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EMC World 2015 begins with XtremIO, Data Domain, VCE rollouts

Day One of the EMC World conference included new product launches of all-flash arrays, data protection, hyper-convergence and enterprise storage arrays.

LAS VEGAS -- EMC World 2015 opened today with launches of larger capacity XtremIO all-flash arrays and Data Domain...

disk backup systems, a VCE VxRack hyper-converged system and software enhancements to the VMAX enterprise array platform.

More details will come out during the show, but here are snapshots of today's new product releases:

XtremIO all-flash array

XtremIO 4.0 software enables 40 TB X-Brick arrays, doubling the maximum capacity of previous X-Bricks. Earlier X-Bricks came in 10 TB or 20 TB configurations, and EMC offers a 5 TB Starter X-Brick. XtremIO 4.0, which EMC calls "The Beast," allows clusters of eight X-Bricks (up from six) and 16 N-way active controllers (up from 12) for high availability.

EMC also said that -- unlike with XtremIO 3.0 -- the new software can be upgraded non-disruptively with automatic rebalancing and no application downtime. The vendor also added support for its RecoverPoint replication software to XtremIO, allowing data to be replicated to other XtremIO arrays or other arrays supported by RecoverPoint.

XtremIO 4.0 also includes built-in reporting capabilities and tagging and search across provisioned hosts, volumes and snapshots.

Data Domain and data protection

The Data Domain DD9500 is the largest capacity and fastest performing Data Domain deduplication disk backup appliance. The DD9500 can provide 1.7 PB of usable capacity, and EMC claims it can back up 58.7 TB of data per hour. It supports Hadoop and NoSQL big data deployments, including Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub, Hortonworks Modern Data Architecture and Pivotal HD Modern Data Architecture.

EMC also enhanced its ProtectPoint software that backs up data directly from primary storage to Data Domain without requiring traditional backup applications. The new version natively supports Oracle, SAP and IBM DB2 to allow database administrators to control backups and recoveries through their application utilities. The first version of ProtectPoint worked from EMC VMAX storage arrays.

EMC also added cloud backup products based on its Maginatics and Spanning Solutions acquisitions. CloudBoost, based on Maginatics technology, connects EMC backup products to cloud storage such as EMC Elastic Cloud Storage. Spanning is expanding its cloud-to-cloud backup application by adding support for Microsoft Office 365. Spanning also supports backups of Salesforce and Google Apps.

EMC is also previewing a software-only version of Data Domain -- called Project Falcon -- at the conference. Project Falcon will let customers deploy Data Domain software in remote offices, in data protection as a service scenarios and in webscale deployments.

Data Domain DD9500, DDOS 5.6, ProtectPoint, CloudBoost, and Spanning for Office 365 are set for release by the end of July. EMC said it will provide availability dates for Falcon products later this year.

VxRack hyper-converged rackscale system

EMC is planning two hyper-converged rackscale systems through its VCE converged systems division. The VxRack systems use EMC ScaleIO hyper-converged software, top-of-rack Cisco Nexus switching and either VMware vSphere, KVM or bare-metal hypervisors. The first VxRack Systems are expected in the second half of 2015. EMC said it will also have a VxRack System based on VMware's forthcoming EVO:RACK technology and VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) hyper-converged software, with more details to come at VMworld in August.

VCE was started as a joint venture between EMC, Cisco and EMC's VMware subsidiary, but EMC took control of VCE in August 2014.

VMAX

EMC introduced FAST.X automated storage tiering that lets customers move storage between VMAX3 and other EMC and third-party storage platforms. FAST.X builds on EMC's FAST automated tiering application that first launched in 2009. EMC's all-flash XtremIO arrays will be the first platform supported by FAST.X. EMC also added VMAX integration with CloudArray technology it acquired from TwinStrata in 2014. CloudArray allows customers to move workloads to cloud storage when they are no longer frequently accessed.

Active-active high availability for non-stop data access and resource balancing through EMC's SRDF/Metro software is planned for later in 2015. EMC competitor Hitachi Data Systems already offers active-active high availability for its Virtual Storage Platform arrays.

EMC rolled out VMAX3 in July 2014.

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