By Dave Simpson
Hoping to boost data reliability and availability in Windows 2000 environments, and to gain credibility for the new operating system in data centers, Microsoft has entered into a relationship with EMC and its Data General division.
The deal involves storage networking, subsystems, and software technology, as well as server technology via Data General's "In-A-Box" migration packages for Windows 2000 and Exchange 2000. Data General is guaranteeing 99.9% uptime in Aviion-based Windows 2000 environments.
EMC will provide storage consolidation products and services as part of the non-exclusive agreement.
"EMC is clearly the leader in high availability, large-scale storage, and this deal will help users roll out Windows 2000 in data centers," says Steve Duplessie, senior analyst at The Enterprise Storage Group consulting firm, in Milford, MA (www. enterprisestoragegroup.com). "The ability of EMC/DG to provide 24x7 support is a boon to both Microsoft and its customers."
As part of the deal, EMC and its Data General division will train and certify 400 professionals as Microsoft Certified Solution Developers and Microsoft Certified System Engineers over the next year.
EMC was one of Microsoft's Windows 2000 Global Launch Partners at last month's official rollout of the operating system.
In unrelated EMC news, the company's year-end financial report included a number of interesting statements, including:
- The company posted $822 million in software sales, and shipped more than 10,000 new software licenses in 1999. About 80% of new hardware shipments included bundled software. EMC expects a 50% growth rate in software sales in 2000.
- EMC plans to hire 4,000 new employees this year.
- The company projects 25% revenue growth this year, and $12 billion total revenue in 2001.