EMC Doubles Clariion, Celerra Density with 2TB SATA Drives

EMC (NYSE: EMC) is doubling the density of its midrange data storage arrays with new 2TB SATA drives.

EMC said its Clariion CX4 SANs and Celerra NAS Gateway systems now offer twice the capacity in half the floor space, thanks to high-capacity, low-power drives.

Ruya Atac-Barrett, EMC’s director of Clariion product marketing, said the new offerings are aimed at enterprises trying to make the most of limited data center footprints, and for high-capacity needs such as entertainment, digital imaging, legal repositories and archiving.

The storage systems also offer solid state drives (SSDs) and EMC’s new fully automated storage tiering (FAST) technology to make the most of the pricey high-performance flash drives.

Drive spin-down technology also helps save on power and cooling costs.

The new high-density Clariion CX4 systems can accommodate up to 390 5,400 and 7,200 RPM SATA drives and SSDs in a single rack. Customers looking for CIFS and NFS support can deploy the Clariions with Celerra Gateway systems.

The energy-efficient 5,400 RPM 2TB SATA drives offer twice the capacity while consuming more than 60 percent less power per GB than 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA drives, according to EMC.

EMC rival Pillar Data Systems also announced an upgrade of its storage systems today, the fourth generation of its Axiom systems. Pillar’s new storage controllers offer twice the cache and processing power and a 50 percent increase in overall performance.

Pillar also announced support for 2TB 7,200 RPM SATA drives, and said its quality of service (QoS) capability, which assigns storage resources to data and applications based on business priority, gets an additional level of differentiation to accommodate different types of data and application performance needs.

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Paul Shread
eSecurity Editor Paul Shread has covered nearly every aspect of enterprise technology in his 20+ years in IT journalism, including an award-winning series on software-defined data centers. He wrote a column on small business technology for Time.com, and covered financial markets for 10 years, from the dot-com boom and bust to the 2007-2009 financial crisis. He holds a market analyst certification.

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