EMC World, EMC’s premier technology conference, was held May 5 thru May 8, 2014, at the Venetian conference center in Las Vegas. Numerous keynote addresses, breakout sessions, virtual labs, announcements and demonstrations was a lot to take in over the course of four days, and even more to fit into a single blog post. Therefore, in this post I will highlight some of the announcements and new technologies.
Flash storage continues to become a standard in the storage industry, and EMC is well aware of this trend. The VNXe3200 was announced and is now available for purchase through all EMC channels. The unified storage system is based on the same MCx multicore optimization technology introduced in the VNX2 line of storage arrays last year. It contains a new quad-core 2.2GHz processor, coupled with MCx, providing 3X the performance of the previous VNXe3150.
In addition to the new processing power, the VNXe3200 now supports flash or solid state drives (SSD) for both FAST cache, and FAST VP. FAST cache allows the use of SSDs to extend cache while FAST VP is used for auto-tiering between different disk architectures such as SSD, serial-attached SCSI (SAS) and near line SAS or (NL-SAS).
Another new feature is the inclusion of Fibre Channel connectivity for block hosts. Common Internet File System (CIFS), Network File System (NFS), and iSCSI protocols are available on the VNXe3200 as they were in the previous VNXe arrays, and now the Fibre Channel protocol is available as well. Single service processor VNXe arrays are also a thing of the past. Purchasing a VNXe3200 with only one server processor is no longer an option. This allows for non-disruptive upgrades and 99.999 – or five 9s – availability.
The VNXe is limited to 50 disks at initial release, but will be expanded to allow up to 150 disks in the near future. One other note is that remote replication is not currently available, but is expected to be released as a licensed feature in the second half of this year.
This is EMC’s reference architecture for converged infrastructure. It celebrated its second birthday this year at EMC World, and there were some new announcements around it. The key news being that VSPEX will now include EMC’s XtremIO all-flash array as a backend storage option.
The reference architecture is designed for virtual desktop infrastructure environments ranging from 500 to 3,500 VDI workloads. The all-flash array architectures are expected to be released in the next two weeks, with full integration into the VSPEX sizing calculator. Later this year, workload sizing for database and virtual server workloads will be introduced as well.
Acquisition of DSSD
EMC announced that it is currently in an agreement to acquire DSSD, a Silicon Valley flash storage startup developing a rack-scale flash tier. DSSD will operate as a stand-alone unit within EMC’s emerging technologies division.
EMC was an early investor in DSSD with products from the company expected by 2015. EMC expects to integrate DSSD’s technologies into its products aimed at Big Data applications. The acquisition is expected to close sometime in the second quarter of this year.
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