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Getting Flashy at EMC World 2016!

Sam Marraccini

Sam Marraccini

Director, EMC Global Portfolio Messaging at EMC Corporation
Sam Marraccini is a 17-year EMC veteran and 26-year technology veteran. Part of EMCs Global Portfolio Marketing Team, Sam is focused on the EMCs Storage Strategy and developing messaging to support the storage portfolio. The Global Portfolio Marketing team is responsible for developing and delivering customer messaging across the full EMC product portfolio. In addition to developing the Global Portfolio Storage messaging, Sam's passion and drive continue to be demonstrated in multiple blogs including: The Source "TheSourceBlog.emc.com" and www.insideflash.com (All things flash at EMC). Flash and Microsoft information can be found at www.youtube.com/sammarraccini and Twitter @SamMarraccini (www.twitter.com/SamMarraccini)
Sam Marraccini
Sam Marraccini

EMC World 2016 is just around the corner, May 2-5th, 2016  (Las Vegas Venetian.)

General Session Keynote Speakers include:  Joe Tucci, Michael Dell, David Goulden, Jeremy Burton, Chad Sakac, Guy Churchward & CJ Desai, 6 guru sessions, over 300 technology breakout Sessions, 40 IT Leadership Sessions and over 30 Code & Modern Ops specific breakouts.

Plus, the EMC VLAB Experience with self-paced and instructor lead labs, Solutions Expo with over 100 partners and exhibitors, EMC Proven Processional Certification, Global Parter Summit, Momentum content management event – and that’s scratching the surface!

EMC World 2016 MODERNIZE

This year there are 30 EMC World 2016 Breakout Sessions with “FLASH” in the title!  Flash is indeed EVERYWHERE!!   Here is a recap – hope to see you in the first… 2016 The Year of Flash Getting Flashy With it.

2016 The Year of Flash: Getting Flashy With It The Year of Flash!  But what makes 2016 so special? Flash is everywhere!  Flash has fundamentally changed the way we design storage systems; it’s no longer an option.

Architecting An All-Flash Data Center With VCE Vblock Systems Understand how VCE is incorporating flash innovation from EMC’s storage platforms (XtremIO, VMAX3, VNX) into our latest Vblock and VxBlock Systems.

Best Practices For Running Virtualized Workloads & Containers In The All-Flash Data Center This session explores the reasons for one of the quickest revolutions that the storage industry has seen in the last 20 years, and how XtremIO can enable breakthrough…

Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, & Data Protection For The All-Flash Data Center Everybody knows that Flash is fast, but do you know the best way to protect your workload on a media that is capable of servicing more than 1M IOPS with tight RPO and RTO?…

Deployment Best Practices For Consolidating SQL Server & Integrated Copy Data Management Examine SQL Server behavior on XtremIO’s all-flash array vs. traditional storage, explore use cases, see demos of XtremIO’s unique integrated copy data management (iCDM)…

DSSD: Ask The Founders Panel An informal discussion with DSSD’s founders on D5’s numerous innovations. Topics include DSSD architectural innovations that simplify the data path to dramatically reduce…

DSSD Technical Deep Dive: Next-Generation Flash Performance For Mission Critical Workloads A technical deep dive on DSSD D5, providing an in-depth overview of its features, functionality and capabilities. Touching on performance oriented architecture, reliability…

Empowering Mission-Critical Workloads With DSSD Rack-Scale Flash This DSSD D5 overview session discusses the performance issues facing mission critical workloads and how DSSD rack-scale flash overcomes limitations of existing architectures…

Fibre Channel & IP Storage Networks: Which One Is Right For You? This session covers what’s new with storage connectivity including; storage connectivity trends, the impact of All-Flash Arrays on your SAN, Slow Drain Devices, an update…

Game Changing SAP Best Practices For HANA & Traditional SAP, Consolidation, Converged Infrastructure, & iCDM On XtremIO In this session, VDI architects from VMware and EMC XtremIO present the recent trends in desktop virtualization and role of all-flash storage in ushering the new era of VDI….

