What were the major announcements at EMC World 2014?

Now that the dust has settled on EMC World 2014 we have put together a quick summary of the major announcements: VNX – Hybrid Unified Array D@RE (Data-At-Rest-Encryption) will enable a fully integrated and simple to deploy option to encrypt all the data within the array. Interestingly all VNX2s have shipped with the encryption hardware included, it will just require a software update and license to enable the feature. Support for 800 GB eMLC drives should make it more affordable to create a large all-flash tier and take advantage of the MCx flash-optimisation technology. It was announced that later this year vVNX (aka Project Liberty) will be released which will make it possible to spin-up a fully featured VNX either in your “Private Continue reading

EMC World 2013: VPLEX Metro now more affordable for VNX customers

Here at SNS we really like EMC VPLEX Metro, here are some of the reasons why: Mission critical application availability – Provide users with non-stop access to applications even when a storage array fails Enable stretched clusters – With support for VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Oracle RAC Downtime avoidance – Utilise VMware vMotion to migrate virtual machines between data centres before the outage occurs Automated disaster recovery – Utilise VMware HA across data centres to re-start virtual machines in the event of a site failure Oracle RAC HA over distance – Provide better performance and ease of deployment compared to Oracle ASM host-mirroring Migrate data without downtime – From one array to another within and across data centres Non-disruptive storage maintenance – Take an array or Continue reading

EMC World 2013: Next generation VNX scales to one million IOPS

One of the highlights of attending EMC World this year was seeing the mind-blowing demonstration of the performance of EMC’s next generation storage platform. To put this into context the current VNX range scales out at around 200,000 IOPS, which is very competitive in today’s market place. There was no specific time-scale for the release mentioned and all features may not be delivered at once, but when they do arrive we expect to see: Scaling to 1 million 8K read IOPS at 1 ms latency This was demoed on stage using 96 Flash drives and 32 CPU cores Sandy Bridge CPUs with PCIe 3.0 backend architecture With increased multi-threading capabilities to leverage all of the additional cores Increased memory and FAST Cache capacity Support for larger Flash drives including eMLC Continue reading

EMC World 2013: MirrorView customers now have a much better way to replicate VNX arrays

MirrorView has been around for a long time and it is fair to say is now getting a bit long in the tooth – RecoverPoint is now the preferred method for replicating EMC arrays. If you are struggling to replicate all of your data, impacting users with replication hogging too much bandwidth or slowing down application response times when replication is in progress, then RecoverPoint could well be the answer to your problems. The key advantages of RecoverPoint are: Increased production array performance as replication processing is handled off the array Reduced bandwidth consumption (up to 90%) using advanced compression and de-duplication technology The ability to recover back to any point in time using continuous data protection The downside of RecoverPoint was that it required a dedicated Continue reading

Event: EMC World Technical Briefing at Pinewood Studios and London

Now that EMC World is over we have put together a couple of technical briefing sessions to bring the best of the event to the UK. The focus of the event is Storage, Disaster Recovery, Backup and Virtualisation for 2013 and beyond. This event will provide detailed coverage of EMC’s “VNX2″, VPLEX, VMAX, Xtrem and Data Domain products along with all the latest developments in VMware’s Server Virtualisation and End User Computing technologies. Agenda 09:30 – Registration 09:45 – Welcome and introductions 10:00 – Storage update 11:00 – Break 11:15 – Disaster Recovery update 11:45 – Backup and Recovery update 12:00 – Break 12:15 – Server Virtualisation update 13:00 – End User Computing update 13:30 – Lunch and Close Dates 13th Continue reading