The VMAXe is now more powerful with support for more than 1,000 drives, and is available as an all-Flash VMAXe configuration; is more trusted with a new disaster recovery software option called SRDFe; and is even more efficient with new support for 100 GB Flash and 2.5" SAS disk drives. EMC also extended its industry-leading integration with VMware, offering new VMAXe integration with VMware vSphere 5 Cloud infrastructure platform. It's these type of customer-driven innovations which led customers to recognize EMC as the no. 1 storage choice for Microsoft, Oracle and other mission critical environments in a recent survey by IDC.
The VMAXe delivers even more scale supporting more-than 1,000-drives in a fully-populated VMAXe array - operating with a choice of either 96 GB or 128 GB of cache. The VMAXe is also now available as an all-Flash configuration - also available with VMAX), which is ideal for customers requiring the lowest response time, highest I/Os per second, and most energy-efficient systems in their virtual data centre.
The new SRDFe for VMAXe is a version of EMC's SRDF that is sized specifically for VMAXe environments - supporting replication for up to 8,000 Symmetrix devices, which can include a mix of those in synchronous or asynchronous, and adaptive copy modes. In addition to the already available EMC RecoverPoint on VMAXe, customers now have more options in deploying either of these industry-leading disaster recovery solutions. With both SRDFe and RecoverPoint supported on VMAXe, customers now have multiple ways to integrate with VMware's vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.
New VMAXe support for VMware vCenter Server plug-ins, enabling co-ordination between the VMware platform and either VMAXe or VMAX, provides built-in storage insight in the VMware environment. This supports intelligent virtual machine storage provisioning, bolsters storage troubleshooting, and enables the VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) solution related use cases for storage. This bi-directional "server-to-storage" and "storage-to-server" capability is unique to EMC. Additionally, customers now have the industry's most flexible configurations to leverage Flash technology, including new 100 GB drives, Fibre Channel, SATA, and new highly efficient 2.5" SAS drives in the same disk array enclosure. Support for these new drive technologies further exploit the cost and performance efficiencies available with EMC FAST VP (Fully Automated Storage Tiering for Virtual Pools).
VMAXe extends the reach of the Symmetrix family to a new category of customers in the mid- to high-end enterprise, as well as emerging markets around the globe. Even more customers can now gain significant benefits within their data center with minimal risk using the proven and trusted Symmetrix platform technology.
The VMAXe uses the same industry leading Virtual Matrix Architecture and innovative software as larger VMAX systems used in the world's largest data centres. Designed for organisations with limited storage expertise and IT resources, it features a new hardware design for a smaller footprint, and built-in software for fast installation, configuration and management.
The rapid adoption of Cloud computing around the world is creating exponential data growth that many organisations are struggling to manage with limited staff, space and budgets. The VMAXe addresses these challenges with the most sophisticated levels of storage automation, simplified management and provisioning, scalable performance, local and remote replication and the ability to simultaneously support thousands of virtual machines from VMware and others.