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EMC launches new storage systems

VNX series features powerful MCx software to accelerate virtualised applications

EMC launches new storage systems
EMC has launched a new range of storage systems designed for virtualised environments.

EMC has launched its range of VNX unified storage systems (VNX5200, VNX5400, VNX5600, VNX5800, VNX7600, VNX8000 and VNX-F) that are designed to raise the bar for application performance, storage efficiency, data protection, data availability and ease-of-use.

The new VNX Series leverages the latest Intel Sandy Bridge technology and features powerful new MCx (multi-core optimisation) software that is flash optimised and is designed to accelerate the performance of virtualised applications. This boost to application performance, along with the EMC VNX's ing storage integration with VMware vSphere is designed to make VNX the ideal platform for organisations aggressively adopting virtualisation. 

Enabled with MCx software, the new VNX Series is designed to addresses the high-performance, low-latency requirements of virtualised applications, which is the most common use case for midrange solutions. MCx software takes full advantage of the latest Intel-multi core processing technology to optimise flash by distributing all VNX data services across all cores (up-to 32). This is a new approach for midrange arrays, enabling the VNX to deliver the performance of the previous generation at only one-third the price.

A single VNX system powered by MCx, is designed to allow equivalent performance of four previous generation systems combined-or 580,796 SPECsfs2008 nfs Ops/Sec (Overall Response Time = 0.78 msec) according to the latest SPECsfs results.

It is also designed to offer more than 3X performance for transactional NAS applications (such as VMware over NFS) with 60% faster response time than previous VNX systems, more than 735K concurrent Oracle and SQL OLTP IOPS - 4X more than previous VNX systems, more than 6,600 virtual machines - a 6X improvement from the previous VNX systems, and more than 3X the bandwidth.

"Today's news is a game changing approach to how midrange storage will serve the cloud and data centers of the future. The new VNX Series is a powerful foundation to help customers make the absolute most of their infrastructure, and leverage the performance and efficiency benefits of flash technology while also making it cost-effective-doing more for less. This has been a highly anticipated product introduction for us. We've dedicated a significant amount of resources, talent and innovation to ensure that our customers and partners around the world have a superior midrange storage array," said Rich Napolitano, president, Unified Storage Division at EMC.

With the new VNX Series, customers can reduce capacity requirements with new fixed block deduplication. This is ideal for virtual machines, virtual desktops, and other environments with redundant data across multiple sources.  In addition, with enhancements to the EMC FAST suite-including 4X better tiering granularity and new Enterprise Multi-Level Cell (eMLC) drives-customers can even further lower the cost per gigabyte. Couple the newly designed VNX Series with the latest version of the FAST suite and customers can lower their flash capacity requirements-and virtual machine costs-by 50% or more.

The new VNX Series is designed to empower storage specialists, virtualisation managers or application administrators with increased visibility and self-service IT in virtualised environments. AppSync 1.5 also delivers new self-service IT capabilities for VMware, Microsoft and database administrators. The new Unisphere Management Suite is designed to centrally manage up-to thousands of VNX/VNXe systems and servers with XtremSW Cache and also includes powerful monitoring and reporting capabilities for validating performance and capacity requirements.   

A new flash-only VNX configuration (VNX-F) is also now available for environments demanding higher performance at lower latency for long periods of time. VNX-F delivers consistent high performance at lower latency compared to all disk or hybrid versions of the VNX.  

For when even lower latency is required for transactional workloads, EMC today also announced EMC XtremSW Cache 2.0 server-flash caching software.  According to a recent independent evaluation by Demartek, the addition of XtremSW Cache 2.0 to a flash-only configuration of the VNX8000 in a SQL Server workload reduced latency by another 65%. XtremSW Cache 2.0 also delivers greater interoperability with VMware vCenter, industry first IBM AIX support and distributed cache coherency for Oracle RAC environments as well as increased support for any server flash SSD or PCIe hardware (including EMC XtremSFTM server flash hardware).

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