EMC Shares FAST Storage Vision

December 9, 2009 at 5:34 am Leave a comment

EMC Corp., provider of information infrastructure solutions, outlined its fully automated storage tiering (FAST) vision and announced delivery of its first technology to revolutionize the way storage is managed. EMC is delivering unprecedented automation capabilities across all primary EMC storage platforms to help resource-constrained IT organizations manage strong double-digit annual information growth. The new EMC FAST technology, available immediately, automates the movement of data within a storage system, replacing hours or even days of repetitive, manual storage administrative tasks. As a result, an average system configuration with a combination of EMC FAST technology, enterprise flash drives and SATA disk drives, can deliver higher service levels while reducing storage acquisition costs by at least 20% and lowering storage operational expenses by 40%.

            EMC’s FAST technology will serve as the foundation for integrating all of its leading storage efficiency and automation capabilities, allowing IT organizations to manage more information more efficiently in a smaller footprint, use less power and cooling, and lower storage capital and operational costs. It combines the performance benefits of enterprise flash drives, which can increase application performance by as much as 800% for active data, with the cost benefits of high capacity SATA disk drives, which can lower cost-per-megabyte by as much as 80% for inactive data. EMC’s vision for FAST is to combine capabilities including sub-LUN tiering, capacity allocation on demand, block and file level deduplication, data compression, disk drive spin down, built-in archiving, and private and public cloud federation to provide unprecedented levels of automation, management and cost efficiencies.

            The first phase of EMC FAST technology is available immediately for new and existing EMC Symmetrix® V-MaxTM and EMC CLARiiON® CX4 networked storage systems, and EMC Celerra® NS unified storage systems. Additional phases of EMC’s FAST technology will roll out beginning in 2010.

            Rich Napolitano, Sr. VP and General Manager of EMC’s Unified Storage Group, said: “Managing the explosive growth in file, unstructured and object-based data is a major challenge. Doing it without meaningful automation and policy management is nearly impossible. EMC’s FAST technology allows customers to move and tier this data within a system, across system types, or into the cloud. This not only provides a range of new archive approaches, it also dramatically simplifies the management of unstructured data at scale.”

            EMC President and COO Pat Gelsinger said: “Over the past two years, EMC has optimized all of its major storage architectures to support new levels of automation required in virtual data center environments and for the transition to private clouds. These dynamic and agile environments require the capabilities that EMC’s FAST technology provides for effective management and scaling. This is an area of significant investment for EMC, and we are the only one offering this technology across high-end, mid-tier and unified platforms.”



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