Data Storage: EMC Launches 41 SMB Storage Products in Splashy Transatlantic Event
There was a lot of storage product information to present all at once, but EMC was bound and determined to do its first product launch of 2011 in a huge way on Jan. 18. In concurrent New York City and London events, the world's largest independent storage company took the wraps off 41 new enterprise storage products for all markets. The new items, which become available in the current 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 entry-level VNX and VNXe storage systems feature a starting price of about $10,000, so the traditionally large-enterprise company is making a concerted effort to move downstream in the market. Oh, yes, a splashy event like this wouldn't be complete with photo opportunities, and there were a couple of nonsensical stunts involved.