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EMC’s new Clariion targets SMBs

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EMC has introduced the new EMC Clariion AX4 networked storage system, a flexible, available and scalable storage area network (SAN) system for small and medium businesses (SMBs).

The new system can easily be deployed, expanded and reconfigured in VMware Infrastructure and traditional IT environments with no application downtime.
The Clariion AX4 system can scale to 60Tb of capacity and supports either iSCSI or Fibre Channel SAN connectivity.
With built-in advanced information management and protection features, it can store, manage and protect data from up to 64 high availability Windows, Linux, Unix, NetWare and VMware Infrastructure hosts simultaneously.
The Clariion AX4 system, is cost-effective to deploy, can easily be tailored and expanded to meet dynamic information storage requirements and is ideally suited for applications including Microsoft Exchange, SQL, Oracle and SAP.  It can be configured with up to 60 SAS and SATA disk drives for an optimal mix of performance, cost and energy efficiency.
The Clariion AX4 system was specifically designed to integrate with and extend key VMware Infrastructure capabilities, many of which require shared storage.  Built-in features enable real-time volume expansion – making the allocation of high performance storage for new virtual machines simple and seamless.
The Clariion AX4 also includes EMC’s Virtual LUN technology, which can be used in conjunction with VMware Storage VMotion, a new product introduced with the recent major upgrade to VMware Infrastructure, for the non-disruptive migration of multiple virtual machine disk files.
In addition, the Clariion AX4 supports EMC’s leading replication software, including EMC MirrorView, EMC SAN Copy, EMC RepliStor and EMC Replication Manager to provide the highest levels of uptime in VMware environments.  The Clariion AX4 has been certified by VMware and will be included in the VMware Storage/SAN Compatibility Guide.
With an easy-to-use, intuitive interface, terabytes of SAN capacity can be configured with just a few mouse clicks by following simple, graphical interface instructions and installation wizards.  System management is also intuitive and simplified by using the latest version of EMC Navisphere Express, which uses a graphical approach to creating and managing disk pools and virtual disks, enabling storage capacity to be created, allocated and re-allocated in seconds, while the application remains online. This builds on EMC’s commitment to delivering storage systems that are easy to use, manage and deploy.
The Clariion AX4 includes features for high availability and reliability that are not typically found in competitive systems of this size.  The Clariion AX4 was specifically designed for SMBs and is built on the same architecture used in larger, market-leading EMC Clariion CX3 midrange storage arrays which have achieved coveted “Five 9s” availability – 99,999% of uptime.
It features a mirrored cache design, built-in standby power supply, continuous disk consistency checking and hot swappable components which provide superior levels of data availability and reliability.
“As the IT environments of SMBs become more sophisticated, customers are looking for storage solutions that are reliable, simple to deploy and, most important, make their lives easier,” said Gerhard Van Der Merwe, country manager of EMC.  “With the EMC Clariion AX4, we’re giving the IT manager the tools to act like a storage specialist and to do so with minimal effort and expense.
"We have taken SAN flexibility and ease-of-use to a new level.  It’s a full function storage system that is affordable, has the most important software built-in and can be easily managed and scale to meet the future needs of our customers as their information requirements grow.”
The new Clariion AX4 system will be offered by EMC’s worldwide network of distributors, resellers and channel partners.  It will also be offered by Dell and NEC under their own brands. It has been extensively tested for interoperability with a wide range of host operating systems, HBAs and SAN infrastructure and clustering components in EMC’s E-Lab.