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EMC Kicks Off With Security

EMC will use the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco next week to unveil technologies from its $2.1 billion security acquisition built into its storage systems. (See EMC Secures RSA for $2.1B.)

Next week's announcements will be the first of several enhancements EMC is expected to make this month to its high-end Symmetrix and midrange Clariion storage platforms and affiliated software. EMC has not confirmed any of the products, but industry sources and EMC marketing materials acquired by Byte and Switch spell out the moves. And on EMC's earnings conference call January 23, CEO Joe Tucci said his company was prepping a "robust" product refresh cycle with security integrated into multiple platforms. (See Tucci Aims for 'One EMC'.)

Other announcements will follow, including mainframe disaster recovery software; Symmetrix support for 4-Gbit/s Fibre Channel and RAID 6; a new entry-level Clarrion CX3 system; and network-based asynchronous replication for Clariion based on technology acquired from Kashya last year. (See EMC Coughs Up for Kashya.)

While EMC is merely catching up with RAID 6- and 4-Gbit/s support, at least one of next week's announcements show the vendor is also beginning to integrate technology from a few of its 2006 acquisitions. Example: The Symmetrix Service Credential -- the first RSA technology integrated into EMC storage -- due for unveiling next week.

Service Credential is designed to prevent unauthorized service actions on Symmetrix systems. It provides identity authorization through a user password and encrypted credential that varies by user, time, system, and the user's assigned role. EMC will also add audit logging to track all service and maintenance activity on a Symmetrix for compliance.

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