New NAS part of EMC's ILM strategy

EMC’s high-end network attached storage (NAS) system claims to deliver four times the performance of competing systems. Delivering up to 300,000 network file system (NFS) operations per second, the super fast NAS system is now available to Middle East customers.

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By  Jane Plunkett Published  May 18, 2005

EMC’s high-end network attached storage (NAS) system claims to deliver four times the performance of competing systems. Delivering up to 300,000 network file system (NFS) operations per second, the super fast NAS system is now available to Middle East customers. Combined with new Celerra software functionality the EMC Celerra NSX NAS is touted to be the fastest, most advanced network attached storage (NAS) system in the world. It can scale performance using simple online upgrades allowing customers to deploy up to eight X-Blades. The Celerra NSX and new functionality helps customers lower costs and achieve information lifecycle management (ILM) benefits by consolidating direct attached storage (DAS) with iSCSI, automating the creation of tiered storage for NAS and transparently moving data from one tier to the next. “With the introduction of the Celerra NSX NAS gateway, EMC has firmly established itself as the market leader in one of the fastest-growing storage segments in the Middle East’s IT market,” said Mohammed Amin, general manager, EMC Middle East. “The unparalleled choice and superior business value offered by this new NAS gateway technology is certain to encourage existing customers to upgrade their systems, while driving potential customers looking for high levels of availability, functionality and performance to deploy EMC’s effective NAS solutions,” Amin added. Compared with the Network Appliance GF980C, an eight-blade EMC Celerra NSX delivers more than four times the NFS operations-per-second performance and 68% better price performance. They company boast the software is easy to use and delivers more scalable management capabilities. New virtual filesystem technology simplifies the management of file systems as customers' capacities grow. This technology presents multiple independent filesystems as a single, virtual filesystem for easier administration, access, manageability and control. It also provides Automated Volume Management for easily creation of optimised system configurations based on predefined workload characteristics. Such a capability will help reduce planning and management tasks. EMC also unveiled the new EMC Centera FileArchiver (CFA) software that integrates with the open EMC Celerra FileMover application programming interface (API) to deliver policy-based data management and movement. “Regional customers turn to EMC for complete solutions, not point products, to deliver the benefits of an ILM strategy. The EMC Celerra NSX, as part of an ILM initiative, enables customers to reduce their number of file servers, to consolidate storage, and to leverage their existing investments in storage area network (SAN) infrastructures,” Amin said. The new Celerra NSX systems will be available from EMC and its partners this month, priced at approximately US$278,250 for a four-X-Blade Celerra NSX system. This includes dual management stations, dual uninterrupted power systems (UPS), the CIFS protocol, EMC Celerra SnapSure for local replication, and EMC Celerra Manager for web-based management.

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