN Advisor has become such a trusted tool in our arsenal that before we do any work in our environment, we’ll see what SAN Advisor has to say first.”

“This new version of EMC ControlCenter SAN Advisor addresses some of the more common SAN validation and design challenges our customers face, and it now includes key support for zoning, virtual SANs, and rule customization,” said Chris Gahagan, EMC’s Senior Vice President, Resource Management Software Group. “SAN Advisor is a compelling add-on to the EMC ControlCenter best-of-breed SRM and SAN management software, to help storage administrators maintain availability and performance of frequently changing environments.”

New Support for Zoning, Virtual SANs and Rule Customization

New zone configuration support in SAN Advisor enables users to validate and simulate changes to existing zones, model new zones and specify zoning policies in a SAN design. This capability helps to ensure policy compliance, minimize risk and reduce the time involved in implementing changes while helping to quickly troubleshoot any potential issues.

SAN Advisor currently validates SAN environments using a default set of nearly 150 best practice rules. With SAN Advisor 5.3, users can now customize SAN Advisor’s flexible rules engine to selectively validate specific areas of the SAN and comply with company policies.

SAN Advisor is supported by the EMC E-Lab™ Support Matrix, an industry-leading comprehensive online storage interoperability and best practices database. EMC provides automated monthly updates to the E-Lab Support Matrix and other SAN best practices to ensure that SAN Advisor users are equipped with the most accurate device interoperability and configuration data for the latest infrastructure hardware and software.

EMC Resource Management products enable thousands of midsize and large enterprises to monitor, report and provision their information infrastructures to improve service levels and optimize network and storage utilization. EMC’s storage, network and application management products are widely recognized as the leading applications for resource management.

Starting at $5,000, SAN Advisor 5.3 is based on capacity pricing and is available immediately through EMC and participating EMC Velocity channel partners. For more information on EMC ControlCenter SAN Advisor, visit:

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