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New EMC Symmetrix DMX-3 950: Cost-Effective, Power-Efficient High-End Storage in a Compact Footprint

EMC Unveils New Entry Point to Symmetrix DMX-3 Performance and Functionality; Extends #1 High-End Storage Array Line

Hopkinton, Mass., Monday, October 23, 2006 - 

EMC Corporation, the world leader in information management and storage, today announced a new entry-level configuration for its flagship EMC® Symmetrix® DMX-3 family of storage systems. The Symmetrix DMX-3 model 950 offers customers a new, cost-effective entry point for enterprise-class storage, delivering the full performance, functionality and availability of Symmetrix DMX-3 systems in a compact footprint for maximum storage density and power/cooling efficiency.

Extending the features and functionality that have distinguished Symmetrix as the market-leading high-end storage platform for more than a decade, the new Symmetrix DMX-3 model 950 is optimized to meet the storage management challenges of high-end computing facilities, mid-sized organizations requiring high-performance storage and stringent data protection, and data centers with constrained space, power and cooling resources.

One of the largest challenges faced by data center managers is the cost and availability of adequate power and cooling. Symmetrix DMX-3 systems configured with standard 300 gigabyte disk drives help address these challenges by using 10% to 30% less electricity than comparably configured alternative high-end storage platforms while placing lower demands on data center cooling equipment. The power savings increase dramatically when Symmetrix DMX-3 systems are configured with 500 gigabyte low-cost Fibre Channel (LC-FC) drives. In comparison testing, Symmetrix DMX-3 systems configured with 500 gigabyte disk drives deliver up to 70% greater power efficiency compared with HDS/HP XP 12000 systems and IBM DS8300 systems configured with 300 gigabyte disk drives. The Symmetrix DMX-3 model 950 supports both 300 gigabyte and 500 gigabyte disk drives simultaneously.

"Since its introduction a little over a year ago, the EMC Symmetrix DMX-3 platform has become the benchmark for high-end storage and has been widely adopted by customers around the world," said David Donatelli, EMC Executive Vice President, Storage Product Operations. "The Symmetrix DMX-3 model 950 is the direct result of customer demand for a more compact yet fully functional high-end system, and it opens up these capabilities to a whole new range of customers. This is especially important for customers who need more capacity and performance as well as remote replication using SRDF®/S and SRDF/A software, but simply do not have the space or access to additional power and cooling resources. This new system meets those requirements and gives customers a level of deployment flexibility that they previously did not have."

Customers can deploy the new Symmetrix DMX-3 model 950 system, which supports the full range of Symmetrix software, in a number of scenarios, including:

Mario Shahidian, Director of Information Systems and Technology, STERIS Corporation, said, "Our clients look to STERIS for critical health science technologies and services that help protect people from the dangers of infection and contamination. We selected the Symmetrix DMX-3 950

to ensure superior data availability and reliable performance that can handle our most demanding workloads, in a form factor that maximizes storage density in a small foot print."

The Symmetrix DMX-3 model 950 uses EMC's Direct Matrix Architecture® to deliver superior, predictable and reliable performance for data-intensive work loads. This capability helps customers meet stringent service level agreements, scaling both performance and capacity from 32 disk drives to 360 disk drives to store and protect up to 180 terabytes of data. Additionally, the Symmetrix DMX-3 model 950 hardware design is fully fault-tolerant, offering component-level redundancy and the ability to replace all critical system components without affecting information availability or performance. All Symmetrix DMX-3 systems support full non-disruptive operations, including break/fix, code patches, software upgrades, configuration changes, data migrations and system expansion to assure uncompromising information availability.

Arun Taneja, founder of the Taneja Group, added, "The addition of the EMC Symmetrix DMX-3 950 provides an excellent entry point for customers that require high-end functionality. It will provide a more cost-effective way for these customers to implement features like remote mirroring for disaster recovery. Also, the space and energy saving aspects of this system should not be underestimated. Customers are facing major challenges in this area and EMC is helping address them with a cost-effective system that provides reliable, predictable performance and functionality in a compact footprint."


The Symmetrix DMX-3 model 950 is available today. The Symmetrix DMX-3 model 950 supports all major open systems environments, including IBM iSeries (AS/400), via Fibre Channel, Gigabit Ethernet and iSCSI connectivity.

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