HOPKINTON, Mass. - July 13, 2010 -
EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced three new storage integrations with the new VMware vSphere™ 4.1 enabling customers of all sizes to dramatically improve the efficiency of their VMware environments. Now delivering more than 55 integration points with VMware solutions, the combined solutions are easy-to-use with the best overall performance. EMC® has by far the most integrated solution support for VMware environments and continues to underscore its position as the number one choice in storage for VMware environments with customers choosing EMC two times as often as any other vendor.
Released today, VMware vSphere 4.1 includes new VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI). Through VAAI, VMware vSphere can now offload specific storage operations to EMC's industry leading enterprise and mid-range arrays increasing both overall system performance and efficiency. Unlike many storage vendors, EMC supports all three of VMware's new vStorage API’s including:
"Tight integration with VMware solutions extends the value of both storage and server virtualization to customers. The VMware vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI) allows the array to be 'virtualization aware' and enables virtual machines to offload specific storage functionality," said David Vellante, chief research advocate, Wikibon. "Enabling VAAI will solve many of today's nagging storage problems for VMware customers and dramatically improve performance, simplify provisioning and eliminate waste. Our models show that an organization with $1B in revenue that spends 4% of that revenue on IT will save $20M over a five-year period by pursuing an integrated virtualization approach."
"EMC is working as closely as ever with VMware to expand our integration points for customers to easily take advantage of new VMware technology advancements," said EMC's Chad Sakac, Vice President, VMware Technology Alliance. "Our broad portfolio integrates at every level of the vSphere stack – for every customer, using every protocol and solutions of every scale. And we're delivering solutions that are the simplest to manage and the most efficient – that's why EMC continues to be the number one storage vendor of choice for VMware environments."
VAAI is the newest set of APIs added to the VMware vStorage API family and EMC is one of the only multiprotocol storage vendors to support all four sets of VMware vStorage APIs which in addition to VAAI include:
These leading VMware-integrated capabilities are made even simpler through the use of free EMC plugins for VMware vCenter. With the plugins, VMware administrators have the ability to manage their VMware vSphere cluster, virtual machines, and storage all from within the VMware vCenter management console. These capabilities are offered on all of EMC's storage platforms and include provisioning, configuration, management and monitoring of both block and NAS storage. VMware-aware EMC Unisphere™ gives the storage array itself deep insight into the virtualized environment. EMC is the only storage vendor to provide this integration in both directions: vCenter to the array and the array to vCenter.
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