Last year we demonstrated we could build a hybrid cloud fast at EMC World. In a controlled environment with pre-planning, we did it in 48 hours. Then we proved we could plan, scope and implement it fast to customers at our Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud launch in October – in as few as 28 days. In March, VCE sped deployment even further with VCE Foundation for Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud. But standing up a hybrid cloud fast is just the start. With the newest version of Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud – version 3.0 – we enable IT organizations to add new services with ease after deployment – and deliver key updates in security and data protection so those services can be delivered with confidence.
Day 1 of EMC World has come to a close–and what a way to kick off the most exciting time in tech. As expected, EMC came out swinging, dropping a group of exciting announcements detailing how we’re helping our customers to REDEFINE what’s next.
In case you missed today’s announcements, check out this video news brief with EMC’s Elizabeth Correnti:
In November 2013, we launched XtremIO into the market. In mid-2014, IDC validated that within the first seven months of availability, XtremIO had vaulted EMC to the #1 position in all flash array market share. In August 2014, Gartner named EMC a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays*.
Last Friday, Gartner published, “Market Analysis: SSD and Solid-State Arrays, Worldwide, 2014”** by Joseph Unsworth and John Monroe. EMC, propelled almost exclusively by XtremIO, ranked as the #1 vendor for revenue from shipments of SSAs with a notable lead of over 11 percentage points of market share ahead of the next vendor on the list.
The rate of change in the IT industry today is unparalleled and it’s impacting organizations in every industry in a big way. Rapid technology advances like smart devices, social media, cloud-based services and others have ushered in new ways of doing business. I speak with many CIOs and CTOs in my role and they tell me their ability to react quickly and stay ahead of these changes is key to their business’ survival. They underscore that the architecture they choose for their data center platforms really matters, as agility must be present throughout their entire environment for them to be able to adapt to new IT trends.
EMC is helping our customers meet these challenges head-on by enhancing the VMAX3 enterprise data services platform to bring new levels of automation, performance and consolidation to the data center. Today, at EMC World, we’re announcing that FAST.X on VMAX3 enables customers to push the envelope farther (literally outside VMAX3) with an industry-first approach to storage tiering. Additionally, our new SRDF/Metro expands the capabilities of SRDF that customers have relied on for over 20 years by delivering active-active high availability for non-stop data access and resource utilization across your data centers.
Today’s IT deployment model is different. It’s less about racking and stacking, and more about virtualized deployments and the agile movement of virtualized containers within and between physical equipment, like a virtualization-optimized hybrid flash VNX storage array. We see a bright future in the virtualization of not only servers but also storage, which provides businesses with the agility to rapidly deploy test and development environments.
That’s why today we are bringing Project Liberty to market and offering a free downloadable version of our trusted VNX array, vVNX Community Edition. vVNX is a software-only instantiation of EMC’s VNX storage that can be easily deployed on a VMware ESX server, providing a consistent management interface, support for NAS and SAN storage protocols and data services familiar to VNX users such as snapshots and remote replication.