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EMC in Full Launch Mode

EMC next week will make additions across its hardware platforms by introducing a baby Symmetrix, iSCSI Clariions, upgraded NAS, and virtual tape libaries.

EMC is keeping mum until Monday, but according to EMC internal documents obtained by Byte and Switch and industry sources, here's what's coming:

Symmetrix DMX-3 950: Replaces the DMX800 as the lowest end system in the enterprise DX-3 SAN family that EMC launched in July 2005 and upgraded with larger configurations in January. (See EMC Swells Its High End, EMC Makes Good on DMX-3, and EMC Refreshes NAS, SAN.) EMC bills this as a SAN for remote data centers with limited space because it is smaller than its other DMX-3 systems. The 950 holds from 32 to 360 drives, compared to 2,400 drives in the largest DMX-3.

Customers can't expand from the DMX-3 950 to larger DMX-3 models, although they can replicate between the 950 and other DMX-3s. The 950 is also the only DMX-3 system that has no mainframe support.

The DMX-3 950 competes against Hitachi Data Systems NSC55 TagmaStore SAN and IBM's DS8100, but could also bump up against EMC's high-end Clariion midrange SAN, the CX3-80, which scales to 480 drives.

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