General Session: Modernize Your Data Center The rapid shift in data center technologies enables enterprises to optimize existing IT and legacy investments to free up resources for next generation IT that will transform…

Introducing XtremIO Integrated Copy Data Management & How It Will Transform Your Infrastructure, Your Operations, & Your Business Process Agility Everybody knows that all-flash arrays are ideal for running database workloads – this is because flash is fast. But a database application is much more than just the

Learn From Real Life Experts On How To Deploy Big Data Analytics On An All-Flash Array Implementation This session provides an overview on the different architectural options available for customers to streamline their big data applications like Splunk / MongoDB / SAS on a…

New Midrange Storage Flash Optimizations Deep Dive This session discusses the flash optimizations we’ve put into VNX and what is coming next. You will find out whether an all flash array or a hybrid approach may work for you…

Next-Generation OpenStack Private Clouds With VMware & EMC XtremIO All-Flash Array OpenStack Cloud deployments have long been notorious for being too complex and unpredictable, often requiring long implementation times and ongoing optimization. In this…

Tales From The Trenches: End-User Computing Architect Perspectives On Next Generation VDI In this session, VDI architects from VMware and EMC XtremIO present the recent trends in desktop virtualization and role of all-flash storage in ushering the new era of VDI….

The Modern Healthcare Provider: Health IT For FutureCare As healthcare providers make the shift from volume-based to value-based care reimbursement models, they are working to modernize their data centers to deliver safer

The New Data Pipeline The data center continues to benefit exponentially through innovations in flash media and the systems that consume them.  New technologies such as 3D CrossPoint and beyond…

Top 10 Tips & Tricks To Rock Your Flash Learn the top 10 things to get the most out of your EMC Flash Products. Our technical experts share best practices of configuration, operation and management, and will…

Towards Memory-Centric Infrastructure For The Enterprise The ubiquity of flash media,  the advent of NVM within the load/store memory space, and advancing user requirements for near real time results are creating the need for…

VMAX Ask The Experts VMAX All Flash and VMAX3 – powered by the universally trusted Hypermax/Enginuity operating system – continues to revolutionize the ways organizations are deploying,…

VMAX: Behind The White Light Of The All Flash VMAX 450F/FX & 850F/FX VMAX has long been the industry leader for flash, and this session introduces the all new VMAX All Flash arrays. It outlines the architectural features of the new all-flash…

VMAX Management: New Unisphere For VMAX To Make All Your Daily Tasks – From Provisioning To Reporting – Simpler This session introduces to and learn about the latest and greatest in Unisphere for VMAX, including the all new Unisphere 360. Topics covered include overall management…

VMAX & Oracle: Oracle Deployment Best Practices This session discusses Oracle performance and protection best practices with VMAX All Flash, SRDF/Metro, and more.

VMAX Performance: An Overview Of The Latest Software Performance Enhancements The latest Hypermax/Enginuity OS 5977 contains several performance improvements and new features, many for the new VMAX All Flash arrays. This session discusses the…

VMAX Performance: Configuration Best Practices For Optimal Performance Who doesn’t love simplicity! This session focuses on simple “rules of thumb” users can use and remember to configure their VMAX All Flash or hybrid  system with Hypermax OS…

VMAX: What’s New In Hypermax/Enginuity 5977 This session introduces the latest HYPERMAX (Enginuity) OS 5977 for VMAX All Flash as well as hybrid arrays, describing architectural changes (including the Dynamic Virtual…

What You Need To Know About Database Licensing On Converged Infrastructure Every Oracle customer considering virtualization has heard stories about adverse compliance audits and unexpected licensing costs.   However, customers that understand their…

XtremIO 101: All-Flash Architecture, Benefits, & Use Cases For Mixed Workload Consolidation This session provides an overview to the EMC XtremIO all-flash scale-out array and its design objectives. The architecture will be discussed and compared to other flash…

XtremIO iCDM Best Practices: Customer Panel Everybody knows that all-flash arrays are fast, but XtremIO enables much more than speeds and feeds.. Considerations in storage planning need to be made for additional copies…

SEE YOU AT EMC WORLD 2016!!!

