Buyer's Guide: EMC Goes x86
Over the past few years EMC has transitioned its disk arrays from RISC processors to Intel-based chips and committed itself to the x86 architecture. In this report, sister site ServerWatch takes a fresh look at EMCs disk arrays that are now harnessing the power of Nehalem EX.
"Symmetrix DMX and previous-generation Symmetrix systems were based on PowerPC chips," said Scott Delandy, senior product manager at EMC. "CLARiiON has always been Intel based."
The latest generation of EMC products is based entirely on Xeon processors. The Symmetrix V-Max, for example, is now Intel Xeon, whereas RISC-based processors powered the previous generation.
We are getting phenomenal performance out of x86," said EMC chairman Joe Tucci. "The V-Max is by far the fastest Symmetrix platform we have ever made."
Tucci made his point on EMC's commitment to x86 by revealing a three-year internal program to move EMC's data center from RISC/UNIX to x86/VMware. What is the reason behind this move? Delandy said EMC has standardized processor technology across EMC platforms to gain benefits in manufacturing, testing, hardware QA, and serviceability.
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