Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/07/16/emc_july_storage_upgrades/

EMC goes disk mad with storage bonanza

Symmetrix, Celerra, Centera, and Clariion lines get summer makeover

By Austin Modine

Posted in Storage, 16th July 2007 18:58 GMT

As previously anticipated, EMC is rolling out a major storage initiative, upgrading almost every storage platform the company offers. Today's announcement covers the Symmetrix, Celerra, Centera, and Clariion lines, as well as a new entry-level file management application.

Symmetrix

EMC is introducing a new flagship model of its high-end storage system with the Symmetrix DMX-4 series. The new array features an end-to-end 4Gb/s design, supporting both 750GB SATA II disk drives alongside 4 Gb/s Fibre Channel drives. EMC claims customers who properly manage data with the DMX-4 can reduce the amount of power it takes to store a terabyte of information by up to 91 per cent.

Through architecture and software improvements, EMC said it is increasing the overall Symmetrix throughput by up to 30 per cent. In addition, the new systems are up to 30 per cent faster in RAID 5 and RAID 6 configurations.

The speed and distance of Symmetrix's replication is getting a boost, with the new line claiming 33 per cent faster synchronous replication at distances up to 100km or the ability to synchronously mirror data up to 200km at the current speed using Symmetrix Remote Data Facility software. Local replication, including point-in-time backups, online restores and volume migration will also be 10 times faster using EMC TimeFinder software.

The entry point for the hardware series will be the Symmetrix DMX-4 950 system. It supports FICON for connecting in mainframe environments, in addition to iSCSI and Fibre Channel connections.

EMC also plans to introduce thin provisioning for the DMX in the first quarter of 2008.

The Symmetrix DMX-4 will be generally available in August 2007, with support for 750 GB SATA II disk drives later in the year.

Celerra

The Celerra line sees the introduction of the new entry-level Celerra NS20 storage system and an enhanced version of the larger NS40 system.

Both boxes support NAS, iSCSI and Fibre Channel connections. The new systems also support Unix, Linux and Microsoft operating environments, as well as major applications from Microsoft and Oracle.

The storage systems are compatible with 750 GB SATA II disk drives, which EMC said can reduce Celerra power consumption by up to 33 per cent. Additionally, EMC is also introducing the Celerra Startup Assistant software which the company claims can let the NS20 and NS40 to go from power up to production in only 15 minutes.

The EMC Celerra NS20, multi-protocol support for the NS40 and Celerra Startup Assistant software will be available August 2007.

And on we go with the rest of the show.

Rainfinity

EMC is rolling out an entry point system for file virtualization with the new Rainfinity File Management Appliance. The company said Rainfinity FMA provides easy-to-use wizards for setting up automated file management policies that transparently move and place files across NAS tiers, including archiving directly to content addressed storage (CAS) such as the Centera platform. FMA also automatically identifies and archives static files based on user-defined policies for streamlined backup and recovery.

Other FMA features include:

Rainfinity FMA is available now.

Centera

The company's content addressed storage (CAS) system is getting an overhaul, with the new Centera Generation 4 LP (Low Power) system. The nodes are designed with low-power processors and chipsets, adaptive cooling and more efficient power supplies. EMC said, while reducing energy consumption, the system also offers 50 per cent more storage capacity per node using 750 GB SATA disk drives.

Centera Generation 4 LP is also receiving improved security features in the EMC CentraStar storage environment with greater levels of authentication, system logging and auditing capabilities.

The latest version of Centera Universal Access software allows applications using CIFS and NFS protocols to implement management and replication policies on a per application basis. Previously, this was only available using the Centera API.

New management capabilities are being introduced in CentraStar software, including disk management and enhanced system clean-up. Centera FileArchiver software will now allow high-availability access to Centera-based archive information directly from the Celerra file system.

The new software is compatible with previous Centera generations, and is available as a free upgrade to customers with a maintenance contract. The new nodes can also be incorporated into existing Centera systems.

The Centera Genearation 4 LP nodes, CentraStar V3.1 SP3, Centera Universal Access 4.0 and Centera FileArchiver 4.0 are available now.

Clariion

EMC is introducing several new features for its mid-market Clarriion network storage systems. The new capabilities are included in the latest version of Clariion Flare storage operating environment, available for Clariion CX300, CX500 and CX700 systems.

The latest version of Flare includes native iSCSI remote replication capabilities for Clariion CX systems. Customers can now replicate data over distances using the built-in iSCSI ports using EMC MirrorView and EMC San Copy software.

Flare is also recieving additional security and compliance features, which include:

Clariion CX3 UltraScale series systems will also be receiving support for 750 GB SATA II disk drives, as well as RAID 6 support. Additionally, the new version of Flare includes support for the Asymmetric Logical Unit Access (ALUA) standard for advanced active/active failover functions. EMC claims this pushes the Clariion CX3 to 99.999 per cent uptime, in what they claim is a first for the midrange market.

The latest version of Flare will be available in August 2007. A free upgrade will be available to Clariion CX3, CX300, CX500 and CX700 systems under a maintenance contract.

Phew.®