"We wouldn't have to go out and buy a whole other array just to support this new workload," Robinson said. "We might be able to deploy the software and some off-the-shelf servers and hard drives."
Also on Wednesday, EMC is updating its VNXe line with the VNXe3200, designed for midsize enterprises and branch sites. It gets improvements that were introduced last year for the larger VNX platform. Those include new software to get more performance out of multicore Intel processors, the addition of Fibre Channel to the existing iSCSI and NAS (network-attached storage) protocols, and unified snapshot software that spans both block and file storage. The update delivers higher performance in the same footprint, including three times as many virtual machines, virtual desktops, Microsoft SQL transactions or Exchange mailboxes, Seigal said.
The VNXe3200 is still simpler to manage than the higher VNX line, with an eye toward sites with little storage expertise, Seigal said. It includes wizard-based SAN (storage-area network) and NAS setup that takes less than 15 minutes, he said.
The VNXe3200 will ship in the second quarter with prices starting under US$12,000.
EMC is also bringing its DARE (Data-At-Rest-Encryption) to the VNX line from the higher-end VMax series of arrays. This controller-based software can encrypt all the drives in an array, including both solid-state disks and spinning hard drives, at the drive level. Encryption at the drive level keeps the drive secure in case it's lost or stolen, Seigal said. DARE will be available as a software upgrade in the third quarter.
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