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May 22, 2012

EMC has finally launched its EMC World Conference in Las Vegas and has announced no less than forty-two new products.

First, there is the VNXe 3150, an entry-level VNX storage array, which features quad-core processors and flash memory, supports up to one-hundred drives, and has a 2.5-inch drive support.

Overall, 3 TB 7,200rpm SAS drives have been added together with dual-port 10 GbitE. And Unisphere Remote can be used to manage up to 1,000 remote VNX and VNXe systems.

Then, there's a VNX Storage Analytics suite that features the VMware vCenter Operations System inside it. There is also AppSync software to protect Microsoft apps with one click in VNX environments.

Then of course, Fibre Channel is on the roadmap for VNXe and has SMB 3 and NFS v4 support. Vblocks will come out in the second half of the year using the 3150.

EMC is also announcing two new Isilon data storage servers, the X-400 and the NL-400. The X-400 has 90 percent more throughput than the X-200, 45 percent more performance, and can provide up to more than 15 PB of storage capacity in a single cluster.

EMC says that the nearline implementation of this technology, the NL-400, "delivers storage efficiency to over 80 percent utilisation" and "data that is frequently accessed or used with business-critical applications are suited for the X-400 while older, less-frequently accessed data can be stored on the more economical NL-400".

It's highly likely that Isilon will support VF Cache cards in the near future. Sujal Patel says that VF Cache is not supported now, and that no announcement is being made, but he didn't say if VF Cache will still be supported in 2013.

In the data protection area, there is the new top-of-the-line Data Domain DD-990 system, which holds up to 65 PB of logical capacity compared to the DD-890's 28.5 PB. The 890's aggregate throughput maximum is a 14.7 TB/hour – which the 990 comfortably eclipses with a 31 TB/hour using Boost, and a 15 TB/hour unaided.

EMC says the DD-990 is the industry's fastest deduplication storage controller. Avamar 6.1 provides better Hyper-V and SAP support, as well as Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server 2012, and enhanced support for Oracle as well.

EMC says that its Multi-streaming app can speed up backup and recovery at least four times, and provides three times backup and 30 times faster block restore chores for VMware.

For its part, VPLEX, the VMAX federation server, gets an enhanced operating environment which speeds it up by 40 percent and enables it to scale twice as much.

VPLEX also gets VAAI and VASA integration so it can fit nicely into VMware virtual server environments. Atmos has been enhanced to support 100 PB as a single system across separate sites and to be more than 50 percent faster when dealing with large objects through networking enhancements. EMC has also made Atmos upgrades 90 percent faster and non-disruptive.

Atmos internet access tools now include Chrome and HTML5. The Atmos API has single-use access for anonymous users, capacity management APIs to enable quotas, and the ability to set the identifier for an Atmos object.

The SDK also includes Android support. However, Atmos nodes all have to be at the same exact code level in order to replicate data. If attempting to federate an Atmos private cloud with an external service provider using Atmos, such as AT&T, this becomes significantly complex to manage operationally.

If an external provider decides to upgrade their Atmos node, you have to upgrade yours as well in order to keep it replicating. If you want to upgrade, you must wait for your provider to upgrade first, a feature that will most likely fall in popularity with most system admins.

How would a customer attempt to upgrade multiple nodes at petabyte-scale across several locations? In the flash area, EMC's Unified Storage Division president Rich Napolitano said that the Project Thunder is in proof-of-concept trials with enterprise customers, and connects to servers using InfiniBand in a SAN.

We already know that the Thunder box contains a set of VF Cache PCIe flash cards. He said that EMC has a Project X all-flash array development, which uses EMC's recently acquired Xtremio technology. He positioned the technology as part of a storage area network. In other words, Thunder and Xtremio can co-exist.

EMC's president and COO of Information Infrastructure Products Pat Gelsinger said "VF Cache & Thunder are server-side offerings without array features. Xtrem IO is a storage array with data services like replication, native data deduplication and High Availability.

Depending on the use case, the customer would choose which is a superior tool for what they’re looking to achieve."

So which customer application areas will Xtremio be used for? "We see AFAs (all-flash arrays) being used for specific and targeted use cases where extreme performance is required, such as for clustered databases, high-speed and high performance stock trading and thin clients.

Those are potential targeted use cases, they are meaningful and are critically important for our customers."

But why did EMC acquire XtremIO? "We pursued XtremIO as we saw it as the most differentiated technology amongst everyone in that segment of the IT market. It’s scale out block storage is designed to leverage the unique capabilities of solid state media. While early, we are quite comfortable that moving quickly allowed us to get the pick of the litter," said Gelsinger.

"Some of the raft of start-ups in that segment will get acquired, and others will just dry up and blow away, but EMC is in that segment and driving the disruption as it occurs," he added.

Overall, the likelihood is that XtremIO will represent the future for storing primary data in disk drive arrays. This future box needs to be able to support more I/Os than a disk drive array, and doesn't need the very low latency a server area network flash array box would have.

Source: EMC.

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