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Issue Date: February 2008

iSCSI NAS for VMware

1 February 2008

EMC has introduced a new NAS for small and medium businesses (SMBs) that can be deployed in VMware Infrastructure and traditional IT environments with no application downtime.
EMC has introduced the new EMC CLARiiON AX4 networked storage system, a storage area network (SAN) system for small and medium businesses (SMBs). The new system can be deployed, expanded and reconfigured in VMware Infrastructure and traditional IT environments with no application downtime.
The CLARiiON AX4 system can scale to 60 terabytes of capacity and supports either iSCSI or Fibre Channel SAN connectivity. With built-in advanced information management and protection features, it can store, manage and protect data from up to 64 high availability Windows, Linux, Unix, NetWare and VMware Infrastructure hosts simultaneously. It is cost-effective to deploy, can easily be tailored and expanded to meet dynamic information storage requirements and is ideally suited for applications including Microsoft Exchange, SQL, Oracle and SAP. It can be configured with up to 60 SAS and SATA disk drives for an optimal mix of performance, cost and energy efficiency.
The AX4 system was designed to integrate with and extend key VMware Infrastructure capabilities, many of which require shared storage. Built-in features enable realtime volume expansion - making the allocation of high performance storage for new virtual machines simple and seamless. It also includes EMC's Virtual LUN technology, which can be used in conjunction with VMware Storage VMotion, a new product introduced with the recent major upgrade to VMware Infrastructure, for the non-disruptive migration of multiple virtual machine disk files.
In addition, the CLARiiON AX4 supports EMC's replication software, including EMC MirrorView, EMC SAN Copy, EMC RepliStor and EMC Replication Manager to provide the highest levels of uptime in VMware environments. The AX4 has been certified by VMware and will be included in the VMware Storage/SAN Compatibility Guide.
"Companies, especially SMBs, are constantly looking for ways to simplify their IT environments and get the most value from their storage investments," said Charles King, principal analyst, Pund-IT. "That is one of the key reasons why iSCSI is becoming so popular, and is especially important in VMware environments where new virtual servers require consolidated storage. EMC's CLARiiON AX4 is ideal for SMBs virtualised environments since it includes key features that make it easy for businesses with few or no dedicated IT resources to set-up, manage and allocate networked storage. With the CLARiiON AX4, EMC is providing customers plenty of storage options at an attractive price point."
With an easy-to-use, intuitive interface, terabytes of SAN capacity can be configured with just a few mouse clicks by following simple, graphical interface instructions and installation wizards. System management is also intuitive and simplified by using the latest version of EMC Navisphere Express, which uses a graphical approach to creating and managing disk pools and virtual disks, enabling storage capacity to be created, allocated and re-allocated in seconds, while the application remains online.
The CLARiiON AX4 includes features for high availability and reliability that are not typically found in competitive systems of this size. It features a mirrored cache design, built-in standby power supply, continuous disk consistency checking and hot swappable components which provide superior levels of data availability and reliability.
"As the IT environments of SMBs become more sophisticated, customers are looking for storage solutions that are reliable, simple to deploy and, most important, make their lives easier," said Gerhard Van Der Merwe, country manager of EMC. "With the EMC CLARiiON AX4, we are giving the IT manager the tools to act like a storage specialist and to do so with minimal effort and expense. We have taken SAN flexibility and ease-of-use to a new level. It is a full function storage system that is affordable, has the most important software built-in and can be easily managed and scale to meet the future needs of our customers as their information requirements grow."
The CLARiiON AX4 system is available immediately through EMC's worldwide network of distributors and partners.
For more information contact Cathy Burns, marketing and communications manager, +27 (0)11 202 0033,

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