The new offerings are designed for EMC Symmetrix and Clariion storage arrays running Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and System Center.
EMC on Nov. 9 announced some new reference architectures, best
practices and hardware/software products designed to optimize its
storage systems using Microsoft Hyper-V.
The new offerings, which involve increased scalability, consolidation
advancements and improved data protection, are designed for EMC
Symmetrix and Clariion storage arrays running Windows Server 2008
Hyper-V and System Center.
New storage packages from EMC include its new Virtual Storage
Integrator, which helps IT administrators with management of Microsoft
Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V environments of all sizes through
integration with Clariion and Symmetrix storage systems.
Admins can use the VSI to view, map and migrate virtualized servers and
arrays across an information infrastructure in a more efficient manner.
Also, a new integration of RSA's SecurID two-factor authentication with
Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) 2010 Service Pack 1
Direct Access enables security admins to better protect user
identities, information and infrastructures when remotely accessing
physical or virtualized network resources.
This secure access package improves network protection for customers who have migrated to Windows 7 Enterprise, EMC said.
New EMC features, as tested by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) Lab, are:
- Increased scalability, faster deployment: EMC E-Lab has
developed a new virtualized infrastructure around EMC Symmetrix VMAX,
Windows Server R2 and Microsoft Hyper-V which has been tested to scale
to support 1,024 virtual machines. In addition, the EMC TimeFinder
local storage replication service was used to accelerate the deployment
of virtual machines by up to 27 times faster than a scenario employing
traditional network based methods. This was validated through in-depth
testing and analysis by the ESG Lab.
- Advanced consolidation for virtualized Exchange 2010: To
address this, EMC, Cisco Systems and Microsoft collaborated to design
and build a reference architecture modeled on a virtualized storage
area network (SAN) based upon EMC Unified Storage, EMC Virtual
Provisioning, Cisco Unified Computing System and Hyper-V. The SAN
proved to support more than 32,000 Microsoft Exchange users and
consolidated server requirements by a 3-to-1 ratio when compared to
non-virtualized environments, ESG said.
- Zero data loss protection for more than 20,000 Exchange users:
To help successfully guide Exchange users through this effort, EMC,
Brocade, Dell, and Microsoft combined efforts to create a reference
architecture based upon a multi-site, virtualized SAN that used EMC
storage, Dell servers, Brocade end-to-end network, and Windows Server
2008 R2 Hyper-V. After deploying the new EMC Replication Enabler for
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 storage-based replication, the reference
architecture proved that 20,000 Microsoft Exchange users could be
protected against data loss.