EMC Unleashes Storage Virtualization Solution

by CXOtoday Staff    Apr 14, 2009

EMC Corporation, the information infrastructure solutions provider, today announced a high-end data storage solution for virtual data centers. The company also announced the first storage system based on this architecture - EMC Symmetrix V-Max.  

The new EMC Virtual Matrix Architecture, the company claimed, delivers massive scalability, enabling systems that scale to hundreds of thousands of terabytes of storage and tens of millions of IOPS (input/output per second) supporting hundreds of thousands of VMware and other virtual machines in a single federated storage infrastructure.

The new architecture combines the performance and efficiency of a scale-up architecture and the cost-effective flexibility of a scale-out architecture. It was designed to break the physical boundaries of data center storage, incorporates automation to simplify storage management, enables resources to be scaled on demand and uses less energy per terabyte of data stored than traditional high-end storage systems, the company stated in a statement.

Full details about the new architecture and new systems are available at www.overtakethefuture.com.

EMC Symmetrix V-Max system, which is available immediately, uses multi-core processors and features the latest generation Enterprise Flash, Fibre Channel and SATA drives. It joins EMC Symmetrix DMX-4 system and expands EMC’s high-end portfolio. .

The Symmetrix V-Max Engine features multiple redundant Quad-core Intel Xeon processors with up to 128 GB (gigabytes) of memory and up to 16 host and 16 drive channel connections. The Virtual Matrix Architecture allows Symmetrix V-Max Engines to interconnect and share resources.  This enables a Symmetrix V-Max system to scale to 1024 GB (gigabytes) of global memory, with twice as many front-end and back-end connections compared to Symmetrix DMX-4 systems. 

"The shift from physical to virtual computing is being driven by efficiency gains too compelling to ignore," said Joe Tucci, EMC chairman, president and CEO. "Virtualization’s ability to maximize resources and automate complex and repetitive manual tasks is overtaking the server world and is now happening in the storage world.  EMC is leading the way with the biggest breakthrough in new high-end storage design in nearly two decades, enabling storage customers to deploy a flexible, dynamic, energy-efficient information infrastructure and get the maximum value for their investment."

As part of its Early Adopter Program, EMC has already shipped more than 30 of the new systems to customers with some of the world’s largest data centers, including EMC’s own state-of-the-art production data center.
EMC also announced Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST), its advanced automation technology.  FAST will automate the movement of data across multiple storage tiers based upon business policies, predictive models and real-time access patterns. This will further accelerate the adoption of Enterprise Flash Drives by enabling customers to more effectively leverage Flash performance together with the cost-effective capacities of SATA hard drives for improved return on investment and lower total cost of ownership.  This new technology will be available on Symmetrix V-Max systems later this year.


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