New EMC VSPEX Solution Transforms Virtualized Microsoft SharePoint Environments

      New EMC VSPEX Solution Transforms Virtualized Microsoft SharePoint
                                 Environments

VSPEX Helps Customers Tune SharePoint Storage Performance in 80% Less Time,
Shorten SharePoint Provisioning by 4X, and Reduce Backup Storage by 10-30X;
EMC Announces Enhanced VSPEX Private Cloud and End User Solutions

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HOPKINTON, Mass., Jan. 10, 2013

HOPKINTON, Mass., Jan.10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

News Summary:

EMC^® today announced:

  oNew EMC VSPEX™ Proven Infrastructure configurations for virtualized
    SharePoint environments accelerate deployment and adoption.
  oVSPEX is based on best-of-breed storage, virtualization, server and
    network technology. 
  oWhen used with EMC's award-winning unified storage and backup and recovery
    technologies in a virtualized SharePoint environment, VSPEX can help
    customers tune SharePoint storage performance in 80% less time, shorten
    SharePoint provisioning by 4X, and reduce time to manage backup by 81%.
  oAccording to the latest end-user study from IDC¹, more SharePoint was
    deployed on EMC storage than any other technology vendor.
  oEMC also announced updates for all 14 of the original VSPEX configurations
    to ensure customers can choose from the latest technology when deploying
    their VSPEX, as well as an online education and sales enablement center
    and simplified technical documentation for partners.

Full Story:

EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) today announced new EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure
configurations optimized for virtualized Microsoft SharePoint environments.
VSPEX provides customers the power to choose the hypervisor, server, and
network technology they prefer to go along with EMC's award-winning VNX^® and
VNXe^® unified storage and EMC Data Domain^®, EMC Avamar^® and EMC NetWorker^®
backup and recovery solutions to address the uniqueness of their SharePoint
environments. The simple, efficient and flexible VSPEX for SharePoint
configuration can scale from 1,000 users up to 10,000 users and can be used
with all of the private cloud solutions in the VSPEX catalog. Since its April
2012 launch,EMC partners have sold hundreds of VSPEX, whichoffer a wide
variety of configurations enabling channel partners to accommodate a diverse
range of customer deployment preferences. Today EMC also announced updates for
all 14 of the original VSPEX configurations to ensure customers can choose
from the latest technology when deploying their VSPEX, as well as an online
education and sales enablement center and simplified technical documentation
for partners.

Organizations implement SharePoint to improve internal and external
productivity and collaboration. For many customers, SharePoint is often
deployed in a highly distributed model that can result in significant data
growth, management complexity and isolated islands of information and
infrastructure. VSPEX Proven Infrastructure for virtualized SharePoint
environments enables customers to confidently consolidate or deploy new
SharePoint environments and leverage the power of virtualization to lower
costs and simplify management. VSPEX includes EMC's award-winning unified
storage systems, which according to IDC¹ are most preferred by SharePoint
customers over other vendors.

Available in early 2013 exclusively through partners in the EMC Velocity™
partner program, the new EMC VSPEX for SharePoint simplifies infrastructure
design and deployment so partners can focus on rapidly consolidating existing
or deploying new SharePoint environments for their customers. VSPEX enables
EMC and Microsoft's mutual customers to take advantage of the power of
SharePoint so they can more quickly respond to business and competitive
requirements.

VSPEX in Virtualized SharePoint Environments: Efficient, Easy to Manage,
Powerful

VSPEX Proven Infrastructure for virtualized SharePoint is designed for
customers looking to consolidate storage and infrastructure and lower costs
associated with SharePoint use cases such as Document Repository (file shares
replacement) and Enterprise Content Management. With VSPEX, customers can
realize greater efficiency, flexibility, higher availability, faster and
simplified backup and recovery and reduce TCO. VSPEX provides Microsoft
customers and others a choice of industry leading virtualization technologies
for their private cloud Infrastructures.

EMC unified storage solutions deliver predictable performance and
significantly reduce the planning, sizing and configuration burdens of
adopting a private cloud environment. EMC backup and recovery solutions
leverage industry-leading deduplication technologies to significantly reduce
backup storage requirements and enable fast, reliable data protection.

