EMC Updates Storage for the Cloud

Hopkinton, MA-based EMC (NYSE: EMC) announced today that its 19-year-old line of Symmetrix storage servers, the company’s flagship product, has been overhauled for the era of virtualization, in which users expect to be able to yoke hundreds or thousand of machines together and manage them as if they were a single resource. The new Symmetrix Virtual Matrix or V-Max servers can be interconnected in pools storing up to hundreds of petabytes (hundreds of millions of gigabytes). The new architecture doesn’t eliminate the need for virtualization software—in fact, EMC says it will work even better in concert with vSphere, an upcoming version of its subsidiary VMware’s virtualization system—but it is designed to make it easier to scale up data centers at lower cost for companies interested in building their own private cloud computing infrastructures.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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