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EMC boost for storage efficiency

James Rogers
Experts have welcomed a new range of products from storage giant EMC as offering improved performance and scalalibity for users for Symmetrix system.

The Symmetrix storage systems feature the Direct Matrix (DMX) architecture - a more efficient method of connecting the machine's internal components. The company said this could result in a threefold improvement in its storage system performance.

Claus Egge, programme director at analyst firm IDC, said, "This is a major upgrade on the Symmetrix architecture - users are getting a box that performs better than previous versions of Symmetrix. It will undoubtedly improve performance, scalability and availability."

In a radical departure from existing bus- and switch-based storage architectures, DMX offers a new point-to-point system. EMC said DMX will help users keep pace with increasingly complex and demanding high-end workloads, in addition to lowering their costs.

The Symmetrix DMX Series is available in three models: the DMX800, DMX1000 and DMX2000. The storage giant described the DMX800, which can scale from 1.2Tbytes to 17.Tbytes of raw data capacity, as the world's first rack-mounted high-end storage system.

The DMX1000 is a single-bay integrated system, capable of scaling from eight to 48 front-end ports and from 3.5Tbytes to 21Tbytes of raw capacity. The DMX2000 is a dual-bay integrated system, scaling from eight to 96 front-end ports and with a raw capacity ranging from 7Tbytes to 42Tbytes.

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