Storage vendor EMC has unveiled a new approach to high-end data storage based on a new architecture purpose-built to support virtual data centres. EMC also announced the first storage system based on this architecture.
Called the new EMC Virtual Matrix Architecture, it integrates industry-standard components with EMC's Symmetrix capabilities to deliver massive scalability-- enabling systems that scale to hundreds of thousands of terabytes of storage and tens of millions of IOPS (input/output per second) supporting hundreds of thousands of virtual machines in a single federated storage infrastructure.
According to EMC, it is the first storage architecture that combines the performance and efficiency of a scale-up architecture and the cost-effective flexibility of a scale-out architecture.
"EMC is leading the way with the biggest breakthrough in new high-end storage design in nearly two decades, enabling storage customers to deploy a flexible, dynamic, energy-efficient information infrastructure and get the maximum value for their investment," said Joe Tucci, EMC chairman, president and CEO.
Virtual Matrix Architecture was designed and built from the ground up to break the physical boundaries of data centre storage, incorporates automation to simplify storage management, enables resources to be scaled on demand and uses less energy per terabyte of data stored than traditional high-end storage systems.
The first storage system based on this architecture is the EMC Symmetrix V-Max system, which is available immediately. It is the world's largest high-end storage array and uses multi-core processors to lower power costs and improve IOPS per dollar.
At the centre of this new system is a flexible building block that features multiple redundant Quad-core Intel Xeon processors with up to 128GB of memory and up to 16 host and 16 drive channel connections. The Virtual Matrix Architecture allows the system to interconnect and share resources to scale to 1,024GB of global memory, with twice as many front-end and back-end connections compared to EMC's previous systems, with more than three times the performance, twice the connectivity and three times more usable capacity, while using significantly less power per terabyte and per IOP.
As part of EMC's Early Adopter Program, more than 30 of the new systems have already been shipped to customers with some of the world's largest data centres, including EMC's own data centre.
Symmetrix V-Max System Specifications
o Up to 128 Intel Xeon processor cores
o Up to 1TB of global memory
o Fibre Channel/FICON/Gigabit Ethernet/iSCSI connectivity
o Latest generation Flash/Fibre Channel/SATA drive support
o Scale to 2,400 drives
o Maximum usable, protected capacity of 2 PBs