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EMC Equals E-Commerce for OfficeMax

EMC Corp. said that OfficeMax Inc. has selected EMC Enterprise Storage systems and advanced software to enhance information availability and streamline management of its growing catalog and electronic commerce business.

"With EMC Enterprise Storage, OfficeMax provides more continuous access to our mission-critical systems, which in turn improves customer satisfaction," said Michael Feuer, OfficeMax's chairman and chief executive officer.

"Our e-commerce site is always online, our call centers are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and we operate 17 delivery centers around the country that guarantee next-day delivery. Any short period of system downtime may result in lost customers, revenue and profitability."

OfficeMax has acquired Fibre Channel-connected EMC Symmetrix Enterprise Storage systems and several EMC software solutions--including EMC TimeFinder, EMC PowerPath and Symmetrix Manager. Spending was not disclosed.

OfficeMax also will use EMC TimeFinder to create a copy of production data, freeze it at a point in time, and allow parallel backup access to this data while productive work continues.

"Performing backups with TimeFinder while the systems are running will eliminate a significant portion of our planned outages," said Feuer. "TimeFinder will let us run backups on a daily basis."