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EMC unveils VPLEX Geo

New solution allows linking of datacentres thousands of miles apart as shared storage pools

EMC unveils VPLEX Geo
EMC's Joe Tucci unveils the company's new VPLEX Geo appliance line.

EMC has unveiled a new solution designed to allow enterprises to link geographically dispersed datacentres across thousands of miles, and enable them to act as a single pool of data storage.

VPLEX Geo is the latest version of its VPLEX technology, which it launched last year. Whereas the first version allowed the linking of data pools over a distance of 30 miles, Geo now allows linking of datacentres up to 50ms distance, which according to EMC equates to around 2,600 miles, or the distance across the United States.

The solution is designed to allow data mobility, availability and collaboration between distant offices and datacentres. The solution is also the first time, EMC claims, that there has been a solution that allows active/active communication between datacentres, rather than the traditional active/passive communication structure.

According to EMC, it has the ability to non-disruptively move thousands of virtual machines from geographically disparate datacentres, as well as petabytes of information seamlessly.

"VPLEX Geo is key technology that will further accelerate both private and hybrid cloud adoption," explained Brian Gallagher, president of EMC's enterprise storage division. "It is changing the way organisations think about IT, from datacentre design to business continuity. Fundamental to this is active/active data over distance.

"It is the inherent benefit of VPLEX Geo - the ability to fully utilise two separate, geographically separated datacentres, including from service providers, as a single shared resource that can be dynamically shifted as needed," he added.

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