He revealed that EMC revisited its product launch strategy when it first released DMX-1 arrays in February 2003. At that time, after a huge internal debate, the company released the 800, 1000 and 2000 systems, but not the highest capacity array, the 3000. "We made a bad decision," Tucci said. "We should've introduced the 3000 first. We did it backwards. We've learned from our past." This time around, with the DMX-3, EMC is releasing the top capacity system first, with lower capacity systems likely to appear over the coming months, he said.
EMC also announced two new data migration tools Monday. Open Migrator/LM is for users of Windows and Unix systems, while Logical Data Migration Facility (LDMF) is for mainframes users. EMC developed LDMF in partnership with Softek Storage Solutions Corp. and the tool enables the nondisruptive migration of mainframe data at the dataset level while applications are running, according to EMC's Donatelli. "The LDMF feature is going to be a big win for us," Tucci said.
Open Migrator/LM will ship in August. LDMF will appear in September and will be sold by Softek's direct sales force in the U.S. and Europe. EMC didn't provide specific pricing, but noted in a release that typical LDMF installations are expected to cost in "the low $100,000s."
EMC also didn't release pricing details for the DMX-3 storage array.