The VMAXe, like its larger predecessor, comes with software to manage virtual computing environments, including the EMC Symmetrix Management Console and Performance Analyzer, a web GUI and real-time dashboard views and EMC PowerPath SE, an automated I/O path failover software.
The VMAXe also supports high-end software capabilities, such as EMC's FAST VP (fully automated storage tiering with virtual pools), which automates where data is placed based on priority, and its TimeFinder local replication software.
The VMAXe can also support IPv6 with 10Gbps Ethernet connectivity, or it can have up to 64 Fibre Channel ports, 32 gigabit Ethernet (iSCSI) ports, or 10Gbps Fibre Channel over Ethernet ports.
EMC did not immediately release pricing on the new VMAXe array.
vSphere storage array
EMC's VMware subsidiary also announced a vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) that offers small and medium-sized businesses a storage area network (SAN) which uses the iSCSI protocol to serve up block-level data to as many as three physical servers running applications on virtual machines.
Storage Appliance is a software virtual appliance that allows vSphere administrators to use server storage space by presenting it as shared storage. Managed as a single instance from vCenter Server, VMware VSA is installed on a cluster of servers and resides on a virtual machine on each server. The cluster enables the virtual machines to access the shared storage without the need for dedicated external storage. vSphere administrators can simply allocate and provision this storage via vCenter Server. Once storage is allocated, managing it is the same as managing any shared storage -- even simpler, because the storage resource is managed through vCenter Server.
vCenter Server is VMware's virtual machine management tool.
The VSA also enables business continuity and automated resource management capabilities, including High Availability, vMotion , which moves virtual machines from one physical server to another, and Distributed Resource Scheduler, which dynamically allocates and balances computing resources.
The VMware vSphere Storage Appliance will run as a virtual appliance on VMware vSphere, pooling server internal storage across servers to create a virtual pool of protected shared storage without the need for external storage hardware.
"Until now, customers wanting to leverage the rich high availability and automated resource management functionality enabled by VMware vSphere's resource pooling capabilities needed separate shared storage hardware, which presented a cost and complexity barrier for some SMBs," VMware stated in its announcement. "The new VMware vSphere Storage Appliance will transform server internal storage into shared pools of storage."
According to VMware, the VSA software installs with just a few mouse clicks. Along with vCenter, the VSA enables a single console view for both servers and storage.
Because it runs on multiple servers simultaneously, the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance will ensure data is available to any workload, even when one of the servers in the cluster fails.
VMware's VSA will likely compete head to head with Hewlett-Packard's own P4000 virtual SAN, which it announced last fall.