EMC upgrades Clariion for VMware environments

By Kevin Komiega

-- In an effort to make the Clariion CX4 a more reliable, tier 1 storage system for VMware deployments, EMC this week announced a series of software and connectivity upgrades that make the CX4 "virtualization-aware."

The CX4 enhancements include a new version of EMC's Navisphere Manager software, 10GbE (Gigabit Ethernet) and 8Gbps Fibre Channel native UltraFlex connectivity options, and new data protection and replication features for EMC RecoverPoint and EMC Replication Manager.

The so-called "virtualization-aware" version of Navisphere Manager has been integrated with VMware vCenter APIs, virtual machines (VMs) and their storage resources to simplify management tasks, such as identifying the root cause of VM performance problems and optimizing capacity utilization.

The new release of Navisphere Manager automatically discovers and maintains relationships between the logical and physical devices, according to Ruya Atac-Barrett, director of Clariion product marketing for EMC.

To address the bandwidth crunch caused by virtual servers, EMC will offer 10GbE and 8Gbps Fibre Channel UltraFlex connectivity options for the Clariion CX4. The UltraFlex architecture allows end users to mix-and-match iSCSI, 4Gbps Fibre Channel, 8Gbps Fibre Channel and 10GbE in one CX4 system.

EMC also announced plans to integrate support for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) connectivity in 2010.

In addition, EMC has tweaked its RecoverPoint replication software for vCenter to serve up a single management view of synchronous and asynchronous replication operations for both virtual and physical servers.

Finally, EMC Replication Manager now provides instant image-level recovery of virtual machines.

EMC is currently offering 8Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity for the CX4 and plans to offer the 10GbE option during the third quarter of 2009.

The virtualization-aware Navisphere Manager and the new version of RecoverPoint are available now, while Replication Manager will be available in the third quarter of 2009.

The aforementioned Clariion configurations and options are available directly from EMC, its Velocity2 Program Partners and Velocity2 Authorized Services Network (ASN) Partners. The CX4 is also offered by Dell under the Dell/EMC brand.

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This article was originally published on August 26, 2009