Rapid ScaleIO Innovation Improves Performance and Ease of Use: New Version Available Today

Sam Grocott

Sam Grocott

SVP, EMC Emerging Technology Division at EMC

It’s here! EMC ScaleIO 1.31 is now generally available. You may be wondering about the benefits of this change—specifically, how much performance improvement is gained?  This release provides a 2X performance improvement in VMware environments from an IO perspective and for the VMware administrators, there is the added benefit of an improved vSphere deployment process with support for VMware’s installation manager.  Improved deployment is important as the ScaleIO architecture is elastic and can grow to thousands of nodes.

If you’re familiar with ScaleIO, you know that ScaleIO is based on a scale-out architecture in which each node in the cluster is a compute/storage converged machine. The machines themselves are the same servers that run applications in the data center. (If you’re not familiar, click here for a quick intro.) In the new version, the software supports both bare metal VMware and multiple non-VMware hypervisor environments that include KVM, Xen and Hyper-V.  And today we’re changing the game for VMware deployments with kernel integration.

EMC and VMware are part of a unique federation that includes Pivotal and RSA.  The ScaleIO 1.31 release is a great example of the EMC and VMware parts of the federation working together to deliver choice and value to customers.  Interoperability between ScaleIO and VMware makes it easier for our customers to deploy ScaleIO in an ESX environment and provides the benefits of lower system overhead, ease of administration and improved performance.

Benefits for the VMware admin

Just recently, I mentioned the improved VMware integration. Today’s software release takes this to the next level.  This is a great story for VMware customers deploying ScaleIO 1.31.  As of today, administrators will deploy software that now has the ScaleIO Data Client (SDC) as part of the ESX 5.5 hypervisor.

ScaleIO 1.31

New Capabilities

There is more to the story with this release than just integration with VMware. The ScaleIO 1.31 release improves a number of key areas and introduces a few new features.  In addition to security improvement, support for SNMP traps provides an improved flexibility for customers to manage ScaleIO in their monitoring environment. We are also expanding bare metal deployment support and have certified the latest Linux releases including CentOS 7.0 and RHEL 7.0.  In terms of performance we continue to expand on the RAM Read Cache that was introduced in the ScaleIO 1.30 release with more granular controls, as users can now specify specific volumes for read acceleration.

More support for OpenStack

Finally, with the ScaleIO 1.31 release we are extending our support for OpenStack to include the Juno release.  This ensures that anyone who is evaluating an OpenStack environment has the ability to deploy software defined block storage using our OpenStack Cinder driver and RESTful APIs.

Additional Resources

If you want to learn more about ScaleIO check out our new whiteboard from Andy Waterhouse that describes our value and latest VMware integration or visit EMC.com/ScaleIO for more.

Real-Time Analytics…VMAX3 Pushes Boundaries of SAP HANA Scalability

Fidelma Russo

Fidelma Russo

Senior Vice President, VMAX, Enterprise and Midrange Systems Division at EMC

SAP is familiar territory for EMC, as proven by the recent IDC Storage Users Demand Study, which named EMC #1 in storage for major applications, including SAP. And because we’re never one to rest on our laurels, I’m proud to announce that our revolutionary new VMAX3 is now certified for the SAP HANA Tailored Data Center Integration (TDI) solution, supporting up to 104 HANA nodes in a single VMAX.

Working with SAP to Build the Next Generation Analytics and ERP Platform

A founding member of the HPI FutureSoc Lab, EMC has been involved in this innovation hub from the early beginnings. SAP HANA was created with the goal to empower real-time decision making by moving the database in memory and improving query performance by 100-1000x.

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The Path to the Azure Cloud Just Got Easier with EMC Avamar’s Virtual Edition

Stephen Manley

Stephen Manley

CTO Core Technologies Division at EMC

Today, EMC is announcing a new version its Avamar Virtual Edition, which integrates with Microsoft Azure and can help make those first steps to the cloud just a little bit easier for users.

“The cloud– it’s all fun and games until somebody loses a job.” – IT administrator at a large financial institution.

IT teams struggle with finding the right first step to the cloud. Management tells them to “buy some cloud for data protection,” without specifying which cloud, how to protect the data, or what workload to move. Unfortunately, some teams make their best guess… and guess wrong. What should you do?

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New EMC Syncplicity Panorama Delivers Unified Mobile Experience

Jeetu Patel

Jeetu Patel

General Manager, EMC Syncplicity

It’s no secret that the influx of mobile devices and cloud-based technologies have created an explosive growth of enterprise content, as well as multiple silos of content across numerous content repositories and applications. However, the real challenge is empowering the workforce to deliver mobile access across all the different content via data stores without jeopardizing security, violating governance or requiring mobile users to learn/work in different user interfaces.

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Survival of the Most Innovative – Why EMC Stays on Top

EMC Pulse

EMC Pulse

By: Nick Kirsch, CTO, EMC Emerging Technologies and Stephen Manley, CTO, EMC Core Technologies

EMC has been recognized as a “Leader” in the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for General Purpose Disk Array Storage. We believe this means that we’re effectively executing against our vision today, and well prepared for tomorrow.

The state of today’s disk array market is highly competitive, but EMC maintains its leadership due to heavy investment in our vision and close iteration with our customers. With the pace of innovation accelerating across a wide variety of industries it is crucial for storage infrastructure to enable growth within these industries by supporting existing workloads as well as new and emerging workloads.

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