To celebrate its one year anniversary, the EMC CLARiiON CX3 UltraScale re-establishes its commitment to delivering the highest levels of availability for midrange storage arrays, shipping over 10,000 systems in the last 12 months. That's a lot of CLARiiON.EMC's used to accolades. Almost a year ago, they possessed quite a grapplehold on the CMS market. So we know they know how to work hard - and for CLARiiON, the effort isn't going unrewarded. The system's used by some 100 companies on the Fortune 500 list, and independent statistics report Five 9s in availability - that's over 99 percent uptime. Unless you're the mission-critical haute couture version of a storage system, you typically don't land Five 9s availability. But EMC's UltraScale architecture accomplishes this with systems that meet the needs of a broad array of storage requirements, in a scalable and user-friendly format. Program manager Brad Nisbet of IDC assesses changing expectations in the industry. “Today, customers of all sizes expect midrange platforms to have high-end networked storage features and capabilities that were once the province of large organizations, including Five 9's availability," he notes. "EMC has made significant investments in developing a highly reliable midrange architecture that is capable of meeting the high-end features, capabilities, and budgetary requirements of their customers." He also notes EMC has done a back-pat-worthy job of quantifying their system metrics so customers know what to expect. UltraPoint was also used to streamline the back-end functionality of EMC CLARiiON CX3. Introduced in 2005, EMC found UltraPoint does a good job of isolating error conditions while reducing loop latency in the FC protocol. The CX3 Series includes Proactive Hot Sparing for copying data to spare disks when the system senses the impending failure of a drive. This reduces drive rebuild times, increasing array availability at the same time. Read more about EMC CLARiiON CX3 and its big bad Five 9 status. You can also land a free copy of "Storage System Availability: No Longer Just a High-End Requirement," an IDC white paper.