EMC looks set to launch its Symmetrix DMX-4 system next week, as well as a slew of enhancements for its Clariion, Celerra, and Centera platforms, according to industry sources.
The vendor, which has a press conference scheduled for Monday morning, will take the wraps off the latest addition to its Symmetrix DMX product line, analysts say. (See EMC in Full Launch Mode, EMC Swells Its High End, and EMC Makes Good on DMX-3.) "They have a new DMX that's 4-Gig," says one analyst, who asked not to be named, confirming that the device will offer end-to-end 4-Gbit/s throughput.
More and more SAN vendors are pushing 4-Gbit/s Fibre Channel products in an attempt to tap into users' demand for high bandwidth storage. (See Insider: 4-Gig's Successor Uncertain, Infortrend Intros Raid Arrays, Finisar CEO: FC Rising With 10G, 4-Gig Fires Up Emulex, and NASA Upgrades Supercomputer.)
As well as offering a mixture of Fibre Channel and SATA drives and enhanced replication features, sources also told Byte and Switch that the DMX-4 will offer increased capacity through the use of 750-Gbyte drives, although the overall size of the system is still unknown.
Sources say the vendor is also looking to boost the overall capacity of its Centera content-addressable storage (CAS) system with the addition of 750-Gbyte drives. (See EMC Powers Delta Dental and Bank Uses EMC.)