EMC unveils wave of hybrid cloud upgrades to help firms weather big data storms

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EMC has announced a wave of upgrades to its VMAX family of systems, Isilon OneFS platform and XtremIO services.

EMC CEO David Goulden announced the upgrades at the company’s Redefine Possible event in London on Tuesday. The new VMAX3 line is a consolidation service designed to let enterprise companies manage what data should remain in the data centre and what to migrate to the public cloud.

EMC claims VMAX3 will offer three times better performance than previous versions. The VMAX3 will run on the Hypermax operating system, which includes a storage hypervisor, and will let users direct backup information to EMC’s Data Domain unit.

Goulden said the VMAX3 consolidation powers will save customers vast amounts of money. “VMAX3 offers mass consolidation of existing workloads and today for the first-time infrastructure apps as well. The new family is also scalable and more powerful – we’ve gone from a few hundred virtual machines to few thousand,” he said.

“This, with Hypermax, lets you run things like cloud gateways directly in the VMAX platform [thus] allowing further consolidation. It will improve performance and resiliency and lower costs.”

VMAX3 systems with Hypermax will be available in the third quarter.

The EMC Isilon OneFS platform upgrade focuses on the concept of “data lakes”, a concept designed to help companies collect and analyse unstructured information. The new platform will let firms “bring Hadoop into their data centre”, saving them the time and cost of having to move stored information into the analytics service.

Finally EMC announced a set of upgrades to its XtremIO all-flash storage arrays. The upgrades include a new entry-level 5TB Starter X-Brick array.

EMC president of products Jeremy Burton said he expected the entry-level array to drive adoption and prove a hit with first-time customers. “We know flash is new and there are concerns among customers. The 5TB entry point is for customers trying out the product for the first time,” he said.

EMC also announced the launch of its software-defined storage applications ViPR 2.0 and ViPR SRM 3.5. The applications were first announced at EMC World in Las Vegas in May and are available for download now.

EMC is one of many enterprise service providers to urge companies to adopt cloud technologies to deal with their big data problems.

Bank of England CIO John Finch called for businesses to consider the regulatory, security and monetary concerns with cloud computing before adopting cloud and hybrid cloud solutions during a keynote at the Cloud World Forum in June.

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Source: v3.co.uk

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