Today Cisco launched the next phase of the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), a vision that was announced at Cisco Live in June. EMC’s Jeremy Burton will take the stage with Cisco to demonstrate our mutual customer support and collaboration to bring the next-generation data center into reality and to lead the transformation of IT.
Cisco and EMC are planning various collaboration initiatives to offer customers a choice of virtual infrastructure architectures that can simplify, automate, and transform IT while helping accelerate the journey to cloud computing. As part of this collaboration EMC and Cisco plan to:
Integrate Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure with the EMC ViPR Controller and EMC Storage Platforms.
Enable customers to define application service levels, automatically provision the right infrastructure and monitor system execution in a single pane of glass.
Building on the core strengths of OneFS 7.0 — simplicity, massive scalability, predictable performance and unmatched efficiency — I am excited to announce OneFS 7.1, previously known as project “Waikiki,” is generally available. As I previewed in May, OneFS 7.1 is designed for organizations not only trying to maintain a traditional robust data center, but those driving new business growth through the deployment of next-generation applications and workflows.
We’re always keeping our ear to the ground over here at VSPEX HQ — and by this I mean we keep a very strong and open dialogue with EMC’s VSPEX-enabled channel partners. They’ve been telling us lately that their customers are becoming interested in moving from high availability environments to Continuously Available environments for their mission-critical applications. Downtime means SLAs aren’t met, and that can mean lost revenue…and while high availability is good, Continuous Availability is better. But that means two different infrastructures are needed, maybe in two different data centers, both active, completely synchronized. There is effectively a zero RPO and RTO: Continuous Availability. The new VSPEX with EMC VPLEX (say that three times fast) that we’re announcing today does just this.
Ever think about how quickly your home can fill with clutter? Not long. Eventually, you either have to purge or buy a bigger house. The same goes for data storage. Vision-Sciences, a leading medical device manufacturer specializing in endoscopy, was growing its business at a rate of at least 50% per year. To keep up, they simply added more storage. They threw more and more hardware at the problem. Before long, their data center was bursting at the seams.
Labhesh Potdar, Network Engineer at Vision-Sciences, recently sat down with us to explain the situation. He told us that with the data growth Vision-Sciences was experiencing, their old storage strategy just wasn’t viable or cost effective anymore. Their choices were either to invest heavily to build out their data center or find a way to shrink its IT footprint without impacting productivity.
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