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Following a year in which it aggressively invested in storage management software, EMC Corp. is revitalizing its hardware focus with a massive overhaul of its storage platforms.

In a grand plan to bolster performance and compatibility across existing products, the Hopkinton, Mass., company this week will launch new and enhanced Symmetrix DMX-2 and Clariion CX disk arrays and new Celerra NS network file server models. At the same time, it will boost mainframe access of its Centera object storage device through a new API.

In addition, the storage company will announce software called SMI-S 1.0 Provider, which supports the SMI (SNIA Storage Management Initiative) standard and can manage EMC Symmetrix and Symmetrix DMX systems as well as Clariion and Clariion CX systems. With SMI-S, customers can use existing storage management applications and the new SMI management applications side by side, officials said.

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