Symmetrix DMX-3 model 950, a new entry point into high-end storage that
features up to 70% improved power efficiency than alternatives through
densely packaged capacity, performance, and functionality. It includes full
DMX-3 capabilities and is targeted at space- and power-constrained data
centers and as part of a business continuity strategy using
◊ A combined Fibre Channel/iSCSI capability for the new end-to-end 4GB/s CLARiiON CX3 UltraScale systems, which provides up to 49% more iSCSI performance and 74% more Fibre Channel performance in combined environments than alternative systems.
third generation of the
models of the Celerra NS series IP systems, namely, the Celerra NS40, NS40G
(Gateway) and NS80 and NS80G systems using next-generation
The Symmetrix DMX-3 950 model, CLARiiON CX3 UltraScale
FC/iSCSI systems, Celerra NS40 systems, and the new NSX system are available
immediately. The Celerra NS80 systems and new
The folks in Hopkinton clearly have been busy and today’s
announcements reflect that. While there are many different aspects to the
spate of announcements made, there are some common themes that shed light on
Further, with the Navisphere Quality of Service Manager, organizations can continue moving towards a service-driven infrastructure that matches application and storage performance with desired levels of resource expenditure. This, combined with the latest CLARiiON systems supporting Fibre Channel and iSCSI, allows organizations to create two-tiered storage environments using Fibre connectivity for the highest performance while taking advantage of the low-cost nature of iSCSI for second-tier storage. This permits consolidation of servers through iSCSI that do not require Fibre Channel to eliminate islands of direct-attached storage, and to improve utilization and flexibility in resource allocation while also taking advantage of Virtual LUN technologies to easily move data between the tiers as warranted by service-level agreements. Thus organizations can recoup more value from their existing investments while making additional incremental investments, something that we believe would be pleasing to many an IT director.
With the latest Symmetrix announcement we are treated to incremental as well as non-incremental improvements. While there is little question that the Symmetrix product line represents the high end of storage capacity, capability, and foresight, the model 950 offers a new entry point into this solution. The latest update to Symmetrix Management Console, V5.3, provides new device management, SRDF family monitoring tools, and enhanced security controls; all the kinds of continuing incremental improvements to product line that we would expect. However, a more revolutionary improvement is the compact nature of the model 950. This may make it possible for organizations that are severely limited in physical data center capacity to be able to locate a Symmetrix solution, with all of the standard features, where they may not have been able to in the past.
At the same time, the model 950 also addresses the other issue data centers are facing; namely, the limitations on power consumption and cooling. Some might take the position that if an organization needs the performance of a Symmetrix then it can afford the data center to support it, but we find this point of view limiting. While an organization might not buy a model 950 just because it is power-efficient, the efficiency is a differentiator that should not be overlooked, especially if the organization in question is, in fact, large and reaching the limits of its physical plant. Whether or not the marketplace (through high prices) continues to make energy consumption an issue, it has caught the attention of regulators in more than one locale. Hence, what is presently a differentiator could quickly become a requirement.
Similarly, with the other announcements of today, we are pleased