EMC goes FAST with storage automation

Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST) strategy to help organizations better manage their storage infrastructure

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EMC goes FAST with storage automation The FAST technology is available first with EMC Symmetrix V-Max and EMC CLARiiON CX4 networked storage systems, and EMC Celerra NS unified storage systems.
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 1, 2010

EMC has announced a new Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST) strategy, which is intended to help organizations to better manage their storage infrastructure, especially in light of resource constraints and rapidly expanding volumes of structured and unstructured data.

The initiative will deliver automation capabilities across all first tier EMC storage appliances, to manage more information more efficiently in a smaller footprint, utilizing less power and cooling and lowering OPEX and acquisition costs.

The EMC FAST technology automates the movement of data within a storage system, replacing repetitive, manual storage administrative tasks, providing an average system configuration with a combination of EMC FAST technology, enterprise flash drives and SATA disk drives, at least 20% reduction in storage acquisition costs and 40% lower storage operational expenses, alongside higher service levels.

The initiative will also focus on the benefits of combining enterprise flash drives with SATA for the most efficient use of storage systems.

The first phase of EMC FAST technology is available immediately for new and existing EMC Symmetrix V-Max and EMC CLARiiON CX4 networked storage systems, and EMC Celerra NS  unified storage systems.

Features available on the new systems include easy creation of tiering policies, to automate the control and movement of data within a system; built in software to monitor data access and usage, to enable applications to self-optimize storage usage based on patterns of data usage; tiering policies that can be used to support service level agreements; file system capabilities that permit integration with internal and external cloud solutions; and advanced management capabilities that automate end-to-end discovery and reporting of applications to storage tiers to view storage resource attributes, capacity allocation and free space, and performance metrics to enable ‘pay for use' and ‘charge back' operational models.

Wael El Nadi, technology solutions manager, EMC Turkey, Middle East & Africa, said: "Managing the explosive growth in file, unstructured and object-based data is a major challenge. Doing it without meaningful automation and policy management is nearly impossible. EMC's FAST technology allows customers to move and tier this data within a system, across system types, or into the cloud.This not only provides a range of new archive approaches, it also dramatically simplifies the management of unstructured data at scale."

Brian Gallagher, senior vice president and general manager of EMC Symmetrix and Virtualization Product Group, added: "EMC's FAST technology is all about optimizing based on how applications need to access data. Sometimes that means optimizing for increased performance to process more transactions, and other times that means automatically optimizing to enable lower costs.  The intelligence we've built into our FAST technology is based on hundreds of man years of development time and years of working with thousands of customer application profiles to build predictive models based on how real-world applications are accessing data.  EMC FAST technology is designed to make the underlying technologies and infrastructure more efficient, more dynamic, and ultimately invisible to the end user."

The company expects to announce further FAST technologies from the start of this year.

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