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EMC Corporation is one of the leading global developers of storage devices, systems, and services, offering flash, disk, and hybrid storage options. EMC products possess high performance, sophisticated security, and range of options for businesses of all varieties and sizes.
Each product targets specific industries or enterprises, so it’s valuable to have an easy reference to all the specifications and features of the most popular products. The following is a guide to some of the most widely used EMC storage devices.


The EMC VMAX 10K, 10K Block and File, and 40K are the most well-known products EMC offers.The 10K, a Tier 1 multicontroller array, is the most affordable. It provides high levels of data integrity, security, and performance. It has self-regulated operational features, including automated tiering and self-tuning functions.
Applications can be consolidated with the hardware’s scale and performance capacity. Its core software options include redundancy and virtual provisioning, in addition to optional software to enhance the system’s performance.
VMAX 10K Block and File provides an additional level of block and file consolidation, encryption, and an RSA key manager to handle data. The 10K Block and File comes preloaded with both core and bundled software, which provide RecoverPoint splitting, built-in redundancy, and optional software enhancements.VMAX 40K excels in hybrid cloud storage environments. It possesses one of the most globally renowned, information-focused built-in security protection systems. Performance, stability, and security are among the most critical factors to consider for a cloud-based, hybrid disk array system. The VMAX 40K’s high-performance capacities include federation, automation, and tiering. This reduces costs while expanding system storage.
Software options include core VMAX software, with a dynamic range of functions such as dynamic cache partitioning, federated tiered storage, and priority controls. Optional software enhancements are also available for customized, optimal array performance.


Introduced in 2010, the VPLEX provides a virtualization layer throughout data centers and Fibre Channel storage area networks. It acts as a medium between hosts and arrays, no matter their physical locations. The product can simplify management, increase availability, and improve cost efficiency. The system can stay afloat when a system is down, and handles large business workloads with ease.

EMC VNX Series

The EMC VNX Series of storage platforms is one of the world’s leading mid-tier to enterprise level systems. With five different models, the VNX Series can handle a diverse range of workloads and demands. The VNX hardware supports Block, File, and Unified configurations with maximized speed, availability, and performance. This helps it act as a medium for adapting converged infrastructure. All of the models in the series have Xeon 5600 processors, efficient power supplies, high capacity drives, and higher storage density.

EMC Avamar

The EMC Avamar system leads in fast, efficient backup and recovery operations. It provides daily data backups for any remote office, virtual environment, enterprise, laptops and desktops, or NAS server systems. Equipped with a dual hardware and software solution, Avamar features integrated, variable length deduplication technology.
The recovery process is full, meaning recovery is fast and simple, while the deduplication backup reduces network traffic by only sending changed blocks. With a capacity of up to 124 TB of deduplicated data, customization options are available to fully enhance performance and tailor it to individual needs.

A Word of Advice for When It’s Time to Decommission Older VMAX Hardware

Decommissioning the VMAX series of storage arrays requires careful research and a thoughtful plan. Start by locating an ITAD specialist who can help develop a plan of action, including how and when to recycle VMAX hardware based on new releases, market trends, and other factors that will impact the value return.
Maximizing the value return on VMAX hardware means doing so while the equipment can still be refurbished and resold. In addition, a reliable ITAD specialist will offer a concise and thorough data destruction plan that guarantees data security throughout the process of recycling and replenishing a data center with updated equipment.
Effective ITAD strategies for Data Centers

Effective ITAD strategies for Data Centers

In the ever-evolving landscape of data management, businesses frequently encounter the need to retire their data center hardware. Such scenarios often arise when companies decide to shut down all or part of a data center operation. The process of decommissioning a data center is riddled with logistical intricacies, and among these, planning for the disposition of retired assets stands out as a crucial aspect. The dismantling of data center equipment without a well-thought-out strategy for reuse, remarketing, or secure disposal can lead to a host of problems.

Enhance Risk Management with ITAD

Enhance Risk Management with ITAD

Organizations are rapidly transitioning their communication systems, data storage infrastructure, and administrative functions to the digital realm, all in pursuit of maintaining a competitive edge. However, this shift toward a technologically advanced world exposes companies to higher risks of cybersecurity threats and data breaches. In essence, your business’s sensitive data is vulnerable at any given moment. Therefore, a well-rounded risk management strategy must include a robust ITAD plan to mitigate your company’s overall risk.

Enhancing Data Center Sustainability Through ITAD

Enhancing Data Center Sustainability Through ITAD

In the rapidly evolving landscape of data center operations, sustainability has emerged as a paramount concern. One of the linchpins of this sustainability drive within data centers is the practice of IT Asset Disposition (ITAD), a multifaceted process that plays a pivotal role in ensuring both ecological responsibility and data security.

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