Enterprise storage firm EMC has updated the VMAX line-up with new models that feature all-flash storage in place of hard drives for the first time, and unveiled an entirely new array line-up to deliver what the firm calls rack-scale flash to meet the demanding requirements of big data and high-performance analytics.
EMC heralded the new products as the most significant change to its enterprise storage portfolio, saying that the company has now committed to an all-flash line-up across its primary storage offerings, including VMAX, XtremIO, VNX and the new DSSD D5 rack-scale flash platform.
"Today's enterprise customer wants to enable their business with modern data centres that deliver agility, efficiency and speed. We're expanding on EMC's primary storage strengths and all-flash leadership, built with XtremIO," said Jeremy Burton, EMC's president of products and marketing.
"With the introduction of VMAX All Flash and DSSD D5 there is virtually no data centre use case we're unable to address from traditional high-end enterprise workloads, to use cases that people haven't even dreamed about in the data centre of tomorrow."
EMC is adding two new models to the VMAX arrays, the VMAX 450 and VMAX 850, which are designed to take full advantage of the performance, density and economy of scale offered by enterprise-grade flash storage hardware, the firm said.
Available immediately, the new arrays can scale using a building block, or V-Brick, architecture. Each V-Brick contains one VMAX engine and 53TB of usable capacity, which can be expanded up to a maximum of 500TB in 13TB increments. The VMAX All Flash 450 can be scaled up by combining four V-Bricks, while the VMAX All Flash 850 scales to eight for a maximum 4PB of storage.
Both are available with EMC's VMAX data services, available in two packages. The base-level F package includes features such as thin provisioning, quality-of-service, and AppSync data protection to address copy data management, while the FX package also includes features such as EMC's SRDF software for remote replication, eNAS technology for file storage and the EMC ViPR suite.
Meanwhile, the DSSD D5 family is being styled as the first in a new category of rack-scale flash storage. Available from March, this new line-up is based on technology gained with the acquisition of DSSD in 2014.
Each DSSD D5 is a 5U rack-mount enclosure that connects directly to up to 48 host servers using PCI Express (PCIe) links, effectively offering a shared flash storage pool that is as fast as each server having its own internal PCIe-attached flash storage, according to EMC.
"DSSD D5 delivers performance faster than direct-attached flash while delivering operational efficiency, a larger and denser shared pool of flash and centralised management," said John McCool, EMC's senior vice president for DSSD.
This arrangement is claimed to deliver latency as low as 100 microseconds, with throughput as high as 100GBps, and up to 10 million input/output operations per second for demanding applications including big data analytics using Hadoop, high-performance databases and data warehouses.
Each 5U DSSD D5 appliance can be fitted with up to 36 4TB flash modules for a maximum raw data capacity of up to 144TB.
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