EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today unveiled the next generation of its flagship high-end storage array – the EMC® Symmetrix® DMX-4 series. Building on the innovation and investment protection that has distinguished EMC’s Symmetrix series as the market-leading, high-end storage array for over a decade, the new Symmetrix DMX-4 series is cost-effective and easy-to-use and delivers unparalleled performance, security, scalability and energy efficiency.
With an end-to-end 4 gigabit-per-second (Gb/s) design, a new point-to-point Fibre Channel back-end and support for the newest high capacity disk drives and improved Enginuity™ storage operating environment, Symmetrix DMX-4 systems will deliver significant advances in performance, security, availability and energy efficiency.
Through these architecture and software-driven improvements, EMC is increasing overall Symmetrix throughput by up to 30 percent. In addition, EMC is delivering industry leading performance for some of the most widely used customer operations. The new systems are up to 30 percent faster in RAID 5 and RAID 6 configurations for higher availability; offer 33 percent faster synchronous replication at distances up to 100 kilometers and the ability to synchronously mirror data at distances up to 200 kilometers for business continuity using EMC’s leading SRDF® (Symmetrix Remote Data Facility) software. Local replication, using EMC TimeFinder™ software, can be done up to 10 times faster for improved point-in-time backups, online restores and volume migration.
EMC continues to deliver the highest levels of high-end storage security, through the addition of advanced security functionality from its RSA security division. Symmetrix DMX-4 systems now enable storage logs to be integrated as a part of audit log and compliance reporting provided by the RSA® enVision™ platform. Symmetrix DMX-4 systems feature built-in support for the enVision platform, providing automated, policy-based audit log management to enable customers to take quick action based on log-captured events, helping them to meet compliance requirements and to enhance their overall security. This new functionality – in tandem with the advanced RSA authentication, authorization and audit capabilities introduced earlier this year – provides Symmetrix DMX-4 systems with the industry’s most comprehensive set of built-in capabilities to preserve information confidentiality, integrity and availability.
The new Symmetrix DMX-4 system is the first high-end storage array to support new high-capacity 750 GB SATA II disk drives alongside high-performance 4 Gb/s Fibre Channel disk drives. By placing the right data on the right type of disk drive to meet service levels, customers can reduce the amount of power it takes to store a terabyte of information by up to 91 percent. EMC offers the ability to mix and match the broadest range of disk drive configurations to further help customers consolidate application tiers through ‘in the box’ storage tiering – the alignment of data accessibility requirements with capacity, power and cost considerations. Support for the latest lower cost, high capacity disk drives also enables Symmetrix DMX-4 customers to maximize storage density, which in turn optimizes energy efficiency. Symmetrix DMX-4 is the most energy efficient enterprise storage array in the world, using up to 70 percent less power than competitive offerings. In addition, EMC plans to introduce thin provisioning capabilities for Symmetrix DMX in the first quarter of 2008, enabling customers to further improve storage utilization and simplify storage allocation while continuing to improve energy efficiency.
For customers looking for cost-effective, high-end storage in a compact footprint, the new Symmetrix DMX-4 950 system is an entry point into the Symmetrix DMX-4 family. It supports FICON for connectivity in mainframe environments, in addition to iSCSI and Fibre Channel connectivity, and delivers the full performance, functionality and availability of Symmetrix DMX-4 systems for customers with constrained space, power and cooling resources.
“With over 700,000 clients looking to us for vital healthcare services, the success of our initiatives hinges on our ability to protect, move and manage our critical patient care data and operational information,” said Roy Southby, director of IT, Interior Health Authority, British Columbia. “EMC Symmetrix DMX systems handle our most extreme information storage and management requirements, enabling us to maximize data availability and meet demanding performance and service level requirements in a consolidated footprint. With the new features being announced today with Symmetrix DMX-4, we’ll benefit from even greater performance, advanced security features and enhanced ease of management capabilities that extend the value of our investment in Symmetrix.”
EMC continues to provide Symmetrix DMX customers with advanced ease-of-use features through the Symmetrix Management Console (SMC). By using an intuitive, web-based interface, the Symmetrix DMX-4 can easily be optimized for performance and quality of service via Dynamic Cache Partitioning and Symmetrix Priority Controls, and data mobility between storage tiers is simplified using Virtual LUNs.
“The EMC Symmetrix DMX-4 is about much more than storing data on disks,” said Tony Asaro, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “The market success of the Symmetrix DMX system is the result of many essential elements, including data protection, security and consolidation. The Symmetrix DMX-4 performance improvements directly impact SRDF and TimeFinder efficiency that are fundamental to the growing demands of the data center. The 750 GB disk drive support creates greater levels of consolidation within the Symmetrix DMX-4 system. The consolidation of storage assets is perhaps more important today than ever with the need to reduce power, cooling and floor space. Additionally, we believe that EMC's drive to provide greater levels of storage security in the data center is critical. Information security needs to be more of a priority and EMC’s leadership in this area is helping to push this agenda forward.”
David Donatelli, EMC Executive Vice President, Storage Product Operations, said, “The Symmetrix DMX-4 is the most cost-effective, easy-to-use, secure and energy efficient high-end storage array on the market today. We’ve made significant investments to deliver new capabilities in areas that matter most to customers and have also made it easy for our existing customers to take advantage of these features. In the high-end, no one comes close to EMC’s pace of innovation and development and EMC is resolved to maintaining it to further help customers address their most pressing information challenges and widen its competitive lead.”
Symmetrix DMX-4 will be generally available in August 2007 with support for 750 GB SATA II disk drives later in 2007.
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at www.EMC.com.