EMC, a leader in information infrastructure, recently announced it has hit a performance milestone for throughput and bandwidth in a VMware vSphere 5 virtual and cloud environment. According to the company, the increased performance and scalability will remove potential barriers and help organizations migrate to the cloud and virtualize their applications.

The EMC Symmetrix VMAX storage system accompanied with VMware vSphere 5 surpassed 1 million input/output operations per second, increasing more than three times the previous best performance of 364,000 IOPS achieved by using three EMC CLARiiON CX4 storage systems with VMware vSphere 4, the company stated.

The bandwidth testing also achieved greater results. According to EMC, a single VNX unified storage system with VMware vSphere 5 reached a workload of 10 gigabytes per second, which is more than 3.5 times the previous benchmark set by three EMC CLARiiON CX4 arrays.

"The most extreme bandwidth workloads, including big data analytics, data warehousing and media, can be virtualized on the latest technologies from EMC and VMware and gain lower costs and greater agility than a physical approach," the company said in a statement.

By implementing EMC's profile of VMware virtualization and cloud infrastructure technologies, solutions and services, organizations can adopt a cloud computing model more quickly, lower their overall IT spending and improve their business operations, the company added.

"The performance benchmark pushes the limits of scalability in virtual and cloud environments," said EMC's vice president of VMware Technical Alliance Chad Sakac. "Customers can now confidently virtualize even their most demanding mission critical applications knowing that their investments in EMC and VMware vSphere infrastructure will be able to grow with them."

The Washington Trust Company, which is the country's oldest community bank, is experiencing the benefits of implementing EMC solutions. According to an announcement made earlier this month, the bank has adopted EMC's backup, recovery and unified storage solutions. EMC also said the Washington Trust Company implemented its VMware's vSphere virtualization and cloud computing solutions to virtualize 90 percent of its infrastructure.

Mark Smithey, vice president of technology services at Washington Trust, said the cloud computing model has allowed the bank to boost its performance and reduce its number of servers from 50 to four, leading to greater cost efficiency.

According to EMC, Washington Trust has also reduced its backup and recovery time requirements by 20 imes that of its previous system.

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