EMC announced its latest attempt to capture the cloud computing marketplace for storage on Monday with its release of Vplex, an appliance that affords synchronous replication of data, applications and virtual machines across data centers.
Roaming the floor of the exhibition hall at EMC's annual user conference, EMC World, users voiced mixed opinions on the new technology, some saying it will change they way disaster recovery and data migration is performed.
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Others said the product seems too expensive and they didn't get how it was any different from existing virtualization technologies, such as EMC's current Invista virtualization software and Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF).
Chris Gerace, a regional support manager for candy-maker Mars' information services department, said his shop is starting to use VMware. Mars is also eyeing with great interest Vblock, the name for a joint venture between EMC, its subsidiary VMware and Cisco that will develop integrated cloud-computing products including servers, networking, storage, and virtualization software for data centers.
However, Gerace already uses SRDF for replicating data between his high-end EMC DMX arrays, and he only uses his EMC Clariion midrange arrays for development purposes, so he said he's not interested in replicating that data offsite.
Gerace said Mars also uses storage from 3Par, which uses inexpensive commodity hardware and proprietary software to offer a relatively inexpensive offsite synchronous data replication.
"What I'd like to see is something like a DMX that's smaller and more modular, and more scalable, so if I wanted to I could replace arrays or add to it so that I could keep up with the latest technology," he said.