Finally, looks like the “knobs war” is coming to its logical conclusion. In the past 5 years there was a huge hit on the knobs, and by knobs I mean APIs (interfaces) that being exposed by different virtulization/cloud platforms. The “hit” was in particular centered around providing a layer on the top (the MASTER knob) that would provide ability to manipulate through a higher level interface (aggregated/federated knob) the knobs underneath. But with that the announcement of the AWS Management Portal for vCenter it becomes clear that this place is now closed.
In my “part 1″ I was going over EMC transformation as it slices its organization, especially in the infrastructure layers, positioning for success. The primary reason for such transformation is inevitable changes that are coming in the next 5 years where software will eat the commodity hardware and overall infrastructure for lunch. This is a great signal for other organization in the infrastructure space to Continue reading →
As expected sooner or later that had to start since EMC’s 400M acquisition of Israel XtremIO, and now it begins.
Pulling of VFCache from USD (Unified Storage Division) and creating Flash Business Unit that now includes VFCache renamed to XtremSF (LSI “although EMC is not revealing who they are” ) and XtremSW (home grown VFCache software) along with XtremIO.
I was always questioning where middle-ware product similar to iON would actually make sense, and sure enough it does not seem it does: “Thunder server networked flash cache product built from VFCache cards has been discontinued”.
EMC is showing very interesting results “Fusion-io being able to run at around 115,000 IOPS with a 70/30 read/right mix of 4K blocks and a queue depth of 256. The XtremSF 2200 delivers around 215,000 IOPS in the same situation.”
“EMC has also tested the XtremSF and Fusion-io cards over a greater than 5 hour run period and found its cards quickly outperformed Fusion-io cards with 4KB random write IOPS and eventually overtook the Fusion-io card with 64KB sequential writes in MB/sec terms.”
They will be leading on the VMWare integration as well.