LAS VEGAS: EMC has unveiled its latest XtremIO 4.0 version, claiming the update will boost all Flash data centre arrays' performance by a staggering 33 percent.
Dubbed "the beast" by EMC, the update launched at EMC World in Las Vegas and will be available as a free software upgrade to all XtremIO v3.X array customers at an unspecified point in Q2 this year.
EMC claims the update will offer customers a variety of new services and performance improvements, including a "breakthrough" 40TB X-Brick.
X-Bricks are the building blocks of EMC's XtremIO storage service and are clustered together to grow performance and storage capacity in data centres.
The new block offers twice the maximum capacity of previous XtremIO X-bricks. XtremIO 4.0 will let customers create clusters of up to eight 40TB X-Bricks.
Other benefits include enhanced data protection services, application automation, reworked management controls and improved hybrid cloud support.
From a data protection front the XtremIO 4.0 update will add support for data replication services based on EMC RecoverPoint software.
EMC claims the support will offer customers one-minute Recovery Point Objectives (RPO). The RPOs let them recover and replicate information on all XtremIO and RecoverPoint supported arrays.
The Application Automation means XtremIO's "copy data management functions" will integrate directly into other enterprise application management stacks from VMware, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange.
The usability improvements aim to let XtremIO 4.0 users manage and monitor multiple XtremIO clusters from a single pane of glass interface.
Finally the upgraded "Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 3.0" features will work to let customers consolidate workloads into hybrid environments with Tier 0 storage and copy services.
EMC says the change will make it easier for customers to take advantage of things like database-as-a-service and SAP-as-a-service offerings.
EMC president of core technologies Guy Churchward said he expects ‘the beast' to lead to further growth in XtremIO adoption and has already received positive feedback from customers.
"The big announcement this year is around ExtremIO and "the beast". ExtremIO has been a rocket ship success for us," he said.
"This product grew faster [than we expected] and is approaching $1bn in worth 18 months after release. Some people think its about shoving flash in a frame. It's not, it's about performance.
"The beast is combo of software, cluster expansions for 16 controllers and a new 40TB X-Rig. We call it the beast because when I went to a customer and asked what they thought about it they said ‘holy', expletive deleted, ‘that's a beast'."
The announcement comes during a heated period of competition within the enterprise flash storage market where price is a primary concern for many firms.
The data storage division of American Megatrends Incorporated (AMI), StorTrends, debuted a line of all-flash storage arrays with prices starting at 50 cents per gigabyte, on 17 March.
SanDisk announced plans to enter the enterprise storage market with a range of all-flash arrays for less than $1 per gigabyte, earlier in March.
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