EMC Declares Full Support for Vista, Exchange 2007
To the surprise of few, storage giant professes full support for all new-generation Microsoft software and promises to work closely with customers to make the transition.To the surprise of few industry observers, data storage and IT infrastructure giant EMC Nov. 30 announced that its networked storage systems, software, services and solutions will fully support the next generation of Microsoft products, including Exchange Server 2007, the 2007 Office system and Windows Vista. EMC will work closely with customers it shares with Microsoft to integrate the new functionality of these applications into their current systems, a company spokesperson said. "EMC and Microsoft have done [storage] business together for a long, long time, mostly around the Clariion storage servers, and EMC certainly has the credibility and technology to carry the upgrade [to Vista] off," said Brian Babineau, senior analyst with the Enterprise Strategy Group.
Microsoft had been supplying its Windows Storage Server software to Hopkinton, Mass.-based EMC for use in its storage server hardware for several years, although EMC no longer ships that particular product.
- EMC Assessment and Migration Services for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. These new services will help provide smooth and cost-effective upgrades of their enterprise messaging environments and will enable them to use such new features of Exchange Server 2007 as unified messaging, an EMC spokesperson said.
- EMC Solutions for Microsoft Office 2007. As a Microsoft Global Systems Integrator, EMC has worked with early-adopter customers to customize solutions on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and other Office server features, including Office InfoPath 2007, Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 and Office Groove Server 2007.
- EMC Services for Microsoft Windows Vista. EMC automates the process for large-scale deployment of Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 with service offerings built around Microsofts Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007 solution accelerator and SMS 2003 to help organizations upgrade their IT infrastructure in a cost-effective, secure manner.