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EMC Adds Flash, De-Dupe to Expanded Celerra Lineup

EMC rolled out a new lineup of its midrange Celerra storage systems today, adding a series of new capabilities to optimize storage in VMware environments, support for enterprise flash drives, an in-the-box archiving system with file retention, and data de-duplication and compression features designed to improve storage efficiency.

The Celerra portfolio now includes the NS-120, NS-480, NS-960, and NS-G8 Gateways, which offer NAS, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel connectivity. The usable IP storage capacity ranges from up to 64 TB on the one- or two-blade NS-120 to up to 896 TB on the eight-blade NS-G8 gateway. Prices start in the $35,000-$40,000 range and can move into six figures, depending on which system and how much storage capacity is purchased.

EMC is adding data de-duplication and compression to Celerra at no extra charge to reduce primary file systems and user data in VMware and other virtualized environments, using technology from EMC's Avamar and RecoverPoint to compress inactive files and then remove duplicates. Integrated into Celerra Manager, it offers automated policy control and can cut filesystems by up to 50 percent, the company says.

The company also extended its support for enterprise flash drives (EFD) to the Celerra, which is one of the first NAS systems to be able to take advantage of the high-performance systems. EMC says EFDs can improve performance 800 percent compared to Fibre channel drives and are 98 percent more energy efficient.

To aid in recovery, EMC added a VMware vCenter plug-in to work with VMware Site Recovery Manager Automated Failback when customers need to return to the original virtual infrastructure. It also uses another plug-in -- VMware View Storage Integration -- to provision virtual desktops. EMC says using VMware View and Celerra de-duplication capabilities can produce the highest storage efficiency for both boot and user data.

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