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VPLEX will come in four versions: VPLEX Local, VPLEX Metro, VPLEX Geo and VPLEX Global, Gallagher said.
VPLEX Local allows migration of data between multiple arrays in a local data center in a non-disruptive fashion, making it suitable for such tasks as technology refreshes. VPLEX Local scales to up to four VPLEX engines.
VPLEX Metro allows data to be accessed across two data centers up to about 100 km apart. With VPLEX Metro, customers can provision and share data across the two data centers and take advantage of excess capacity in one data center. It scales to up to eight VPLEX engines, four at each site.
“When combined with VMware’s VMotion, you can non-disruptively migrate virtual machines, applications, and data associated with those applications,” Gallagher said.
For example, in a disaster recovery scenario, if a customer experiences a disaster in one data center it can migrate the applications and data to the other, he said.
Both VPLEX Local and VPLEX Metro are available starting this week.
Next year, EMC plans to expand its VPLEX infrastructure with two new solutions, Gallagher said.
The first, VPLEX Geo, will allow asynchronous access to data between two data centers at any distance.
The second, VPLEX Global, will allow multi-site configurations, and link multiple data centers into a single large virtual data center, he said.
VPLEX is different from EMC’s InVista storage virtualization appliance, which has been around for several years, Gallagher said. InVista, which will remain in production, virtualized the storage from multiple storage arrays into a single pool, while VPLEX allows the migration of data between multiple arrays.