Feeds

EMC rounds up rival arrays, beats 'em into submission

You will work with each other

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications

EMC VMAX arrays will team up competing drive arrays with a new version of the VMAX Enginuity OS.

Much like the existing HDS VSP and NetApp V-Series, Enginuity v5876 will enable VMX to virtualise third-party arrays behind a VMAX head using EMC Symmetrix Federated Tiered Storage (FTS). The VMAX, which is getting a substantial makeover, sees them as physical disk space.

An EMC white paper [PDF] states: "This permits the user to manage, monitor, migrate, and replicate data residing on both Symmetrix and non-Symmetrix arrays using familiar EMC software and Enginuity features" - such as SRDF, TimeFinder and VMAX Virtual Provisioning.

The white paper uses an HP XP24000 as an example third-party array adopted or corralled by VMAX. LUNS stored on the XP24000 are used to provide raw storage space for VMAX. These LUNS are called eDisks and are Symmetrix devices, just like internal VMAX disk drives.

VMAX virtualising XP24000

VMAX virtualising an HP XP24000

The external arrays are connected to VMAX by Fibre Channel. In an EMC Labs exercise a HDS-USP array, which is practically what HP OEMed as its XP240000, stored an Oracle 11g database accessed by a primary HP UX server host and various HP server secondary hosts running Windows, Solaris and ESX.

These hosts were moved to a VMAX 40K, the refreshed VMAX expected to feature at EMC World, and the USP hooked up to a VMAX using Fibre Channel. Then the HDS volumes were made available to the moved hosts through VMAX volumes and eDisks using an encapsulation feature. See the white paper above for more details.

No doubt EMC will produce a list of compatible third-party arrays at announcement time. With the USP supported we could, if we are mischievous, envisage a VMAX 40K virtualising a USP-V which virtualises a NetApp V-Series which virtualises a VMAX, completing the circle and wasting an enormous amount of IO connectivity to have virtualised storage chasing its own tail. ®

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
Attack of the clones: Oracle's latest Red Hat Linux lookalike arrives
Oracle's Linux boss says Larry's Linux isn't just for Oracle apps anymore
THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy
Now that's a LOT of porn or pirated movies. Or, you know, other consumer stuff
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
FLAPE – the next BIG THING in storage
Find cold data with flash, transmit it from tape
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.