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EMC and Softek Announce Industry's Only Software for Online Dataset Migration within Mainframe Environments

  • 26 July, 2005 12:07

<p>Jointly Developed Logical Data Migration Facility (LDMF) Software Non-Disruptively Moves Mainframe Datasets for Enterprise Mainframe Customers; Saves Weeks of Data Conversion Time Over Traditional Methods</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia, July 26, 2005 - EMC Corporation, the world leader in information storage and management; and Softek Storage Solutions Corporation, the leading provider of nondisruptive data migration software for multivendor environments, today jointly announced the new EMC/Softek Logical Data Migration Facility (LDMF) software, the industry's first data migration software that relocates data nondisruptively at the dataset-level on storage arrays operating within mainframe environments.</p>
<p>Integrating technologies from both companies, the LDMF software transparently moves datasets on-line from one volume to another and automatically updates catalogue information to reflect the change in location. As the only on-line alternative to performing manual copies or using other utilities which require lengthy application downtime, the LDMF software enables mainframe administrators to more efficiently relocate information onto new storage or storage tiers, to nondisruptively optimise volume utilisation and performance, and to consolidate datasets into fewer volumes to minimise resource consumption.</p>
<p>"Automating the process of converting data between volume sizes solves a huge problem for mainframe storage managers," said Dianne McAdam, senior analyst and partner, Data Mobility Group. "Today, converting from small 'Mod 3' to larger 'Mod 9' or 'Mod 27' volumes is a complex and error-prone process that requires significant application downtime. Because of the mission-critical nature of mainframe applications, scheduled downtime windows are few and far between, which stretches out data migration projects into several weeks, if not months. The demand for an on-line solution, such as LDMF, is very high across the mainframe user community."</p>
<p>"LDMF changes the rules for mainframe data migration," said Amena Ali, senior vice president, worldwide marketing and product strategy, at Softek. "Applications remain on-line during the conversion process, which significantly reduces the overall project timeframe with less required staff resources. This reduces the potential for costly outages and added expenses of lease cost overruns."</p>
<p>"The new EMC/Softek LDMF software further reinforces EMC's commitment to providing mainframe customers with innovative technology that enables them to better manage their information throughout its lifecycle," said Tom Joyce, vice president of platforms marketing, at EMC. "When combined with EMC's new Symmetrix DMX-3 Series storage systems, EMC/Softek LDMF will help our customers minimise the operational disruption of migrating information and allow them to quickly and efficiently leverage the cost benefits of massive consolidation and tiered storage within the array."</p>
<p>"LDMF will improve data availability and make it easier for enterprises to migrate and tier their mission-critical data. Softek, with its leadership and expertise in data migration and EMC, with our Catalog products, were natural partners to develop and bring this product to market," he added.</p>
<p>In addition to migrating data to larger volumes and arrays, the LDMF software is useful for other complex processes such as reclaiming unit control blocks (UCBs) and dataset-level workload balancing.</p>
<p>The LDMF software is expected to be generally available in September. Softek will sell LDMF through its direct sales force in North America and Europe. Typical installations are expected to be priced in the low US$100,000s. EMC and Softek will also collaborate on marketing and customer support activities.</p>
<p>About EMC</p>
<p>EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world leader in products, services and solutions for information storage and management that 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 Softek</p>
<p>Softek provides multiplatform, heterogeneous data availability solutions that enable companies to see, move and recover data nondisruptively, regardless of server platform or storage vendor. Since 1996, Softek data migration, data replication and storage resource management solutions have helped more than 700 enterprise customers improve data availability while reducing the risk, cost and complexity associated with optimising multivendor storage infrastructures.</p>
<p>Softek Storage Solutions Corporation is an independent software company based in Vienna, Virginia. Technology partners include EMC, Fujitsu, HP and IBM and StorageTek, in addition to VARs and distributors worldwide. For further information, visit</p>
<p>EMC is a registered trademark of EMC Corporation. Softek is a trademark of Softek Storage Solutions Corp. All other products, services and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.</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) risks associated with acquisitions and investments, including the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (iv) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (v) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (vi) component and product quality and availability; (vii) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (viii) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (ix) war or acts of terrorism; (x) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (xi) fluctuating currency exchange rates; and (xii) 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.</p>
<p>Selena Adams
Marketing Communications Manager
+61 2 9925 7942
+61 0404 085 673</p>
<p>Marty Filipowski
Spectrum Communications
+61 2 9954 3299</p>

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