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New Northern Ireland Education Cloud to be based on Technologies from Cisco, EMC, VCE and VMware

DUBLIN – Cisco, EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), VCE and VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announce their technologies will serve as the IT infrastructure for the new Education Network Northern Ireland, Europe’s first education cloud - a centralized repository of education materials accessible to all schools and students via the Web - that will serve 350,000 students and teachers in 1,200 schools.

Northgate Managed Services has been awarded a £170m contract for the provision of cloud services in the Classroom 2000 (C2k) programme. This is a government-funded private cloud project and will be delivered over the next five years by Northgate using the technology of Cisco, EMC, VCE and VMware. The project provides students and faculty staff with increased access to learning resources, and the ability to efficiently collaborate and support the growing trend for using mobile devices, including tablets, laptops and smartphones in the classroom.

Among the technologies that will be deployed are:

  • VCE™ Vblock™ Systems. These converged infrastructure systems bring together leading computing, networking, storage, security and virtualization technologies from Cisco, EMC and VMware into a single, integrated and pre-configured system with end-to-end support. The multiple Vblock systems used in this project will be manufactured by VCE at its facility in Cork, Ireland.
  • Cisco data centre and wide area networking technologies. The data centre will feature the latest network innovations from Cisco which will enable the customer to deliver a flexible and highly secure service to all Northern Ireland schools. The enhanced service also features additional security, increased resilience and greater scalability while additionally supporting more applications with a reduced carbon footprint.
  • EMC RSA security and Isilon scale-out NAS technologies. The EMC RSA Envision solution, which is one of the leading security information and event management (SIEM) platform, will enable the Northgate security professionals to identify and address high-priority security incidents in real-time. Evolving big data requirements within the Northern Ireland schools will be addressed by providing centralised backup and archiving services utilising EMC Isilon Scale Out NAS technology for access to virtually unlimited storage.
  • VMware vSphere® and VMware View™ virtualization software. VMware vSphere delivers uncompromised control over all IT resources with the highest efficiency. VMware View simplifies desktop and application management while increasing security and control. It enables higher availability and agility of desktop services unmatched by traditional PCs, while reducing the total cost of desktop ownership up to 50%.

With a highly secure Cisco, EMC, VCE and VMware-based private cloud, it is intended that education and administrative resources will be available at any time from any device and will foster a technology-driven learning environment that will help to prepare students for the future. Implementation of the five-year project began earlier this year.

Supporting Quotes

Andy Ross, CEO , Northgate
“We work closely with VCE, EMC, Cisco and VMware on a daily basis. The technologies we have selected are ideally suited for the workloads we expect to deliver with this network. The foundation of this cloud will be the Vblock Infrastructure platforms, which bring together leading technologies from each of these companies. Because Vblock platforms are pre-configured and tested, we’ll be able to get the infrastructure up and running faster and focus our staff efforts on providing the best experience for students and staff.”

James Stewart, Director C2K, Education Network Northern Ireland
“Once implemented, the faculty and students of Northern Ireland will be using state-of-the art technologies. This project will enhance their collective ability to collaborate and learn and will ultimately allow them to successfully compete in the digital economy.”

About EMC

EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset — information — in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be found at

About Cisco

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About VMware

VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2011 revenues of $3.77 billion, VMware has more than 350,000 customers and 50,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at

About VCE

VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel, accelerates the adoption of converged infrastructure and cloud-based computing models that dramatically reduce the cost of IT while improving time to market for our customers. VCE, through the Vblock platform, delivers the industry's first completely integrated IT offering with end-to-end vendor accountability. VCE's prepackaged solutions are available through an extensive partner network, and cover horizontal applications, vertical industry offerings, and application development environments, allowing customers to focus on business innovation instead of integrating, validating and managing IT infrastructure.

VCE and Vblock are registered trademarks or trademarks of VCE Company LLC or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries.

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VMware, VMware View and VMware vSphere are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions.

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EMC Forward-Looking Statement

This release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined under the Federal Securities Laws.  Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iii) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (iv) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (v) component and product quality and availability; (vi) fluctuations in VMware, Inc.’s operating results and risks associated with trading of VMware stock; (vii) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (viii) risks associated with managing the growth of our business, including risks associated with acquisitions and investments and the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (ix) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (x) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (xi) fluctuating currency exchange rates; (xii) threats and other disruptions to our secure data centers or networks; (xiii) our ability to protect our proprietary technology; (xiv) war or acts of terrorism; and (xv) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in EMC’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  EMC disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

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