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EMC Blitzes High-End NAS Market With New Gateway

EMC unveiled Monday a new high-end NAS platform and lots of new software to accelerate performance and make the gateway easier to manage.

The Celerra NSX network attached storage (NAS) can accommodate up to eight X-Blades, with each blade supporting up to 16 terabytes of usable capacity, for a maximum system capacity of 112 terabytes. Customers will most likely deploy them in a 7+1 configuration for failover, said Tom Joyce, vice president of storage platforms marketing for EMC, adding that customers needn't fill up all the blade slots.

Its multi-terabyte capacity enables the NSX to handle up to 300,000 NFS operations per second, which the vendor claims is four times as fast as its nearest competitor.

In addition, the new Celerra software helps NAS management capabilities scale better for high-end requirements, and new virtual filesystem technology makes simplifies management as NAS capacity grows, presenting multiple independent filesystems as a single, virtual system for easier manageability, according to Joyce.

New Celerra software also enables automated volume management with a GUI that lets customers optimize configurations using predefined workload characteristics. This capability dramatically reduces planning and management tasks.

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