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EMC Announces Plans to Double Investment in China

2007-11-01 02:47 2249

Commits to Invest US$1 Billion Over Five Years; Opens Second China R&D Center in Beijing

BEIJING, Nov. 1 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ --

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced the second phase of its significant investment in the Chinese market. EMC officially opened its new R&D center in Beijing and committed to double its planned investments in China over the next five years.

The investment of US$500 million announced in June 2006 is now expected to double, reaching approximately US$1 billion through 2012. The additional investment will be spent on expanding EMC's R&D operations, growing its partner community, strengthening its sales and service capabilities and more effectively serving the rapidly growing Chinese market.

The addition of EMC's Beijing R&D Center expands its overall presence in China and complements EMC's Shanghai R&D Center that opened in June 2006. The Shanghai R&D center, which evolved into an EMC Center of Excellence (COE) in January 2007, has grown rapidly since it opened and today employs more than 250 employees. EMC COEs are units that work on core EMC technologies, collaborating and leveraging global talent for engineering excellence. The center in Shanghai will soon move to a new location at the Knowledge and Innovation Community of Yangpu, Shanghai.

EMC's Centers of Excellence in China are part of EMC's network of R&D centers around the world, including centers located in Russia, Ireland, Israel, India and the United States. These centers are a core element of EMC's Innovation Network, which along with researchers from universities around the world, form a global, collaborative community that drives the exploration, discovery and application of new technologies that will shape the future of information infrastructure.

At the inauguration today in Beijing, Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "China's contribution, both in terms of a market and as a culture of innovation, has been spectacular. We have demonstrated our success by gaining customer confidence in the local marketplace and our China R&D operation is an integral part of our industry-leading information infrastructure product development efforts. The additional investment reiterates our deep commitment to this rapidly growing economy and emphasizes the important role that China will have in EMC's long-term business success."

The new center in Beijing, located in Zhong Guan Cun, known as the Silicon Valley of China, will house over 200 engineers and concentrate on the company's core technologies including information storage, virtualization, security, resource management and content management and archiving. The center will also include EMC Research China, the first EMC research lab to be established outside of the United States.

"The Asia Pacific & Japan region now includes 4,700 EMC employees, which reflects the talented global workforce that EMC is leveraging to better serve customers and partners around the world," said Steven Leonard, President of EMC Asia Pacific and Japan. "Today's announcement is another example of EMC's commitment to make the investments needed in the APJ region to strengthen our position as a dynamic information technology leader and help customers better store, protect, optimize and leverage the core assets of any business - its information."

EMC in China

EMC entered the Chinese market in 1996 and today operates major sales offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Nanjing, Xi'an and Wuhan. EMC's current investments in China include the EMC China Solution Center network with five centers in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen that support and demonstrate EMC's technologies for customers and partners. EMC's operations in China continue to attract the best talent and are expected to have 1000 employees by the end of the year.

EMC has enjoyed solid business growth and rapid customer adoption in China. According to IDC's Asia Pacific Storage Tracker, September 2007, EMC together with the sale of Dell|CLARiiON storage solutions that IDC attributes to Dell, achieved 26% revenue market share in external storage for the 1H 2007. According to IDC, EMC was also the number one provider of storage management software in the 1H 2007 with 39.5% revenue market share.

Keeping its rich history of community involvement, EMC and its employees are working closely with local communities in China in the area of education and empowerment. EMC continues to build future talent and has alliances with key universities in China through its EMC Academy Program. This includes curriculum building, research and funding programs.

About EMC

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at www.EMC.com.

EMC is a registered trademark of EMC Corporation. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Source: EMC Corporation
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