At EMC World in Las Vegas this week, global storage leader EMC Corporation announced EMC Unity, a new family of storage systems that helps simplify and modernise the data center. Unity is the latest member of EMC’s all flash portfolio, delivering highly affordable file and block storage for small and medium-sized IT departments. Unity joins EMC’s portfolio of all-flash storage arrays – XtremIO, VMAX All Flash and DSSD D5. This, says the company, ensures that “no matter what a customer needs, EMC has a purpose-built solution to fit virtually any data center use case”.
EMC provided the following information:
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. It features new Proactive Assist capabilities designed to give IT control, visibility and automated management of Unity storage systems. Unity service data can also be viewed within EMC MyService360, a new online service providing customers with real-time visibility into the health and wellness of their EMC environment. MyService360 provides IT with analysis of EMC product code levels, connectivity status, capacity alerts, service activity by site, and more.
With 3X the performance of EMC’s previous generation VNX arrays, EMC Unity can deliver up to 300K IOPS. EMC Unity is purpose-built to deliver value to customers with predictable all-flash performance and enterprise-class features including:
• True dual-active controller architecture
• Support for file, block and VVols
• Snapshots and remote sync/async replication
• Native, controller-based encryption
• New scalable file-system for transactional and traditional file use cases
• VMware VASA 2.0, VAAI, VVols, VMware-Aware Integration
• Complete REST-API for automation and DevOps use cases
• Integrated Copy Data Management with EMC iCDM
• Zero-impact garbage collection
Since every business has its own unique storage challenges, Unity has been designed to offer greater flexibility and deployment options than competing data storage offerings. With the ability to scale up to 3 Petabytes (PB) and up to 300K IOPS, EMC Unity is the industry’s first data storage solution for midsized IT to be available in all of the following unified configurations:
• Purpose-built: Unity is available as a purpose-built all-flash array, designed from the ground up for the flash data center. Additionally, Unity can be deployed in a hybrid configuration to meet individual business requirements
• Software-Defined: UnityVSA offers the advanced file and block storage and data management features of Unity to be easily deployed as a virtual appliance
• Converged: VCE Vblock and VxBlock System 350 configurations are orderable immediately
Designed for all flash, Unity provides some of the best flash economics in the industry, starting under $18,000. Additional inline data services will be added in the future to further lower effective $/GB cost. Unity also introduces a new level of affordability for customers deploying hybrid arrays, with prices starting under $10,000. Unity provides incredible unified storage density, with up to 80TB of all-flash storage in a dense, 2U array.
EMC believes that data protection should be an integral part of the design and deployment of every data storage environment. Unity offers tight integration with EMC Data Domain® and EMC Data Protection Suite to ensure that workloads are seamlessly protected.
All-flash Unity options also qualify for EMC’s Xpect More program, offering lifetime maintenance price protection, flash endurance protection and three-year money-back warranty.
EMC Unity is available for purchase immediately. All-flash configurations start at under $18,000. Hybrid array configurations start at under $10,000.
“EMC Unity offers modern data center simplicity and all-flash performance in an affordable package,” says Jeff Boudreau, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mid-Range Solutions, Core Technologies Division at EMC. “Designed specifically to get the most out of all-flash media, EMC is making it simpler and more affordable for both SMEs and enterprises to modernize their data centers. With the launch of Unity, 2016 is truly the year of all-flash for EMC.”