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EMC gets serious about the hybrid cloud

Nurdianah Md Nur | July 17, 2014
The new products will help enterprises reduce the cost of running their existing application estate so that they are able to further invest in new applications to meet the needs of the third platform.

Amping up efforts to compete with flash competitors
In a bid to compete with other flash array competitors, EMC has upgraded its XtremIO all-flash array. The new XtremIO 3.0 software comes with several new features and configurations that are aimed at offering more scale, capabilities and support for consolidated, virtualised and performance-hungry workloads, said Andy Fenselau, senior director of Product Marketing for XtremIO, EMC Corporation.

Following are some of XtremIO 3.0 software highlights:

  • Larger scale-out clusters of up to six 20TB X-Bricks with 12 active controllers, thus enabling a 50 percent input/output operations per second (IOPS) performance increase and 50 percent more capacity while maintaining XtremIO's sub-millisecond latency.
  • Ability to deliver up to four times the usable capacity of previous XtremIO versions through 100 percent inline compression. XtremIO clusters with 90 TB of usable flash capacity now effectively support 540TB of effective capacity at typical 6:1 data reduction (inline deduplication plus inline compression) ratios. When combined with XtremIO's powerful snapshot capabilities, XtremIO now supports petabytes of functional application data.
  • Snapshot technology that is space-efficient for both data and metadata, and produces snapshots that are free from limitations of performance, features, topology or capacity reservations. XtremIO snapshots also instantly create entire application development and test environments where every engineer gets a personal sandbox, enable high-performance analytics and reporting copies without any brute force data movement, and deliver near-CDP capabilities for data protection.
  • Performance improvements for database, bandwidth-hungry workloads, and virtual machine cloning operations. Online transaction processing (OLTP) databases now run 1.5 times faster, while data warehouses achieve nearly two times better throughput, and cloning virtual machines takes half the time.
  • Inline Data at Rest Encryption (D@RE) feature which encrypts all data stored on XtremeIO arrays so as to deliver the protection needed for regulated use cases in sensitive industries such as healthcare and finance.

According to Fenselau, the improved performance, capacity and capabilities delivered by the XtremeIO 3.0 software  will enable enterprises to "redefine what's possible in their data centers and application environments."

Scale-out storage
To help enterprises improve their ability to ingest, store, protect and manage large amounts of unstructured data, EMC has upgraded its EMC Isilon OneFS and unveiled two NAS, the S210 and X410.

According to Nick Kirsch, vice president and CTO of Isilon Storage Division at EMC Corporation, the new products set the foundation for scale-out data lakes. A data lake is a scalable repository for both structured and unstructured data from various sources, generated by traditional and next-generation workloads. Data lakes can be consumed through a range of mechanisms without needing to be managed by separate, multiple silos of storage too, added Kirsch. This means that enterprises will be able to analyse their data in the storage without moving the data out, thus saving time for enterprises.


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