Sidebar: EMC, Dell Work Hand in Hand on Midrange Arrays

EMC Corp. is teaming up with Dell Inc. this week to announce new Clariion midrange disk arrays, which are being manufactured and resold by Dell.

The CX300, CX500 and CX700 arrays being introduced as part of a wider storage rollout by EMC support storage capacities ranging from 13TB to 58TB, the same as those of existing Clariion models. But the upgrades boost the midrange line's I/O performance by 33%, said Eric Endebrock, a product marketing manager at Dell.

Endebrock said the arrays include faster storage processors and twice the number of back-end channels, a combination that enables them to deliver 200,000 I/O operations per second. The new hardware supports Fibre Channel disk drives and lower-cost ATA devices, both of which can be managed by EMC's Navisphere software. Starting prices range from $24,000 to $112,000.

Dell currently is in the middle of a contract to manufacture and distribute the Clariion hardware until at least 2008. In addition to the hardware rollout, the two companies said EMC has extended its SnapView point-in-time data-copying software to the low-end CX300. SnapView previously was available only on the two larger models in the Clariion line.

Intervet Inc., a veterinary supply company in Millsboro, Del., currently uses a CX600 array. Chad Elliott, Intervet's technology team leader, said the CX700 would offer more capacity in a smaller footprint for a second data center and storage-area network that he plans to install later this year.

"If it's backward-compatible with our existing CX600, that's especially useful," Elliott said. "Our storage needs, as are everyone's, are growing at exponential rates, so additional capacity is welcome."

Separately, Hewlett-Packard Co. this week plans to introduce usage-based pricing for its StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array product line. HP said it will support the new approach on its EVA3000 and EVA5000 arrays, which have respective storage capacities of 8.2TB and 24TB.

The new approach will become available Feb. 17 to U.S. and Canadian customers that sign contracts worth at least $150,000, HP said. The company will install metering technology at customer sites to capture usage information, which IT managers will be able to view through a Web portal.

HP said users will pay a fixed monthly fee plus a variable one that's based on their usage of the arrays. Extra capacity can be added as needed at the same monthly rate.

HP will also announce a pair of tape libraries that can hold 14.2TB of data per square foot of floor space, compared with 9.5TB on previous offerings.

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