EMC's VPLEX metro and VPLEX geo allow for replication of data between applications over distances of up to 100 kilometers to greater than 2,000 kilometers, respectively.
VPLEX is now also integrated with the latest version of RecoverPoint software, EMC's continuous data protection application that not only backs up data, but allows instantaneous recovery of it in a disaster or system failure.
EMC said upgrades to the various element of VPLEX now allows it to offer 40% more performance and twice the scalability of previous iterations of the hardware/software package.
"The whole mission in the life of VPLEX is to turn the entire world into active-active data centers. So you have a primary site and a secondary site, both sites should be able to run workloads regardless of whether one site is in recovery mode or the other is in transaction processing mode," Burton said.
VPLEX is now also now certified with Oracle RAC. The user interface enables multi-site active/active RAC deployments over up to 100 kilometers apart while maintaining full synchronization and continuous operations in the event of a site failure.
Like its VMAX, EMC upgraded its midrange VNX unified storage arrays with new processors and capacity.
EMC's new entry-level VNXe3150 array comes with an Intel quad core processor, and is optimized for cloud computing and virtualized applications. The array, like its predecessors, is best suited for IT generalists with its simple UI for managing virtual environments.
In the midrange storage product arena, EMC announced its VNX arrays now have a 38% lower starting purchase cost for SSD tiers -- a result of lower flash prices. Users can also mix RAID types within a storage pool, EMC said. For example, SSDs can be configured as RAID 5 and SAS drives as RAID 6 for maximum efficiency and maximum protection.
EMC's VNX array line also received some new snapshot capabilities. The VNX now support 256 writable snapshots per Logical Unit Number (LUN) for up to 32,000 per system (depending on VNX system size.) The array can also take snapshots of snapshots, for backup development and test purposes.
The company also announced EMC VNX Connector for VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite. VNX Connector will provide tools such as dashboards with health alerts and analytics that give admins comprehensive cross-domain of their virtual server storage environment.