New XtremIO Upgrade Delivers “Great Xpectations”

CJ Desai

CJ Desai

President, Emerging Technologies Products Division at EMC

When EMC launched XtremIO in November 2013, the big message was to “Xpect More” from all-flash arrays. Performance gains are table stakes in this arena and we urge our customers to look beyond an IOPS boost gained with flash to more important things like consistent and predictable performance (not just peak), to inline and always-on data services (vs. post-processing), and to a groundbreaking purpose-built architecture (vs. recycling the design principles of disk arrays).

Today, we are back, announcing major enhancements and innovations to XtremIO – delivered on existing XtremIO arrays, delivered at no extra cost to customers, and delivered in conjunction with substantial performance improvements.  XtremIO now delivers more scale, more capabilities, and more support for consolidated, virtualized, and performance-hungry workloads.

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The Big Reveal: Reinforcing the Scale-Out Data Lake

Sam Grocott

Sam Grocott

Vice President Marketing and Product Management at EMC Isilon

IT today is running faster than ever before, tasked with an incredibly difficult mission—maximize efficiency by redefining how technology supports the business. The world is moving to a hybrid (private and public) cloud environment, necessitating a whole new approach to IT. So how do we make that happen?

EMC is supporting this mission with new hardware and software updates to the Isilon family of products, catering to today’s Hadoop-heavy environments and leveraging flash for maximum acceleration.

EMC’s core mission for Isilon is to enable our customers to easily store and manage information at scale. We do that by constantly redefining Scale-out NAS and expanding its capabilities and potential. A couple of months back at EMC World, we shared our Isilon Scale-out Data Lake story and how  it helps customers to store, manage and protect all their unstructured data.

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So Happy Together – Partner Solutions Support Emerging Workloads for EMC Isilon Customers

Craig Cotton

Craig Cotton

Senior Director, Alliances, Isilon Storage Division at EMC

Today we announced new hardware, software and solutions to support traditional and emerging workloads in IT’s mission to transform itself to better meet business needs. These new offerings redefine what scale-out NAS is capable of and enable customers to build a scale-out Data Lake to ingest, store, protect and manage massive amounts of unstructured data.

We’ve teamed with a number of our key technology partners to introduce proven solutions for emerging workloads that help enterprises capitalize on the power of Isilon.

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Best of Both Worlds Data Protection? Now it’s possible… with EMC ProtectPoint

Ashish Yanik

Ashish Yanik

Senior Director of Product Management, Data Protection and Availability Division at EMC

When discussing the data protection continuum with customers, it’s clear that applications continue to push the limitations of data protection solutions today and customers are left to struggle with the gap between traditional backup and snapshot technologies to address their requirements.

To help customers bridge this gap, today we are announcing EMC ProtectPoint – a data protection offering that provides the best of both worlds – the performance of snapshots with the functionality of backups. ProtectPoint delivers up to 10x faster backup with direct backup from primary storage to protection storage, which takes application servers out of the backup path and eliminates the need for traditional backup infrastructure. Initially, ProtectPoint exclusively supports the all-new VMAX3 systems that EMC also announced today.

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EMC Positioned as a Visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement

Rohit Ghai

Rohit Ghai

COO, Information Intelligence Group at EMC

As the cloud, social, mobile and Big Data mega trends continue unabated, organizations in all industries, and of all sizes are developing next-generation applications and better harnessing Big Data analytics to transform business. At the same time, these trends accelerate the need to retire legacy and redundant applications. This renders many traditional archiving approaches no longer viable, causing organizations to re-evaluate their storage and data management systems. Organizations need to be prepared to overcome the challenges presented by digital information especially as “dark data” continues to grow, applications expand, and regulations escalate.

Enter EMC. Only a short time ago we introduced EMC InfoArchive to the world and already the world is taking notice. Today, I’m pleased to share that EMC has been recognized as a visionary in the new Gartner Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement.

According to Gartner, by 2017, structure data archiving will represent one-fifth of the information governance efforts in enterprises and by 2016, 75 percent of structured data archiving applications will incorporate support for big data analytics. The report states that structured data archiving applications help IT leaders retire legacy applications, reduce costs, and meet governance and compliance requirements.

EMC’s InfoArchive strengths lie in strong retention/records management capabilities, and the ability to support unique content types, which is an important quality for application retirement use cases.

InfoArchive enables customers to efficiently manage inactive, yet valuable information – both structured data and unstructured content. It provides a single, easily accessible, unified repository to decommission legacy applications, thereby reducing maintenance costs and performance issues. InfoArchive is designed to keep information securely archived with appropriate levels of compliance applied to individual data sets – all while ensuring controlled access is extended to qualifying users within or outside the enterprise.

The good news is we’ve only just begun. We have big plans for InfoArchive, which include a longer-term vision to integrate with Pivotal and other ways to help customers leverage, repurpose and use Big Data to give them a competitive advantage and change the way they do business.  Read the Spark blog and learn more.

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