Feeds

EMC VMAX gets software brain transplant

FAST 2 finally arrives, doubles performance

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

EMC has given its high-end VMAX array a software upgrade that doubles performance, enabling five million virtual machines to be supported.

It's claimed to support twice as many OLTP transactions and DSS (Decision Support System) queries as the previous version. The finding of such efficiencies in software alone is impressive.

The Symmetrix VMAX (Virtual Matrix) is EMC's high-end, block-access array, with from one to eight storage engines, supporting up to 2PB of capacity from 48 to 2,400 drives. These can be a mix of solid state drives, Fibre Channel and SATA hard disk drives or tiers.

The VMAX O/S is called Symmetrix Enginuity. It has a new version of the automated tiering software called FAST VP (Fully Automated Storage Tiering with Virtual Pools) which moves data between storage tiers on the array based on its activity level.

EMC provides no details of how it works better, but asserts it "delivers up to 40 per cent more application performance at a 40 per cent lower cost while requiring 87 per cent fewer disks and 75 per cent less power" than single tier systems.

Storage tiers can be optimised based on performance, storage costs, energy use, capacity, the number and type of drives. FAST VP was in beta test when VMAX with FAST was announced last year. With it you can, EMC says, "allocate space from the virtual pools in increments" and so move only the right data at the right time. We reckon this is sub-LUN tiering which 3PAR, Dell/Compellent and IBM already have.

In effect EMC has finally completed the phased delivery of FAST tiering which was first revealed in September 2009. CLARiiON and Celerra arrays got their sub-LUN tiering, known as FAST 2, last year.

MAX now has support for VMware APIs that provides eight times faster management and provisioning, and three times faster replication and mobility.

The new O/S version also has a Federated Live Migration facility to enable, EMC says, technology refreshes that don't need any application downtimes and significantly reduce the planning, time and resources needed for migration.

EMC has added fresh RSA Data Protection Manager hardware-based encryption functionality and key management to secure data at drive level, claiming VMAX is now the industry’s only totally secure multi-tenancy storage infrastructure; a bold claim.

VMAX now supports 10GbitE natively, alongside the existing 1GbitE, Fibre Channel and FICON host connectivity.

The VMAX announcements make VMAX an ideal array for cloud storage virtualised data centres according to EMC. They will certainly make VMAX more attractive compared to its Hitachi Data Systems VSP and IBM DS8000 competition.

The announcements come as part of a set including converged mid-range CLARiiON and Celerra arrays called VNX, and new and faster Data Domain deduplicating backup arrays. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Docker's app containers are coming to Windows Server, says Microsoft
MS chases app deployment speeds already enjoyed by Linux devs
IBM storage revenues sink: 'We are disappointed,' says CEO
Time to put the storage biz up for sale?
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster
6TB of DRAM, 38TB of SSD flash and 120TB of disk storage
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
SDI wars: WTF is software defined infrastructure?
This time we play for ALL the marbles
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.