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Cloud and IT services
specialist EMC Corp. announced the availability of the Data Domain DD160
deduplication storage system exclusively through the channel, enhancements to
the channel-only VNXe unified storage technologies and new programs for
Velocity partners that are designed to drive market expansion. The DD160 will
be sold through EMC’s Velocity Solution Provider Partners or authorized
resellers starting at $10,000,

VNXe now provides more
efficiency with support of 100GB flash drives on the VNXe3300, and new
DC-powered models of the VNXe3300 that are certified to meet NEBS Level 3
requirements and provide more simplicity for Microsoft environments with a new
EMC Storage Integrator for application-aware storage provisioning for Windows
and SharePoint. Additionally, EMC is adding memory to the VNXe3100, which now
offers 8GB of system memory per controller.

"nXio believes that the
products, technologies and services of big business should be available to the
independent business owner, so we’re pleased that EMC is enabling partners who
sell to non-enterprise customers to address the SMB unified storage demand with
their industry-leading and award-winning VNXe technology,” said John Hardwick,
president of IT services specialist and EMC partner nXio. “Since the VNXe was
announced earlier this year, we’ve received a lot of positive feedback from our
customers. Not only has EMC provided us with innovative, industry-leading technology,
they’ve also made it easier than ever for us as a partner to get trained on the
product, decreasing ramp-up investment and time to profit."

Partner programs include the
VNXe "Try & Buy" program, which enables qualified partners to
deliver VNXe products to customers at no cost for 45 days, and the VNXe "Quick
Ship" program with six preconfigured VNXe solutions that ship globally
within two days after order placement. Each configuration includes the base
operating software and VNXe Unisphere, iSCSI, CIFA, NFS, file deduplication, snapshots,
thin provisioning and the VNXe Total Protection Suite.

"Next-generation backup
and recovery products present an opportunity for solution providers to expand
their offering to current and future accounts. Midmarket customers in
particular are seeking backup redesign support similar to Data Domain high-end
systems for large enterprises,” said Howard Goldberg, vice president of the
North American storage practice for Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions, a
business segment of Arrow Electronics and an EMC partner. “EMC solution
providers are now armed with an industry-leading backup and recovery product
line at competitive price points that make sense for midmarket companies."