EMC Corp. announced that its Celerra network file server has been clocked by the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) at speeds that are at least triple the performance of the closest competitive network attached storage (NAS) offering.
SPEC is a non-profit corporation formed to establish, maintain and endorse a standardized set of relevant computing benchmarks.
According to EMC, the Celerra has been enhanced to boost overall system performance to more than 60% over its previous version. EMC is also reporting that during the first six months of 2000, revenue from NAS deployments rose nearly tenfold compared with the first half of 1999.
"EMC has a proven, large-scale NAS implementation that offers huge performance," said Steve Duplessie, from the Milford, Mass.-based research firm the Enterprise Storage Group. "The company combines loosely coupled NAS front ends with a Symmetrix back end for almost 50,000 NFS/operations per second. This will be very appealing to large-scale enterprises," he said.
First introduced in October 1996, Celerra is an integrated part of the EMC Enterprise Storage Network, connecting clients on the local-or wide-area network either to a storage area network (SAN) or directly to EMC Symmetrix Enterprise Storage systems, for file sharing and management.
Jim Rothnie, vice president of product management for EMC said suppliers who sell network attached storage as appliances have repeatedly made the mistake of building storage directly into the appliance itself. "This may be adequate when deployed on a small scale, but it quickly turns to chaos at the multi-terabyte enterprise level," he said. "In the early '90s, forward-looking companies recognized the value of consolidating their information into one easily protected and managed storage infrastructure. Celerra's diskless architecture takes advantage of this now-accepted model by providing the benefits of NAS without the disadvantages of separate, isolated pools of data."