EMC introduced their biggest, baddest Symmetrix today. Much of the commentary was the typical “speeds and feeds” regurgitation, but Martin “Storagebod” Glassborow didn’t disappoint with his coverage. “Last of the Dinosaurs” pretty much sums up Martin’s (and my own) opinion on this announcement.
“Cloud” isn’t just a fancy term for a big datacenter, or even a multi-tenant one. Cloud is different, and it demands a different kind of storage, not another “monster”.
Cisco, VMWare and EMC announced that they are forming a partnership to co-operatively sell and support products in a joint venture named Acadia. Selected engineers and sales grunts, USD$200 million bucks and “no large customer left untouched” door to door marketing campaign. Is there anything to it?
In VPLEX, do we see the future of EMC storage? Or more accurately, do we see the future of Symmetrix? Is it the beginning of the end for Symmetrix and more importantly, Enginuity. The final break from the past?
Although it’s rare in the PC world, multipath I/O is not new in enterprise IT. I’ve been juggling paths to storage and networks as long as I’ve been a systems administrator, and that’s a bit longer than I care to admit. But the proliferation of technologies has made it difficult to understand path management. What’s the difference between “dual active” and “active/active”? Is “active/passive” really that bad?
EMC Symmetrix BIN file, largely an unknown topic in the storage industry and practically there is no available information related to it. This post is just an attempt to shed some light as to what a BIN file is, how it works, whatâ€™s in it and why is it essential with the Enginuity code.
So this year will mark the history of the Symmetrix products, 20 years since its inception and the Symmetrix has come long ways. Initially released in 1990, todayâ€™s Symmetrix does not come any close to what the product was 20 years ago. The underlying code (Enginuity) is what drives and gives the Symmetrix its personality. Symmetrix was a compute / storage beast 20 years ago and so it is today.
So, hereâ€™s my rash statement from Twitter last night: â€œIf FAST isnâ€™t free, I donâ€™t want it! All itâ€™s doing is automating process I could script/do manuallyâ€. Itâ€™s a bold statement, I know, so is FAST really offering something better than what could be achieved today using EMCâ€™s Symmetrix Optimizer?
Enhancements to EMC Symmetrix V-Max systems is possibly around the corner (FY09 Q4). FAST (Fully Automated Storage Tiering) is due this quarter and will be one of the most awaited software release in the enterprise storage space by EMC. Bundled together with FAST, possibly a new microcode version the enables FAST (its associated features) and other expected enhancements.
EMC’s Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST) was one of the most welcome annoucements made during the Symmetrix V-Max introduction. It would be a significant modernization of EMC’s Symmetrix line, and would be one of the first unique features of the Symmetrix V-Max line. But many, including me, were disappointed to learn in May that FAST […]