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EMC Unity and Cisco MDS: The Ultimate Storage Networking Solution for Simplicity and Value

- May 2, 2016 - 1 Comment

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As these examples demonstrate, data is multiplying at an alarming rate and changing dramatically in nature. Trends like the Internet of Things, Cloud, Big Data Analytics, SDN and hyper-convergence are imposing new requirements on how to design and built storage infrastructure. As these trends continue, budgets are shrinking and IT departments are asked to do more with less. An agile data center infrastructure that is easy to manage, affordable and flexible is required to meet the needs of resource-constrained IT professionals in large or small companies. Global technology leaders Cisco and EMC are collaborating to offer customers a choice of industry-leading architectures that can simplify, automate, and transform information technology, while helping them accelerate the journey to a software defined infrastructure.

EMC today announced the EMC Unity system, an affordable midrange storage solution, along with the EMC UnityVSA system (virtual) which allows customers to easily deploy the advanced unified storage and data management features of the Unity family on a VMware ESXi server, for a software defined approach.

The Cisco MDS is an open, flexible and standards based platform for storage networking. It integrates well with a wide variety of storage systems including the new Unity. Cisco MDS, the Industry leading Storage Networking platform along with EMC’s new Unity product line for storage enable customers to realize the full value of IT investments faster by providing compelling simplicity, a modern design, affordable prices, and flexible deployment options.   EMC resells and services Cisco MDS under the EMC Connectrix brand.

The EMC Unity family of simple, affordable storage systems is designed specifically for midsized IT requirements within SMEs and enterprises. The systems are available in all-flash, hybrid, converged and software-defined configurations.  EMC Unity systems help simplify and modernize today’s datacenter with a powerful combination of enterprise capabilities and cloud-like simplicity, all available in a dense 2U footprint that competitors will find it difficult to match.

Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches have met and often exceeded the demanding requirements for storage area networks for more than a decade. Cisco MDS offers a combination of performance, non-stop operations, and multiprotocol flexibility which is the perfect complement to the EMC Unity family. In addition, for customers who prefer to purchase converged infrastructure for simplified deployments of larger scale infrastructures, Unity systems are planned to be available in VCE Vblock system and VCE VxRack system configurations later this calendar year

EMC, the Storage leader and Cisco, the leader in Datacenter Networking, provide state of the art joint solutions to enable policy-based infrastructure that is flexible and affordable to satisfy the ever expanding range of customer requirements
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Tony Antony
Sr Marketing Manager


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    Thanks for the update Tony and letting us know how Cisco continues to drive networking excellence in partnership with EMC.