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EMC Focuses on Services with VMAX3

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Last week EMC announced an upgrade to their flagship Symmetrix high-end enterprise storage platform and the release of VMAX3.  With a maximum capacity of 384 cores and 5760 drives, the new platform scales to capacities never before seen in a single storage array.  What’s possibly more interesting though, is EMC’s intentions with what’s being called HyperMax technology. VMAX3 continues a ... Read More »

EMC Announces XtremIO 3.0

XtremIO

This week EMC held a launch event in London branded “Redefine Possible” covering announcements on VMAX, Islion, XtremIO and some of the software platforms.  This post covers a discussion of the changes to XtremIO. Background XtremIO was a startup company acquired by EMC in 2012, with the first products reaching general availability on 14 November 2013.  In some respects the ... Read More »

Two “New” Hardware Products from Violin Memory

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The ups and downs of Violin Memory’s business has been well documented over the last few months.  With a new CEO and management team in place, the company is coming to market with new products, which they hope will revive their fortunes. Windows Flash Array First for discussion is the Windows Flash Array (WFA).  This is an upgrade to the ... Read More »

Understanding Tiered Storage

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This week I noticed a conversation taking place on Twitter discussing the subject of tiered storage.  The understanding of why tiered storage developed and why it is used today seems to be somewhat misunderstood, so perhaps it’s time for an update on this technology. Background Given infinite resources and infinite budget, all data would be stored on the fastest media ... Read More »

Using SSD for Write-Intensive Workloads

FlashInternal

Yesterday I appeared as a guest speaker on a BrightTalk Webinar covering storage for Big Data.  One subject raised was the suitability of flash (SSD) over hard drives for write-intensive workloads.  The comments from another speaker implied that SSDs aren’t good with write intensive workloads as this wears the devices out too quickly.  Hard drives should be used instead.   ... Read More »

SanDisk Acquires Fusion-io

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It has been widely reported and confirmed through a press release, that Fusion-io is to be acquired by SanDisk at a value of around $11.25 per share in cash with the deal expected to close this year.  Assuming everything goes through, this closes a chapter on a flash storage company who’s IPO has failed to deliver on the initial promise. ... Read More »