EMC launched a new addition to the company's VNX branded storage portfolio with an entry-level VNXe3200 designed for small to medium sized businesses. As part of the announcement last week, EMC now provides Data at Rest Encryption on the VNXe line. The company also announced its foray into software defined storage that EMC calls Project Liberty.
EMC's New VNXe Series
EMC's VNXe series is the company's unified storage platform for network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area networks (SAN) that will operate up to three times the number of virtual machines (VMs) as the prior generation VNXe model, according to the company.
Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors power the VNXe3200 and include a 6Gb/s SAS drive backend. The VNXe3200 supports major unified protocols including iSCSI, Fibre Channel, and FCoE. The VNXe operating system allows Microsoft Windows and Linux/UNIX clients to share files in multi-protocol NFS and CIFS environments.
EMC's VNX and VNXe products support hybrid flash and hard drive arrays. The VNXe3200 is MCx (multi-core optimization) enabled and includes EMC FAST (Fully-Automated Storage Tiering) software to optimize the use of flash storage. Read: Selecting the Right Type, Amount & Location of Flash Storage
The VNXe setup for either NAS or SAN is under 15 minutes, according to EMC, and users can deploy Microsoft applications up to 3 times faster. EMC Unisphere is a central integrated management system to manage the distributed storage environment. The Unisphere dashboard provides monitoring information about the condition of the system.
The VNXe3200 will support up to 125 virtual machines and 500 virtual desktops using EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructures. This latest model includes file deduplication and reduces capacity by up to 50 percent through thin provisioning. The system also automates tiering to optimize data storage. The platform is designed for 99.999 percent uptime; to support that service level, the VNXe includes dual controllers, various RAID options, and allows non-disruptive upgrades.
EMC D@RE and Project Liberty
EMC also announced the addition of VNX Data at Rest encryption (D@RE) that will be available as a non-disruptive upgrade sometime in the third quarter of this year. The EMC D@RE uses controller-based encryption to protect data written to disk. If the disk is removed, the data is still protected.
"The VNXe allows us to leverage industry-leading technology at an affordable price point. The VNXe3200 has improved our efficiency while improving our performance, allowing us to meet internal service level agreements. With the VNXe, we can easily scale our infrastructure as our business grows, or offer new services that our company can provide," says Brandon Robinson, Executive Director of Network Services, Aces Power.
Project Liberty is EMC's move into the software defined storage (SDS) market that the company says is based on its VNX family. That is likely to change in the future as companies work on less proprietary hardware standardization.
The VNXe3200 is expected to be available in the second quarter of this year with a starting price of under $12,000.
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