The latest member of the Symmetrix family - DMX Symmetrix V-Max is a new storage system to meet green and virtual data center requirement.

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The newer V-Max design is based on individual High Availability (HA) V-Max Engines with redundant memory, CPU, and connectivity on two directors for fault tolerance. V-Max Engines connect to and scale-out linearly through the Virtual Matrix architecture, which allows resources to be shared within and across V-Max Engines. To meet current and future Growth Requirements, additional V-Max Engines can be added non-disruptively for efficient and dynamic scaling of capacity and performance that is available to any application on demand.

Symmetrix V-Max is the only high-end platform with multi-core processors that provide maximum performance and energy-efficient capabilities in each V-Max Engine. This unique feature allows entry-level V-Max configurations to deliver significantly more performance in a smaller footprint than any other storage array.

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Figure 1: EMC DMX Symmetrix V-Max Series with Enginuity

The new Symmetrix V-Max series consists of two models:

Symmetrix V-Max SE (single engine) scales from 48 to 360 drives and is ideal for smaller capacity needs that require the highest levels of performance, availability, and functionality.


Symmetrix V-Max provides linear scale-out of system resources—96 to 2,400 drives and one to eight V-Max Engines initially —and is ideal for massive consolidation beyond the limits of a single Symmetrix DMX-4 by:

Three times the capacity—Flash, Fibre Channel, and SATA drives can be configured with a total usable protected capacity of up to 2 PB in a single system.

Twice the connectivity—Up to 128 host ports per frame versus 64 and capable of supporting thousands of physical and virtual server connections combining Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and FICON.

Twice the performance—Based on 2.3 GHz multi-core processors that provide a significant increase in processing power within a smaller footprint.


Management Abstraction Enables Ease, Speed, Automation

With this release, EMC is delivering a number of new capabilities and products that increase the ease and speed with which you will be able to manage storage in virtual and physical environments, which translates into real gains in operational efficiencies:

New Auto-provisioning Groups combine tasks by device, port, and initiator to reduce time and complexity by 95 percent. In virtual server environments applications running on V-Max arrays require a fault tolerant environment with clustered servers as well as multiple paths to devices for guest Virtual Machines (VMs).

Symmetrix Virtual Provisioning now has the ability to nondisruptively reclaim and reuse storage from a previously allocated pool to make better use of existing capacity. When comparing the number of steps and time required to provision capacity, customers using V-Max will be able to complete the same operation in 96 percent fewer steps and 80 percent less time than if using the HDS USP (Universal Storage Platform).

Virtual LUN - Virtual LUN technology enables data migration within an array without host or application disruption and the ability to migrate data nondisruptively between any drive or RAID type as well as the ability to schedule migrations. This means data can be automatically migrated between tiers to meet changing requirements. This is very useful for applications like ERP (enterprise resource planning) that experience limited activity throughout the quarter and sudden spikes in workload every 30 days due to month-end processing. A critical capability of Virtual LUN is that it has no impact on remote replication.

EMC PowerPath enables the same level of dynamic load balancing and IO optimization in both physical and virtualized environments. This provides key advantages over native path management solutions that are complex to set up, have limited failover and load balancing features, and are complicated by mobility technologies such as VMware VMotion, which can easily saturate an IO path, impacting performance simply by moving a virtual machine.