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EMC gets flashier, how the portfolio grows...

Yesterday saw EMC make some major flash architectural, portfolio, and roadmap announcements by way of introducing a new name for what was previously VFCache, and announcing ready for beta XtremIO product that is now marching toward a near term GA.

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EMC gets into Server Vendor Knickers with ScaleIO Acquisition

EMC bought ScaleIO last week for an undisclosed price. What is EMC doing with flash in the server? Didn’t they already do a deal with Virident and others for PCIe flash products recently? And, of course, they have already announced the all-flash array, based on the XtremIO acquisition. How many flash products do they want to offer? And what is EMC’s Flash Division doing buying a product that works with both flash and HDDs? These are all good questions that deserve good answers. Here is the way I see it.

  • Premiered: 07/21/13
  • Author: Arun Taneja
Topic(s): Flash SSD EMC Cloud XtremIO Servers ScaleIO FusionIO
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Flash storage vendors make lucrative acquisition targets

Solid-state storage is not only a hot discussion topic with IT administrators and CIOs; it's also been a hotbed of acquisitions in the last 24 months.

  • Premiered: 08/30/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA EMC TBA FusionIO TBA ioTurbine TBA XtremIO TBA Intel TBA NEVEX TBA Hybrid Array TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA ScaleIO TBA HDD TBA Western Digital TBA sTEC TBA VeloBit TBA HyperCache TBA SanDisk TBA FlashSoft TBA SMART Storage Systems TBA cloud services TBA Violin Memory TBA Pure Storage TBA Nimbus Data TBA WhipTail TBA SolidFire TBA Kaminario
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EMC XtremIO – Set to Give All-Flash Arrays a Much-Needed Boost

XtremIO lowers some key obstacles to all-flash array evaluation and purchase

  • Premiered: 11/25/13
  • Author: Jeff Byrne
Topic(s): EMC Flash Storage SSD XtremIO
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EMC PowerPath: Optimized IO Multipathing for All Flash Arrays

All-flash arrays are changing the datacenter for the better. No longer do we worry about IOPS bottlenecks from the array: all-flash arrays (AFA) can deliver a staggering amount of IOPs. AFAs with the ability to deliver hundreds of thousands of IOPs are not uncommon. The problem now, however, is how to get the IOPS from the array to the servers. We recently had a chance to see how well an AFA using EMC PowerPath driver works to eliminate this bottleneck—and we were blown away. Most comparisons with datacenter infrastructure show a 10-30% improvement in performance; but, the performance improvement that we saw with PowerPath was extraordinary.

Getting bits from an array to server is easy —very easy, in fact. The trick is getting the bits from a server to an array in an efficient manner when you have many virtual machines (VM) on multiple physical hosts that are transmitting the bits over a physical network with a virtual fabric overlay; this is much more difficult. Errors can get introduced and must be dealt with, the most efficient path must be obtained and established, re-evaluated and reestablished continually, and any misconfiguration can produce less than optimal performance. In some cases, this can cause outages or even data loss. In order to deal with the “pathing,” or how the I/O travels from the VM to storage, the OS running on the host needs a driver, or in the case where multiple paths can be taken from the server to the array, a multipathing driver needs to be used to direct the traffic.

Windows, Linux, VMware and most other modern operating systems include a basic multipath driver; however, these drivers tend to be generic and not code optimized to extract the maximum performance from an array and come with only rudimentary traffic optimization and management functions. In some cases these generic drivers are fine, but in the majority of datacenters the infrastructure is overtaxed and its equipment needs to be used in the most efficient manner possible. Fortunately, storage companies such as EMC are committed to making their arrays work as performant as possible and spend a considerable amount of time and research to develop multipathing drivers optimized for their arrays. EMC invited us to take a look at how PowerPath, their optimized “intelligent” multipath driver, performed on an XtremIO flash array connected to a Dell PowerEdge R710 server running ESXi 6.0 while simulating an Oracle workload. We looked at the results of the various tests EMC ran comparing PowerPath/VE multipath driver against VMware’s ESXi Native Multipath driver and we were impressed—very impressed—by the difference that an optimized, multipath driver like PowerPath can make in a high IO traffic scenario.

Publish date: 04/30/15
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The evolution of flash-based storage arrays

Oracle and HP prove that it's just not a case of all-flash or hybrid when selecting a solid-state-enhanced array.

  • Premiered: 03/05/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Storage TBA Oracle TBA HP TBA Hybrid TBA Hybrid Array TBA hybrid storage TBA FS1-2 TBA EMC TBA XtremIO TBA all-flash TBA Nimble Storage TBA Nimble TBA HDD TBA Fusion-IO TBA PCI Express TBA Tintri TBA Pure Storage TBA Violin Memory TBA Auto-Tiering TBA QoS TBA 3PAR TBA IBM TBA FlashSystem
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Arun's takeaways from EMC World 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.

