EMC brings new storage solutions ahead of Dell integration

EMC World 2016
Enterprise networking major EMC today revealed new tools for enterprises and telecoms ahead of its $67 billion merger with Dell.

The EMC Unity family of all-flash storage; Virtustream Storage Cloud platform; EMC MyService360 service-centric online dashboard, EMC Enterprise Copy Data Management (eCDM), ViPR Controller 3.0, and predictive analytics are the new tools revealed at the EMC World 2016 in Las Vegas.

Dell Technologies

The new business unit of Dell and EMC Corp. will be known as Dell Technologies.

Dell EMC will be the name and sub-brand for the company’s enterprise business – including products and solutions sold directly and through the channel to business and institutional customers. Dell will be the name and sub-brand for the company’s client solutions for consumers, business and institutional customers.

Dell Technologies, new name for EMC and Dell, will include enterprise infrastructure businesses of Dell and EMC, the PC business and affiliated businesses including VMware, SecureWorks, Pivotal, Virtustream and RSA. Dell CEO Michael Dell made the announcement today during a keynote presentation at EMC World in Las Vegas.

The EMC World 2016 will be the last gathering of EMC as an independent company, considering the proposed $67 billion acquisition by Dell happens as planned this year. EMC has declared the year 2016 to be the Year Of All-Flash for primary storage.

Unity Storage Array

EMC updated its Unity storage array, with the latest version being designed by keeping small and mid-sized businesses in mind. EMC Unity is a unified block and file system that supports VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) to integrate with virtual machines. It is also available as a hybrid system with hard disk drives, with a single EMC unit array consisting of 25 3.2 TB solid-state drives for 80 TB in a 2U box, and claiming the Unity scan scale to be 3 PB and 3,000 IOPS in a cluster. The array is available in all-Flash, hybrid, converged, is software defined to help customers make an affordable and simple transition from disk to flash, and is priced below $18,000 for an all-flash version and less than $10,000 for a hybrid version.

Virtustream Storage Cloud

The Virtustream Storage Cloud permits the customers to move data from the EMC storage to the Virtustream cloud for long-term backup and cold storage. Virtustream is designed for large object sizes, with which the customers can tier data from VMAX, XtremIO, and Unity primary storage, Data Domain disk backup library and the Data Protection Suite of backup software to the Virtustream Storage Cloud. The New Virtustream Storage Cloud is a global cloud storage platform which is capable to provide enterprise-levels of resiliency and performance along with true web scale.

The release of the Virtustream Storage Cloud displays the latest expansion in the features for Virtustream has claimed, for the last 10 months, to innovate on its core enterprise-class, mission-critical infrastructure-as-a-service platform while enhancing the portfolio with managed services capabilities for both on- and off-premises implementations. Virtustream, which is being moved into VMware, was acquired by EMC for $1.2 billion in May, last year.


The EMC MyService360 cloud-based service dashboard is available to the customers registered with EMC Online Support at no additional cost, offering visual and almost real-time visibility into the health and status of a customer’s entire EMC data centre environment. MyService360 is designed using the internal data lake of EMC and provides analytics and vizualisation tools designed to improve, enhance and simplify the way customers engage with EMC products to make their jobs simple. The service follows cloud-based predictive storage analytics obtained from vendors such as FalconStor, Nimble Storage, Pure Storage, Tintri and Virtual Instruments (LoadDynamiX), and is built to identify systems at risk, to analyze the percentage of the global install base that is up to code, and to identify trends on service incidents.

ViPR Controller 3.0 Software Defined Storage

EMC ViPR Controller is a storage automation software that centers and transforms storage into a simple, extensible and open platform. It summarizes and combines resources with the open source innovations from the CoprHD Project which includes features such as a Southbound SDK (software development kit) to deliver automated, policy-driven storage services on demand via a self-service catalog.

The software supports more than 50 EMC and third-party storage products while making the customers capable of condensing manual tasks by up to 73 percent, by reducing errors, management overhead and OPEX. Application-Centric Workflows, the new Southbound Software Development Kit (SDK), and the added native disaster recovery features are the benefits o the users and telecoms. The ViPR Controller will be available in the second quarter of 2016, with a “Free and Frictionless” trial edition of ViPR Controller provided for customers.

Enterprise Copy Data Management (eCDM)

eCDM is an expanded version of the EMC Copy Data Management portfolio, which focused on aiding customers to tackle data sprawl and reduce the cost of storing and handling multiple copies of the same data. eCDM allows customers to modernize their storage options and protection strategy with discovery, automation and optimization of copy data to reduce costs and streamline operations. It also offers companies with a pan-enterprise solution to monitor, manage and analyse copy data, by getting rid of the waste that will cost the companies data storage spaces for the wrong tier of data or in cases where the data has no use any longer.

Also, EMC Enterprise Copy Data Analytics (eCDA), which is a new analytics-as-a-service offering intended to complement eCDM in order to provide insight to proactively optimize infrastructure, will allow data-driven decision making, including actionable recommendations and service plan modifications to add to the efficiency.

eCDM will be available in Q3,with initial focus on addressing copy sprawl in EMC systems, including visibility into VMAX All Flash, EMC VMAX3, XtremIO and EMC Data Domain systems. The optimized eCDA will be available in Q3 2016.

Vina Krishnan
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