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Sam Marraccini
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Join Sam Marraccini, EMC Technology Evangelist, as he takes a closer look at EMC technology enablement,
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Flash has the capability to fundamentally change the data center; I’ve blogged about that many times. While eliminating the rotational delay and seek-time of traditional spinning disk drives, Flash brings new caveats. Memory Management and Garbage Collection for example, are caveats that traditional storage architectures aren’t designed to address. By... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Inside EMC Flash
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My participation at EMC World has increased significantly over previous years. In fact, if you do a search for “FLASH” in the session catalog you’ll find “Life in the Flash Lane”: Monday and Wednesday 8:30am presented by, yours truly. If you’re attending EMC World, be sure to stop by and say hi as we look at how Flash is transforming storage architectures across the board. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at Inside EMC Flash
We talk about it all the time, Flash is transforming IT. It’s transforming the way we work, the way we network, the way we shop, and the way we communicate. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Inside EMC Flash
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EMC was a Gold Sponsor of this year’s Citrix Partner Summit. The Gold Sponsorship brought with it a prime location in the Exhibitor Hall and conversations with hundreds of EMC/Citrix Partners. Of course Flash was a big topic, specifically Flash for End User Compute. EMCs primary focus was enabling our joint partners to successfully deploy virtual environments designed to deliver unique customer requirements regardless of scale. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Inside EMC Flash
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Happy New Year!!! And what a year it’s been, Flash keeps getting cheaper: Moore’s Law (faster & more dense), new Purpose built All Flash Storage Arrays with truly in-line Data Deduplication, and new form factors of Server Flash along with updates to software integrating it all together! And that’s just some of the developments we’ve seen in 2013. In the case of these developments, they have all directly impacted planned VDI deployments, or in some cases resurrected failed VDI deployments. They are all parts of deploying a non-stop production ready and scalable VDI infrastructure. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at Inside EMC Flash
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Register here for the highly-anticipated launch of EMC XtremIO - http://emc.im/XpectMore - 14 November 2013! Don't miss the biggest online Enterprise Flash event of the year. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at Inside EMC Flash
EMC was once again a Diamond Sponsor of Oracle Open World. The EMC presence could be felt everywhere. Over 10,000 people attended the EMC Keynote delivered by Joe Tucci and Jeremy Burton here and a Customer Appreciation Party for over 450 EMC customers! In addition to the Key Note, EMC hosted 6 technical breakout sessions Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Inside EMC Flash
Last month at VMworld 2013 in San Francisco XtremIO provided the power to enable 9,587 Labs, delivering 85,873 Virtual Machines, while providing 100% uptime and ESX data store latency of 200 Microseconds!!! Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Inside EMC Flash
But how did we get here? Understanding the past could give us some insight into the future. With that in mind, I recently sat down with Dan Cobb. Dan is the CTO of the EMC Flash Products Division and has collected quite the collection of various Flash technologies. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2013 at Inside EMC Flash
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XtremIO was named the “2013 SSD Brand Leader for all-Flash, SAN SSD Storage Arrays”. Full details of the “Market Leader” report can be found at IT Pulse SAN SSD Market Leader Survey. But the awards didn’t stop there, XtremIO also won the “Best of Show” for the most Innovative Flash Memory Customer Implementation. Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2013 at Inside EMC Flash
Shortly after EMC officially acquired ScaleIO, I ran into Zahid Hussain. “Z” is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the EMCs Flash Products Division. Who better to get the inside coop from! ‘InsideFlash” is all about getting that inside look at Flash Technologies here at EMC. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2013 at Inside EMC Flash
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The EMC Flash.Next launch was just 4 months ago. The March 2013 live webcast introduced the EMC Xtrem Family: XtremSF, XtremSW Cache and XtremIO. XtremSW Cache continues to combine the performance of server side flash with the protection of an enterprise storage array. I blogged then that the difference was in the “Software”, that’s even more evident after this morning acquisition of ScaleIO. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2013 at Inside EMC Flash
