IBM's storage group is now in the habit of making smorgasbord announcements. They'll take a look at their storage lineup--one that includes everything from SSD to tape, storage-related software and services--select the new stuff going on within each product development cycle they think is significant and therefore want to publicize, then bundle all of these separate announcements up in a wrapper ("Information Infrastructure" begets "Smart Planet")--and step up to the microphone.
EMC on Tuesday launched a storage array, the Symmetrix V-Max, that uses a new virtualization architecture to provide a linked pool of up to 3 petabytes of storage.
The main principle of the new system, aimed at data centers, is that each of the storage arrays has a connection to the Virtual Matrix Architecture (VMA) that allows them to be linked to other drive cabinets. The arrays can be built into a matrix, where every cabinet can talk to every other cabinet.
The V-Max is a "completely redesigned storage system and has definitely not been simply upgraded," said … Read more