EMC Revs Up VNX, Uncoils ViPR, Reigns On AWS Cloud Parade

MILAN, ITALY: While it appeared that the who was more important than the what, that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t a lot of what at this week’s EMC Dare-To-Be-Great… excuse me, Speed2Lead event and around-the-world, 24-hour live broadcast. The substantially revamped VNX midrange storage platform joined an enhanced VSPEX reference architecture, a new release date for ViPR, the company’s Software-Defined Storage platform, XtremSW Cache 2.0 server-flash caching software, and a preview of Project Nile, which is expected to be the world’s first commercially-available complete, Web-scale storage infrastructure for the data center.

Customers are demanding more performance and efficiency from their current data center infrastructure while, at the same time, exploring new architectures for their next generation mobile and Web applications, said EMC President and Chief Operating Officer, David Goulden. “By fully embracing and exploiting disruptive technologies such as Intel MultiCore, virtualization and flash, EMC is providing customers with the products and solutions they need to help transform their IT department–not only delivering unprecedented levels of performance and efficiency but also providing the agility needed for their business to remain competitive.”

The new VNX Series is a powerful foundation to help customers make the absolute most of their infrastructure, and leverage the performance and efficiency benefits of flash technology while also making it cost-effective—doing more for less, said Rich Napolitano, President, Unified Storage Division at EMC. “Today’s news is a game changing approach to how midrange storage will serve the cloud and data centers of the future.”

Under The Hood:

-VNX unified storage systems (VNX5200, VNX5400, VNX5600, VNX5800, VNX7600, VNX8000 and VNX-F) feature a new OS, MCx, unleash the power of flash, accelerating application and file performance by up-to 4X, and cost one-third the price for the same performance of the previous generation; more-than 3X performance for transactional NAS applications (such as VMware over NFS) with 60% faster response time than previous VNX systems; more than 735K concurrent Oracle and SQL OLTP IOPS—4X more than previous VNX systems; more than 6,600 virtual machines—a 6X improvement from the previous generation; and more than 3X the bandwidth—up to 30GB/second for Oracle and SQL data warehousing than previous generation;

-AppSync 1.5 delivers new self-service IT capabilities for VMware, Microsoft and database administrators who can protect their application with just one-click—across file and block;

-new Unisphere Management Suite is designed to centrally manage up-to thousands of VNX/VNXe systems and servers with XtremSW Cache and also includes powerful monitoring and reporting capabilities for validating performance and capacity requirements;

-VNX flash-only configuration (VNX-F) delivers consistent high performance at lower latency compared to all disk or hybrid versions of the VNX;

-enhancements to the FAST suite, including 4X better tiering granularity and new Enterprise Multi-Level Cell (eMLC) drives, further lower the cost per gigabyte, and can lower flash capacity requirements—and virtual machine costs—by 50% or more;

-VNX-CA (Continuous Availability) solution leverages the capabilities of VPLEX virtual storage to deliver continuous availability of data;

-all VSPEX reference architectures, including 18 configurations and introducing 4 new configurations — 3,600 shipments adopted by 3,000 customers and 1,500 partners — are now powered by the new VNX Series, delivering 2X more virtual machines at the same prices, and with a broader spectrum of choice for workloads;

-ViPR Software-Defined Storage Platform will be GA on September 27, and is scheduled to include both the ViPR Controller and ViPR Object Data Services;

-beginning in the fourth quarter, EMC Global Services plans to offer a new half-day on-site Software Defined Storage (SDS) Workshop intended to help customers to identify their specific storage management, control, and automation needs to best maximize the ViPR platform

-XtremSW Cache 2.0 software, available in the fourth quarter, further drives down latency by 65%, delivers greater interoperability with VMware vCenter, and provides industry first IBM AIX support and distributed cache coherency for Oracle RAC environments (scheduled to be available in the fourth quarter of 2013) as well as increased support for any server flash SSD or PCIe hardware (including EMC XtremSF server flash hardware); and,

-Project Nile, which EMC expects will be the first commercially-available complete, Web-scale storage infrastructure for the data center.




Author: Steve Wexler

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