Kashif Ansari, CTO, EMC Canada, expressed enthusiasm about the company’s announcement. “This technology includes faster CPU horsepower that allows you to do more work at less cost with a smaller footprint,” he said. EMC also announced updates to VSpex, its reference architecture. VSpex now delivers twice as many virtual machines at the same prices. EMC’s reference architecture boasts 3,600 shipments adopted by 3,000 customers and 1,500 partners.
In addition to its update to VSpex, EMC released an improved version of VNX, its midrange storage array. The new VNX series uses EMC MCx multi-core optimization software to exploit the power of flash storage and accelerate virtual applications and file performance four times faster than previous versions. EMC’s XtremSW Cache 2.0 server-flash caching software integrates with Unisphere Management and provides advanced support for VMware, AIX and Oracle RAC environments. Moreover, the VNX-CA continuous availability solution delivers continuous data availability by leveraging EMC’s VPlex virtual storage. “It’s a smooth and predictable performance experience,” Ansari noted.
EMC also announced the release of its ViPR software-defined storage platform. ViPR will allow IT administrators to build the foundation for web-scale data centres in a simple and cost efficient manner. “This is a brand new way of managing storage so it doesn’t get in the way of how a data centre works,” Ansari commented. With the ViPR controller, customers can manage their existing storage infrastructure. ViPR’s Data Services makes automation faster and creates modern storage architecture for future application deployments. Storage that supports ViPR includes the new EMC VNX unified storage platform as well existing EMC VNX, EMC VMAX, EMC VPLEX, EMC Isilon, EMC RecoverPoint and third-party arrays including NetApp storage.
When it becomes available, ViPR will deliver data object services, which will support multiple standard APIs including Amazon S3, OpenStack Swift and Atmos. Customers will also be able to view objects as files, providing near-file access performance without the latency inherent in current object storage models. Any ViPR-supported file storage including the new EMC VNX unified storage platform as well existing EMC VNX, EMC Isilon and and third-party arrays including NetApp storage will allow for the deployment of ViPR Object Data Services.
Updates to VSpex and the VNX storage array are available now. The ViPR software-defined storage platform will be available at the end of September 2013.
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