EMC this week introduced several new features for its market leading EMC Clariion family of networked storage systems. They include integrated advanced security, additional iSCSI capabilities and improved data availability features as well as support for the newest generation of high-capacity disk drives.
Together, these enhancements will help customers more effectively store, manage and protect their information while protecting their existing investment in Clariion and help extend EMC’s leadership in the midrange storage market.
The new capabilities are included in the latest version of the EMC Clariion Flare storage operating environment, which is available as a free upgrade to Clariion CX3 system and previous generation Clariion CX300, CX500 and CX700 system customers under maintenance.
EMC has built in a comprehensive set of features that can help Clariion customers more effectively control access to their systems and better secure information. The new features include:
* Secure Access to System – Using this feature, an administrator will have the ability to define a security administrator role. Security administrators will be authorized to add new users or arrays to the domain but will not be able to monitor or configure the Clariion arrays.
* Secure Infrastructure – With IP Address Filtering limits, access to a Clariion array will be controlled and confined to specific management stations. As an additional security feature, administrators can ensure that any access via the command line is encrypted and authenticated.
* Compliance and Audit – This feature will allow administrators to document all system login attempts to ensure complete accountability of access to a specific Clariion system. Synchronization between server and storage logs via support of the Internet Time Protocol (NTP) will further ensure consistency and accuracy of security reporting.
Dual-protocol EMC Clariion CX systems support both Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity. As the popularity of deploying Clariion in iSCSI storage networking environments continues to grow, the newest version of the Flare storage operating environment includes new native iSCSI remote replication capabilities.
This allows customers to replicate data over distances more cost-effectively by using the built-in iSCSI ports on Clariion systems with EMC MirrorView and EMC SAN Copy software. This new capability will reduce remote replication costs, making it ideal for first time disaster recovery projects, as well as VMware environments where data from virtual servers has been consolidated and needs to be replicated to an off-site location.
To help customers further reduce costs, the Clariion CX3 UltraScale series systems support the newest 750Gb SATA II disk drives, which can provide energy efficiency improvements of up to 33%. EMC is also providing customers with a new protection option with the addition of RAID 6 support.
In addition, the latest version of Flare includes support for the ALUA (Asymmetric Logical Unit Access) standard for advanced active/active failover functions. Combined with current proactive hot sparing capabilities, these new features further support the Clariion CX3 midrange storage leading benchmark of “five-9s” of availability – 99.999% uptime.
Frank Touwen, CEO EMC South Africa says “These new capabilities significantly improve customers’ ability to secure and protect their information infrastructure. We have made the upgrade path easy and non-disruptive for existing customers and we make these features available at no charge to customers under maintenance. With ‘Five 9s’ availability and new leading security and protection capabilities built-in, no other mid-tier platform delivers as much value or is as economical and easy to use as EMC Clariion.“