Storage, Clouds, And More: New Software And Hardware At EMC World12:31 PM EST Mon. May. 10, 2010
EMC has transformed itself over the years from a storage vendor to a multi-faceted provider of a wide range of IT products. Mirroring that diversity is the EMC World exhibition, which is being held this week in Boston.
Turn the page for a first look at some of what's in store at the conference and possibly in your data center.
EMC in the past declared tape to be dead. Yet here is Quantum, which not only is exhibiting at EMC World but is also saying that EMC has added its latest tape library, the Scalar i6000, to EMC's price list.
Quantum's Scalar i6000 enterprise-class tape library is designed for archive and long-term data retention. It scales to up to 5,322 cartridges and stores up to 16PB of data. Its new exclusive Media Data Integrity Analysis (MeDIA) feature scans cartridges to detect potential media problems, ensuring archived data is available when needed.
Northern, a Tampa, Fla.-based developer of data management software, is using EMC World to showcase its new Northern Storage Suite 8.5, which brings state-of-the-art storage resource management to EMC's Celerra NAS appliance line and extending HSM (hierarchical storage management) support. It does this with new tailored reports that offer quick and deep visibility into aging data, enabling customers to identify and manage outdated or unused files wherever they may reside. Also new is the ability for administrators to set quotas on the primary or multiple tiers of storage to better correlate the value of data to the value of the storage device.
Informative Graphics, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based provider of software that allows the viewing, redacting, and automated publishing of documents managed by EMC Documentum, is unveiling its latest version of Brava! for EMC Documentum Webtop 6.5.This release provides users with an appropriately localized version of the BravaDocumentum viewer based on the user's OS language, including English, French, German, Spanish,Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. It also includes thenew, zero-footprintBrava Flash viewer for accessing documents on any Flash-enabled device.
RainStor, a San Francisco-based developer of enterprise and cloud-based data retention software, is not exhibiting at EMC World, but it is at the show meeting with potential ISV and MSP partners of its "Cloud Powered by RainStor" program. That program includes RainStor's "lightning evaluations," which lets partners quickly and easily develop prototypes of new cloud-based data management services. During the evaluation period, RainStor provides the Cloud environment and all the necessary support.
FatWire, a Mineola, N.Y.-based developer of Web experience management (WEM) solutions, is showing its new FatWire Community Server, which allows businesses to implement social features like comments, ratings, and blogs. It also lets them re-use and moderate and manage user-generated content. The company is also showing its FatWire Gadget Servers, which allows third-party gadgets compliant with OpenSocial/Google Gadget standards to be incorporated on FatWire sites and let site visitors create their own gadget dashboards.
SANpulse, Jersey City, N.J., is demonstrating its SANlogics solution suite for simplified storage migration, consolidation and optimization, specifically storage migration from legacy storage to EMC Symmetrix V-Max Systems. The SANlogics solution combines on-demand data analysis, business-process aware functionality, and rapid execution into a solution for upgrading and optimizing their IT storage infrastructures.
Xsigo Systems, a San Jose, Calif.-based developer of appliances that allow any server and storage devices connect to each other in the data center, is showing its Xsigo VP560 I/O Director, a non-proprietary virtual I/O solution designed specifically for private cloud infrastructures. This 2U appliance interoperates with leading hardware and software to let customers configure their own standardized rack-based computing architectures, or "pods," that enable the efficient delivery of scalable compute resources.
TwinStrata, Natick, Mass., a developer of software for building intelligent storage clouds, showed CloudArray storage enablement software. CloudArray is a virtual appliance which adds intelligence to public and private cloud storage with features including data replication, backup and restore, archiving, disaster recovery, data availability and security, and elastic capacity to help provide customers with seamlessly managed cloud storage services. CloudArray supports cloud storage providers Amazon Web Services, EMC Atmos onLine, and AT&T Synaptics.
Samsung Electronics America showed its new 19-inch NC190 and 23.6-inch NC240 monitors for secure access to remote servers and data centers. The NC190 and NC240 are zero-client displays which provide secure access to any PC-over-IP (PCoIP)-enabled remote host. This allows users to connect to centralized servers, without the need for workstations on their desks. They provide a low-power alternative to traditional desktop computers while integrating seamlessly into existing systems which use PCoIP-enabled rack workstations, towers or blade PCs.
Azaleos, a Seattle-based provider of managed messaging and collaboration services, is expanding its technical and business partnership with EMC. The company has extended its ViewX monitoring system, which remotely monitors Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Office Communications Server (OCS),and Active Directory at the client site or datacenter, to provide troubleshooting of EMC Clariion AX and CX storage devices in SharePoint 2010 environments. This enables ViewX to provide in-depth visualization, trending, reporting and predictive analysis of storage infrastructures.
Rocket Software, a Newton, Mass.-based developer of software for building and servicing enterprise infrastructure products, is unveiling the June availability of Servergraph Professional 6.0, an application which provides business intelligence reporting on backups for organizations using IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager as their primary backup solution. Servergraph Professional 6.0 delivers business intelligence capabilities to enhance decision making for backup administrators, IT managers and CIOs, with a graphical reporting environment that provides executive dashboards, rich data visualizations, and printable, graphical reports.
Precise, a Redwood Shores, Calif.-based developer of software for transaction performance management in business IT environments, is introducing Precise for EMC Storage Tiering. This lets customers of EMC's Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST) technology to prioritize mission-critical data and manage information growth by moving high priority data to high performance disks. It identifies which devices store priority data, up-tiers the data for future events, and ensures that the right data is on the right tier at the right time.
At EMC World, Avnet is presenting its new CloudReady initiative that provides solution providers with skills and services to help them sell and deliver cloud-based IT data center solutions. The company is also discussing its plans to enable partners to work with EMC's and Cisco's Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) strategy with professional services, technical education and training, pre-sales support, and integration services.
Seven10 Storage Software, Lawrence, Mass, is releasing its StorFirst EAS 3.7 data life cycle management technology which the company claims eliminates the dependency on back-up by securely archiving unstructured data across tiers of storage. StorFirst EAS 3.7 can archive data to a full range of SAN, NAS, direct-attach storage, and virtual storage appliances. It also supports such cloud storage platforms as EMC Atmos, AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service, Terremark vCloud, Hosted Solutions' Stratus Trusted Cloud, and Iron Mountain.
Selectica, a San Jose, Calif.-based provider of contract lifecycle management and sales configuration solutions, showed its new Selectica Contract Kiosk, a self-service contract portal that allows all employees in a company to request contracts and securely access contract-related information. The new portal, built on EMC Documentum xCP (xCelerated Composition Platform), streamlines contracting processes to enable legal teams to boost productivity, improve service levels, and focus resources on high-value activities.