The real point of my blog today, The Best Lens to Choose for Your Storage Environment, was to make sense of the many movements in the primary storage market. Thinking about when and how I use my various cameras offered a way see how our customers think about choosing the right storage solution for their adventure.
The Canon EOS is like EMC’s VMAX. No compromises, with the lenses being the data services. Interestingly, both EMC and Canon realize that the value of these products IS the lens and the camera back but each is valuable separately, not indelibly conjoined. The new VMAX architecture separates the data services from the back-end storage with technologies such as Federated Tiered Storage (FTS) and ViPR, but you can take full advantage of these features with alternate storage.
The mirrorless camera is beyond cool. It’s not your Dad’s camera and it speaks volumes to edgy innovation… this is XtremIO. It is lightning fast, super agile and does pretty much anything the Canon can. The possibilities are limitless.
And then there’s the iPhone camera. This hyper-converged camera, while ubiquitous, is clearly not a replacement for the Canon EOS. It’s not a ‘from the ground up’ camera, but its hyper-convergence is clearly an important feature. The point is hyper-converged is a compute block with networking and storage in it for the ride just as the iPhone is a phone, PDA, media player and camera all in one form factor.
We are in the middle of a whirlwind in innovation in the data center. Storage is ever growing and so are the choices. In my mind, there is no clear winner or loser. What is clear is VMAX has redefined itself to be very relevant in an enterprise-grade distributed data service kind of way. It’s XtremIO’s time with unprecedented growth and the emergence of the all-in-one converged infrastructure. And hyper-converged infrastructure is coming of age with VCE.
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