EMC Moves Toward Hybrid Cloud Storage Solutions

Information-Technology-as-a-Service provider EMC announced several moves Tuesday aimed at establishing its presence in the Hybrid Cloud space, including the acquisition of cloud-storage firm TwinStrata. The Hopkinton, Mass-based company described the acquisition as part of its new VMAX3 enterprise storage service.

EMC explained that the new VMAX3 Family replaces its existing VMAX enterprise storage solution with a cloud-based service platform. The new service is intended to decrease total cost of ownership for storage by up to 50%, while increasing performance speeds up to three times.

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For those unfamiliar with the term, "hybrid cloud" refers to a cloud computing environment where some computing resources remain in-house, while other computing resources are provided externally, through cloud computing services.

The addition of TwinStrata will enable EMC to provide new embedded cloud access capabilities, the company said in its press release. More specifically, TwinStrataEUs advanced cloud tiering technology will give EMC clients the ability to offload infrequently accessed data to reside on public cloud storage systems, rather than on local servers.

The VMAX3 platform will be built using the HYPERMAX OS, a converged storage EUhypervisorEU and operating system that embeds storage infrastructure services, such as cloud access, data mobility, and data protection, directly on the array. The new VMAX generation will also make use of the Dynamic Virtual Machine architecture, which will enable customers to dynamically allocate processing power for improved performance.

The TwinStrata acquisition isnEUt EMCEUs first foray into hybrid cloud storage. In 2012, it announced the acquisition of XtremIO, a storage provider headquartered in Israel, with technology based entirely on flash memory. Alongside todayEUs acquisition announcement, EMC said it would also be making several upgrades to the XtremIO product line as well, with an update called XtremIO 3.0.

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