EMC Upgrades Atmos Cloud Storage

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-02-16 Print this article Print

The on-premises EMC Atmos system is designed to help enterprise IT managers automate and optimize the distribution of unstructured business data across geographically dispersed locations.

EMC has upgraded the hardware and information management software in its Atmos cloud infrastructure package.

Atmos, launched in May 2009, offers cloud storage capacity that includes enterprise-level services such as data movement policies and data retention controls.

The on-premises system is designed to help IT managers automate and optimize the distribution of unstructured information across geographically dispersed locations, EMC said Feb. 16.

The company's new GeoProtect software offers more flexibility, resiliency and higher content protection levels than previous versions, EMC said. The package is designed for a large, globally distributed cloud infrastructure data center.

EMC powered up the Atmos hardware by upgrading the servers and arrays with the new Intel Xeon processor 5500 series. It also added higher-density 2TB disk drives for better performance and scale in petabyte-size cloud environments.

The new drives, when installed to system limits, double Atmos' top capacity to a whopping 720TB per cabinet for cloud infrastructures, the company said.

Atmos Version 1.3 and its associated hardware updates will ship by the end of March, EMC said. Go here for more information.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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