EMC Rolls Out Virtual Storage Strategy with VPlex Appliances

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EMC is working to get closer to the ideal of virtualized storage with the roll out of its VPlex appliances, designed to enable enterprises to bring storage arrays into a single resource pool and allow them to move petabytes of data over long distances.

BOSTON - EMC officials are unveiling the first product in their Virtual Storage strategy that is expected to eventually enable businesses to move large amounts of stored data anywhere in the world without the latency and bandwidth problems that traditionally have been tied to storage.

At the first full day of the EMC World 2010 conference here May 10, Pat Gelsinger, president and chief operating officer for EMC's Information Infrastructure Products, and Brian Gallagher, divisional president of EMC's Symmetrix and Virtualization product group, announced the first two VPlex appliances that enable businesses to federate widely distributed storage arrays, and move data seamlessly over increasing distances.

In a press conference, Gelsinger compared EMC's approach with what VMware's VMotion does for servers, enabling them to move virtual machines from one place to another.