EMC is getting ready to launch its Project Lightning, and also is looking for better ways to manage its portfolio and move workloads around virtualized data centers.
- EMC executives say that the company-not only with its expanding storage
portfolio but also its expertise in virtualization, security capabilities and
strong management software-is at the forefront of business' migration to the
When EMC on
Oct. 18 announced that third-quarter revenues jumped 18 percent
over the same period
in 2010, and net income rose 28 percent, officials and analysts pointed to
rising demand for the vendor's cloud and storage technologies as the key
At the EMC
Forum 2011 event here Oct. 20, executives continued to tout the company's
position, saying EMC's product portfolio is well positioned at the intersection
of two key trends in today's high-tech industry-cloud computing and "big data"-and
that they are continuing to drive innovation to meet business demand in both
before several hundred customers, partners, analysts and journalists, EMC
President and COO Pat Gelsinger spoke of the rapid transition in the industry
toward cloud and data analytics, and added that "these waves of disruption create
tremendous challenges as well as tremendous opportunities."
To address the
various drivers that are leading enterprises to cloud computing and forcing
them deal with big data, data centers need to become increasingly virtualized,
flexible, scalable, secure and automated, he said. EMC's role is to help
businesses deploy the infrastructure necessary to make the move to hybrid cloud
environments and to collect, store and analyze the massive amounts of data
being generated by those companies every day.
EMC has been
aggressive in expanding its portfolio to put itself in a position to address
such customer demands, as evidenced by the $10.5 billion the company invested
in R&D over the past eight years, and the $14 billion it's spent buying
companies to fill out its offerings, from virtualization technology vendor
VMware to Data Domain, Isilon and Greenplum, he said.
event here, Gelsinger outlined several ways EMC officials are looking to grow
the capabilities of their products to help businesses make the move to the
cloud. Its Project Lightning technology
, which essentially
is a PCIe flash card that can be plugged into a slot in the server to move
virtual machines (VMs) and their workloads around the data center, should
launch later this year or in early 2012, he said.
Lightning has been in beta since earlier this month, where it has gotten a
tremendous reception from customers who are looking for faster and more
efficient ways to move and retrieve data in data centers, Gelsinger told eWEEK
after his keynote. The flash card
brings data closer to the processor than in traditional storage environments,
and users can leverage EMC's Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST) to tier
storage across multiple devices.
He gave kudos
to Fusion-io for pioneering this idea, but said EMC will do it better, and with
more supporting technology.
At the same
time, EMC is also working with its VMware subsidiary to enable IT
administrators to use the latter's VMotion technology to not only move VMs and
their workloads between physical servers, but also into and out of storage
EMC also is
looking to simplify the management software for its disparate offerings,
including the possibility of using VMware's vCenter as the standard technology
to manage all resources in a virtualized data center environment.
EMC also announced new options that will help scale the company's VNX unified
storage system. A new high-bandwidth option for the VNX5500 will deliver 6.5G bps
performance, which the company said is a 50 percent improvement over what the
technology now delivers. The system is optimized for such tasks as
high-bandwidth data warehousing from Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle, as well
as high-end video production and gas and oil tasks, according officials.
A new dense
configuration and new 3 terabyte NL-SAS drives are aimed at businesses with
floor-space concerns or large amounts of less active data. The configuration
includes a dense 4U drive chassis that holds 60 drives and the option of flash,
SAS and near-line SAS drives.
the new Flash EMC VNX5500-F is designed for high availability for
mission-critical Microsoft and Oracle OLTP workloads. The system offers 10
times the performance at 80 percent of the cost per TPM (transactions per
minute), compared with EMC's all hard-disk drive VNX.