"The Symmetrix VMAXe is a compelling expansion of EMC's portfolio and meets the requirements of a new breed of customer, especially those in new and emerging markets around the world whose storage environment got bigger than they ever thought it would," said Terri McClure, an analyst with market research firm ESG. "EMC is meeting changing market conditions and requirements by making high-end storage capabilities, previously only available to larger data centers, available to everyone."
Hermie Cloete, a systems architect with EMC customer Duke Energy, said in a statement that the VMAXe provides his company with the flexibility to provide high-end capabilities in its lower-tier service level offering to business units, "as we look to expand our virtualization and private cloud infrastructure."
The VMAXe, like its larger predecessor, comes with software to manage virtual computing environments, including the EMC Symmetrix Management Console and Performance Analyzer, a web GUI and real-time dashboard views and EMC PowerPath SE, an automated I/O path failover software.
The VMAXe also supports high-end software capabilities, such as EMC's FAST VP (fully automated storage tiering with virtual pools), which automates where data is placed based on priority, and its TimeFinder local replication software.
The VMAXe can also support IPv6 with 10Gbps Ethernet connectivity, or it can have up to 64 Fibre Channel ports, 32 gigabit Ethernet (iSCSI) ports or 10Gbps Fibre Channel over Ethernet ports.
EMC did not immediately release pricing on the new VMAXe array.
vSphere storage array
EMC's VMware subsidiary also announced a vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) that offers small and medium-sized businesses a storage area network (SAN) which uses the iSCSI protocol to serve up block-level data to as many as three physical servers running applications on virtual machines.
Storage Appliance is a software virtual appliance that allows vSphere administrators to use server storage space by presenting it as shared storage. Managed as a single instance from vCenter Server, VMware VSA is installed on a cluster of servers and resides on a virtual machine on each server. The cluster enables the virtual machines to access the shared storage without the need for dedicated external storage. vSphere administrators can simply allocate and provision this storage via vCenter Server. Once storage is allocated, managing it is the same as managing any shared storage -- even simpler, because the storage resource is managed through vCenter Server.
vCenter Server is VMware's virtual machine management tool.