Friday, 09 May 2014 09:56

EMC expands storage options


EMC has announced multiple new storage products, along with the company's first industry-specific public cloud SaaS offering.

EMC used its annual conference in Las Vegas this week to announce a swag of new products.

EMC's 'Project Nile' has become a reality in the form of the Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) Appliance (pictured), a hyperscale cloud storage product that combines the ease of use, agility and cost benefits of public cloud with the control and security of on-premises operation. Company officials said the ECS Appliance offers up to 28% lower total cost of ownership than public cloud alternatives from Amazon and Google.

Up to 2.9 Petabytes can be accommodated in a single rack, and Exabytes of storage can be provided by clustered ECS Appliances.

"With the ECS Appliance we have delivered a highly intelligent, easy-to-manage storage platform based on commodity hardware, said EMC advanced software division president Amitabh Srivastava.

"It gives customers of any size the ability to build a hyper scale cloud infrastructure with the simplicity and economics of the public cloud and all the security and control of the private cloud.

"With block, object and HDFS capabilities in one appliance, our customers can easily develop and build the next generation of applications for the 3rd Platform of IT."

ViPR 2.0 - a new version of EMC's software-defined storage platform - provides interoperability with management and orchestration tools from VMware, OpenStack and Microsoft, as well as multi-site support.

Also new are ViPR Block Services (block storage capabilities for any ViPR-managed commodity storage array), and support for a wider range of storage arrays (including an OpenStack Cinder plug-in).

"ViPR is the cornerstone of EMC's Software-Defined Storage portfolio, it has been designed from the ground up to address the key pain points of EMC's enterprise and service provider customers today, and into the future," said Mr Srivastava.

"ViPR has been shown to reduce the overhead of managing multi-vendor storage environments by up to 80% and with this new release offers significant improvements in terms of automation, supported platforms and geo-scalability."

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EMC Hybrid Cloud is a new reference architecture for integrating EMC private cloud systems with multiple public clouds.

"Our objective is to make it simpler for IT organisations to deploy well run hybrid clouds in a matter of days and deliver the same or even better agility and efficiency benefits to public clouds," said senior vice president of global solutions marketing Josh Kahn.

Data Domain DD2200 is an enterprise-class deduplication storage system designed for EMC's midmarket customers. According to senior director of product management, data protection and availability Doug Ingraham, it can backup 36TB in under eight hours and simultaneously support up to 60 backup or archive streams, while allows a 10 to 30-fold reduction in storage requirements.

"The DD2200 also offers new technology that maintains data in the event of power loss. This ensures that during a power failure, in-flight data (that is in memory, but hasn’t been written to disk) will automatically be vaulted to disk," he said.

"Then, as soon as power is restored, the data will be automatically restored to memory so it can be permanently written to disk."

EMC Supplier Exchange is the company's first industry-specific public cloud SaaS offering. Built on Pivotal CF, it is intended to provide the energy and engineering industry with a means of securely collaborating on project-related documents.

"We are delighted to leverage the EMC Federation PaaS strategy to deliver our first industry-specific third platform solution," said EMC information intelligence group COO Rohit Ghai.

"By complementing our Documentum based private cloud solutions with public cloud SaaS solutions based on Pivotal CF, we are helping our customers redefine work by enabling structured collaboration with external stakeholders like contractors and suppliers."

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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