EMC World: Project Horizon Content Platform/App Marketplace Debuts

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EMC WORLD — EMC on Monday unveiled a new vision and a handful of new products during the first day of its event in Las Vegas.

For starters, the storage giant’s Enterprise Connect division announced “Project Horizon.” It’s a next-generation content platform and application marketplace designed to help enterprise CIOs drive their digital agendas, strengthen their positions in the market and take advantage of business content, whose value is largely untapped.

Both EMC-built and partner-built apps and services will be available in the marketplace. The company says Project Horizon is different from other such platforms because it’s designed to be “mobile-first” and “cloud-first.”

Project Horizon includes a new Co-Innovation Program that’s designed to engage customers from early development through visual prototyping. This approach involves both customers and partners working with EMC teams.

EMC also announced updates to its data-protection portfolio. Among them is the new EMC Data Domain DD9500. It’s powered by the latest software (DDOS 5.6), delivering 58.7 TB per hour performance; 1.728 TB usable capacity; and data protection for big-data applications.

Also new in data protection are a handful of software-powered solutions, including enhancements to EMC’s ProtectPoint, new CloudBoost and Spanning Solutions; and Project Falcon, a software-only data domain that the company says will enable customers to quickly and easily deploy data-domain software in a variety of ways, including remote office protection, data protection as a service, storage-integrated data protection and Web-scale protection storage.

All of these products will be available this quarter, except for Project Falcon, whose release date will be announced later this year.

The company also announced new platforms and enhancements for the XtremIO and VMAX3 product lines. EMC says updates to the XtremIO all-flash array and VMAX3 Enterprise Data Service Platform improve performance, automation and data-service capabilities, specifically designed to reduce management overhead, dramatically cutting the amount of time required to do common tasks.

In addition, there are upgrades to VCE and VNX products. The new family of Hyper-Converged RackScale Systems for VCE allow enterprises and service providers … 

… to simplify the deployment of next-generation, mobile, cloud and distributed Tier 2 applications. The VxRack System enables customers to start from dozens of servers and scaling to many thousands – tens of petabytes of storage capacity.

For those IT organizations looking to software-defined storage to provide agility and flexibility for DevOps environments, EMC has introduced the fully virtualized VNXe software stack (formerly known as Project Liberty). The VNXe Community Edition gives customers the ability to create testing and development environments without a dedicated storage hardware system and standup multiple virtual VNXe instances cost-effectively, using industry-standard server hardware. Also new to the VNX family is theVNXe3200 all-flash variant. It is sold through EMC business partners with a starting price of approximately $25,000.

More information on these EMC announcements and more is available here.

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