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In early May at EMC World 2015, EMC announced new updates to the EMC VMAX3, the industry's leading data service platform, fundamentally changing what has been possible with enterprise storage by delivering new levels of automation, modernization and consolidation to customers. EMC is extending enterprise data services to multiple platforms with the launch of FAST.X, automating storage tiering across the data center.
VMAX3 is a radically new approach to enterprise storage architecture, separating software-based data services from the underlying hardware, allowing the hallmark VMAX capabilities – local replication, remote replication, and storage tiering – to extend to other platforms from EMC and third-party vendors. VMAX3 also dramatically simplifies management at scale through service level objectives (SLOs), improving overall staff productivity and allowing them to focus on the needs of the business, rather than the management of technology.
This VMAX3 data service platform architecture allows customers to build a flexible storage infrastructure in which decisions are not bound by what is possible within a single "frame". Customers can now choose the optimal platform for each workload while consistently protecting and managing them based on their service levels, using industry-leading VMAX capabilities.
EMC is announcing an expanded set of VMAX3 data services and capabilities that further automate, consolidate and protect mission-critical IT operations. Key highlights include:
Oracle Database OLTP applications tend to be mission-critical, with low I/O latency requirements, Enterprise Flash drives or even All-Flash-Array can dramatically increase performance for these applications. However, to get the maximum benefit from Flash drives or All-Flash-Array, without increasing total cost of ownership (TCO), administrators must continually identify and place only the most active data on these devices.
The traditional VMAX FAST VP storage tiering has evolved over the past years from a completely manual process to the automatic process. FAST VP in conjunction with Oracle database provides benefits such as increasing storage utilization, enhance capability and flexibility for deploying Oracle database throughout the entire range of business application from mission-critical to test and development, support wide range of performance and reliability at minimum cost. FAST VP integrates very well with Oracle database to optimize performance of data files, indexes, and at times even temp files within the single VMAX frame.
FAST.X fully automates data movement to storage across the data center and to the public cloud. It extends trusted VMAX3 data services to those assets, allowing them to leverage our industry-leading RAS and software functionality as well as our radically simple, business-oriented service level objective (SLO) management.
VMAX3 tiering to EMC XtremIO with FAST.X combines XtremIO data efficiency (6:1 data compression with de-dupe) with VMAX data services offering the ultimate high performance/high availability platform for mixed workloads. VMAX3 tiering to public or private cloud with FAST.X and EMC CloudArray also allows customers to take advantage of the cloud’s greater scalability, lower costs and reduced maintenance.
With VMAX3, EMC is pioneering new storage-tiering strategies, taking services honed in the VMAX family and applying it to other storage platforms – and even the cloud. We hope that the flexibility, automation and control this offers, will empower organizations to make swift strides in their journey to transform their IT infrastructures in order to take advantage of new opportunities to redefine their business.