Hopkinton, Mass. - May 17, 2006 -
EMC Corporation, the world leader in information management and storage, today announced that Commerce Bancorp Inc., The George Washington University and Toyota Motorsport GmbH were honored in the Storage Networking World's "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program for their exemplary use of EMC technology and their pursuit of deploying an information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy. These awards are given to organizations that have demonstrated excellence in creating strategic business value through the innovative use of storage technologies and services. This year's winners were recognized during a special awards ceremony at Storage Networking World, a conference co-owned and co-produced by IDG's Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).
David Goulden, EMC's Executive Vice President, Customer Operations, said, "Commerce Bancorp, George Washington University and Toyota Motorsport are shining examples of how leveraging information lifecycle management strategies and enhanced IT utilization can dramatically increase business value and performance while driving business continuity and compliance initiatives. We're very pleased about and congratulate our customers for receiving these prestigious 'Best Practices in Storage' awards."
A wide range of IT end-user companies and organizations responded to an initial "call for nominations," which was originally announced to multiple industry audiences, including Computerworld subscribers responsible for storage solutions. Finalists were evaluated by a panel of judges based on case study submissions that profiled the company, its IT department and storage challenges, as well as application deployment details, summaries of the key technology used and measurable solution outcomes.
Commerce Bancorp, one of the nation's fastest growing financial services retailers, was recognized in the Industry Regulation Compliance and Corporate Governance category. To comply with SEC regulation 17a-4, Commerce Capital Markets, a registered broker-dealer and wholly owned subsidiary of Commerce Bancorp, uses EMC Centera® content address storage to archive emails generated by its securities traders. Commerce Capital also relies on EMC EmailXtender® and DiskXtender® software to identify older emails residing on production storage and move them to Centera. Because the process is automated, it saves the IT staff time. In addition, older emails also don't sit on production storage as long, creating more room for current emails.
The George Washington University also won in the Data Lifecycle Management category. To protect critical enterprise systems, including administration and student record applications, the University worked with EMC Services to build a second datacenter 35 miles away. The University now uses EMC Symmetrix® networked storage systems and EMC SRDF® software to replicate information between its dual datacenters; EMC CLARiiON® networked storage systems to support departmental applications and support file sharing; and Centera and DiskXtender to facilitate archiving of less-often accessed document images of contracts, invoices and other financial paperwork.
Toyota Motorsport GmbH was a winner in the Data Lifecycle Management category for how it captures and stores Formula 1 (F1) race data to optimize performance between races. The company worked with EMC Services to develop and implement a multi-tiered business continuity strategy and uses a Symmetrix system to manage core applications. During the race, Toyota Motorsport has a CLARiiON system at the track to gather performance and other statistics that are continually analyzed by trackside engineers. After a race, Toyota Motorsport automatically moves up to 90 percent of engineering data on a Symmetrix system to a CLARiiON system and archives historical engineering data on a Centera system. This has decreased growing backup requirements at the high end and reduced the time to backup production data by more than 25 percent.
"Storage is a crucial element in any company's IT strategy," said Ron Milton, Computerworld's Executive Vice President. "The organizations and professionals we honored with these awards have demonstrated the ability to devise and implement solutions that ensure the integrity and availability of critical data, advancing the larger goals of the organization."
The complete list of "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program winners can be found online at www.snwusa.com.
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