Beijing and EMC Partner on Digital City Initiatives

EMC Corporation
2006-11-01 13:04 13806

EMC to Provide Market-Leading Technology to Support Beijing’s eGovernment


BEIJING, Nov. 1 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- The Beijing City Government’s

Information Office and EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today signed a Memorandum

of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the city government’s "Digital

Beijing" initiatives. Over the next few years, the city of Beijing will

collaborate with EMC to build a state-of-the-art information infrastructure

that will ultimately house the city’s digital assets. Mr. Joseph M. Tucci,

Chairman, President and CEO of EMC, and Mr. Zhao Fengtong, Vice Mayor of the

City of Beijing, hosted today’s signing ceremony.

Mr. Zhao Fengtong said, "The Beijing City Government is committed to the

development of a comprehensive and advanced information infrastructure. We

are pleased that EMC is investing its technology and expertise in support of

the city of Beijing’s digital initiatives. Through the adoption of

innovative information technologies, we expect to improve the city’s

efficiency and quality of service for our citizens."

The alliance between EMC and Beijing will help change the way the city

government interacts with its citizens. Specifically, the alliance will


eGovernment Architecture -- EMC will assist in developing and defining

information infrastructure and information security standards for the

government, and it will improve the eGovernment’s information lifecycle

management architecture as necessary.

Business Continuity Plan -- EMC will assist in developing a data recovery

information infrastructure and setting up a business continuity/backup center

and information security lab to ensure business continuity and information


Citizen Center -- EMC will help develop the information infrastructure

for the Citizen Experience Center, which will provide powerful online

interfaces to enable faster responses and new levels of service.

Digital Data Archives -- EMC will explore information management and

archiving solutions for Beijing’s digital data.

In support of these digital initiatives, EMC will work closely with

Beijing’s IT specialists to build an information infrastructure based on

EMC’s portfolio of tiered storage systems and information management

software to digitize, index, archive, and repurpose the city’s information.

In addition, EMC will leverage its existing EMC China Solution Center network

and remote-networking capabilities to educate the city’s IT employees about

EMC’s information management and storage capabilities. By the summer of

2008, EMC plans to train 200 senior city information technology professionals

to provide support for Beijing’s new information infrastructure.

Mr. Joseph M. Tucci said, "We are delighted to have the opportunity to

work with the city of Beijing as they embark on their campaign to modernize

the government’s information technology. I have been a frequent visitor to

Beijing over the past few years, and I always come away impressed with the

city’s passion for world-class innovation. We see tremendous opportunity

for EMC in China and look forward to helping one of its most prominent cities

move its digitization efforts forward."

Mr. Steve Leonard, EMC President of Asia Pacific and Japan, added, "EMC’

s growth opportunities are exceptionally strong in APJ. The most strategic

way to expand our market leadership is by investing back into the region. We

are thrilled to collaborate with the city of Beijing to design a technology

solution that will improve its operations, support the highest levels of data

protection and disaster recovery, and offer its citizens first-rate service."

About Digital Beijing

In 1999, Beijing Municipality launched the drive of "Digital Beijing,"

with the final target of shaping the sophisticated city-level digital

capacity. This digital capacity is based on the completion of broadband &

multimedia information networks and GIS, the integration of the city’s

information resources, and the buildup of information systems for

eGovernment, eCommerce, online education, remote medical treatment, labor and

social insurance, and more.

By the end of China’s "Tenth Five-Year Plan," the framework of "Digital

Beijing" has been achieved. As a leader of this kind of project within

China, Beijing has completed building the infrastructure and is now moving to

the next phase of online services. Information communications technology

(ICT) is playing a more and more important role in the city’s economic and

social development.

The vision of Digital Beijing is set to be preliminarily realized in "The

Eleventh Five-Year Plan," when 100% of key government services are supported

by ICT, over 80% of business for approval can be transacted online, and each

task within the Special Program for Construction of Digital Olympics is

fulfilled. This will establish a comprehensive information service system,

which is based on individuality and human-orientation, consistent with

international norms, and demonstrates Chinese characteristics. All of this

will make a sound groundwork for moving Beijing into the information society.

About EMC in China

EMC entered the Chinese market in 1996 and today operates major sales

offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. EMC’s current

investments in China include:

-- A state-of-the-art software development center and

EMC-Fudan Network Storage Training Center in Shanghai

-- The EMC China Solution Center network, with five centers

in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Taipei

that support and demonstrate EMC’s technologies for

customers and partners

-- A strong development partnership with Neusoft

-- The "EMC Classroom" at Tsinghua University

-- Thirty-five service centers across the country

Recently, EMC announced plans to invest USD$500 million in China over the

next five years, underscoring EMC’s deepened commitment to the rapidly

growing China marketplace.

According to IDC, EMC is the #1 storage software vendor in People’s

Republic of China (PRC), capturing 39% of the country’s storage software

revenue in 2005 [a]. In addition to leading the storage software market,

sales of EMC storage systems also led China’s External Disk Storage market

last year. 2005 revenue from EMC external disk storage systems represented

21.8% of the total External Disk Storage market, according to IDC (b).

About EMC

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world leader in products, services and

solutions for information management and storage that help organizations

extract the maximum value from their information, at the lowest total cost,

across every point in the information lifecycle. Information about EMC’s

products and services can be found at .

EMC is a registered trademark of EMC Corporation. Other trademarks are

the property of their respective owners.

(a) Source: IDC Asia/Pacific Semiannual Storage Software

Tracker, 2H 2005

(b) Source: IDC Asia/Pacific Quarterly Disk Storage Systems

Tracker, Q1 2006

Source: EMC Corporation