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EMC boosts capacity with DMX-3

Cliff Saran

EMC has unveiled its latest high-end storage product, the Symmetrix DMX-3, which is capable of storing a Petabyte of data. DMX-3 is targeted at users carrying out datacentre consolidation.

Based on the company's Direct Matrix Architecture, the DMX-3 offers users tiered storage in a single system to support information lifecycle management, EMC said.

The storage array will enable users to replace multiple existing storage platforms with a single system. EMC said it supports up to 960 disc drives. This will be increased to to 1,920 disc drives in the first half of 2006 and more than 2,000 by the end of next year.

According to EMC, the DMX architecture provides the Symmetrix DMX-3 with near linear performance scalability. It offers double the internal bandwidth and processing power of its predecessor and EMC has added fully mirrored global memory directors based on dual data rate SDRam technologies.

The initial release of the Symmetrix DMX-3 will support Ficon-attached IBM mainframes and iSCSI or Fibre Channel-based hosts running AIX, HP/UX, Linux, Solaris and Windows. 

The storage array will be made compatible with additional host environments throughout 2005 and early 2006, EMC said.


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