Flurry of EMC Products Seeks To Modernize Datacenters

EMC unveiled a flurry of new products at its EMC World 2016 conference with the goal of modernizing the datacenter.

"Core tenets of this modernization include flash, scale-out, software-defined and cloud-enabled technologies that are protected and trusted," the company said in a statement today.

Headlining the news was a new EMC Unity family of storage arrays, adding to the company's all-flash portfolio in view of the company declaring 2016 "the Year Of All-Flash for primary storage."

"EMC Unity offers cloud-like proactive management and monitoring through a modern HTML5 task-oriented interface that leads the user through daily operations and integrates with VMware and Microsoft ecosystems for easy third-party management," EMC said. "It features new Proactive Assist capabilities designed to give IT control, visibility and automated management of Unity storage systems."

Also new is the Virtustream Storage Cloud, "a global cloud storage platform offering enterprise-levels of resiliency and performance combined with true Web scale." The company said it was tailored for the world's largest enterprises and other organizations tasked with securely storing and managing mission-critical data housed in the cloud.

Another cloud-based product is the new EMC MyService360 service dashboard. It's free to customers registered with EMC Online Support, and it "provides a visually compelling, near real-time visibility into the health and status of a customer's entire EMC data center environment."

To help enterprises tackle data sprawl and lower the cost of storing the same data in multiple locations, it expanded its Copy Data Management portfolio with the addition of EMC Enterprise Copy Data Management (eCDM). "eCDM enables customers to modernize their storage and protection strategy with discovery, automation and optimization of copy data to reduce costs and streamline operations," the company said.

Finally, new updates were announced for the ViPR Controller, which will soon be available in version 3.0, "designed to help customers transition to the modern datacenter by bridging traditional and cloud native environments to enable business transformation."

Speaking of its aforementioned mission to modernize the datacenter, the company said: "This transformation is leading to complex datacenter priorities: maintaining traditional business applications as efficiently and in a low-cost manner as possible without compromising service integrity, and using those savings to support next-gen application development needs. Each requires different investments, which largely come from the same (typically flat) IT budget. The first step toward balancing these conflicted IT priorities is to modernize the infrastructure on which IT is built."

More news from the conference is available here.

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