EMC Smarts 9.1 Extends Leadership In Managing Virtual Data Centers

      EMC Smarts 9.1 Extends Leadership In Managing Virtual Data Centers

EMC Smarts 9.1 Integrates with VMware vCenter and EMC SRM Suite—Delivers
Insight and Management into Every Layer of Virtual and Physical Infrastructure

PR Newswire

HOPKINTON, Mass., Dec. 12, 2012

HOPKINTON, Mass., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

News Highlights:

  oEMC^® Smarts^® 9.1 extends EMC's virtual data center management
    capabilities to now include root-cause and impact analysis for all VMware
    vSphere® attached storage through new and enhanced integrations with
    VMware vCenter ™ Server and the EMC Storage Resource Management (SRM)
  oNew capability to provide root-cause and impact analysis for wireless
    networks through discovery of wireless controllers and the monitoring of
    wireless access points.

Full Story:

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today announced significant enhancements to EMC^®
Smarts software, further extending EMC's leadership in managing virtual data
centers and cloud environments. EMC Smarts 9.1 now includes root-cause and
impact analysis for all VMware vSphere attached storage through new and
enhanced integrations with VMware vCenter Server and the EMC SRM Suite. Smarts
9.1 software enables users to visualize and understand storage and virtual
machine relationships and dependencies in both physical and virtual data
centers—and is a leading solution capable of correlating VMware DRS and SDRS
(Distributed Resources Scheduler and Storage Distributed Resources Scheduler)
activity to overall data center management. With this latest release of
Smarts, EMC is delivering another management solution supporting EMC's
position as the #1 storage choice for VMware environments.

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The EMC SRM Suite is EMC's single, easily consumable monitoring and reporting
package that provides performance, capacity, and configuration management for
EMC and select third-party storage arrays. EMC Prosphere^® is a key component
of the SRM Suite. Through Smarts 9.1 integration with the SRM Suite, EMC
ProSphere now provides EMC Smarts 9.1 with storage topology- and device-level
information to enhance the EMC Smarts management model.

The new enhancements to Smarts enable high service-level assurance and
operational efficiency by eliminating management blind spots. Smarts delivers
detailed insight into virtualized IT environments, from virtual machines to
the underlying physical infrastructure. Smarts gives customers the ability to
easily understand the fast-changing relationships and interdependencies among
physical and virtual infrastructure elements. These elements include
physical, virtual, and wireless networks, virtual switches, VMware vSphere
Storage and virtual machine vSphere vMotion activity, virtual machine impacts,
and device and path information for all VMware vSphere attached storage.

Smarts 9.1 Technology Highlights:

  oIncreased Virtual Data Center Visibility— Delivers line-of-sight of
    virtualized IT environments, from virtual machines to the underlying
    physical infrastructure, so that users can understand the
    interdependencies—including virtual networks, virtual switches, vSphere
    vMotion activity, VM impacts, and all VMware vSphere attached storage.
  oComprehensive Configuration Management— Delivers ability to see all
    changes and deviations from approved configurations, leverage policies to
    ensure desired configurations automatically remain compliant, make device
    updates and corrections faster and more easily, and eliminate the
    possibility of human error creating a service-impacting problem.
  oEnhanced Ability to Identify & Act— Delivers the ability to automatically
    identify root causes, and quickly separate symptoms from problems so users
    can address the appropriate issue impacting application and service
    delivery. Users can also determine risk conditions by seeing performance
    degradations and understanding dependencies—before business impact occurs.
    In addition, customers can manage key cloud-enabling technologies,
    including protocol management, MPLS, optical, multicast, and VoIP.

Announced earlier this year, VMware vCloud^® Suite 5.1 is a complete and
integrated cloud infrastructure solution that integrates VMware's leading
virtualization, cloud infrastructure and management portfolio—simplifying the
adoption of cloud era technologies for customers. With this latest version of
EMC Smarts, EMC is extending a holistic view across all IT infrastructure
elements to dramatically improve availability and performance of applications
and services. Smarts delivers a complete, unified view into the entire virtual
data center, enabling customers to effectively visualize and understand the
complex interrelationships among virtual assets, their underpinning physical
elements and the applications and data sources that relate to them. While
VMware is managing the virtual infrastructure, Smarts is managing the
supporting "shared" physical and virtual infrastructure to provide a complete
view of the physical and virtual environments.

Customer Quote:

Nadine Routhier, Vice President, NCR Telecommunications and Technology

"NCR is using EMC Smarts in its Managed IT Domain Services, providing our
customers with remote monitoring and management of enterprise IT domains.
Network operations is critical to this service, which monitors, identifies,
and resolves problems in the IT infrastructure. With Smarts now providing
management of both the physical and virtual environments—including remote
restoration and updates to managed wireless devices, NCR can quickly identify
the root cause of issues, and confidently provide service assurance to

Industry Analyst Quote:

Jim Frey, Managing Research Director Network Management, Enterprise Management

"EMC Smarts has been addressing the availability, performance, configuration,
and service assurance needs of enterprises and service providers across
virtual and physical technologies for years. EMC is extending those
capabilities with the latest release of EMC Smarts to provide enhanced,
integrated visibility into storage and wireless networking. These extensions
improve the solution's completeness and put operators in position to better
understand, monitor, and troubleshoot cross-domain issues across the whole IT
service delivery environment."

EMC Executive Quote:

Amitabh Srivastava, President, EMC Advanced Storage Division

"As customers continue transforming their virtual data centers and cloud
architectures—laying the foundation for a Software Defined Data Center—it
creates new management challenges. The need for agility, efficiency and
controlling costs remain top of mind. This is an important update to EMC
Smarts because it provides new levels of visibility into their virtual data
centers, along with actionable information that enable customers to address
issues before their business is impacted."

Additional Resources:

  oManaged View Blog
  oEnterprise Strategy Group Videos About Managing Virtual Data Centers and
    EMC Smarts
  oEnterprise Strategy Group Analyst Paper
  oEMC Perspective OnOperational Management in Virtualized Data Centers
  oVideo On Virtual Data Center Management
  oMore EMC Smarts Information

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
information about EMC can be found at www.EMC.com.

EMC is a registered trademarks or trademarks of EMC Corporation in the United
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their respective holders. VMware, vMotion, vSphere, VMware vCloud and VMware
vCenter are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of VMware, Inc. The use of
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relationship with VMware or any other company.

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Website: http://www.emc.com
Contact: Katryn McGaughey, +1-508-293-7717, katryn.mcgaughey@emc.com
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