EMC World in one word? Overwhelming! and more so every year. At least that’s the feedback I get from EMC Customers. If you attended, you had to make some choices: What session should I attend? What keynote sessions should I make? If you missed the X Factor in the exhibit hall, you missed the details of EMCs Flash Everywhere Strategy. Featuring an XtremIO array, the X Factor focused on the EMC Xtrem Portfolio. The X Factor Theater featured the details of the EMC Xtrem Family: XtremSF (PCIe Server Flash), XtremSW Cache (Caching Software) and XtremIO (EMCs All Flash Array). I was able to capture one of the last theater sessions of the show; you’ll find it in this episode of www.InsideFlash.com Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at Inside EMC Flash
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Continuing a long standing tradition, once again EMC is a platinum sponsor of Microsoft Teched. The platinum sponsorship landed the “EMC Theater” front and center in the exhibit hall. Check out Inside The Partnership Episode #35 for a quick recap of the event. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2013 at Inside the Partnership
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EMC World 2013 delivered on the Xtrem plan, the X-Factor delivered as promised. The EMC Flash everywhere strategy was highlighted throughout the event and even reviewed during the executive keynote! The breakout sessions, packed! Standing room only! The XtremIO sessions were turning people away, just not enough room for everyone. From introduction sessions to production demonstrations, the event was a success. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2013 at Inside EMC Flash
Earlier this week, EMC's Sam Marraccini wrote a guest blog on Microsoft's SQL Server team site highlighting the benefits of Flash technology with Microsoft SQL Server. In short, flash continues to be a game changer and with the introduction of EMC Xtrem products including XtremSF (PCIe server flash), XtremSW Cache... Continue reading
Reblogged May 4, 2013 at Inside the Partnership
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Apr 26, 2013
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The FLASH.NEXT theme continues at EMC World 2013, Lead Your Transformation “The X Factor”. The X Factor Booth will be more than noticeable in the exhibit hall. Make sure you stop by to review the updated EMC Flash Strategy and have a chance to ‘Grab Some Cash” in the “Cash in a Flash” cash cube. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at Inside EMC Flash
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Every now and then you get the opportunity to participate in an Xtrem event! I had that opportunity during the EMC Xtrem Launch last week. I was able to participate in the “IO Drag Race”. Yes, I know. It’s all marketing. But, it is based on an actual test. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at Inside EMC Flash
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Flash everywhere strategy as a single product family, bringing together Flash technologies from server to all Flash arrays. So, what’s in the Xtrem Family? The Xtrem Family includes: XtremSF, XtremSW Cache and XtremIO. Of course, XtremIO (Previously Project-X) is a full feature storage array, built from the ground up with Flash in mind. More on XtremIO to come! The bigger story today! XtremSF & XtremSW Cache! Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at Inside EMC Flash
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Don’t miss the EMC Flash.Next live broadcast and product announcement. Find out how your environment can benefit from unprecedented flash performance and get real-time answers to all you questions from our flash technology experts. Join us Tuesday, March 5th 11:00 AM EST. Watch the event unfold live here ! http://bit.ly/FLASHNEXT Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2013 at Inside EMC Flash
I spent some time with Ye Tao, in the EMC Emerging Technology Center to review that support. Ye configured a Microsoft SQL Server Cluster (active/passive) running an active OLTP (TPC-E) workload using EMC VFCache Hardware and Software. Ye then initiated a failover and failback with no disruption of the SQL services. Inside Flash Episode #8 highlights that demonstration: Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2013 at Inside EMC Flash
The EMC Solutions Group recently released a whitepaper focused on EMC Infrastructure for VMware. The solution includes real world database workloads. Data warehouse and OLTP, Microsoft SQL and Oracle, all virtualized. A configuration that reflects what our customers are doing as they move to the cloud. A key component of that configuration is EMC VFCache, accelerating both the Data warehouse and OLTP environments. Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2013 at Inside EMC Flash
Flash, Flash, Flash!!! Everyday all day, that’s my life these days! Flash across the infrastructure based on application needs! But, what does that mean? It would be easy to put Flash drives in an existing array, repackage it and call it an All Flash Array. Flash provides the ability to fundamentally change the way we look at storage. The key to the strategy is the SOFTWARE!! The integrated software will provide the intelligence necessary to best leverage the capabilities of Flash. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2012 at Inside EMC Flash