Last week I participated in an “#InsideFlash” CrowdChat. Hosted by Wikibon’s Dave Vellante, CrowdChat is basically a virtual event where like-minded people can follow a specific hashtag to share ideas and thoughts on a topic. The #InsideFlash topic was specific to Flash and Oracle (Databases and/or Applications). Dave asked a series of questions allowing anyone to answer or add commentary. CrowdChat is a great format and a great engagement. Thanks for hosting, Dave.
EMC was a Gold Sponsor of this year’s Citrix Partner Summit. The Gold Sponsorship brought with it a prime location in the Exhibitor Hall and conversations with hundreds of EMC/Citrix Partners. Of course Flash was a big topic, specifically Flash for End User Compute. EMCs primary focus was enabling our joint partners to successfully deploy virtual environments designed to deliver unique customer requirements regardless of scale.
Inside Flash with Sam Marraccini: Episode #14: EMC Flash, Accelerating your Oracle Applications at Oracle Open World 2013
EMC was once again a Diamond Sponsor of Oracle Open World. The EMC presence could be felt everywhere. Over 10,000 people attended the EMC Keynote delivered by Joe Tucci and Jeremy Burton here and a Customer Appreciation Party for over 450 EMC customers! In addition to the Key Note, EMC hosted 6 technical breakout sessions
XtremIO named 2013 – SSD Brand Leader for All-Flash, SAN SSD Array & “Best in Show” at the 2013 Flash Memory Summit
XtremIO was named the “2013 SSD Brand Leader for all-Flash, SAN SSD Storage Arrays”. Full details of the “Market Leader” report can be found at IT Pulse SAN SSD Market Leader Survey. But the awards didn’t stop there, XtremIO also won the “Best of Show” for the most Innovative Flash Memory Customer Implementation.
Inside Flash with Sam Marraccini: Episode #11: EMC Flash Strategy with FPD SVP & General Manager: Zahid Hussain
Shortly after EMC officially acquired ScaleIO, I ran into Zahid Hussain. “Z” is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the EMCs Flash Products Division. Who better to get the inside coop from! ‘InsideFlash” is all about getting that inside look at Flash Technologies here at EMC.
The EMC Flash.Next launch was just 4 months ago. The March 2013 live webcast introduced the EMC Xtrem Family: XtremSF, XtremSW Cache and XtremIO. XtremSW Cache continues to combine the performance of server side flash with the protection of an enterprise storage array. I blogged then that the difference was in the “Software”, that’s even more evident after this morning acquisition of ScaleIO.
Flash everywhere strategy as a single product family, bringing together Flash technologies from server to all Flash arrays.
So, what’s in the Xtrem Family? The Xtrem Family includes: XtremSF, XtremSW Cache and XtremIO. Of course, XtremIO (Previously Project-X) is a full feature storage array, built from the ground up with Flash in mind. More on XtremIO to come!
The bigger story today! XtremSF & XtremSW Cache!
Don’t miss the EMC Flash.Next live broadcast and product announcement. Find out how your environment can benefit from unprecedented flash performance and get real-time answers to all you questions from our flash technology experts.
Join us Tuesday, March 5th 11:00 AM EST. Watch the event unfold live here !
The EMC Solutions Group recently released a whitepaper focused on EMC Infrastructure for VMware. The solution includes real world database workloads. Data warehouse and OLTP, Microsoft SQL and Oracle, all virtualized. A configuration that reflects what our customers are doing as they move to the cloud. A key component of that configuration is EMC VFCache, accelerating both the Data warehouse and OLTP environments.
Flash, Flash, Flash!!! Everyday all day, that’s my life these days! Flash across the infrastructure based on application needs! But, what does that mean? It would be easy to put Flash drives in an existing array, repackage it and call it an All Flash Array. Flash provides the ability to fundamentally change the way we look at storage. The key to the strategy is the SOFTWARE!! The integrated software will provide the intelligence necessary to best leverage the capabilities of Flash.
Flash, Flash, FLASH! Flash is indeed everywhere and the EMC flash strategy is clear. “Flash Everywhere”. Flash in the Server with EMC VFCache 1.5, Server Side PCIe based flash cache, now supporting Cisco UCS. Flash in the Network with EMC Project Thunder (Project Thunder, WOW, the early performance reports are “Mind Blowing” we’re talking “Millions” of IOPs, Much, Much more on thunder to come. And Flash in the array! A little flash goes a long way via a hybrid array, and what if you could change storage all together? You would build an all flash array with integration de-duplication, snaps/clones, and a full set of management tools and application integration (hello VMware).
Welcome to Inside Flash, Episode #5, September 28th,
Hello VFCache 1.5, nice to meet you! In-line cache deduplication (Thanks EMC backup team), first in the industry – Check! The only host cache solution supported and listed on the VMware HCL – Check! and… cluster support, EMC VMAX integration and management, 700GB PCIe cards and
Cisco Mezzanine integration.
With the VFCache 1.5 press release aligned with VMWorld 2012, there is only one person I wanted to have on the show!! The Virtual Geek himself…. Chad Sakac! Chad was gracious enough to not only spend some time on the show, but he gave me a quick demo of some of the new features of VFCache 1.5.