EMC has introduced a new line of Symmetrix products. The new Symmetrix products can start small and expand up to support the largest virtual datacenter infrastructures.
EMC Claims that the new Symmetrix V-Max and V-Max SE (Virtual Matrix Architecture) storage arrays can scale up to hundreds of thousands of terabytes of storage and is capable of supporting hundreds of thousands of virtual machines.
The Virtual Matrix Architecture is built on the V-Max engine, which contains all the necessary disk and I/O ports along with multiple Intel quad-core processors, up to 126GB of memory and the Engenuity operating system [by EMC].
EMC marketing vice president Barbara Robidoux said that the new V-Max architecture is "the single biggest innovation for the storage industry in years. Each Symmetrix Frame can fit up to eight V-Max engines. This gives a total of 1TGB of memory and twice the front-end and back-end connectors supported by EMC's current high-end DMX-4 systems. Also, an entry-level V-Max SE costs 10% less than a DMX-4, but due to Intel's quad-core processors, the V-Max offers significantly better performance.
Connectivity options include:
- Fibre Channel
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Ficon for IBM mainframe systems.
Now, I'm off to get one for my home lab ;-)