EMC doubles density of Clariion with 2TB HDDs

By Kevin Komiega

-- EMC today announced its latest offerings in the midrange SAN market with new high-density configurations of the EMC Clariion CX4 and Celerra Gateway systems, delivering twice the capacity of previous systems in half the floor space using 2TB hard disk drives (HDDs).

The high-density Clariion CX4 arrays offer as many as 390 2TB, 5,400rpm and 7,200rpm SATA drives and support for enterprise flash drives.

The maximum capacity of previous Clariion configurations topped out at 945TB of raw SATA capacity in 6 racks, while the new system with 2TB SATA drives offers approximately 1.9PB of raw capacity in half the floor space.

Users can enable CIFS and NFS using the high-density version of the Celerra Gateway system.

The more compact Clariion CX4 configurations also support EMC's recently released fully automated storage tiering (FAST) software and drive spin-down technology for powering down idle HDDs.

Ruya Atac-Barrett, EMC's director of Clariion product marketing, says doubling the capacity in a smaller footprint yields not only space savings, but power savings as well.

"The new high-density Clariion CX4 and Celerra Gateway are optimized not only to provide more capacity in less physical space, but also for energy efficiency," she says. "The 5,400rpm 2TB SATA drives consume about 60% less power per gigabyte than 1TB 7,200rpm SATA drives."

The new Clariion and Celerra Gateway configurations are available now. EMC will combine the two later this year when it makes high-density Celerra unified storage systems available.

EMC Global Services is offering a suite of services surrounding the new Clariion CX4 and Celerra Gateway storage systems, including deployment services for EMC FAST technology on the new configurations.

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This article was originally published on January 19, 2010