EMC moves toward new storage solutions
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EMC moves toward new storage solutions

In the last few months, EMC has been making aggressive moves to corner other areas of the market it hasn't previously been a part of. For instance, its most recent proposal involves revolutionizing the way developers think about and build mobile applications.

Programmable Web reported that the company is working on a 3TB drive as part of its Atmos solution, a derivative of mobile storage tools that allows for better object-oriented file-saving capacity and security options. The only stumbling block will be convincing IT professionals to actually use the system.

Part of the concern over cloud computing and virtual strategies are the risks that some feel are inherent to these solutions. Putting data in a constantly-live infrastructure provides more collaboration and networking capabilities, but it also fosters an environment where hackers can constantly throw stones at security firewalls and other kinds of protections.

"Customers may have to do some rewriting of code, but this makes it easier to migrate applications to the Atmos cloud, where before they had to rewrite the application," said Kate Canestrari of EMC. "It's a matter of data growth. Customers need a smaller footprint with less power and cooling."

Mixing traditional with innovationThe source pointed out that allowing for more object-oriented storage tools in association with the cloud allows EMC to assist with more virtual deployments. Rather than force companies to rewrite their code in order to work in a public cloud situation, wherein software-as-a-service is only possible if working in the constraints of the host, Atmos allows companies to only make minor changes to their application infrastructure in order to facilitate integration and migration with online sources.

The company is also bringing Amazon into the picture. Not long ago, the online retailer started incorporating other resources traditionally outside its scope as well, including long term backup tape cold storage, cloud solutions for businesses and private persons, credit lines and alternative lending options and even its own credit system. TechTarget wrote that these two organizations' styles suit one another, as both look to break ground in new realms and take directly from competitors they didn't have at this time last year.

The source stated that part of the drive is due to big data innovations, with more information constantly flooding storage structures, making it almost impossible to keep up with the demand. Tools that had enough space and ran fast enough last year could be far behind current requirements, and in order to avoid ongoing obsolescence, EMC's Atmos allows for ongoing movement of the most up-to-date deployments without getting weighed down with old limitations.

These resources allow for sharing of corporate infrastructure via URL and cloud codes, making applications more shareable, even through traditional online computing structures. Atmos configurations will be launched in three different modes, The Register reported, allowing businesses to use as much of this new utility as they choose. The full version will provide multiple access points and hosting options at once, while the light and online-only releases create much smaller in-house hardware reliance, allowing companies to shift their data usage to fit the amount of hosting they need at that time. Most EMC and VMware devices will support these programs, so companies with either kind of technology won't need to upgrade their current hardware infrastructure.