EMC is rolling out the first of its VPlex appliances, designed to help enterprises bring multiple storage arrays into a single resource pool and to enable them to move petabytes of storage over long distances. The VPlex appliances are the first products in EMC's Virtual Storage initiative, which the storage giant unveiled in March.
officials are unveiling the first product in their Virtual Storage strategy
that is expected to eventually enable businesses to move large amounts of
stored data anywhere in the world without the latency and bandwidth problems
that traditionally have been tied to storage.
At the first full day of the EMC
World 2010 conference here May 10, Pat Gelsinger, president and chief operating
officer for EMC's Information Infrastructure
Products, and Brian Gallagher, divisional president of EMC's
Symmetrix and Virtualization product group, announced the first two VPlex
appliances that enable businesses to federate widely distributed storage
arrays, and move data seamlessly over increasing distances.
In a press conference, Gelsinger compared EMC's
approach with what VMware's VMotion does for servers, enabling them to move
virtual machines from one place to another.
VPlex will enable businesses to take multiple arrays of storage
and treat them as a single resource pool through a caching technique called
distributed cache coherence, gained through its acquisition of YottaYotta in
The combination of this technology and global federation will
eliminate the issues of distance when talking about data, issues such as
latency, bandwidth and resiliency, according to EMC
In addition, it will enable enterprises to continue their push
to cloud computing, a key part of EMC's
message at the show this week. Today, businesses can move huge server
workloads, but they can't move terabytes of stored data, Gelsinger said.
With VPlex, "now we've created a truly dynamic data center," he
Gelsinger first introduced EMC's
Virtual Storage initiative in a meeting with analysts in March, and other EMC
that with subsequent interviews
, hinting that the first product in the
strategy-an appliance-would be introduced at EMC
EMC first is rolling out
VPlex Local and VPlex Metro. VPlex Local will enable businesses to move huge
amounts of storage within a single data center. VPlex Metro allows such
movement between data centers in distances of about 100 kilometers.
In 2011, EMC will enable
transfers of massive data stores between continents with VPlex Geo and
throughout the world with VPlex Global.
"We're now taking those concepts [of data federation] and
taking them to a global scale," Gallagher said. "These capabilities will
fundamentally change the way people think and plan about their data centers."
The VPlex architecture enables businesses to scale up and down
from one to eight nodes. The appliances support storage products from both EMC
and other vendors, and they fit in standard racks. They have two processor
boards, each using dual-core Intel Xeon processors, according to Gallagher.
Pricing starts at $77,000, with a software subscription service
starting at $26,000.
Gelsinger and Gallagher said the new offerings not only give
enterprises the ability to transform their data centers in private clouds, but
also avoid natural disasters by enabling them to quickly move data from one
data center to another, move thousands of virtual machines and petabytes of
storage over long distances, and move batching jobs to data centers with lower
Analysts overall were positive when Gelsinger and other EMC
officials first rolled out the Virtual Storage initiative.
Officials with one of EMC's
competitors, NetApp, noted that EMC is
pushing forward with innovation around globally distributed storage. However,
Patrick Rogers, vice president of solutions and alliances marketing with
NetApp, said his company is right up there with EMC.
"NetApp is already at the forefront of this evolution with our
existing and proven FlexCache technology combined with our best-of-breed
technology partner ecosystem," Rogers
said. "What sets NetApp apart is our ability to deliver these capabilities
through a single, unified platform instead of forcing customers to leverage
disparate architectures that require an entirely new set of processes, tools