Day 2 saw releases for new VMAX and VPLEX capabilities hinted at yesterday in Joe’s keynote. Namely,
VMAX now supports
- Native FCoE with 10GbE support now VMAX supports directly FCoE, 10GbE iSCSI and SRDF
- Enhanced Federated Live Migration supports other multi-pathing software, specifically it now adds MPIO to PowerPath and soon to come more multi-pathing solutions
- Support for RSA’s external key management (RSA DPM) for their internal VMAX data security/encryption capability.
It was mentioned more than once that the latest Enginuity release 5875 is being adopted at almost 4x the rate of the prior generation code. The latest release came out earlier this year and provided a number of key enhancements to VMAX capabilities not the least of which was sub-LUN migration across up to 3 storage tiers called FAST VP.
Another item of interest was that FAST VP was driving a lot of flash sales. It seems its leading to another level of flash adoption. According to EMC they feel that almost 80-90% of customers can get by with 3% of their capacity in flash and still gain all the benefits of flash performance at significantly less cost.
VPLEX announcements included:
- VPLEX Geo – a new asynchronous VPLEX cluster-to-cluster communications methodology which can have the alternate active VPLEX cluster up to 50msec latency away
- VPLEX Witness – a virtual machine which provides adjudication between the two VPLEX clusters just in case the two clusters had some sort of communications breakdown. Witness can run anywhere with access to both VPLEX clusters and is intended to be outside the two fault domains where the VPLEX clusters reside.
- VPLEX new hardware – using the latest Intel microprocessors,
- VPLEX now supports NetApp ALUA storage – the latest generation of NetApp storage.
- VPLEX now supports thin-to-thin volume migration- previously VPLEX had to re-inflate thinly provisioned volumes but with this release there is no need to re-inflate prior to migration.
The new Geo product in conjuncton with VMware and Hyper V allows for quick migration of VMs across distances that support up to 50msec of latency. There are some current limitations with respect to specific VMware VM migration types that can be supported but Microsoft Hyper-V Live Migration support is readily available at full 50msec latencies. Note, we are not talking about distance here but latency as the limiting factor to how far the VPLEX clusters can be apart.
Recall that VPLEX has three distinct use cases:
- Infrastructure availability which proides fault tolerance for your storage and system infrastructure
- Application and data mobility which means that applications can move from data center to data center and still access the same data/LUNs from both sites. VPLEX maintains cache and storage coherency across the two clusters automatically.
- Distributed data collaboration which means that data can be shared and accessed across vast distances. I have discussed this extensively in my post on Data-at-a-Distance (DaaD) post, VPLEX surfaces at EMCWorld.
Geo is the third product version for VPLEX, from VPLEX Local that supports within data center virtualization, to Vplex Metro which supports two VPLEX clusters which are up to 10msec latency away which generally is up to metropolitan wide distances apart, and Geo which moves to asynchronous cache coherence technologies. Finally coming sometime later is VPLEX Global which eliminates the restriction of two VPLEX clusters or data centers and can support 3-way or more VPLEX clusters.
Along with Geo, EMC showed some new partnerships such as with SilverPeak, Cienna and others used to reduce bandwidth requirements and cost for their Geo asynchronous solution. Also announced and at the show were some new VPLEX partnerships with Quantum StorNext and others which addresses DaaD solutions
Other announcements today
- Cloud tiering appliance – The new appliance is a renewed RainFinity solution which provides policy based migration to and from the cloud for unstructured data. Presumably the user identifies file aging criteria which can be used to trigger cloud migration for Atmos supported cloud storage. Also the new appliance can support archiving file data to the Data Domain Archiver product.
- Google enterprise search connector to VNX – Showing a Google search appliance (GSA) to index VNX stored data. Thus bringing enterprise class and scaleable search capabilities for VNX storage.
A bunch of other announcements today at EMCWorld but these seemed most important to me.