Items Tagged: VNX
When EMC Corp. rolled out its VNX and VNXe storage platform this year, it shone a bright light on unified storage systems and intensified its competition with NetApp.
There is no doubt that vendors are hotly competing for all those exabytes of storage that IT is eating up these days. But yesterday's storage platforms often can't keep up with either the growth of data or the pace of technology. EMC for one isn't going to lay back and milk their footprint with aging solutions. Today they are announcing a new version of the unified mid-range VNX that's been heavily re-engineered to take advantage of increasingly cost-effective compute and flash resources.
On Monday at its Discover conference in Las Vegas, HP announced updates to the all-flash HP 3Par StoreServ 7450 Storage array that can push its cost below $2 per usable gigabyte, according to the company.
EMC launched its latest VMAX high-end enterprise SAN array today, adding a new threaded operating system for managing workloads dynamically and the ability to embed application services on the array.
Every day we hear of budget-savvy IT folks attempting to leverage commodity servers and disks by layering on software-implemented storage services. But at the same time, and at some of the same datacenters, highly optimized flash-fueled acceleration technologies are racing in with competitive performance and compelling price comparisons.
- Premiered: 09/05/14
- Author: Mike Matchett
- Published: Tech Target: Search Solid State Storage
Unified Storage Array Efficiency: HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400c versus EMC VNX 5600 (TVS)
The IT industry is in the middle of a massive transition toward simplification and efficiency around managing on-premise infrastructure at today’s enterprise data centers. In the past few years there has been a rampant onset of technology clearly focused at simplifying and radically changing the economics of traditional enterprise infrastructure. These technologies include Public/Private Clouds, Converged Infrastructure, and Integrated Systems to name a few. All of these technologies are geared to provide more efficiency of resources, take less time to administer, all at a reduced TCO. However, these technologies all rely on efficiency and simplicity of the underlying technologies of Compute, Network, and Storage. Often times the overall solution is only as good as the weakest link in the chain. The storage tier of the traditional infrastructure stack is often considered the most complex to manage.
This technology validation focuses on measuring the efficiency and management simplicity by comparing two industry leading mid-range external storage arrays configured in the use case of unified storage. Unified storage has been a popular approach to storage subsystems that consolidates both file access and block access within a single external array thus being able to share the same precious drive capacity resources across both protocols simultaneously. Businesses value the ability to send server workloads down a high performance low latency block protocol while still taking advantage of simplicity and ease of sharing file protocols to various clients. In the past businesses would have either setup a separate file server in front of their block array or buy completely separate NAS devices, thus possibly over buying storage resource and adding complexity. Unified storage takes care of this by providing ease of managing one storage device for all business workload needs. In this study we compared the attributes of storage efficiency and ease of managing and monitoring an EMC VNX unified array versus an HP 3PAR StoreServ unified array. The approach we used was to setup two arrays side-by-side and recorded the actual complexity of managing each array for file and block access, per the documents and guides provided for each product. We also went through the exercise of sizing various arrays via publicly available configuration guides to see what the expected storage density efficiency would be for some typically configured systems.
Our conclusion was nothing short of astonishment. In the case of the EMC VNX2 technology, the approach to unification more closely resembles a hardware packaging and management veneer approach than what would have been expected for a second generation unified storage system. HP 3PAR StoreServ on the other hand, in its second generation of unified storage has transitioned the file protocol services from external controllers to completely converged block and file services within the common array controllers. In addition, all the data path and control plumbing is completely internal as well with no need to wire loop back cables between controllers. HP has also made the investment to create a totally new management paradigm based on the HP OneView management architecture, which radically simplifies the administrative approach to managing infrastructure. After performing this technology validation we can state with confidence that HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400c is 2X easier to provision, 2X easier to monitor, and up to 2X more data density efficient than a similarly configured EMC VNX 5600.
Software-defined and hyper-converged storage don't eliminate the need for vendor reference architectures.
- Premiered: 12/11/14
- Author: Arun Taneja
- Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
The disk array remains the core element of any storage infrastructure. So it’s appropriate that we delve into it in a lot more detail.
- Premiered: 02/17/15
- Author: Taneja Group
- Published: Enterprise Storage Forum
Hadoop is immensely popular today because it makes big data analysis cheap and simple: you get a cluster of commodity servers and use their processors as compute nodes to do the number crunching, while their internal direct attached storage (DAS) operate as very low cost storage nodes.
- Premiered: 02/19/15
- Author: Taneja Group
- Published: Infostor
Even with the improved ease-of-use with converged 3-tier products like EMC VCE, customers routinely see complexity and cost as key reasons to switch to HCI.
We thought the bloodbath for traditional external storage array products would subside by now but now we believe it will continue unabated into 2016.
Chad Sakacs said EMC will be #1 market share leader in HyperConvergence space by the end of 2016. Nutanix is, of course, the main target. VxRack 1000 announced to cover VMware, OpenStack and Cloud Native segments, using Flex, SDDC and Neutrino Nodes. I saw no signs of worry that these products will negatively affect existing SAN and NAS products. EMC doesn’t seem to care what product sells, as long as it is an EMC product; the customer is free to choose what fits the task. This attitude will serve it well in the infrastructure transition happening right now.
Scale-out software-defined storage is on the rise to the detriment and decline of traditional storage products and arrays.
- Premiered: 04/05/17
- Author: Jeff Kato
- Published: TechTarget: Search Storage