EMC Product Blitz Includes Low-Cost AFAs

LAS VEGAS: There were plenty of product announcements at this year’s World 2016 conference, seemingly with something for all 14,000-plus attendees. They ranged from an aggressively priced all-flash file-block-object-storage-in-a-2U rack Unity family to the third iteration of the company’s software defined storage offering, ViPR, and the VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes.

Starting at under $18,000 — significantly less than competitors like Nimble and Pure Storage, or its own all-flash storage array XtremIO — the Unity family is designed to deliver affordable file and block storage to SMBs. They will be sold alongside of the very popular VNX and VNXe lines — 140,000 units sold and counting, said Mark Geel, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, EMC CTD. The 600 model will support up to 500 drives, but by the end of they year, that wil double to 1,000 drives. Using IDC numbers, Geel said Unity addresses close to 75% of the $18.3-billion storage market, and has high expectations for its success.
A more pessimistic viewpoint was offered by Dan Leary, VP of corporate development and alliances, Nimble Storage. “EMC is underscoring the demand for flash, but they’ve missed the mark by not providing features that are table stakes for any modern all-flash array. AFA’s without dedup and compression will struggle in the marketplace.”

A global hyper-scale storage cloud, the newest Virtustream offering features: high resiliency of up to 13x9s of data durability; optimized for large object sizes; read-after-failure; and extensibility of on-premise primary storage and cloud backup. In addition, customers will be able to deploy Web-scale object storage for cloud-native applications, leveraging a simple, S3-compatible application programming interface.

Free to current customers with an EMC warranty or maintenance agreement, the cloud-based service dashboard features:
-Health and Risk Scoring – displays proactive and predictive system health indicators to identify areas that may be at risk;
-Code Levels – analyzes the percentage of the global install base that is up to code, providing the ability to drill down into specific systems to determine what systems are due for code upgrades;
-Actionable Service Insights – allows EMC customers to review IT service activities across their enterprise with the ability to dive into specific sites to understand what needs attention and the type of action required;
-Connectivity Status – displays what percentage of the install base is remotely connected to EMC Customer Service so customers can take action to get remaining systems connected; and,
Incident Management – taps into proactive data to identify analytical trends on service incidents.

To be available in Q3, eCDM is an expansion of EMC’s Copy Data Management portfolio which helps customers tackle data sprawl and reduce the cost of storing and managing multiple copies of the same data. It provides companies with a pan-enterprise solution to monitor, manage and analyze copy data, eliminating the waste organizations will spend storing data on the wrong tier of data or when they no longer need the data all together.

To be generally available this quarter, the company’s latest software-defined storage offering helps reduce manual tasks by up to 73%. It features:
-Application-Centric Workflows that help reduce errors and improve time-to-market by enabling management of application resources without the need to understand the underlying storage solutions being used;
-a new Southbound Software Development Kit (SDK), a result of open-source based community innovation from the CoprHD Project, enables organizations to add ViPR Controller support for any storage system; and,
native disaster recovery features enable customers to eliminate single points of failure to ensure SLAs are met, offering two backup sites in case of disaster and ensuring high availability.

A software-defined hyper-converged rack-scale engineered system designed to provide a turnkey cloud-native IaaS experience, VxRack System with Neutrino Nodes can deploy an enterprise-grade IaaS in just a few days with built-in automation as well as dynamically provision resources for the first time in less than one hour. With configurations starting at $300,000, it will be available with support for OpenStack in Q3; support for Photon Platform and Hadoop Apache will be available next year. VxRack System 1000 is highly customizable and configurations start at $300,000.

The latest addition to its cloud solutions portfolio, NHC is a Pivotal Cloud Foundry turnkey developer platform for cloud-native application development and deployment. It will be available starting in Q3 with VxRack System with Neutrino Nodes and FLEX Nodes.

The new ability to stripe two DSSD D5 systems together in a single rack to deliver 2X the IOPS, bandwidth and capacity, 1/3 the latency and a lower TCO than the fastest converged solution for Oracle databases in the market today. Also new is VCE VxRack System with DSSD, a fully-engineered storage, networking and compute system that provides customers with a single pre-configured, optimized solution for their high-performance databases and data warehouses. Both will be available in the second half of the year.

EMC has unveiled a suite of intuitive, cloud-native content apps to revolutionize ECM and transform the way people engage with content. LEAP Courier and LEAP Snap are available to a limited number of customers today and will be generally available in June. LEAP Concert, LEAP Express, and LEAP Focus are in active recruitment for beta customers this quarter with general availability in the second half of 2016. All LEAP solutions are available on pay-per-use subscription basis and use value-based pricing.

To be generally available on June 13, and volume priced by TB ingested, this extreme archiving platform for
structured and unstructured data enhances the ability to secure and leverage large amounts of critical application data and content. It now enables customers to manage SAP data throughout the application lifecycle, including SAP application retirement and decommissioning,

Author: Steve Wexler

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