Introducing EMC DSSD D5: A conversation with Will Layton

Sam Marraccini

Sam Marraccini

Director, EMC Global Portfolio Messaging at EMC Corporation
Sam Marraccini is a 17-year EMC veteran and 26-year technology veteran. Part of EMCs Global Portfolio Marketing Team, Sam is focused on the EMCs Storage Strategy and developing messaging to support the storage portfolio. The Global Portfolio Marketing team is responsible for developing and delivering customer messaging across the full EMC product portfolio. In addition to developing the Global Portfolio Storage messaging, Sam's passion and drive continue to be demonstrated in multiple blogs including: The Source "TheSourceBlog.emc.com" and www.insideflash.com (All things flash at EMC). Flash and Microsoft information can be found at www.youtube.com/sammarraccini and Twitter @SamMarraccini (www.twitter.com/SamMarraccini)
Sam Marraccini
Sam Marraccini
EMC The Source Podcast #32 - Introducing DSSD D5

EMC The Source Podcast #32 – Introducing DSSD D5

Leap day, February 29th, 2016 represented a Quantum leap in Flash Storage. If you had the opportunity to read the Press Release or watch the live Quantum Leap launch event, you know this was not ordinary event! 2016 is the Year of Flash! DSSD D5, a part of that launch: is 10Milliion IOPS, 100 Microsecond Latency, 100GB/s Bandwidth and 144TB raw Flash in five rack units – Truly a Quantum Leap!

But what does it all mean? I sat down with the Vice President of DSSD Business Development, Will Layton (@WillLayton) at a recent customer briefing to get the latest. Will was more than happy to share some insight not only on the technology, but how it is helping our customers transform their operations to the Modern Data Center.

Introducing DSSD D5

Introducing EMC DSSD D5

You can hear that interview in it’s entirety on EMC The Source Podcast Episode #32: introducing EMC DSSD D5, embedded audio below.

For more details, visit www.emc.com/dssd and check the bounus section of EMC The Source Podcast for more information. Thanks for listening.

Don’t miss “EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to The Source Podcast on iTunes or Stitcher Radio and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.com

Disruption, Enabling: The Tides of Change

Sam Marraccini

Sam Marraccini

Director, EMC Global Portfolio Messaging at EMC Corporation
Sam Marraccini is a 17-year EMC veteran and 26-year technology veteran. Part of EMCs Global Portfolio Marketing Team, Sam is focused on the EMCs Storage Strategy and developing messaging to support the storage portfolio. The Global Portfolio Marketing team is responsible for developing and delivering customer messaging across the full EMC product portfolio. In addition to developing the Global Portfolio Storage messaging, Sam's passion and drive continue to be demonstrated in multiple blogs including: The Source "TheSourceBlog.emc.com" and www.insideflash.com (All things flash at EMC). Flash and Microsoft information can be found at www.youtube.com/sammarraccini and Twitter @SamMarraccini (www.twitter.com/SamMarraccini)
Sam Marraccini
Sam Marraccini

If you followed EMCs latest earning report , Q4/2014 (http://www.emc.com/ir), one thing is clear… XtremIO is a rocket ship! The slide on the right is part of the webcast presentation; the first bullet is just remarkable.XtremIO by the Numbers

“Fastest Growing Product in EMC History”. When you consider all of the products and all of the EMC acquisitions over the years, being the fastest growing product is incredible. Interestingly enough, all of these accomplishments happened in just over a year, since XtremIO GA back in November 2013.

Customers after customer are experiencing firsthand just how XtremIO can change the way applications are deployed. It’s not just storage, its enabling enterprise application deployments that just weren’t possible: In-line data services providing Deduplication and Compression, providing the foundation for revolutionary snapshot capabilities. Yes, I know storage arrays have been doing snapshots for decades so what’s different with XtremIO? Each snapshot gets full production performance without impacting productions, that’s just not possible with a traditional array. Be sure to check out my recent SAP blog for some more detail.

