To keep up with emerging virtualized and cloud-based environments, EMC recently created a new solution called ProSphere, which will eventually replace its ControlCenter product.

ProSphere allows users an end-to-end view of their storage assets through a single-pane management system. According to Kevin Gray, EMC's storage resource management marketing manager, ProSphere is integrated with VMWare and other EMC storage products.

Gray also said the new product is currently being tested by 20 beta users, with general availability coming in late July. ProSphere can be installed in less one hour and has the capability to manage more than 1.2 million volumes, 18,000 hosts and 36,000 SAN ports.

"By leveraging this new technology platform, ProSphere is agentless, can deploy as a virtual application in far less time and begin delivering value on day one," Bob Laliberte, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, told Network Computing. "In fact, EMC claims the installation can be done in less than 30 minutes and fewer than 10 steps."

While EMC prepares for the new virtualized and cloud-based IT infrastructures, the company is urging its partners to do the same. At its partner event in May, EMC marketing officer Jeremy Burton said those not utilizing cloud computing should do so immediately.



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