EMC launches 1.8 petabyte disk library

Storage giant unveils world's largest disk library as part of a host of new launches at EMC World in Orlando.

EMC has announced a range of new products and updates at its annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

Among the new products announced is the world's largest disk library boasting support for up to 1.8 petabytes of storage, backup speeds of 11TB per hour and will support as many as 2,400 hard disk drives.

Michael Gallant, director of public relations for EMC told journalists "this is more than twice the capacity than our nearest competitor can manage." The DL 6000 system is targeted at high end enterprises looking to replace multiple tape libraries with a disk library solution and the initial price will be $1m a price that Gallant says is "affordable".

The DL 6000 is based on the Symmetric DMX-3 platform and will initially consist of two models - the DL6100 (1,440 drives) and DL6300 (2,400 drives). EMC is claiming that consolidating smaller tape libraries onto the DL 6000 system will result in a 30% saving annual power and cooling costs, key issues in the move to being a greener company.

To reach its capacity, the DL 6000 series uses EMCs own hardware compression. To further enhance storage EMC Avamar will be used to carry out de-duplication of data.

To demonstrate the flexibility of the DL 6000 system Gallant said "we will support disk drives running at 15k, 10k and high capacity low cost fibre channel drives."

Gallant also announced that EMC has recently passed the 112 petabytes of disk library storage shipped to customers.

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