EMC Information infrastructure Mix shiftFlash Storage is creating a disruption in the industry; more importantly, Flash Storage is creating an opportunity. An opportunity to implement new technology to take advantage of Flash. The more you know about XtremIO, the more you realize that Flash is just the storage media – the real value is in architecture providing data services for next generation applications while reducing the overall cost of deploying storage. If you consider Flash and Emerging Storage Platform, it’s interesting to look at another slide from the Q4 earning Call, “EMC Information Infrastructure Mix Shift”. It’s clear that since 2010, “Emerging Storage” is becoming more and more relevant to our customers. While the pie has indeed shifted, what isn’t obvious from this chart is the size of the overall pie. Looking at Q4 2010 vs Q4 2014, Q4/2010 EMCs information Storage revenue was $3.6Billion (Source http://www.emc.com/collateral/corporation/earnings/2010-q4-webcast.pdf) in Q4/2014 that number was $5.3Billion(http://www.emc.com/collateral/corporation/earnings/2014-q4-webcast.pdf), While the tide is changing, EMC is leading the way!

In the context of change and disruption, it is time to “Redefine Simple”!
Attending VMWare Partner Exchange (PEX) next week? If so, look me up and I’ll get you the inside scoop! Twitter @SamMarraccini

EMC World 2014: Things Just keep getting Flashier, See you in Vegas!

Sam Marraccini

Sam Marraccini

Director, EMC Global Portfolio Messaging at EMC Corporation
Sam Marraccini is a 17-year EMC veteran and 26-year technology veteran. Part of EMCs Global Portfolio Marketing Team, Sam is focused on the EMCs Storage Strategy and developing messaging to support the storage portfolio. The Global Portfolio Marketing team is responsible for developing and delivering customer messaging across the full EMC product portfolio. In addition to developing the Global Portfolio Storage messaging, Sam's passion and drive continue to be demonstrated in multiple blogs including: The Source "TheSourceBlog.emc.com" and www.insideflash.com (All things flash at EMC). Flash and Microsoft information can be found at www.youtube.com/sammarraccini and Twitter @SamMarraccini (www.twitter.com/SamMarraccini)
Sam Marraccini
Sam Marraccini

EMC World 2014Hard to believe, but EMC World 2014 is just two short weeks away! You can imagine the amount of last minute preparation happening behind the scenes. The amount of energy, passion and enthusiasm that goes into EMC World is just amazing to me! It’s something that I’m proud to be a part of. EMC World 2014 is once again at the Las Vegas Venetian, May 5-8th. A few weeks ago, the EMC World 2014 Session Catalog went live. Currently listing an all-time record of 386 sessions: General sessions, labs, super sessions, birds-of-a-feather, and instructor led hands-on labs.. EMC World is the place to be to continue your transformation and re-define IT.

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. From Hybrid Storage Arrays and Server Flash to Purpose Built All-Flash Arrays that are changing the game! Providing not only performance, but data services that take storage to a new level, a level no other array can achieve. The goal of the session is to set the stage for the other EMC World Flash related sessions… a quick search of the Session Catalog shows nine different sessions with Flash in the title, all showcasing how Flash impacts storage architectures.

Hope to see you at EMC World!! Follow me on twitter @SamMarraccini, and see you in the Bloggers Lounge. Here is a list of Flash related sessions at EMC World 2014!!

Life in the Flash Lane: Featuring yours truly (Monday 8:30am and Thursday 11:30am) What is Flash, and why is it so different? How does it impact existing EMC products and technologies, and how has it enabled a whole new product category? Our customers’ applications demand architecture choice;

VMAX: Flash-Optimized By Design: (Monday 8:30, Thursday 11:30) VMAX has long been the industry-leader for leveraging and exploiting Flash. This session outlines the architectural features of VMAX that allow it to optimally use EFDs. This session covers design and implementation best practices as well as details on the rich set of data services available for your all Flash or hybrid VMAX arrayEMCWorld 2015 - Redefine Flash

Flash 1st Scaling with MCx: (Monday 1:30, Wednesday 4:00) With MCx SSDs are mandatory; HDDs are optional. With EMC’s new FLASH optimized VNX, getting FLASH array performance for your midrange storage needed is now a reality. This session examines what the ‘shift to FLASH’ means for your data center strategy and how you go about building your own FLASH 1st data center strategy on steroids with MCx. Disks? Where we are going, we don’t need disks!

