EMC's facility in Durham is the latest facility in the company's global network of COEs, which are located in India, China, Egypt, Israel, Ireland, and Russia. The Centers of Excellence perform essential services for EMC business units, including engineering and research and development, customer service, translation services, IT and technical support, and customer executive briefings.
Like many organisations, EMC was faced with unrelenting information growth; inefficient IT infrastructure utilization; increasingly complex application environments; and congested, energy-exhausting data centres. In response, in 2004, EMC's IT organisation began moving from a physical to a highly-virtualized IT infrastructure and embarking on what would become its multi-year cloud computing strategy to transform how IT is delivered and consumed through ITaaS. To accelerate this transformation, the company built a new, energy-efficient Cloud data centre in Durham, North Carolina.
Well on its way to pervasive virtualization, the new EMC data centre provides the foundation required for Cloud computing with an architecture that will leverage EMCs latest information infrastructure technologies, VMware virtualization and Cloud infrastructure technologies, and Vblock Infrastructure Platforms from VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel.
Through the EMC IT Proven programme, which chronicles and shares IT and Cloud computing best practices, the new data centre will also serve as a technology showcase for EMC's customers. The company will hold customer briefings and tours of its new Durham data center to share best practices and demonstrate firsthand how EMC, VMware, VCE and other partner technologies can help accelerate their own IT transformations.
The Durham Cloud Data Center:
Charles King, Principal Analyst, Pund-IT Inc., stated: "While building a new data centre from the ground can be daunting, it is also offers a company the opportunity to rethink and even reinvent how IT will support and deliver solutions to the business. As a leading global technology innovator, EMC has put its money where its mouth is with its new COE and Cloud data centre. By doing so, the company has opened the doors to harness the agility of Cloud computing for its employees. Its efforts should also help EMC customers develop their own virtualization and Cloud computing initiatives."
Sanjay Mirchandani, EMC Chief Information Officer and COO, Global Centers of Excellence, stated: "We are pleased to extend EMC's network of COEs around the globe by increasing our IT and R&D presence in North Carolina. Our virtual-first mantra and the latest EMC, VMware and VCE technologies, not only provided the foundation to deliver agility to our more than 50,000 employees, but the COE, data centre and our R&D labs enable us to extend and showcase our world-class Cloud computing capabilities, solutions and the best practices with our customers."