EMC has launched a high-end storage array that is scalable to a petabyte – 1,024 terabytes – of capacity.
The Symmetrix DMX-3 system will initially support up to 960 disk drives, but will be able support up to 1,920 drives by the first half of next year and more than 2,000 by the end of 2006, holding a petabyte of data – equivalent to enough paper records to fill 20 million four-draw filing cabinets.
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The Symmetrix DMX-3 array, which builds on last year’s DMX-2 release, is made up of a single system bay and separate storage bays. Bays are powered independently and have scalable power and battery backup infrastructure.
The capacity can be upgraded by adding another storage bay or extra disk drives. Additional processing power can also be added.
The initial release of the Symmetrix DMX-3 will support FICON-attached IBM mainframes (zOS) and iSCSI or Fibre Channel-based open systems hosts running AIX, HP/UX, Linux, Solaris and Windows.
First shipments of the new system are expected in September.