EMC Virtual Storage Integrator Supports VMware vCenter

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EMC Virtual Storage Integrator 5.0 extends the EMC storage platform's efficiency gains to the virtual data center.

EMC, a provider of information infrastructure in VMware virtual and cloud environments, introduced the next generation of Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) 5.0, a free VMware vCenter plug-in designed to enable IT organizations to run their data center operations more simply and efficiently, and to accelerate the move to cloud computing.

With this version of VSI, EMC is providing end-to-end integration with the VMware vCenter that is designed to simplify the management of virtualized storage with the ability to map virtual machines to storage and to self-service storage provisioning across EMC Symmetrix VMAX and EMC VNX families of storage platforms from the VMware vCenter with support for the VMware vSphere 5.

VSI 5.0 provides a single VMware vCenter integrated-management tool for Symmetrix VMAX, Symmetrix VMAXe, VNX and VNXe storage platforms. EMC's storage platforms have built-in API integration with the VMware vCenter, eliminating the need for any agents or additional software, and offers integrated self-service provisioning of storage over Block and File protocols across EMC storage platforms, such as Symmetrix VMAX, Symmetrix VMAXe, VNX, VNXe, EMC CLARiiON CX4 and EMC Celerra.

"VMware vCenter plays an important role in simplifying IT management, streamlining operational efficiency and ultimately driving down costs," said Mark Bowker, a senior analyst with IT research firm Enterprise Strategy Group. EMC's investment in its Virtual Storage Integrator plug-in "to extend the power of the VMware vCenter is signaling it not only understands customers' needs to be able to have a VMware administrator see, map and provision storage from one single console but also that it intends to protect their investments in EMC platforms."

Storage administrators can now granularly control the availability of storage platforms and storage pools on those platforms that can be self-provisioned by VMware administrators directly from vCenter, and VSI can also reduce storage needs with virtual machine-level compression and array-based cloning and virtual provisioning. In addition, VSI supports VMware vSphere, EMC VNX family and Symmetrix VMAX storage platforms, and utilizes VMFS 5 to provision multi-terabyte data stores on the VNX Series and Symmetrix VMAX.

"One of the biggest drivers for virtualizing an environment is to gain efficiencies through simplifying the data center. The EMC Virtual Storage Integrator extends the benefits of both VMware vCenter and EMC's storage platforms with deep rules-based automation that enables VMware administrators to view and easily manage their virtualized storage and the rest of their virtualized environment from one single screen," said EMC's Chad Sakac, vice president of the VMware technology alliance. "This free plug-in and our focus on further innovation for it are proof points to EMC's commitment to accelerating our customers' journey to the cloud to gain business agility and competitive advantage."