EMC is preparing to roll out the second generation of its VNX storage array, the VNX2, which will feature new multicore processing technology and a rewrite of its software for increased performance, according to channel sources.
The VNX2 also will focus on 2.5-inch form-factor drives as a way to reduce the storage footprint in the data center while making it easier to integrate more SSDs to increase performance.
The VNX2 is slated to be launched Sept. 4 in Milan, Italy, said sources, who added that they expect EMC to use Formula 1 racing as a theme for the event; the Formula 1 Gran Premio D'Italia 2013 begins Sept. 6.
EMC did not respond to requests for further information on the VNX2.
Jamie Shepard, regional vice president of Lumenate, a Dallas-based solution provider and longtime EMC partner, said the VNX2 promises a significant step up in performance, virtualization, and features over the VNX.
"I can't wait," Shepard said. "We've got a customer in the health-care space with meaty requirements. We had quoted them a VNX. But we'll be requoting them using VNX2."
On the hardware side, EMC is introducing new multicore processing, or MCx, technology to increase performance. A slide at an EMC World session showed MCx reaching more than 1 million IOPs, nearly five times the IOPs of the current VNX.
MCx also features dynamic core utilization, leveling the various tasks of the VNX, including RAID, I/O, cache, data services, and management across the multiple processor codes rather than running each task in its own core to increase performance.
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