EMC Delivers On Server-Based Flash Storage
February 6, 2012: Originally unveiled last May and scheduled to ship in 2011, EMC’s PCIe/flash-based server cache technology, code-named Project Lightning, is now available under the name of VFCache. The enterprise storage giant has been the leader in enterprise flash drive capacity since entering this market in 2008, shipping more than 24 petabytes in 2011, an eight times increase in customer shipments since 2009, says Mark Sorenson, senior VP and general manager of EMC’s Flash Business Unit.
“In 2011 we more than doubled the amount of capacity we shipped.” The company shipped more then 3 petabytes in 2009 and more than 10 petabytes in 2010. Early adopters were Wall Street people, Sorenson says, who wanted automation but were OK without it. “FAST [Fully Automated Storage Tiering software] helped cross the chasm to mainstream.”
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