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EMC Delivers Petabyte Storage Array

EMC announced new technology and configurations for its flagship EMC Symmetrix DMX-3 storage system. The announcement was made at a media and analyst event in London with EMC senior executives detailing several innovative new technologies and additions to the EMC product lineup.

EMC announced availability of the world's first storage array capable of scaling to more than one petabyte (1,024 terabytes) of capacity. The record capacity is made possible through the qualification of Symmetrix DMX-3 system configurations supporting up to 2,400 disk drives and the availability of new 500-gigabyte low-cost Fibre Channel (LC-FC) disk drives. This new disk drive technology, compatible with all Symmetrix DMX systems, enables EMC to provide customers with significant total cost of ownership benefits by enabling the consolidation of more information, applications and storage tiers into fewer arrays and storage networks. EMC is the first to deliver this new disk drive technology in a high-end array.

EMC also introduced a new entry-level Symmetrix DMX-3 system configuration. For the first time ever, customers can incrementally scale the performance and capacity of a single array from 7 terabytes, using 96 disk drives, to more than a petabyte with 2,400 disk drives. The Symmetrix DMX-3 system was specifically designed with the performance, scalability and reliability required to support high-end configurations in a single array. Customers can non-disruptively scale capacity, performance or both to meet their changing storage requirements. The extensible DMX architecture provides the Symmetrix DMX-3 system with near linear performance scalability as channel directors, memory directors and disk directors are added to the system.

In addition to new Symmetrix DMX-3 system configurations, EMC today introduced several information management software and technology enhancements for the Symmetrix DMX-3 system, including:

  • Native Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) support for host and remote replication on Symmetrix DMX-3 systems, which eliminates the added expense of external channel converters and gateways when replicating large amounts of data over less-expensive Ethernet networks. This support is fully backwards compatible with prior generation Symmetrix DMX arrays and the Symmetrix 8000 series.
  • Symmetrix DMX-3 system support of the IBM iSeries system, the only non-IBM storage array that supports the popular midrange server platform.
  • Symmetrix DMX-3 system support of TPF (Transaction Processing Facility), a real-time operating system for IBM mainframe environments.
  • EMC z/OS Storage Manager software, which provides mainframe-native management for all Symmetrix storage systems and improves management of storage arrays in a mainframe environment.

The new Symmetrix DMX-3 storage system configurations will begin shipping in March 2006. The price for the flagship and entry-level Symmetrix DMX-3 systems is believed to be about $4M and $250K, respectively.

Source: EMC, ZDNet

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