After much anticipation, EMC rolled out its next generation VNX (together with a bevy of other announcements) in a splashy live, and live-streamed, event this week. Surrounded by F1 cars, noise, and paraphernalia (not to mention a ‘special edition’ Lotus version of the product!?) in a film studio in Milan, the link to the event theme of “Speed To Lead” was pretty hard to miss. Of course it’s fun to look for the amusing (when audience members started drifting to get lunch I felt a rename to “Speed To Feed” was in order!), but there was plenty of hardcore and important news in all the glitz.
So, first off let’s hit the basics of the new ‘midrange’ VNX – to use an old adage it’s pretty simple: it does more for less. In fact rather a staggering lot more – it can exceed 1M IOPS, and reach 30GB/sec throughput, and scale to 6PB. While of course mileages may vary, EMC’s summary is to talk about it being 70% faster while doing 4X the workload of the prior model….and generally you don’t have to spend more than before to get that. The ‘oomph’ comes from a new ‘flash optimized’ architecture that benefits from 43 filed/granted patents, and includes such things as MCx (multicore optimization), both SLC (cache) and MLC (tier) flash, a Virtual Data Mover migration tool, and (on the block side) dedupe and active/active system protection.