• Press Release

    February 19, 2008

    1 800 FLOWERS COM Blossoms with EMC Information Infrastructure

    HOPKINTON, Mass. - February 19, 2008

    HOPKINTON, Mass. - February 19, 2008 -

    EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced that 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLWS), the world's largest florist and a leading multi-channel retailer, relies on its EMC information infrastructure to maximize customer information availability and lower its total cost of ownership.

    "Like our customers, we demand fast and reliable service," said Steve Bozzo, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM's Chief Information Officer. "We need to be able to quickly bring in data and keep it available and accessible for all our mission critical customer-facing, financial, inventory, fulfillment and analytical applications. Our EMC information infrastructure allows us to accomplish this while improving storage utilization, performance and reliability."

    For more than 30 years, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has provided customers around the world with the freshest flowers and finest selection of plants, gift baskets, gourmet foods, confections and plush stuffed animals perfect for every occasion. To manage critical customer information, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM chose EMC as a strategic partner and the premier provider for its robust storage environment.

    "We have a very complex environment with many brands and many types of data," said Bozzo. "Consequently, we needed to consolidate our IT footprint and get more out of our current infrastructure to better manage data and allow us to have more availability for our data."

    The company's three production storage area networks (SANs) in the United States include five EMC Symmetrix® and 15 EMC CLARiiON® networked storage systems, which are optimized using EMC ControlCenter® storage resource management software. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM also uses EMC TimeFinder™ to locally replicate information to support its business continuity strategy, increase application availability and reduce scheduled downtime. Additionally, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM recently purchased an EMC Celerra® NS350 integrated system to support its IP-based information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy. This will offer IT more flexibility and manageability.

    "We built the foundation of our information infrastructure with EMC networked storage and have expanded as we've grown the business," said Bozzo. "Today, we not only have a stable, reliable 70 terabyte system, but we have an infrastructure that delivers tremendous value and helps IT actually speed and streamline — not impede — business operations."

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