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EMC and IBM work to extend interoperability and support for customers

  • 07 October, 2003 10:54

<p>HOPKINTON, Mass and ARMONK, NY - October 7, 2003 - EMC Corporation and IBM Corporation today announced an agreement that will extend interoperability and compatibility for their respective storage systems, servers and software. Both companies believe that this effort will help customers to more easily install both EMC and IBM products in heterogeneous storage environments.</p>
<p>The agreement spans a spectrum of offerings from both companies, including:</p>
<p>· EMC and IBM have agreed on a framework for the exchange of programming interfaces for their disk storage products, including interfaces that are conformant with the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S). The intent of this effort is to improve interoperability between the companies’ products.
· The two companies have also agreed upon a framework to extend their existing cooperative support agreement to include a wider range of servers, storage and software products, to support more rapid escalation and resolution processes for issues arising in joint installations.
· To support EMC’s ability to implement compatibility on its Symmetrix DMX storage systems with Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy and Extended Remote Copy (XRC) functions, IBM has licensed interfaces for its TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server to EMC. Additional IBM functionality including FlashCopy, Multiple Allegiance, and Parallel Access Volumes (PAV) are also included in the licensing agreement and will be supported on EMC Symmetrix systems.</p>
<p>About EMC</p>
<p>EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world leader in information storage systems, software, networks and services, providing automated networked storage solutions to help organisations extract the maximum value from their information, at the lowest total cost, across every point in the information lifecycle. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at</p>
<p>About IBM</p>
<p>IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and IBM Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable customers, large and small, to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. For more information about IBM, visit</p>
<p>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 transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings, and rapid technological and market change; (iv) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (v) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures; (vi) component quality and availability; (vii) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (viii) war or acts of terrorism; (ix) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (x) fluctuating currency exchange rates; (xi) risks associated with strategic investments and acquisitions; and (xii) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in EMC's and IBM's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. EMC and IBM disclaim any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.</p>
<p>For further information, please contact:
Emma Rogers
EMC Corporation
Tel: 02 9925 7942
Mob: 0408 237 309
<p>Debbie Sassine/Catherine Smith
Spectrum Communications
Tel: 02 9954 3299
Mob: 0405 735 323
email: or</p>

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