Like the VSA, the P4000 is software that can run on any physical server and creates a SAN by combining internal disk drive capacity from up to 16 virtual servers. For example, the P4000 could combine capacity from VMware and HyperV servers to create a single pool of storage managed through one UI.
Pricing for the P4000 virtual SAN appliance with HyperV capability begins at $11,700.
The VMware VSA is expected to be generally available in the third quarter for $5,995. In the third quarter, VMware also will introduce a limited-time promotional offering for SMBs, bundling VMware vSphere 5 Essentials Plus and the VMware vSphere Storage Appliance for $7,995, which represents a 40 percent discount on the list price of the VSA.
EMC also said its products have been more tightly integrated with VMware's vSphere 5, its cloud operating system, which manages large pools of virtualized computing environments, including software and hardware.
EMC announced that RSA, the security division of EMC, is enabling VMware to embed RSA DLP (Data Loss Prevention) classification technology and policies into the VMware vShield 5 product family. VMware's vShield App with data security will include RSA's DLP content analysis engine and policies to discover and classify sensitive data in virtual environments.
Tighter VMware integration
EMC also said it has also extended its VCE (Virtual Computing Environment) Vblock Infrastructure Platforms in support of vSphere 5, offering Vblock customers more advanced security features as well as faster, simpler performance. VCE is a partnership between Cisco, EMC, and VMware creating a pre-tested infrastructure that includes integrated server, networking, storage, security, virtualization, and software technologies.
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