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Tales from EMC World 2016: Building a Modern Data Center

Last year we built a data center as part of our efforts to display our full portfolio of products at EMC World. We would have never imagined the level of interaction and interest we received with hundreds of customers coming through the exhibit every day. Our customers, partners, and internal EMC folks love technology and there is no better way to get a ‘feel’ for it than actually touching it.

This year we decided to do the same thing showcasing some of the most exciting technology advances in years. We organized our live modern data center by 5 key pillars:

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Flash – everyone understands the benefits of Flash from a performance perspective, mainly delivering predictable low response times. But supply-side innovation is allowing us to embed much denser 3D-NAND technologies delivering unprecedented density and lowering CAPEX and OPEX in ways not possible before. All Flash arrays make more sense than ever and we showcased the coolest kids on the block:

  • Unity All Flash systems combining the benefits of flash with unprecedented efficiency and simplicity. Unity is built with end-to-end simplicity in mind bringing innovation like an HTML5-based GUI and a REST API to simplify operations. We also previewed CloudIQ, a cloud-based analytics dashboard to address and manage larger topologies much more proactively.
  • VMAX All Flash combining the benefits of flash with uncontended data services and availability features like SRDF. Through the integration with CloudArray customers can be strategic about their hybrid cloud strategy. Flash where you need it and cloud where you don’t.
  • XtremIO is the uncontended all flash array market leader delivering integrated copy data management capabilities allowing customers to leverage flash in ways they could never before. Being able to deliver copies on demand means better business agility. Being able to do so without tradeoffs around performance and efficiency is the hallmark of the XtremIO architecture and something competitors struggle to match.
  • One interesting addition to our data center this year was DSSD which helps our customers get business outcomes faster than ever before by essentially stripping code out of the IO path while preserving the benefits of shared storage. Server-side flash has often been used but leads to stranded storage and the need to shuffle data around, limited capacity, and no enterprise features to secure the data set. Compare that to DSSD D5, which can provide 144TB capacity, deliver 10MM IOPS at microseconds response times, all in 5U.

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Protection Storage for the Software-Defined Data Center

Alyson Langon

A couple years ago, fresh out of Business School at Boston College, I started at EMC and dove head first into all things backup and archive, focusing on Data Domain systems. I love the challenge of communicating complicated technologies in innovative and engaging ways and there is certainly no shortage of inspiration at EMC’s Data Protection and Availability Division. Outside of the tech world, I am an artist, animal lover and sufferer of wanderlust. You can also find me on Twitter achieving the perfect balance of data protection and cat gifs.

The IT industry is in the midst of a massive disruption from forces such as cloud, mobile devices and the internet of things. In order to meet these new demands, IT needs to innovate and optimize infrastructure. One of the key pillars in modernizing IT is the software-defined data center (SDDC), in which all elements of the infrastructure (compute, storage, network etc.) are virtualized and delivered as a service. In addition to enabling you to reduce and standardize hardware, this also paves a foundation for cloud initiatives.concept of a data server with data streams.

The SDDC is rapidly becoming a reality for businesses. If you are thinking about making the leap to the SDDC or in the midst of doing so, don’t let data protection become an afterthought. All of your data needs to be protected no matter where it resides and to the appropriate service level based in its business value. As you modernize your IT this point becomes even more important.  The flexibility and agility enabled by software-defined storage demands a data protection strategy that can match.

The key foundation for protecting the software defined data center is protection storage, which enables protection of data wherever it lives and in the most efficient way possible through advanced integration with applications and primary storage.  And with protection storage that is software defined, you can take the idea of data protection everywhere to the next level. As a software-only solution, users are empowered to quickly and easily deploy protection storage in a matter of minutes and in a variety of new deployment models – think converged infrastructure and public cloud.  Add in the additional flexibility of being able to gradually scale capacity and move it across sites as needed and the possibilities start to become endless. (more…)

A Software Defined Departure for EMC Midrange Storage

As many of you have heard by now, EMC World marked yet another significant event this year as EMC launched its first software-defined storage platform based on the industry-leading VNX midrange storage technology stack.  This first release of the vVNX enables users to create a virtual VNX unified storage environment on a standard VMware ESX platform, no VNX or VNXe hardware required.

New Deployment Options for Familiar Capabilities
Given the historically tight integration between the VNX operating environment and EMC’s purpose built hardware platforms, it is a mind shift to think about the uses for software that deploys on an industry standard server and virtualization platform.  This flexibility for extemporaneous deployments has opened up numerous opportunities for expanding non-production capabilities such as test and development

Treide-vVNXCustomer Response
Hundreds of EMC World participants attended the vVNX technical sessions at the event, anxious to meet with the development team, ask their questions and provide one-on-one feedback.  Users are responding to this first of its kind VNX capability with evident enthusiasm, downloading over 2,000 copies of the vVNX software in the ten days following the announcement. (more…)

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