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February 16, 2010

EMC adds data protection to Atmos cloud storage platform

Upgrades the platform to Intel Xeon processor 5500 series

By CBR Staff Writer

EMC has unveiled a new version of Atmos cloud infrastructure platform, with added data protection capabilities and new hardware and software enhancements.

According to EMC, the Atmos is an internal, on-premises cloud storage platform designed to help customers automatically manage and optimise the distribution of unstructured information across geographically dispersed locations.

The version 1.3 of Atmos cloud storage platform comes with a new GeoProtect functionality that offers customers the control and flexibility to apply the performance and protection levels to their content, based on the current content life cycle, value of the content and data availability requirements, the company said.

EMC said that GeoProtect through an erasure coding protection technology divides the object into multiple segments and through predetermined policies set by the customer, automatically distributes the content across a customer’s infrastructure, allowing Atmos to recreate the content in the event of system downtime or a disaster.

In addition, the company also strengthened the Atmos hardware platform by upgrading to the new Intel Xeon processor 5500 series and 2TB disk drives, doubling the capacity for cloud infrastructures. The architecture advancements optimise processing utilisation, increase footprint densities, give flexibility to control power consumption and expand data service performance with additional compute capabilities, the company said.

Michael Feinberg, SVP of cloud infrastructure group at EMC, said, Since our initial launch, EMC Atmos has experienced strong traction from service providers, vertical industries and the government.  Our new GeoProtect functionality provides customers with the elasticity and control they require to apply intelligent, flexible protection policies, while managing their content along its lifecycle.

“In addition, the hardware platform enhancements deliver significant efficiency and twice the scale.  By executing on our roadmap, we are able to provide customers with the necessary protection, controls and flexibility required for managing their content in this revolutionary IT environment.

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EMC Atmos version 1.3 and associated hardware updates are expected to start shipping in the first quarter of 2010.

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