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EMC Extends High-End NAS Technology Leadership With Industry's Highest-Performing NAS System

  • 19 April, 2005 14:31

<p>New EMC Celerra NSX High-End NAS Gateway with X-Blade Server Technology Delivers Four Times the Performance of Competing Systems</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia – April 19, 2005 – EMC Corporation today unveiled the fastest, most-advanced network attached storage (NAS) system in the world. The new high-end EMC Celerra® NSX NAS gateway delivers up to 300,000 NFS operations per second. Combined with new Celerra software functionality also announced today, this data-centre-class solution enables customers to scale higher, faster and more cost effectively than ever before.</p>
<p>With new EMC-designed-and-built X-Blade server technology with N+1 clustering, the EMC Celerra NSX can scale performance using simple online upgrades that let customers easily and nondisruptively deploy up to eight X-Blades. The Celerra NSX and new functionality helps customers lower costs and achieve information lifecycle management (ILM) benefits by consolidating direct attached storage (DAS) with iSCSI, automating the creation of tiered storage for NAS and transparently moving data from one tier to the next with unprecedented scale and simplified management.</p>
<p>The Celerra NSX is the highest-performing and best price/performance NAS system in the industry. Compared with the Network Appliance GF980C, an eight-blade EMC Celerra NSX delivers more than four times the NFS operations-per-second performance and 68 per cent better price performance. For nearly a decade, EMC has been the technology leader in high-end NAS systems that have been deployed worldwide by thousands of customers who are looking for high levels of availability, functionality and performance.</p>
<p>The new Celerra software delivers more scalable management capabilities and better ease of use. New virtual filesystem technology simplifies the management of file systems as customers’ capacities grow. This technology presents multiple independent filesystems as a single, virtual filesystem for easier administration, access, manageability and control.</p>
<p>Adam Zimmerman is the storage administrator for Phoenix Newspapers Inc. (PNI), the subsidiary of Gannett Co., Inc. responsible for publishing The Arizona Republic, azcentral.com and other sites. Zimmerman said, “Our goal is to be a technologically advanced, integrated information services company that provides people with information they need, when they need it and through whatever medium they choose to receive it. We use EMC Celerra to help us meet the needs of millions of readers. EMC has made dramatic ease-of-use improvements for replication and configuration management. The new point-and-click capabilities save us time and help us test and modify functions like replication faster and more easily.”</p>
<p>The new Celerra software also delivers the new Celerra Automated Volume Management which, via the Celerra graphical user interface, lets customers easily create optimised system configurations based on predefined workload characteristics. This capability dramatically reduces planning and management tasks.</p>
<p>Also announced today is the new EMC Centera FileArchiver (CFA) software that integrates with the open EMC Celerra FileMover application programming interface (API) to deliver policy-based data management and movement. For customers with tiered, networked storage including EMC Centera™ content addressed storage (CAS), Centera FileArchiver will migrate static data from the EMC Celerra NAS system directly to the Centera CAS active enterprise archive.</p>
<p>David Donatelli, EMC executive vice president of Storage Platforms Operations, said, “The EMC Celerra NSX represents a new standard in NAS, and it’s a standard that our competition cannot match. Customers turn to EMC for complete solutions, not point products, to deliver the benefits of an ILM strategy. The EMC Celerra NSX, as part of an ILM initiative, enables customers to reduce their number of file servers, to consolidate storage, and to leverage their existing investments in storage area network (SAN) infrastructures.”</p>
<p>Additional Celerra NSX benefits include high-availability features such as redundant hot-swappable components, N+1 clustering, dual control stations and dual uninterrupted power systems (UPS). To improve scalability, the Celerra NSX supports up to 16 terabytes of usable capacity per X-Blade, with a maximum system capacity of 112 terabytes. With a new RAID 3 data protection scheme, the Celerra NSX can deliver excellent performance for multimedia applications.</p>
<p>Randy Kerns, senior partner, Evaluator Group, said, “NAS Gateways continue to experience tremendous customer adoption for consolidation in enterprise environments. EMC has a long history of delivering high-end gateways and has used its data centre experience to develop systems that feature high performance, high availability and advanced functionality. The X-Blade server technology represents continued NAS innovation from EMC. The EMC Celerra NSX systems will be an attractive offering to customers looking for the cost and time savings and other efficiencies of consolidating their NAS environments.”</p>
<p>Pricing and Ordering Information</p>
<p>The new Celerra NSX systems will be available from EMC and its partners in May 2005. A four-X-Blade Celerra NSX system has a list price of US$278,250. This configuration includes dual management stations, dual uninterrupted power systems (UPS), the CIFS protocol, EMC Celerra SnapSure for local replication and EMC Celerra Manager for web-based management.</p>
<p>About EMC</p>
<p>EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world leader in products, services and solutions for information storage and management that help organisations extract the maximum value from their information, at the lowest total cost, across every point in the information lifecycle. Information about EMC’s products and services can be found at www.EMC.com.</p>
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<p>EMC and Celerra are registered trademarks, and Centera and SnapSure are trademarks of EMC Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.</p>
<p>This release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined under the Federal Securities Laws. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iii) risks associated with acquisitions and investments, including the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (iv) competitive factors including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (v) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (vi) component and product quality and availability; (vii) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (viii) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (ix) war or acts of terrorism; (x) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (xi) fluctuating currency exchange rates; and (xii) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in EMC’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. EMC disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.</p>
<p>CONTACTS:</p>
<p>Emma Rogers
Corporate Communications Manager
EMC Australia and New Zealand
+61 2 9925 7942 or + 61 0408 237 309
rogers_emma@emc.com</p>
<p>Marty Filipowski
Spectrum Communications
+61 2 9954 3299
martyf@spectrumcomms.com.au</p>

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