EMC Debuts New Products, Flirts With Services

EMC Corp. has unveiled its latest storage systems and software. The products should continue to help EMC fend off competition and enjoy gross margins that are the envy of the IT industry.

EMC is shipping the Symmetrix 8000 storage system, which will store 19.1 terabytes of data--more than twice what previous Symmetrix products could store. According to the vendor, it will also push data from storage systems to desktops three to four times faster than its predecessor.

Symmetrix typically sells for between 50 cents and 60 cents a megabyte, while EMC says it's committed to dropping prices by 30% annually. EMC also unveiled the Clariion FC4500, which, like Symmetrix, will support multiple server systems, connect to EMC's enterprise storage network via a Fibre Channel interconnect and fall under the central management of EMC's ControlCenter.

In the area of software, where the intelligence of EMC products resides, the vendor finally gave a name to the microcode that drives everything Symmetrix does. Enginuity is now written almost exclusively in C and C++, as opposed to the machine code that originally ran Symmetrix. Enginuity is what gives Symmetrix the data-protection, data-movement, and load-balancing features that are essential to any storage network.

New EMC president Joe Tucci revealed where new EMC revenues will be coming from before the year is out. "We'll create a more aggressive front in dealing with professional services," Tucci says. He says EMC will focus on mission-critical activity such as remote backup, volume testing, and storage-network management.

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