EMC opens CSC
1 April 2005 | 0
Leading storage-management vendor EMC has officially opened its Cork Solutions Centre (CSC) at its International Operations in Ovens. The CSC offers EMC and its customers a dedicated laboratory environment to allow execution of proof-of-concept in the pre-sales cycle. This provides customers the opportunity to learn about EMC’s products in an environment that replicates their own IT infrastructures and situations.
Don Swatik, Vice President, Technical Services Operations commented: ‘EMC is focused on delivering solutions based on our leading platforms, software and services that help our customers better manage their information throughout its useful life. This centre will serve as a showcase of the innovative ways that EMC can help customers address their most pressing business challenges and deploy an infrastructure that supports an information lifecycle management strategy.’
Desmond O’Sullivan, director of the Cork Solutions Centre commented ‘Our dedicated environment allows our customers to build out a proposed IT architecture and work with our highly skilled engineering staff to work through particular proof points.’
The Cork Solutions Centre comprises three dedicated customer briefing rooms and a 5,500ft2 best-of-breed data centre containing the latest hardware and software product offerings from EMC and its partners.
Combining the laboratory infrastructure with the technical expertise of CSC staff, the briefing rooms are used to deliver: product demonstrations, given by highly accredited staff; and proofs-of-concept, during which the CSC demonstrates or creates a proof point of an information storage environment which the customer is planning to implement on their own IT infrastructure.
Year to date, the centre has provided proof-of-concept services to 25 customers from across EMEA and expects to provide product and solution demonstrations to 450 customers this year.
The hardware infrastructure within the CSC includes EMC’s latest storage offerings including Networked Attached Storage (NAS) and Content Addressed Storage (CAS). These are used for testing and demonstrating migration technologies, disaster recovery, business continuity and multivendor integration.