EMC Declares Full Support for Vista, Exchange 2007

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-11-30 Print this article Print

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.

"But, hey, Microsoft certainly isn't going to come out and say, 'We're going to certify Vista to run on EMC Clariion only' ... we'll be seeing every vendor in the Free World coming out with Vista-support announcements, and it happens every time Microsoft puts out an OS update," Babineau said.

EMC is making a major commitment to helping customers upgrade and migrate to the latest technology from Microsoft, said Howard Elias, EMC executive vice president, Global Services and Resource Management Software Group.

"We have the systems, software and people that can make enterprise transitions to Exchange Server 2007, Office 2007 and Windows Vista straightforward and cost-effective," Elias said.

EMC's product portfolio is currently being tested and "will be qualified as interoperable with the new Microsoft products," Elias said.

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