Expanding Roles of Flash for VDI: (Tuesday 8:30, Thursday 8:30) The flexibility of Flash technology is allowing IT organizations to deliver better, faster and more efficient desktop experiences. Learn how EMC solutions can enable the broadest uses of Flash to accelerate the success of your VMware and Citrix VDI deployments, with price points and deployment models that best fit your converged, hyper-converged, all-Flash and software-defined needs.

Rethinking Database Performance For Flash with XtremIO: (Tuesday 3:00, Thursday 10:00) Conventional wisdom with respect to database design and performance can be rethought when leveraging XtremIO all-flash array technology. Learn how to make database environments faster, less expensive, and easier to manage. This session includes real-world customer use cases and Q&A discussion.

Millions of IOPs in a Flash! EMC Solutins Guidelines for Increasing Performance (Birds-of-a-Feather) XtremIO: (Wednesday 1:00) Nearly all Oracle Database customers are seeking to increase the performance of databases deployed in online transaction processing (OLTP) or data warehouse environments. With advancements in flash technology, Oracle customers can significantly boost performance and improve response times. This session reviews tested, proven best practices to use a little flash to dramatically improve Oracle OLTP, DW and mixed workload performance.

XtremIO: The Transformational Technology Inside: (Tuesday 1:30, Wednesday 10:00) This session provides an overview to the EMC XtremIO all-flash scale-out array. Then, the architecture is examined in detail with a compare/contrast to other flash arrays in the market with the goal of helping the audience understand the unique requirements of building an all-flash array, the proper methodology for testing all-flash arrays, and architectural differentiation among flash array features that affect endurance, performance, and consistency.

Deep Dive into VNX MCx Architecture & Adaptive Caching: (Wednesday 10:00, Thursday 1:00) The VNX unleashes the performance of FLASH by rethinking caching, RAID, and active/active dual SP architectures. Learn how VNX eliminates the need for many manual cache settings, while improving performance. Discover how different speed devices share resources, and how VNX improves drive performance.

Delivering On The Promise & Potential of VDI with EMC XtremIO: (Monday 12:00, Wednesday 11:30) VDI projects often stall or fail because their end-user experience, real-world costs, scalability and complexity don’t deliver what IT expected. The root cause for all of these is the storage. This session discusses how XtremIO flash storage technology systematically address every VDI storage requirement and provides an extremely attractive $/desktop. Real-world examples from customers using XtremIO in their environments are provided.

Get all the latest at insideflash.emc.com and follow me on twitter @SamMarraccini

Why All Flash Arrays Now? The latest “Big Idea”

Sam Marraccini

Sam Marraccini

Director, EMC Global Portfolio Messaging at EMC Corporation
Sam Marraccini is a 17-year EMC veteran and 26-year technology veteran. Part of EMCs Global Portfolio Marketing Team, Sam is focused on the EMCs Storage Strategy and developing messaging to support the storage portfolio. The Global Portfolio Marketing team is responsible for developing and delivering customer messaging across the full EMC product portfolio. In addition to developing the Global Portfolio Storage messaging, Sam's passion and drive continue to be demonstrated in multiple blogs including: The Source "TheSourceBlog.emc.com" and www.insideflash.com (All things flash at EMC). Flash and Microsoft information can be found at www.youtube.com/sammarraccini and Twitter @SamMarraccini (www.twitter.com/SamMarraccini)
Sam Marraccini
Sam Marraccini

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. That technology is at the breaking point of new IT infrastructure. Do you understand how? The latest EMC Education Series “Big Ideas” looks at the case for all Flash. Why All Flash Arrays Now? It’s a great look at what has been happening in the industry and why EMC is leading the way!

