Enterprise storage solutions provider EMC recently announced that its solutions can support Windows Server 2012, Microsoft's operating system for servers and due for release this year. The announcement came just when an independent analyst report said that EMC is the preferred brand for mission-critical applications.
EMC said it is working with Microsoft to help enterprises transition to cloud computing. To do this, EMC said its new Microsoft-focused Proven Solutions and Microsoft Private Cloud FastTrack configurations have been designed to help Microsoft customers "successfully transform and accelerate their Microsoft applications environments to the cloud."
The collaboration leverages on the EMC VNX and VMAX platforms with the EMC Proven Solutions maximising the performance and recovery in mixed Microsoft application workload environments including MS SQL Server, MS SharePoint and MS Exchange.
EMC also announced broad technology support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 across storage and backup products. EMC said that as a Microsoft partner, it is investing in joint engineering resources and expertise to test and validate the latest upcoming versions of Microsoft software on EMC infrastructure.
EMC is also announcing support for EMC Avamar, EMC NetWorker and EMC Data Domain backup and recovery products.
"This extensive level of support for Windows Server 2012 ensures EMC and Microsoft customers the ability to confidently deploy centralised cloud infrastructure leveraging new Microsoft technologies with efficient data protection using EMC's latest backup, recovery and de-duplication technologies," said EMC.
EMC said this kind of industry partnerships will help enterprise customers transform their Windows environment to increase server performance at lower costs but with high availability. This strategy supports EMC customers who are running their mission-critical applications in the Windows environment.
EMC cited an IDC report which showed that more customers choose EMC storage for deployments of Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange for their mission-critical applications than any other vendor in the first half of 2011.
According to the IDC Storage Users Demand Study, EMC ranked as the leading provider of storage technology in Oracle, Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint, SAP, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Home Directory environments.
"IDC initiated its biannual worldwide survey of storage administrators that analyses how storage capacity is consumed by the major data use cases from the most widely-used business applications to IT infrastructure support," said Natalya Yezhkova, research director, IDC Worldwide Storage Systems Research and lead analyst, Storage Users Demand Study (SUDS).
"The data suggests that EMC, which accounted for nearly a quarter of external terabytes shipped worldwide in the first half of 2011, shipped more storage than any other enterprise storage systems supplier to run eight out of nine major data use cases we surveyed."
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