EMC Atmos storage cloud gets new hardware, native Amazon S3 support

The EMC Atmos storage platform gets denser hardware and the ability to move customers' data off Amazon S3 to an Atmos public or private cloud.

EMC today launched its upgraded Atmos storage platform, including a new hardware system and native support for the Amazon S3 API to help customers migrate data to an Atmos cloud.

Atmos is EMC's cloud platform for large service providers and enterprises that build private storage clouds. The new Atmos G3-Dense-480 hardware system is the first in the G3 series based on Intel x86-based architecture while offering 10 Gigabit Ethernet network connections. The devices support 60 disks per node with either four, six or eight nodes in a configuration. The system holds 1 TB, 2 TB or 3 TB SATA drives.

A 40U rack fully loaded with 3 TB drives scales to 1.4 petabytes. The 480 replaces the WS2-360 model, which was the largest of the previous series.

"It's a matter of data growth, " said Kate Canestrari, a senior product marketing director at EMC. "Customers need a smaller footprint with less power and cooling. "

Support for the S3 API in version 2.1 of the EMC Atmos Storage Cloud Platform allows customers to move data from S3 to any of the 40-plus Atmos public clouds or a private cloud using Atmos.

"Customers may have to do some rewriting of code, but this makes it easier to migrate applications to the Atmos cloud, where before they had to rewrite the application, " Canestrari said.

Terri McClure, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), said Amazon API support is becoming common in lieu of cloud storage standards. "More vendors are adding support for Amazon APIs, " she said. “The lack of standards is an inhibitor to cloud adoption. The Amazon API is not the standard yet but it's becoming the de facto standard. "

EMC also upgraded its Atmos GeoDrive PC client module used to access Microsoft Windows from an Atmos cloud. Version 1.1 includes a CIFS cloud gateway that supports unlimited users and support for Microsoft clustering.

The Atmos object storage platform comes in three packaging options: the Atmos CE, Atmos LE and Atmos VE. The CE (complete edition) is designed for distributed locations, and supports multisite active-active capability and multi-tenancy. The LE (light edition) supports two sites, one tenant and one sub-tenant. Both CE and LE ship on Atmos hardware.

The VE (virtual edition) is software that allows CE to run on any VMware-certified storage, including EMC Celerra, Clariion, Symmetrix, VNX, VNXe and Isilon. The VE scales from 10 TB to 960 TB per site.

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