EMC recently announced an overhaul of its storage hardware platforms, says InfoStor Magazine, offering up new Fibre Channel capabilities, higher bandwidth interconnects and tiering through the addition of new drive types.
The changes run the gamut from the high-end Symmetrix arrays, through the Centera platform and down to the entry-level Celerra NAS line and Rainfinity virtualization appliance.
For the Symmetrix line, look for new end-to-end 4 Gbps Fibre Channel architectures in the DMX-4 series, as well as the ability to mix Fibre Channel and SATA-II drives. A new version of the Enginuity operating environment improves on data replication and security.
Centera upgrades include a new low-power CAS system, featuring energy-efficient processors and chipsets, adaptive cooling and other tricks to cut consumption more than 60 percent, even while boosting storage by half with new 750 GB SATA drives.
The new Celerra, the NS20, provides multi-protocol iSCSI and Fibre Channel support and will sport 750 GB SATA-II drives.
The Rainfinity file management appliance (FMA) works with both the Celerra NAS and Centera CAS system to provide policy-based management for file movement across both infrastructures. The system can be upgraded to a global file virtualization system as well.
Also new is native iSCSI support for remote replication on the Clariion CX3 system and new RAID-6 protection and active-active failover.