Data Storage: EMC World 2011: 10 Key Developments in Storage, Virtualization
Hadoop-Greenplum Appliance Coming Later This Year
EMC unveiled a new server that combines Hadoop's analytics engine for unstructured data with the Greenplum Database, which are both designed to handle massive workloads. The combination of Hadoop and Greenplum is a natural: The same device will enable co-processing of large data sets involving both unstructured and structured data. In this photo, Greenplum co-founder Scott Yara addresses EMC World attendees.
EMC, the world's largest independent data storage company, doesn't do anything in a small way. For example, EMC World 2011, which drew about 10,000 attendees to the Venetian and Palazzo hotels in Las Vegas May 9-12, was an impressive event that showcased not only a long list of new products and services from most of EMC's many divisionsincluding VMware, Greenplum and othersbut it also featured a concert by rockers The Fray. New products included a new Hadoop-Greenplum data analytics appliance, a new server-like Flash-based PCIe card that moves virtual machines and their corresponding data sets for efficiency purposes; improved physical range for VPlex storage systems and a pile of new features for the company's frontline VMAX storage arrays. There was a separate meeting of so-called "data scientists"folks who combine the disciplines of data analytics and scientific research, and there was a competition among students to build the most interesting and useful robot. Here is a listing of the most important takeaways from this year's event.