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If you are involved in data center management, be it in operational support or infrastructure design, you most likely have evaluated, adapted, and deployed a data availability solution as part of your business continuity and disaster recovery implementation.   EMC VPLEX Continuous Availability solution, an integral part of the EMC’s data protection offering, should be no stranger to you because of its wide market adoption by companies, including a majority of the Global Fortune 500 companies.


Building on the VPLEX momentum, we are introducing a new generation of VPLEX, the VS6 platform.  VS6 is designed and built for speed, scale, and performance to meet the demands of tomorrow’s modern data center, embracing the trend towards deployment of all-flash storage arrays.


VPLEX VS6 delivers 2X performance over VS2 in IOPS and now scales to support 12,000 virtual volumes in Local or Metro deployment.  This is made possible because the underlying new hardware platform was designed with significant headroom in all of its functional areas, including CPUs, memory, I/O ports, and intra and inter communication links.  



All front end and back end ports in the VS6 engine have been upgraded to PCI-e Gen3 technology with 16Gb/sec Fibre Channel  I/O modules and the intra-engine communication link uses higher performance InfiniBand (IB) technology instead of an 8Gb/sec Fibre Channel link.  The VS6 platform requires VPLEX GeoSynchrony 6.0 or later software to fully unleash their combined capabilities to better protect the all-flash arrays behind VPLEX.  With reduced latency, roughly 1/3 that of VS2, the new VS6 presents an insignificant I/O data path impact even with high performance all-flash arrays at the back end.



At the system level, VS6 platform is more Rack Unit (RU) space efficient, with the integrated Backup Battery Unit (BBU) in the engine, and embedded management servers known as MMCS A and B, in the base engine.  The resultant space savings in the rack enables you to take advantage of the whitespace in the EMC rack.    You can install your equipment in the upper 15U of the VS6 quad engine configuration or in the upper 25U of the single or dual engine configuration within VPLEX VS6 EMC rack. However, EMC specifies that your equipment should connect only to the upper PDUs.




All in all, the new VPLEX VS6 platform builds on the momentum established by VPLEX to accelerate your technology adoption to all flash arrays because it is built for speed, scale, and performance. It makes your IT operation more agile by removing the barriers to migrate data as you perform your technology refresh without disruptions to business critical applications.

Those who are already heavily relying on VPLEX VS2 systems operationally for continuous availability maybe wondering if you can upgrade to the new VS6 platform without any disruptions. Yes, you can, and we will address that important non-disruptive VS2 to VS6 generational upgrade discussion in another blog.  Please stay tuned to the EMC Community Network (ECN) VPLEX community.


New solution: VPLEX For All-Flash

We are also excited to announce VPLEX For All-Flash a new solution exclusively for EMC All-Flash arrays. Learn more about it in this blog post. You can also view the latest VPLEX data sheet and specification sheet.

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