EMC's VMAX storage arrays

EMC's VMAX storage arrays

EMC Boosts Performance Of VMAX Family

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A cloe-up of EMC Symmetrix VMAX systems. EMC today unveiled upgrades to the VMAX product line. (Photo: EMC Corp. via Flickr)

EMC announced that it has updated its VMAX Family, making it more powerful and more efficient for mission-critical applications in VMware virtualized environments.

The entry level VMAX 10K is now twice as powerful as its predecessor. The increase in performance, with support for faster CPUs with more cores, enables applications like Oracle OLTP in VMware environments to run faster. The 10K also now supports enhanced protection against data theft and improved compliance in regulated industries with the Data At Rest Encryption (D@RE) feature. It features support for Federated Tiered Storage feature capability.

“The latest enhancements to VMware vSphere, coupled with storage innovations like this latest version of VMAX 10K and updates to EMC’s Enginuity software, are delivering customers the performance, reliability and operational efficiency needed in their Tier-1 storage environments,” said Stuart Miniman, Senior Analyst at Wikibon. “With these types of advancements, the technical barriers of virtualizing mission critical applications are eliminated. In addition to virtualization, customers are also citing deploying automation, such as tiering, at the top of their priority list. With EMC FTS technology, customers now have more flexibility to optimize their existing storage infrastructure by adding another tier of storage.”

EMC also announced new features for the VMAX 10K, 20K and 40K, through significant updates to the VMAX Enginuity software. Now customers can choose how many IOPS or how much bandwidth to give each application or user. This capability is critical in cloud environments, or when consolidating many critical applications. The EMC Unisphere management software now includes enhanced integration with the VMware platform, VFCache, Windows 2012, and the ability to manage all major features of VMAX. The VMAX family offers greater efficiency with FAST VP, through support for 4 tiers and cold data compression, with up to a 2:1 capacity savings on inactive data.

“Today we’re delivering another wave of innovation, enabling enterprises of all sizes to access the value of the VMAX Family’s entry-level VMAX 10K. We have thousands of engineers dedicated to inventing new ways for our customers to meet the demands of virtual data centers,” said Brian Gallagher, President, Enterprise Storage Division, EMC “As customers continue down their paths to Hybrid Clouds and leveraging Big Data to transform their businesses, we will continue to partner with customers and innovate to accelerate their journey.”

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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