Data Storage: EMC World 2011: 10 Key Developments in Storage, Virtualization

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-05-16 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 divisions—including VMware, Greenplum and others—but 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.
 
 
 

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.
Hadoop-Greenplum Appliance Coming Later This Year
 
 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 

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