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EMC sets out storage and virtualisation range

Storage giant EMC has unveiled a broad range of storage and virtualisation solutions.

The new portfolio includes what EMC calls the world's largest and most flexible high-end storage array; new file system software and new network attached storage (NAS) virtualisation capabilities.

EMC is confident that the new products will enable those setting up business critical solutions to simplify and extend the benefits of information lifecycle management (ILM) to more applications and more information using IP networks.

At the heart of the new announcements are entry-level and high-end configurations of EMC’s flagship Symmetrix DMX-3 storage array that offers new Fibre Channel (LC-FC) 500 GB (gigabyte) disk drives. These enable, boasts EMC, a single high-end storage array to scale beyond a petabyte (1,024 terabytes) of capacity for the first time ever.

Another claimed first for the industry is EMC Multi-Path File System for iSCSI (MPFSi) file system software, which is designed to deliver substantial performance and cost improvements for customers in data intensive environments that process large files over IP networks, including grid computing, rich media, software development and others.

In addition, EMC has enhanced its Rainfinity Global file virtualisation platform that provides a unified view of all files and file systems located on heterogeneous file servers on an IP network. The Rainfinity platform now includes Synchronous IP Replication, which provides improved protection capabilities. EMC has also improved its Centera content addressed storage (CAS) system, including event-based retention and litigation hold software
features.

"Managing the growth and complexity of an IT infrastructure has become an enormous challenge for [IT professionals]," comments EMC Chairman, President and CEO Joe Tucci. "In 2005, data stored on disk arrays grew more than 70%. That growth, combined with changing requirements in areas like governance and protection, has resulted in increased costs and information management challenges."


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