Also today, EMC announced iSCSI options for the DMX line (designed for connecting low-end servers for which Fibre Channel is impractical) and introduced a lower-end model of the DMX800. The iSCSI option is available via the four-port Multiprotocol Director, which lets customers provide Ficon, iSCSI, and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity on the same controller card.
"With this announcement, DMX becomes the industry's best-connected storage," said Dave Donatelli, executive VP of storage platform operations at EMC, on a conference call this morning.
In addition, EMC rolled out several software enhancements for the Symmetrix, including a new version of Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF), offering asynchronous replication over thousands of miles for disaster recovery, and a new version of Enginuity, the Symmetrix operating system, that allows for nondisruptive upgrades.
EMC said all the products it announced today are currently in beta testing and will be available in September 2003. The news from the Hopkinton, Mass., storage vendor had been widely expected since late last week (see EMC Flexes DMXes).