Finally we are at the point where we can have a discussion about all-flash arrays without any ifs, ands, or buts. On May 4, 2015 at EMC World, EMC unveiled the much awaited XtremIO v4.0. This will be available as a free software upgrade to existing XtremIO customers. XtremIO has now been available for a year and half, and to date has been EMC’s fastest selling product by far, as well as being the clear market leader in all-flash arrays. With 4.0, EMC has extended its competitive advantage over the competition even further. Major highlights from EMC’s announcement about 4.0 are as follows:Enhanced Data Protection – XtremIO now supports replication based on best-of-breed EMC RecoverPoint software. Data on XtremIO arrays can be replicated to other XtremIO arrays or any array supported by RecoverPoint. XtremIO replication delivers up to one-minute Recovery Point Objectives (RPO), even when replicating at data center scale with flash-array levels of workload and data change rates.

Bigger, Faster Clusters – EMC is introducing a new 40TB X-Brick building block, which is double the density of previous XtremIO systems. In addition, XtremIO clusters now scale up to eight X-Bricks with 16 N-way active controllers.

Online Expansion – XtremIO arrays now can be non-disruptively expanded for performance and capacity, with automatic rebalancing and no application downtime.

Application Automation – XtremIO’s copy data management functions are integrated into key enterprise application management stacks such as VMware, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange to automate rich use cases, including the scheduling, attachment and expiration of space-efficient copies to application hosts.

Multi-Array Management – XtremIO 4.0 allows single pane of glass management for multiple XtremIO clusters from a common XtremIO Management Server (XMS).

More Powerful Interface – XtremIO 4.0 introduces extended historical reporting, maintaining two years of operating history, as well as sophisticated tagging and search functionality for handling large numbers of provisioned volumes, hosts and snapshots. It also boasts improved built-in reporting capabilities.

Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 3.0 – With XtremIO and the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud 3.0 offering, customers can now consolidate all mission-critical workloads and their non-production lifecycle copies into their Hybrid Cloud with Tier 0 Storage and Copy Services. This enables some of the most compelling hybrid cloud use cases like Database-as-a-Service and SAP-as-a-Service.

With v4.0, XtremIO ticks every box – and then some – for an enterprise-class storage array. With $/TB comparable to a traditional hybrid disk system and a far lower $/IOP, coupled with the smaller footprint, lower complexity and lower operational expenses, it is almost a no-brainer for most production data storage needs.

Here at CDW, we are not just talking the talk for XtremIO, but are making investments in the technology. We are in the process of migrating most of our production Tier 1 application onto XtremIO – in all about 2.1PB of data. This will allow CDW to lower our total cost of ownership, while allowing us to enjoy the extreme performance that an all-flash array offers with no compromise in terms of feature sets and data services.

Interested in learning more about the benefits of flash storage? Check out our white paper, “Flash: The Next Step in Storage.”

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