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New VMAXe Enhancements Deliver More Powerful, Trusted and Efficient Enterprise Storage for VMware Environments
EMC Corporation today announced several key enhancements to the VMAXe enterprise storage system--announced in July--delivering customers with limited storage expertise and IT resources even more powerful, trusted and efficient enterprise storage. The VMAXe is now more powerful with support for more-than 1,000 drives, and is available as an all-Flash VMAXe configuration; is more trusted with a new disaster recovery software option called SRDFe; and is even more efficient with new support for 100 GB Flash and 2.5" SAS disk drives. EMC also extended its industry-leading integration with VMware, offering new VMAXe integration with VMware vSphere 5 cloud infrastructure platform. It's these type of customer-driven innovations which led customers to recognize EMC as the #1 storage choice for Microsoft, Oracle and other mission critical environments in a recent survey by IDC.

Technology Highlights:

  • More Powerful: The VMAXe delivers even more scale supporting more-than 1,000-drives in a fully-populated VMAXe array--operating with a choice of either 96 GB or 128 GB of cache. The VMAXe is also now available as an all-Flash configuration (also available with VMAX), which is ideal for customers requiring the lowest response time, highest I/Os per second, and most energy-efficient systems in their virtual data center.
  • More Trusted: The new SRDFe for VMAXe is a version of EMC's SRDF that is sized specifically for VMAXe environments--supporting replication for up to 8,000 Symmetrix devices, which can include a mix of those in synchronous or asynchronous, and adaptive copy modes. In addition to the already available EMC RecoverPoint on VMAXe, customers now have more options in deploying either of these industry-leading disaster recovery solutions. With both SRDFe and RecoverPoint supported on VMAXe, customers now have multiple ways to integrate with VMware's vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.
  • More Efficient: New VMAXe support for VMware vCenter(TM) Server plug-ins, enabling coordination between the VMware platform and either VMAXe or VMAX,® provides built-in storage insight in the VMware environment. This supports intelligent virtual machine storage provisioning, bolsters storage troubleshooting, and enables the VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) solution related use cases for storage. This bi-directional "server-to-storage" and "storage-to-server" capability is unique to EMC. Additionally, customers now have the industry's most flexible configurations to leverage Flash technology--including new 100 GB drives, Fibre Channel, SATA, and new highly efficient 2.5" SAS drives in the same disk array enclosure. Support for these new drive technologies further exploit the cost and performance efficiencies available with EMC FAST VP (Fully Automated Storage Tiering for Virtual Pools).
Published Wednesday, October 19, 2011 5:45 AM by David Marshall
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