EMC (NYSE:EMC)  has announced the launch of its new highly flexible, available and scalable storage area network (SAN) system for small and midsize businesses. EMC CLARiiON AX4 can easily be deployed, expanded and reconfigured in VMware Infrastructure and traditional IT environments with no application downtime.

The new system can store, manage and protect data from up to 64 high-availability Windows, Linux, Unix, NetWare and VMware Infrastructure hosts simultaneously. It features a mirrored cache design, built-in standby power supply, continuous disk consistency checking and hot-swappable components, which provide superior levels of data availability and reliability.

"As the IT environments of SMBs become more sophisticated, customers are looking for storage solutions that are reliable, simple to deploy and, most important, make their lives easier," Rich Napolitano, senior vice president at EMC Storage Division, said in a statement. "With the EMC CLARiiON AX4, we're giving the IT manager the tools to act like a storage specialist and to do so with minimal effort and expense."