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Enterprise SSDs: The Case for All-Flash Data Centers

Adding small amounts of flash as cache or dedicated storage is certainly a good way to accelerate a key application or two, but enterprises are increasingly adopting shared all-flash arrays to increase performance for every primary workload in the data center.

  • Premiered: 06/23/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Enterprise Storage Forum
Topic(s): TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Mike Matchett TBA Storage TBA AFA TBA all-flash TBA all flash array TBA ROI TBA HDD TBA IOPS TBA IO performance TBA flash storage TBA Datacenter TBA Data Center TBA HPE TBA NetApp TBA Capacity TBA simplicity TBA CAPEX TBA scalability TBA scalable TBA OPEX TBA resiliency TBA VDI TBA Dedupe TBA Deduplication TBA Pure Storage TBA Kaminario TBA HPE 3PAR TBA 3PAR
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Enterprises Realize Significant Value with Dell EMC Integrated DP for Converged Infrastructure

We talked to four organizations that have implemented Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection for Converged Infrastructure. The term Converged Infrastructure (CI) refers to an IT solution that groups storage, memory, compute, and networking components into a single, optimized package. When organizations evaluated Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection for CI, a key priority was improving data backup and recovery. To lower their operational costs, they also recognized the importance of having CI that would enable turnkey data protection and reduce their implementation, maintenance, and support costs, as well as improve reliability.

Prior to implementing Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection for CI, organizations we interviewed said they had significant cost, risk, and delay with implementations and upgrades. Several factors contributed to these issues including extensive time spent testing and doing research, compatibility and integration issues, and dealing with multiple support organizations.

All the companies we talked to also wanted better data protection. Many companies were struggling with slow backup speeds, poor storage efficiency, insufficient recovery times, and high operational overhead. To address these problems, companies needed better backup performance, instant data recovery, simplified management, and policy driven automation for both backup and data recovery.

Companies also wanted better vendor support, and they shared a common goal of placing “one-call” for all questions and issues they might have with any aspect of the solution. Success criteria included fast, no-hassle resolution and eliminating finger pointing between software and hardware vendors. Also expressed during the interviews, was the desire to have a vendor that would proactively monitor their system and a team that would partner with them and proactively address their ongoing needs.

Dell EMC customers found that the key to addressing their needs is Dell EMC’s CI, Vblock and VxBlock Systems (now consolidated as one turnkey product called VxBlock System 1000). Dell EMC is a CI pioneer and with Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection for CI, Dell EMC has gone a step further and delivered enterprise-class data protection that is tightly integrated with VxBlock Systems. The result is all-in-one, high performance, highly reliable data protection that is integrated with VxBlock Systems during manufacturing, pre-tested, pre-validated, and fully supported by a single vendor.

It’s an amazing value proposition. There are no point products, therefore less complexity and no compatibility issues. Every company we talked to stated that Dell EMC has exceeded their expectations, and helped them at every phase of their journey from implementation to support.

Publish date: 09/28/18
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The Value of Dell EMC Storage, Data Protection, and Converged Infrastructure

In today’s enterprise, data is the lifeblood of business, lying at the heart of new initiatives driving growth and productivity. Whether it’s a financial services firm employing AI and machine learning to better target specific consumer segments, a manufacturing company collecting and crunching millions of IoT data inputs to improve process efficiency, or a retail business analyzing real-time sales trends, every organization relies on continuously harvesting value from multiple data sources to power growth and more effectively compete. In a world in which better, smarter or quicker assessments of data can make the difference between becoming a market leader or falling behind, the strategic value of a company’s data, or “data capital”, has never been greater.

But while rapidly advancing technology innovations are enabling new opportunities to capture and drive value from data, legacy storage infrastructure is by and large failing to keep up, preventing companies from realizing the full potential of their data capital. As the volume, velocity and complexity of data continue to grow, firms are finding it challenging to effectively store and protect that data, let alone analyze and extract value from it while it’s still fresh.

To get the most value out of their growing volume of data ― structured (Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, SAP HANA and other databases) and unstructured (text files, e-mail, videos, multi-media, web pages, etc.) ― firms must choose their storage and data protection solutions carefully. Strong data security and availability capabilities are table stakes, as are robust data protection features. Buyers are demanding storage platforms with proven stability and reliability, with automated data services that are easy to manage across public and private clouds. With many organizations now looking first to the cloud to deploy their new and even some existing workloads, IT managers must have a “data first” mindset to ensure they can fully benefit from the value of their data assets.

To better understand what has motivated companies to choose Dell EMC storage and data protection solutions, we spoke with IT professionals in four different organizations, representing a range of employee counts, IT budgets and industries. To learn about each organization’s story, we examined their business needs, data center environment, and top business and IT challenges. We then explored in detail the experience each customer has had in adopting, deploying and using Dell EMC storage and data protection solutions integrated with servers and networks in Dell EMC converged infrastructure systems, and how that experience has impacted the value they’ve realized from their data. Read on to learn about each customer’s experience.

Publish date: 10/31/19