Get all the latest at insideflash.emc.com and follow me on twitter @SamMarraccini

Inside Flash with Sam Marraccini: Episode #15: Citrix Partner Summit 2014

Sam Marraccini

Sam Marraccini

Director, EMC Global Portfolio Messaging at EMC Corporation
Sam Marraccini is a 17-year EMC veteran and 26-year technology veteran. Part of EMCs Global Portfolio Marketing Team, Sam is focused on the EMCs Storage Strategy and developing messaging to support the storage portfolio. The Global Portfolio Marketing team is responsible for developing and delivering customer messaging across the full EMC product portfolio. In addition to developing the Global Portfolio Storage messaging, Sam's passion and drive continue to be demonstrated in multiple blogs including: The Source "TheSourceBlog.emc.com" and www.insideflash.com (All things flash at EMC). Flash and Microsoft information can be found at www.youtube.com/sammarraccini and Twitter @SamMarraccini (www.twitter.com/SamMarraccini)
Sam Marraccini
Sam Marraccini

Sam Marraccini Flashy at the Citrix SummitEMC was a Gold Sponsor of this year’s Citrix Partner Summit 2014. 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.

EMC VSPEX End User Computing is designed to enable faster VDI deployments with increased flexibility and efficiency while reducing deployment risk. EMC Partners are able to choose the network, server and hypervisor to go along with EMC storage and backup infrastructure to deliver full customer solutions. Those solutions, based on scale and performance requirements may include Flash technologies at both the storage and compute layers of the converged architecture.

In addition to EMC VSPEX, our joint partners were eager to review the latest XtremIO information. The reception was overwhelming including a standing room only Breakout Session. Details on XtremIO, VDI Bliss including a better user experience, lower cost and easier administration can be found here http://xtremio.com/VDI

Of course, I had my video gear with me; Inside Flash Episode #15 is below.

Get all the latest at insideflash.emc.com and follow me on twitter @SamMarraccini

Flash and VDI, a marriage made in heaven!?!

Sam Marraccini

Sam Marraccini

Director, EMC Global Portfolio Messaging at EMC Corporation
Sam Marraccini is a 17-year EMC veteran and 26-year technology veteran. Part of EMCs Global Portfolio Marketing Team, Sam is focused on the EMCs Storage Strategy and developing messaging to support the storage portfolio. The Global Portfolio Marketing team is responsible for developing and delivering customer messaging across the full EMC product portfolio. In addition to developing the Global Portfolio Storage messaging, Sam's passion and drive continue to be demonstrated in multiple blogs including: The Source "TheSourceBlog.emc.com" and www.insideflash.com (All things flash at EMC). Flash and Microsoft information can be found at www.youtube.com/sammarraccini and Twitter @SamMarraccini (www.twitter.com/SamMarraccini)
Sam Marraccini
Sam Marraccini

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. 

Business Case for Virtual DesktopsBut before you jump back on the VDI trail, it’s important to understand your business case for virtual desktops.  Why are you deploying VDI?  What problem are you trying to solve?  Starting with the business case should impact your design, and ultimately make you a success with your business sponsor. 

Like everything in IT, there are Good Use Cases (flexible desktop access with centralized application access) and Bad Use Cases (software licensing & management savings).  One thing is clear, every use case is different.  There is no “One-size-fits-all” approach.  What do your users need?  Non-persistent (Pooled) vs persistent desktops (Dedicated)?  They both cover a unique set of pros and cons that need to be considered, where is the user data, what is the application workload?  All things that need to be considered, all things that require choice in infrastructure.  A service provider deploying tens of thousands of seats in a multi-tenant deployment has much different infrastructure requirements than a remote office/branch office deployment with less than 100 seats.   Having a portfolio capable of scaling and providing the right fit is exactly what EMC provides.

“Flash everywhere” has long been the philosophy here at EMC.  After all, your application requirements, not a vendor’s biases, should dictate how best to leverage the capabilities of Flash to drive the greatest value for you.  Choice is everything, especially for VDI deployments.  Consider a 500 Desktop VDI deployment where accelerating boot time is a key performance consideration.  An architecture where a hybrid storage array with a few Flash drives configured as a Cache could directly address the challenge at hand.   FAST Cache in the EMC VNX Platform can be configured to do exactly that; in fact, the video demonstration below highlights a 500 user Citrix XenDesktop infrastructure when boot time was reduced 44%, with just  TWO Flash drives and a simple FAST Cache enablement.

