EMC has signed a memorandum of understanding with the city government’s information office in Beijing, China to collaborate on the city government’s ‘Digital Beijing’ initiatives.
Over the next few years, Beijing will collaborate with EMC to build a state-of-the-art information infrastructure that will ultimately house the city’s digital assets.
The alliance is expected to help change the way the city government interacts with its citizens. For example, EMC will assist in developing and defining information infrastructure and information security standards for the government, and improving the eGovernment’s information lifecycle management architecture.
EMC will also 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 availability.
In addition, EMC will help develop the information infrastructure for the Citizen Experience Center, which will provide online interfaces to enable faster responses and new levels of service, as well as exploring information management and archiving solutions for Beijing’s digital data.
To support the development 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.
EMC will also 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.