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Vol. 2 No. 6 August 2003

EMC Expands Reach of Symmetrix DMX

Not to be outdone by the software side of the house, which last month acquired Legato Systems for $1.3 billion, EMC's hardware team has pushed out a major revision to its Symmetrix DMX product line. "This is no bug fix release," says Barry Burke, director of Symmetrix marketing. To be more specific, EMC is offering new high-end and entry-level models. The DMX3000 replaces the DMX2000 as the premium array, featuring eight back-end directors and up to 576 disk drives, for a maximum useable capacity of 73.5TB. Perhaps more significant, however, is a new version of the entry-level DMX800. Whereas the first DMX800 came with four back end directors and up to 120 drives, a new configuration will offer a two-director version with only 60 drives, starting at $285,000. That's about 30% less than a comparable four-director unit, Burke says, and reflects what EMC has found in the six months it has been selling the DMX800--"that the bulk of the business was for 60 drives or less." In many ways, this announcement further blurs the line ...

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