New EMC Storage Arrays and Systems Announced

EMC last week unveiled new products in an innovative 24-hour ‘around the world’ live broadcast, with focus primarily being on speed and the Cloud.

It’s not surprising to see a focus on either of these topics – Cloud needs no introduction such is its ubiquity in the current IT landscape, and speed has come to the fore recently in light of the rise of emc_vnx_01flash storage. It’s no secret that flash is seen as the future of storage (see Whiptail’s Max Rigbee espouse flash storage here) and now features prominently in EMC’s lineup.

In this broadcast, EMC announced:

– a new range of VNX unified storage systems (VNX5200, VNX5400, VNX5600, VNX5800, VNX7600, VNX8000 and VNX-F) which claim to raise the bar for application performance, storage efficiency, data protection, data availability and ease-of-use.

– that all EMC VSPEX reference architectures are now powered by the new VNX Series—delivering 2X more virtual machines at the same prices.

– the availability of the ViPR Software-Defined Storage Platform, including both the ViPR Controller and ViPR Object Data Services. ViPR Object Data Services gives customers the ability to view objects as files, providing file access performance without the latency inherent in current object storage models.emc_vipr

– a preview of “Project Nile”, which EMC expects will be the first commercially-available complete, Web-scale storage infrastructure for the data center.

new EMC XtremSW Cache 2.0 software which offers deeper integration with EMC arrays including the new VNX Series—further driving down latency by 65%. The advanced caching software also delivers greater interoperability with VMware vCenter, industry first IBM AIX support and distributed cache coherency for Oracle RAC environments.

EMC continues to work closely with its technology partners such as VMware and Cisco. Satinder Sethi, Vice President, Data Center Group, Cisco stated that EMC’s next-generation VNX technology will complement Cisco’s Unified Compute and Unified Fabric solutions, helping customers maximise their existing infrastructure and further simplify cloud deployments.

Check out EMC’s entire press release here.