As part of the global alliance formed in February 2000, EMC, its recently acquired LEGATO Software division, and Microsoft have announced plans to conduct a series of educational seminars to promote data consolidation and protection. The seminars will showcase EMC and Microsoft products working together to provide cost-effective solutions that address business continuity and data consolidation. The featured solution includes the use of an EMC NetWin Network Attached Storage (NAS) system, which runs Windows Storage Server 2003, and LEGATO's RepliStor software. "IT managers face many risks to their business, from lengthy recovery times to vulnerability when it comes to compliance regulations. Consolidation and continuous replication through Network Attached Storage helps minimize these and other risks while simplifying the overall IT infrastructure. EMC, LEGATO, and Microsoft are delivering an integrated solution that will help solve problems customers face today while providing them with a cost-effective platform for future growth and the ability to easily support new applications at each branch location," said William Hurley, senior analyst at the Enterprise Storage Group.
   The seminars will take place in Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Irvine, California; Irving, Texas; Mountain View, California; New York; Redmond; and Washington DC. The companies will also showcase their solution at the CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany, later this month.