EMC launches Rainfinity 7.0

EMC has launched version 7.0 of its Rainfinity global file virtualisation solution.

EMC has launched version 7.0 of its Rainfinity global file virtualisation solution.

With version 7.0, EMC has extended the product's capabilities in file virtualisation and management in order to support enterprise archiving from heterogeneous file and network attached storage (NAS) systems to the EMC Centera content addressed storage (CAS) platform.

Rainfinity global file virtualisation solutions will now offer customers a single platform to manage both active and inactive files throughout a file's lifecycle across heterogeneous environments.

According to a survey by TheInfoPro, an independent IT research network, file virtualisation holds the top position in the company's Storage Technology Heat Index, which measures users' reported spending and implementation plans and is based on interviews with TheInfoPro's TIPNetwork of Fortune 1000 IT professionals.

A June 2006 Taneja Group survey of global IT decision-makers also indicated that 62% of
respondents identified file management as either the top priority or one of the top priorities requiring immediate attention in the datacentre.

"IT organisations clearly want better ways to manage growing file system resources, not only to manage infrastructure capacity and performance, but also to gain a higher degree of control over the lifecycle of file-level data," says Brad O'Neill, senior analyst and consultant, Taneja Group.

"The EMC Rainfinity global file virtualisation solution offers enterprises a highly scalable, out-of-band platform designed to deliver an array of essential file management services. And now with EMC Centera support, that includes the critical area of archiving," he adds.

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