The latest upgrade to the EMC Celerra unified storage system offers a heavy dose of deduplication and file compression for recovery purposes, even as it forges new ties to solid state drive (SSD) technology and virtual environments created through the company's VMware subsidiary.
A total of four new Celerras are now available, three of which are based on the midrange line of Clariion arrays. The NS120 scales up to 120 hard drives, followed by the NS480 and the NS960, which maxes out at 960 drives. The fourth unit is a gateway appliance without integrated storage, but brings unified storage capability to existing Symmetrix or Clariion arrays. All the devices support simultaneous NAS, iSCSI and Fibre Channel connections.
The new Celerras are also the first time EMC has integrated dedupe and compression technology from Avamar into a single product. The tools can be set to activate at select times so as not to hamper performance during peak activity periods.
New VMware vCenter plug-ins offer links to systems like VMware Site Recovery Manager, an automated failback system that restores pre-existing environments after a systems failure, and View Storage Integration that takes advantage of the Celerra snapshot system for provisioning virtual desktops.
And along with SSD support, the Celerra also supports low-power SATA drives.