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EMC beefs up VMAX and Data Domain while launching VNX

EMC made its big product launch today, and while the VNX and VNXe systems were no surprises, the vendor did roll out a few other new products that had been kept secret. Those included new Data Domain data deduplication backup arrays and an archiving product, and software enhancements for the Symmetrix VMAX enterprise SAN array.

You can find details on the VNX systems at and the Data Domain systems at VMAX enhancements include a new version of FAST (Fully Automated Tiering Software) – now called FAST VP (Virtual Pools) — and new operating system software that EMC claims can double performance with no hardware upgrade.

EMC said its Symmetrix Enginuity OS delivers twice as many OLT transactions and Decision Support System (DSS) queries as the previous version. The new OS allows up to five million virtual machines on one VMAX, and EMC claims new VMware API support provides 800% faster management and provisioning, and 300% faster replication than VMAX supported before the enhancement.

EMC also gave VMAX new Federated Live Migration software built into the array — claiming that it allows technology refreshes with zero application downtime — and added native 10-Gigabit Ethernet support and built-in RSA Data Protection Manager to encrypt data at rest.

One thing EMC did not include in its releases this morning was any mention of its long-time storage partner Dell. The EMC-Dell relationship has been on the rocks since Dell tried to buy EMC rival 3PAR and then did purchase another rival Compellent last year. When Dell announced the Compellent deal in December, its executives said Dell would continue to sell Clariion, Celerra and Data Domain products. VNX replaces the Clariion and Celerra platforms, and the VNXe “channel optimized” SMB system is a direct competitor to Dell’s EqualLogic iSCSI SAN products.

EMC CEO Joe Tucci gave a state of EMC address to kick off the live product launch, summing up the vendor’s new product line and overall strategy as the “intersection where cloud – IT as a service – meets enterprise data meets big data.”

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