EMC adds cloud hooks to storage system lineup

The storage giant said its high-end EMC VMAX and VNX systems will connect to public and private clouds.

EMC said Tuesday that it will connect more of its storage systems to public and private clouds via pre-built integrations.

The storage giant said its high-end EMC VMAX and VNX systems will connect to public and private clouds. The company also expanded its data protection tools via its Spanning unit and cloud connections.

EMC's move comes a week after the company outlined its CloudPools effort, which connects its OneFS operating system to Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Virtustream.

In a nutshell, EMC's latest move extends the CloudPools approach to its entire lineup.

Among the key points:

  • EMC's VMAX and VNX storage platforms will be able to tier data to public and private clouds automatically. EMC will support VMware vCloud Air, Azure, AWS and Google Cloud Platform. VMAX can also be tied to EMC CloudArray and SANs.
  • CloudBoost 2.0 will take EMC's data protection tools such as Data Protection Suite and Data Domain and tie them to cloud storage services for long-term archiving.
  • Spanning by EMC includes European deployment regions and backup for Salesforce and other software as a service data restoration.
  • EMC rolled out a new version of its NetWorker data protection software that automates policies where data resides. For instance, policies can move data from a local tier to the cloud after a certain amount of time.