Among the 41 new items are a line of low-end storage servers, an upgraded version of the Data Domain backup packages, a Data Domain archiver, a branded Isilon "big data" array, and new software for its Symmetrix VMAX systems.
Storage giant EMC likes to do product launches in a big way. But on Jan. 18 the company outdid even itself with a rollout of 41 new enterprise storage products
, the most it has introduced at one sitting.
EMC's new items, which will become available this quarter, include a
line of low-end storage servers aimed at SMBs called VNX and VNXe,
which eventually will replace the company's standard Clariion and
Celerra products; an upgraded version of the Data Domain backup
packages; a new Data Domain archiving array; its first branded Isilon
"big data" array; and new software for its Symmetrix VMAX systems.
The new entry-level VNX and VNXe storage systems feature a starting
price of about $10,000, EMC Vice President of Marketing Shane Jackson told eWEEK.
Jackson said the machines can be configured in a few minutes using a
wizard interface to provision e-mail boxes and storage allotments,
storage targets, access controls and other policies for up to hundreds
of e-mail users.
EMC insists that no advanced IT experience is necessary to install,
provision and maintain this system; a live demonstration at the launch
event illustrated this.
The new Isilon OneFS arrays, the first to come out since EMC's
acquisition of the Seattle-based company last fall, handle up to 10PB
of data in a single file system. Isilon machines are used by media
companies for high-definition video rendering and for scientific labs
for massive data-set projects.
The company unveiled new high-performance versions of the EMC Data
Domain deduplication backup system that EMC
Chief Operating Officer Pat Gelsinger said are "seven times
faster than our closest competitor" [thanks mostly to new software and
faster chips], and the new Data Domain Archiver. "The Archiver simply
means that you can simply do away with any kind of tape archiving," Gelsinger said.
Fast Facts on Data Domain Arrays
The new Data Domain Global Deduplication Array, aimed at large
enterprises, processes up to 26.3TB/hr of content; provides up to 768TB
raw capacity for global deduplication; features logical capacity of up
to 28.5PB; supports backup applications that include EMC NetWorker,
Symantec NetBackup, Backup Exec, IBM TSM and others now supported
through a VTL software option.
The Data Domain DD800 Appliance, designed for large and midrange IT
systems, can process up to 14.7TB/hr; holds up to 384TB in raw
capacity; and features up to 14.2PB of logical capacity. It can provide
seamless integration and up to 8.1TB/hr throughput for IBM i and open
systems environments; can scale from 75TB to 14.2PB logical capacity;
and provide network-efficient disaster recovery.
The Data Domain 860 processes up to 9.8TB/hr, is as much as 2.5x faster
than its predecessor; holds up to 192TB raw capacity and up to 7.1 PB
logical capacity; and features data-in-place upgrades for future
DD Archiver a first for EMC
EMC's Data Domain Archiver uses a common Data Domain controller,
management and namespace, and it features tiering for active and
archive tiers. The archive tier consists of independent logical storage
units and policy-driven movement of aging data from active tier to next
When they fill up, Archiver storage units are sealed for fault
isolation while remaining on line and immediately available for access.
The disks do not ever spin down, however, unlike other Virtual Tape
Archiver fast facts: Active tier has short-term data protection of 90
days or below; archive tier has scalable long-term retention in
multiple years; high throughput deduplication storage of up to
9.8TB/hr; contains up to 768TB of raw capacity and 28.5PB logical
capacity; includes fault-isolation of archive units for long term
recoverability; supports DD Replicator and DD Retention Lock software
options; and supports Data Domain Data Invulnerability Architecture to
ensure data integrity.
EMC's new Symmetrix VMAX storage networkware is capable of supporting
petabytes of information and up to a whopping 5 million virtual
machines, Gelsinger said.
Among the new features are an advanced version of EMC's two-year-old
FAST (Fully Automated Storage Tiering) software that automatically
optimizes an array based on data usage; new server virtualization,
security and federation capabilities; and new operating software that
doubles system performance with no hardware upgrade required.