Belgian Benefits Firm Transforms IT Infrastructure with EMC

         Belgian Benefits Firm Transforms IT Infrastructure with EMC

Partena Eliminates Downtime; Reduces OPEX and CAPEX by 60%; Deploys New
Applications 90% Faster

PR Newswire

HOPKINTON, Mass., Dec. 6, 2012

HOPKINTON, Mass., Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC)
today announced that Partena, a Brussels-based social services organization
that provides 1.2 million individuals and 60,000 companies with payroll and
human resource management, employment insurance, benefits management and other
services, has transformed its IT infrastructure with EMC^® VNX^® unified
storage and EMC VPLEX^® virtual storage to address exponential data growth.
Partena credits EMC with significant cost savings and eliminating
infrastructure downtime.

Customer Benefits:

  oImproved Application Availability — By running applications simultaneously
    across two active-active data centers with EMC VPLEX, Partena has
    eliminated downtime — a reduction of three hours per month to zero.
  oCost Savings — Partena has reduced its operational and capital
    expenditures by 60% through virtualization, providing more resources for
    projects that drive business growth and increase customer satisfaction.
  oFaster Application Deployment — Partena is able to roll out new
    applications in only a few days versus the one month it typically took
    before — a 90% reduction in deployment time.
  oStreamlined Administration — Tight integration between VNX and VMware has
    reduced administration time by 50%, freeing Partena's IT staff to focus on
    more critical projects.

Customer Challenges and Solution:

Partena's storage infrastructure was expanding rapidly while government
regulations and customer service-level agreements (SLAs) that specified
lengthy data retention periods and high data availability requirements were
putting added pressures on the infrastructure. To help improve availability,
enable faster deployment and reduce expenses, Partena selected EMC VNX and EMC

Since implementing EMC technologies, Partena has achieved significant
improvements in infrastructure scalability, efficiency and application
availability. The company has also virtualized 90% of its server
infrastructure using VMware vSphere. All of Partena's applications and
databases, including Microsoft SQL Servers and Oracle databases, reside on EMC
VNX unified storage. To enable disaster recovery, Partena uses EMC VPLEX
virtual storage to run its critical applications simultaneously across two
data centers several hundred meters apart. Partena also leverages VMware View
for desktop virtualization.

Customer Quotes:

Philippe Picalausa, IT Manager, Partena

"We operate under strict SLAs and government regulations that require us to
generate payroll and other employee services within specified time periods.
With EMC VPLEX, we're able to run all our applications in an active-active
mode across two separate data centers. If a server fails, the application
continues to run at the alternate site without any disruption to our users and

"Our EMC infrastructure is absolutely critical to the smooth and reliable
operation of our business. In fact, since we've been using EMC storage, we
haven't had any storage-related downtime. Now we've added VPLEX, enabling us
to increase security and protection by eliminating infrastructure downtime."

"The tight integration between our VMware and VNX environments has reduced
administration time by 50%, which in turn has freed our IT staff to focus on
more critical projects. Rapid virtualization combined with VNX's excellent
performance and simplified management has reduced our IT operational and
capital expenditures by 60%."

"Our business is much more agile now that we've virtualized with VMware and
EMC. We can deploy new applications in a few days versus the month it took us
before. That's a 90% reduction in time. It's very easy to create proofs of
concepts, test scenarios and other environments to develop new services and
features that help expand the business and improve customer satisfaction."

"When we initially virtualized desktops at the branch level, we discovered how
much easier it is to manage virtual desktops compared to physical PCs and
laptops. For example, we can distribute upgrades faster with just a few
clicks. And users can boot up their virtual desktops more quickly."

Additional Resources:

  oLearn more about EMC VNX and EMC VPLEX
  oConnect with EMC via Twitter,Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and ECN

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
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