Validated in tests and studies conducted by EMC and leading industry analyst
firms, these technologies combined in VSPEX can help users in virtualized
SharePoint environments:

  otune SharePoint storage performance in 80% less time
  oshorten SharePoint provisioning by 4X with EMC Storage Integrator (ESI)
  oaccelerate SQL Server transactions per second by 4X
  ocut time to manage backup by 81%
  oreduce backup storage by 10-30X

EMC Extends VSPEX Value for Customers and Partners with Enhanced Solutions,
New Enablement Center, and Simplified Technical Documentation

  oNew Technical Integration – To ensure customers can choose from the latest
    technology when deploying their VSPEX EMC announced today that the
    original VSPEX Private Cloud and End User Computing solutions are now
    updated with VMware vSphere 5.1, Windows Server 2012, EMC FAST™ Cache, EMC
    FAST VP, and specific to the VSPEX End User Computing solutions, RSA
    SecurID^® two-factor authentication.Click here for a complete list of
    the latest VSPEX offerings.
  oNew Online VSPEX Enablement Center for Partners –EMC Velocity partners
    can now easily access information about becoming a VSPEX-enabled partner.
    Current VSPEX-enabled partners can use the enablement center to help
    identify the best solution to address customer challenges, as well other
    resources to support their VSPEX sales and development efforts such as
    reference architectures, solution overviews, training, vLabs, and
    instructional videos.
  oSimplified VSPEX Technical Documentation – Technical documentation for the
    VSPEX Private Cloud and VSPEX End User Computing solutions are now
    delivered as a single document – The VSPEX reference architecture, sizing
    guide and deployment guide are now a single document that can be accessed
    on EMC Community Network here.

Customer Quote:

Nigel Farr, Client Services Director, Equiniti ICS

"Consolidating and virtualizing SharePoint and other mission-critical
applications on an EMC VNX unified storage solution has helped Equiniti ICS
deliver our hosted services customers improved performance, agility, reduced
costs, increased data protection, and rapid recovery. EMC's ability to
address our quality of services requirements has also enabled us to provide
these customers with a confident solution that's simple and efficient.
Solutions like VSPEX will make our future deployments easier."

Reseller Quote:

Tony Jimenez, President & CEO, MicroTech

"SharePoint is a mission-critical application that our customers rely on for
many things, such as sharing ideas and expertise so they can make the right
decisions for their business. All of this collaboration results in data that
needs to be managed, secure, and highly-available in the cloud. Our customers
like VSPEX because it's simple, efficient, and it gives them the flexibility
they need for their unique IT requirements. Another added benefit is that the
customer can rely on their value-added reseller to configure a customized,
complete VSPEX solution that can be deployed in no time. We believe VSPEX will
gain significant momentum in virtualized SharePoint environments because it's
based on EMC unified storage and backup and recovery technologies that can
help them significantly reduce backup storage and tune and provision
SharePoint in less time."

EMC Quote:

Jeremy Burton, Executive Vice President, Product Operations and Marketing, EMC
Corporation

"EMC VSPEX is a simple, efficient, and flexible reference architecture
optimized for the most popular use cases for customers moving to cloud
computing. Virtualized SharePoint has become a mission-critical application
and therefore needs to be managed and protected – the new EMC VSPEX for
SharePoint enables customers to accelerate their IT transformation with faster
deployments, simplified management, backup, and storage provisioning while
decreasing data volume, lowering the cost and complexity of management as well
as data security and governance risk."

Additional Resources:

  oRead about EMC Solutions for Microsoft SharePoint
  oJoin the VSPEX conversation on EMC Community Network
  oLearn more about VSPEX
  oEMC Everything Microsoft Community
  oLearn more about partnering with EMC
  oLearn more about Microsoft at www.microsoft.com
  oFollow @EMCVSPEX on Twitter
  oJoin the #EMCChannel conversations on Twitter.
  oConnect with EMC via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and ECN

About EMC

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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

^1 IDC, "IDC's Storage Users Demand Survey 2011 - Fall Edition: Customers
Still Want Choice, #234651

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