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EMC Debuts Petabyte-Sized Storage Array

EMC will begin shipping in September what it claims is the largest, fastest and most scalable high-end storage array in the world.

The new Symmetrix DMX-3 system will be able to support up to one petabyte (or 1,024 terabytes) of storage and uses EMC's Direct Matrix Architecture, the Hopkinton, Massachusetts company announced this week.

EMC’s new storage array will initially support as many as 960 disk drives, and will be able to support up to 1,920 disk drives during the first half of 2006. Ultimately, it will support more than 2,000 by the end of next year.

The Symmetrix DMX-3 system was designed to support high-end configurations in a single array, and its extensible DMX architecture will provide nearly linear performance scalability as channel directors, memory directors and disk directors are added to the system, the company said.

Customers can order the Symmetrix DMX-3 immediately -- shipments will begin in September. The initial release of the Symmetrix DMX-3 will support FICON-attached IBM mainframes (zOS) and iSCSI or Fibre Channel-based open systems hosts running AIX, HP/UX, Linux, Solaris and Windows.

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Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

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