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EMC Rainfinity Extends File Virtualization Leadership with New Enterprise Archiving Support for Content Addressed Storage


Rainfinity Global File Virtualization Solution Adds Policy-based Archiving Across Heterogeneous NAS and CAS to Simplify File Management and Lower Storage TCO

Hopkinton, Mass.-Monday, November 13, 2006, EMC Corporation, the world leader in information management and storage, today announced version 7.0 of the Rainfinity® Global File Virtualization™ solution, extending EMC’s market-leading capabilities in file virtualization and management to support enterprise archiving from heterogeneous file and network attached storage (NAS) systems to the EMC Centera™ content addressed storage (CAS) platform. The Rainfinity Global File Virtualization solution now offers customers a single platform to manage both active and inactive files throughout a file’s lifecycle across heterogeneous environments.

EMC Rainfinity is the leading file virtualization solution in use on the market according to an October 2006 research survey by TheInfoPro, a leading independent IT research network. TheInfoPro recently released its Wave 8 Storage Management Fortune 1000 Report, showing that file virtualization holds the top position on TheInfoPro’s Storage Technology Heat Index™. The Heat Index measures users’ reported spending and implementation plans and is based on interviews with TheInfoPro’s TIPNetwork of Fortune 1000 IT professionals. A June 2006 Taneja Group survey of global IT decision-makers also indicated that 62% of respondents identify file management as either the top priority or one of the top priorities requiring immediate attention in the data center.

“IT organizations clearly want better ways to manage growing file system resources, not only to manage infrastructure capacity and performance, but also to gain a higher degree of control over the lifecycle of file-level data,” said Brad O’Neill, Senior Analyst and Consultant, Taneja Group. “The EMC Rainfinity Global File Virtualization solution offers enterprises a highly scalable, out-of-band platform designed to deliver an array of essential file management services and now with EMC Centera support that includes the critical area of archiving.”

The Rainfinity Global File Virtualization solution includes seven purpose-built applications that optimize capacity management, performance management, storage consolidation, tiered storage management, data protection, synchronous replication and global namespace management – all from a single, easy-to-use interface. In version 7.0, EMC introduces the new File Management application which automatically identifies and archives static files based on customizable policies to lower total cost of ownership, streamline backup and recovery, and address governance and compliance requirements via Centera.

“The EMC Rainfinity Global File Virtualization solution has helped our IT organization achieve dramatic efficiency gains and a higher level of control over our enterprise file systems,” said Bill Fleming, Senior Systems Administrator, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. “Our IT organization has been impressed with the Rainfinity solution’s ease of use across our mixed-vendor environment, and we’re thrilled it now provides native file archiving support.”

“EMC recognizes that while file virtualization is a strategic technology, customers also are looking for solutions that can deliver immediate benefits and help them prepare their environments for virtualization,” said Mark Lewis, Chief Development Officer, EMC Corp. “The EMC Rainfinity Global File Virtualization solution offers enterprise customers a single product that helps tame file system sprawl while leveraging the rich universal archiving capabilities of the EMC Centera platform.”

Pricing and Availability

Rainfinity Global File Virtualization version 7.0 is available immediately through EMC at a starting price of US$93,000 for all related hardware and software.

EMC Rainfinity file virtualization solutions are deployed at global customer sites in major industries including automotive, aerospace, biotech, education, healthcare, manufacturing, technology and financial services – including four of the top five U.S. banks. More information on Rainfinity Global File Virtualization can be found at:

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