The information technology industry's best-of-breed leaders – including Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, Oracle and EDS – took the stage here this week at the fourth annual EMC Technology Summit and joined thousands of EMC customers to increase the value and advance the adoption of automated networked storage.

Under the theme "The Power to Unite," EMC Technology Summit 2003 featured announcements and addresses from the IT industry's leading innovators. On Monday, Joe Tucci, EMC President and CEO, and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced a significant expansion of their strategic business and technology partnership, which includes the delivery of advanced networked storage solutions for Windows. On Tuesday, Tucci was joined by Cisco President and CEO John Chambers to announce a significant expansion of their existing strategic partnership, which includes the joint delivery of next generation storage area network (SAN) technology. In addition, senior executives from Dell, Oracle and EDS reinforced the depth of their alliances with EMC and their role in helping customers deploy automated networked storage.

Tucci said, "The adoption rate of networked storage has outpaced that of the worldwide Web, cell phones and PCs, and yet we are still in the early stages of this phenomenon. EMC, through our alliances with the world's leading technology companies, is driving this acceleration by delivering on our automated networked storage strategy. Our mutual customers are realizing the benefits with simplified operations, reduced costs and improved protection and management of their growing volumes of information."

Mark Lewis, EMC's executive vice president of New Ventures and chief technology officer, set the tone for the conference by describing EMC's strategy for helping customers build business-centric, policy- driven "intelligent information infrastructures." These infrastructures will include attributes such as the inherent ability to self-heal and seamlessly integrate new applications, providing IT administrators with the flexibility to offer assured service levels at the lowest possible cost. Lewis described two of EMC's key strategic initiatives:

  • Intelligent Data Services – EMC is focused on driving intelligence throughout the storage network to provide customers with the ability to take advantage of groundbreaking advances in storage technology. In doing so, EMC will develop software intelligence for existing and emerging network technology. This effort will focus on allowing customers to extend the value of their existing automated networked storage environments while introducing new, fabric-based capabilities that simplify and automate those environments.
  • Information Life Cycle Management – EMC will give IT managers more simplified control over their information by unifying and automating access, recovery and management of data throughout its life cycle. EMC's information lifecycle management capabilities will center on a policy-driven methodology that is both heterogeneous and application-independent.

Throughout the four-day summit, more than 2,000 EMC customers and partners engaged with EMC's top product developers and executives to discuss the central role of EMC Automated Networked Storage in enabling their organizations to more cost-effectively manage, share and protect their information. More than 60 of the world's top technology companies showcased their products, services and solutions at the EMC Technology Summit, leveraging the power of automated networked storage.

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