VCE Transforms Scale-IO for SDDC Private Cloud Consumption

Hyper-converged infrastructure vendors beware. Here at EMC World 2015, Guy Churchward, President of EMC’s Core Technologies Division, just announced that Scale-IO, one of EMC’s software-defined data center (SDDC) storage technologies, has been transformed into a pre-integrated, rack-ready, scale-out hyper-converged offering that is now delivered and supported by VCE. Dubbed “VXRACK,” this offering will sit between VCE’s VBLOCK offering and VSPEX Blue (EMC’s version of VMware’s SDN solution), to affordably power Tier-2 data center workloads across private and hybrid cloud environments.

Topics: Private Cloud Infrastructure Networking software-defined data center software-defined storage ScaleIO scale-out storage VCE Hyper-converged

Is This Storage Solution the Holy Grail for Distributed Organizations?

Imagine you’re running IT for a major retail chain and you need to pick the best storage solution to be deployed at every branch office across the country. What would be on your requirements list? It would have to be easy to deploy and manage – gradually rolling out across every location. It would definitely have to perform well. Ideally, application downtime would be as close to zero as possible. If something went wrong, I would have to be 100% positive I did not lose any customer data. I would want a solution with as small a hardware footprint as possible to help minimize cost. Speaking of cost, let’s keep that as low as possible. Good luck finding all that with a traditional storage solution.

Topics: Storage scale-out storage ESG Lab robo StorMagic

Time to Stop Creating Aggregation Points. Everywhere.

I complained recently about how great it was that servers could scale out ad infinitum these days, but why was it that we still keep edging down and down until we are forced to traverse ONE single RAID controller in order to get to the 8000 disks with the data behind it? It makes no sense. Sooner or later, we need to scale RAID controllers linearly just like we do servers – after all, each is really the same thing running different applications.

The same holds true in networking. To get from point A to point B, we have to traverse a zillion ports until we get to a CORE (think RAID controller) to get back out to what it is we really want, which is on another port(s) somewhere else. Why not just have everything connected to everything and take a direct path?

Topics: Cisco IT Infrastructure Networking Plexxi scale-out storage software-defined networking