EMC: New x86-based Symmetrix Storage Array
EMC has introduced its new Symmetrix Storage array based on Intel's x86 quad-core processors. The new V-Max array, with its Symmetrix Virtual Matrix Architecture scales to 2 petabytes of usable capacity with a single chassis and offers three times the performance of the current Symmetrix DMX-r array.
The V-Max will not replace the DMX-4, nor will it make EMC’s new Atmos cloud storage software obsolete, the company says. Atmos is designed to manage petabytes of information across tens or hundreds of geographic locations, using x86 servers with high-capacity, low-cost SATA drives. Atmos is mainly for unstructured or semi-structured data needed to run social networking applications and Web sites that provide content like photos and video.
EMC has optimized V-Max for VMware’s hypervisor and Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization software, but not for Citrix’s XenServer.
EMC also announced that it will address that shortcoming with FAST (Fully Automated Storage Tiering), a new software tool that “will automate the movement of data across multiple storage tiers based upon business policies, predictive models and real-time access patterns.” This type of software, already offered by vendors such as Compellent, helps prevent the wasteful practice of storing rarely-accessed data on expensive flash drives. FAST will be available in the fourth quarter of 2009.