EMC’s XtremIO all-flash array has had a blockbuster year by all measures. While celebrating the fact that the XtremIO product line not only leads the industry in revenue and market share, it also is the fastest-growing storage array in EMC history. XtremIO array sales rocketed to a $500 million annualized demand run-rate in its first three complete quarters, with about 30% of systems being sold to net-new EMC customers. Why? XtremIO all-flash arrays deliver transformational simplicity, acceleration, consolidation, and agility for databases, analytics, business applications, private/hybrid cloud, and VDI.
As one of the industry’s most successful joint ventures of all time, the speed and scale of VCE’s success in pioneering and validating the converged infrastructure market has been unprecedented and established CI as a mainstream market segment, with VCE as the clear leader. With today’s announcement from VCE, EMC is proud to provide further integration with VCE solutions to accelerate customers’ journey to the cloud, and to continue delivering innovative world-class technology solutions with VCE that will help our customers transform the way they deliver IT services.
OK, I admit it. I’m a true techy to the core. So this all excites me, not only for the technology advancements, but for what they enable customers to achieve. There is so much in today’s announcement, including multiple innovations straight from EMC, I thought it might be helpful to unpack the key highlights:
VSPEX has always been about flexibility. We’ve heard from customers that they want an easy to deploy data center solution, but they also want to be able to choose their favorite networking vendor, server vendor, management tools, and even how they’ll rack, cable, and power the solution.
That’s why we’ve designed VSPEX to be as flexible as possible – designing a set of requirements for each solution and allowing customers and their resale partners to take it from there. It is clear that customers are happy with this approach, as Gartner recently noted that VSPEX became the #1 integrated reference architecture system in the fourth quarter of 2013.
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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