UPDATE: EMC unveils biggest midrange storage server yet

EMC Corp. put the mid-market squarely in its sights Monday when it introduced its largest midrange server to date.

The Hopkinton, Mass.-based company unveiled the Clariion CX600, a next-generation, Intel-based processor, full 2-gigabit storage server that sits between its current midrange and high-end product lines. “Over the next three quarters, you will see the richest set of product introductions in EMC’s history. Today begins the countdown with announcement number one,” said EMC President and CEO Joe Tucci in a conference call Monday.

EMC has teamed with Dell Computer Corp. to sell the Clariion systems. The new Clariion product also will come with some of the high-end software found on EMC’s Symmetrix line.

The Clariion CX600, which fills a gap between EMC’s FC4700 and high-end Symmetrix devices, shares replication, load balancing and other management software with Symmetrix systems.

EMC boasts the new system will have three times the processing power and bandwidth of its current FC4700 Clariion product.

David Donatelli, EMC executive vice-president of storage platforms operations, said in a conference call Monday the new products cost about 15 per cent less than offerings from EMC’s competitors.

Donatelli said enterprises are demanding more than just price performance – “feeds and speeds” – from a mid-tier product. He added customers want ” a clear technology direction…a complete family of products that they are able to enter in at the low-end and drive right up to the high-end of their needs.”

All Clariion systems and software are available now. Pricing for the CX600 – which will be resold by Dell Computer Corp., Fujitsu Ltd. and Unisys Corp. – starts at US$115,000.

EMC said the CX600 features twice the cached bandwidth (1,300MB/sec.), adding that bandwidth breakthroughs are achieved through 8GHz of processing power and performance enhancements to the sixth generation FLARE operating environment, as well as twice the cache (8GB) and twice the external Fibre Channel connectivity (eight 2Gbps ports).

EMC also announced major new software offerings including Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity for EMC MirrorView software and EMC PowerPath support for Clariion.

EMC Corp. is at http://www.emc.com.