This week, EMC is expected to unveil a long-anticipated revamp of its high-end storage products. The new products are intended to help the Massachusetts-based storage company catch up to its hardware rivals' performance. The company will introduce a new EMC Symmetrix 6 line. Advances in the new line include a new "matrix" architecture, which is designed to increase the speed of internal information processing. New products in the line will provide increased amounts of cache memory and will change EMC's RAID strategy from RAID 1 to RAID 5.
Analysts who have been briefed about EMC's plans stated that the Symmetrix 6 line will consist of three models: the modular DMX800, the single-enclosure DMX1000, and the dual-enclosure DMX2000. EMC will provide details about the products at a scheduled news conference this week. According to some estimates, EMC has experienced a loss of more than 30 percent of high-end hardware revenue share to IBM and Hitachi over the past 2 years, with a 15 percent loss in the past year alone. Analysts expect the new high-end Direct Attached Storage (DAS) releases to help the company in the short term but believe that the growth of the less-expensive Network Attached Storage (NAS) market is key to EMC's success in the long term.