EMC has announced new Windows NT connectivity options and Windows NT software for its Symmetrix Enterprise Storage systems.
These include: fibre channel connectivity on Symmetrix for Windows NT servers, EMC PowerPath load balancing and path failover software for Windows NT, Sun Solaris, HP-UX and IBM AIX servers, Windows NT support in EMC's Symmetrix Manager for Open Systems software, and cluster support for Microsoft Cluster Services for Windows NT 4.0.
In addition, the vendor has also announced EMC Professional Services, EMC Data Manager 4.0, and the availability of 18GB drives in several of its Symmetrix Enterprise Storage systems, doubling capacity within these systems.
In December last year, EMC announced multi-platform fibre channel storage systems, enabling organisations with heterogeneous computing environments to take advantage of the emerging fibre channel connectivity standard through EMC's Symmetrix Enterprise Storage systems.
Fibre channel connectivity on Symmetrix assists the consolidation of corporate information and disparate servers into the data centre by enabling greater distances between servers and Symmetrix storage systems, and by supporting the ever- increasing amounts of data and types of corporate applications. This enables distributed servers and applications to take advantage of the benefits of consolidated enterprise storage.
Symmetrix provides simultaneous support for multiple fibre channel and other connectivity options including fast-wide differential SCSI, Ultra SCSI and mainframe Escon connections. To date, more than one-third of Symmetrix systems have shipped with fibre channel connections and included either open systems fast-wide differential SCSI, Ultra SCSI or mainframe Escon connections.
Load balancing software
EMC has also announced EMC PowerPath -- a software product to provide load balancing and path failover capability.
To enhance the clustering capability of Windows NT, EMC has unveiled cluster support for Microsoft Cluster Services for Windows NT 4.0 (MSCS). EMC Symmetrix now provides the MSCS-required shared SCSI connection, allowing separate connection of cluster servers and eliminating single points of failure that threaten the availability of shared SCSI connections.
EMC also introduced Windows NT support in its Symmetrix Manager for Open Systems software.
EMC PowerPath software is available immediately for Sun Solaris servers; however, support for Windows NT and HP-UX won't be available for at least two months. Windows NT support in Symmetrix Manager for Open Systems software and cluster support for Microsoft Cluster Services for Windows NT 4.0 is available immediately.
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