EMC has pulled out all the stops and announced a raft of new products, including high-end and mid-range disk arrays, an NAS gateway capability and enhancements for its fixed-content Centera product. Support for the SNIA's management model is also strengthened.

Top-of-the-range Symmetrix DMX2 products have performance increased by up to 30 per cent, over the current DMX1, through the use of 1GHz PowerPC channel and disk directors. These can have 32GB of memory. The maximum cache is doubled to 256GB. New 73GB, 15,000 rpm Fibre Channel drives are available.

Symmetrix software additions include:-

  • AutoSwap, which redirects mainframe storage for load balancing, for example, without breaking applications
  • Mirroring, parity RAID or RAID 5 choices
  • Multiple array support for SRDF/A - EMC's long-distance replication product

Existing DMX arrays can be upgraded to the DMX2 level. EMC says its DMX2 product is twice as powerful as the year-old DMX1.

EMC calls the new Clariion arrays a next-generation line. Three new models: CX300, CX500, and CX700, replace existing models. The replaced models can be upgraded to the new ones from any previous-generation Clariion system.

The CX300 is the new low-end model and replaces the CX200 as the workgroup offering. It is 25 per cent faster and has local array-based replication through SnapView software.

The CX500 replaces the CX400 and provides twice the capacity and performance.

The CX700 replaces the CX600. It is 33 per cent faster and delivers 200,000 IOPS. It can scale to 240 drives and is for mid-tier data centre applications.

A new version, release 13, of the Clariion FLARE operating software is being used.

Clariion SAN Copy data mobility software has been enhanced to offer an incremental copy function, reducing the bandwidth costs and time required to copy data in SAN environments.

Clariion arrays now support McData Eclipse bridges to enable customers to integrate iSCSI access into existing Fibre Channel SANs.

Clariions can also use the new 73GB, 15,000 rpm Fibre Channel drives, raising the prospect of increasing hardware commonality between Symmetrix and Clariion. Perhaps a single EMC disk array line is in prospect?

The Celerra NAS700G is a NAS Gateway that can be used to turn Clariion arrays into NAS devices. Symmetrix arrays can also be similarly used. NAS gateways enable NAS and SAN storage to be used together in a NAS (file level I/O) environment. The NS700G is available in single, or dual, Data Mover configurations and offers 33 per cent better price/performance than the current NS600G. Customers may upgrade to the NS700G via a controller swap.

There is a new Celerra CNS 514 Data Mover which delivers 56 per cent more performance (26,156 SPEC IOPS) than the 510 Data Mover it replaces. There's also a new version, 5.2, of the Celerra DART operating software. It works better with Microsoft's Management Console and also offers better replication facilities and choices.

EMC has announced the NAS700 product, which has no gateway functionality although it can be added as an upgrade. The company says the NAS700 offers better price/performance than competing NAS products from Network Appliance.

EMC has improved mainframe access to its fixed-content Centera device, via API support for z/OS. Other Centera announcements include boosting performance up to fivefold via continued hardware and software enhancements. Higher-capacity 320GB ATA disk drives increase capacity. Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) connectivity is offered as well. Through an update of Centera's internal software remote replication speed is doubled.

Open Management
EMC also announced progress in its support for open storage management standards; the SNIA's Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S). Symmetrix and Symmetrix DMX systems shipped since 1997, and all Clariion and Clariion CX systems shipped since 2000, are now capable of being managed by applications implementing the SNIA SMI-S model. Symmetrix and Clariion arrays are in the final stages of SMI-S validation through the SNIA Conformance Testing Program.

EMC is cock-a-hoop about these announcements, claiming best-of-breed product capabilities in the widest range of storage offerings. Coming quickly after the Documentum, Legato and VMware aquisitions, these hardware and software announcements are the face of a company driving hard to spin its basic disk offerings into new product classes and build a multi-tiered information lifecycle platform of hardware and software products.

No UK pricing information was available.