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Vol. 1 No. 8 October 2002

Where Does Midrange End and Enterprise Begin?

There's an increasingly fine line between midrange and high-end storage, with vendors stuffing midrange systems with more and more hardware and software capabilities. Case in point: EMC's Clariion, the CX600. The successor to the FC4700, the CX600 prompted Data Mobility Group founder John Webster to say, "Boy, it's getting harder and harder to figure out what EMC's lead hardware line is. It's still the Symmetrix, obviously, because of all the software goodies, but the Clariion is starting to look more and more like an enterprise contender." The CX600 delivers full 2Gb FC connectivity, four 2GHz CPUs and 1,300MB/s bandwidth. It also inherits a raft of new software. In addition to existing software (SnapView, MirrorView and Access Logix), the CX600 also runs PowerPath, DB Tuner and EDM software from EMC's Symmetrix line-up. Management is performed using Navisphere, which EMC claims manages all six generations of Clariion boxes. The CX600 foreshadows a streamlined EMC product line, says Steve Duplessie, senior analyst at Enterprise...

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