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EMC Unified Storage Compliments Cisco Unified Fabric to Provide Customers Flexibility and Choice for End to End Convergence

Storage continues to offer challenges to IT professionals: according to IDC, storage growth continues at about 30% y/y with the continued consolidation of servers, storage, and network assets becoming a new imperative through the use of technologies such as virtualization and Unified Networks based on 10G Ethernet.

To alleviate the challenges faced by its customers, EMC today announces its “Mega-Launch” providing major proof points for the convergence trend in multi-protocol SAN environments and providing unparalleled flexibility and choice to its customers.

One of the highlights of EMC’s Mega-Launch is the introduction of VMAX, the next gen flagship storage line, and the VNX Unified Storage family, which converges the best elements of EMC’s venerable CLARiiON and Celerra product lines into one unified platform offering both block and file storage.  EMC also announced the industry’s fastest deduplication storage systems from its Data Domain acquisition for backup and archive challenges.

As the number of servers in the data center has increased, there has been a corresponding increase in the need for storage and storage networks.  As enterprise applications and services require ever greater amounts of data, the amount of storage required by data centers also continues to rise, yet enterprises are constrained by budget issues and thus must attempt to get more out of their organizations with minimum staffs, fewer resources, and less money.

EMC Symmetrix VMAX EMC’s next gen flagship product, delivers the world’s smartest high end storage system with new and enhanced features to support the new requirements of today’s virtualized environments.  Compared with the previous generation of storage arrays, the new VMAX delivers more performance with less hardware and at lower cost:

  • Up to 40% more performance for most application workload types
  • Same usable TBs with 85% fewer disk drives and 65% less footprint
  • Reduced acquisition costs by 20% and annual operating costs by 43%

As part of this Mega-Launch, EMC also introduced EMC VNX Family, the next generation Unified Storage line optimized for virtual environments.  EMC’s Unified Storage paired with Cisco’s Unified Fabric enables IT transformations to help IT do more with less.

EMC VNX Highlights:

  • Entry-level unified storage for IT Generalists
  • Next gen unified storage for storage/infrastructure teams
  • Extends into new markets and customers with real-world configurations under $10K

EMC’s Mega-Launch also includes the industry’s fastest deduplication storage systems for backup and archive. Key highlights include active tier storage for short-term data protection < 90 days along with scalable long-term retention options for multiple years.  With this release, high throughput deduplication storage has been cost optimized for long-term retention while leveraging existing Data Domain system advantages.

For more info on the EMC Mega-Launch : http://www.emc.com/about/news/press/2011/20110118-01.htm

For Cisco + EMC  Solutions:  http://www.cisco.com/en/US/netsol/ns959/index.html

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