EMC FAST Cache reduces XenDesktop boot 44% with only two flash drives

Again, back to understanding the full business justification for deploying VDI.   Looking to deploy a scalable solution that can support 2,500 users in only 6U with linearly scalability?  And I mean linear scalability.  2,500 Users in 6U, 5,000 users in 12U….  That’s where a Purpose Built All Flash Array can swallow up any IO storm thrown its way from any deployment model, but also with its real-time inline data reduction can not only handle the workload with ease, but can dramatically reduce the costs per desktop and simplify deployment.  But to do it, you need an array designed for exactly that…  EMCs XtremIO more than covers VDI deployments at scale.  Take a look while EMCs own Chad Sakac hammers a single X-Brick with 2,500 Citrix MCS VDS desktops using LoginVSI.  The results speak for themselves.  Quoting Chad, “Everyone gets an Ultrabook Experience”, and happy users = happy admins.  

Breakthrough Login VSI Benchmark with 2,500 Citrix MCS users

For more details on the advantages of XtremIO for VDI deployments visit www.XtremIO.com/VDI, and if you’re part of the EMC Partner Community or a Citrix Partner attending the Citrix Partner Summit next week stop by the EMC booth.  Let us show you why EMCs full portfolio will allow you to provide the right infrastructure based on your customers’ VDI business goals.  EMC is the solution for VDI!

All that and we haven’t even touched on replication and high availability/disaster recovery, stay tuned to insideflash.emc.com, for a teaser check out http://www.xtremio.com/vplex or ask me at the Citrix Summit 2014 next week.  Follow me on twitter @SamMarraccini to get the latest from Inside Flash, including video highlights from the Citrix Summit

Lookout, The “X” Factor is Coming! See you at EMC World 2013! (Flash at EMC World)

Sam Marraccini

Sam Marraccini

Director, EMC Global Portfolio Messaging at EMC Corporation
Sam Marraccini is a 17-year EMC veteran and 26-year technology veteran. Part of EMCs Global Portfolio Marketing Team, Sam is focused on the EMCs Storage Strategy and developing messaging to support the storage portfolio. The Global Portfolio Marketing team is responsible for developing and delivering customer messaging across the full EMC product portfolio. In addition to developing the Global Portfolio Storage messaging, Sam's passion and drive continue to be demonstrated in multiple blogs including: The Source "TheSourceBlog.emc.com" and www.insideflash.com (All things flash at EMC). Flash and Microsoft information can be found at www.youtube.com/sammarraccini and Twitter @SamMarraccini (www.twitter.com/SamMarraccini)
Sam Marraccini
Sam Marraccini

It’s less than a month until EMC World 2013, the buzz is in the air! Seems like yesterday I was editing the video from EMC World 2012, both the Flash Zone and catching up on Microsoft and Flash in the EMC Bloggers Lounge . Which included an early look at the
EMC/LSI/Cisco Partnership, and closing party footage.

EMC XtremThe 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. The X Factor Theater will provide EMC Flash Strategy presentations along with an overview of XtremSF, XtremSW Cache and XtremIO: Powering the hands-on Labs. The X Factor will also showcase 4 product workstations
and demonstrations including: XtremSF Demo, XtremSW Cache Demo, XtremIO (101)
and XtremIO Solutions in action. Keep your eyes open for a few other surprises as well.

In addition to The X Factor booth, the EMC Flash Products Division will be conducting 6 EMC World Breakout Sessions. (Each repeated at least once…) Check your schedule for
location:

Title Date/Time
Introduction to EMC XtremSW Cache Monday 1:00 – 2:00 and Wednesday 8:30-9:30
Accelerating SQL and Oracle Databases Environments with EMC XtremSW
Cache and EMC FAST VP
Tuesday 11:30-12:30 and Thursday 10:00-11:00
Accelerating VMware Environments with EMC XtremSW Cache Tuesday 10:00-11:00 and Wednesday 4:00-5:00
Make Every Microsecond Count: EMC Server-Side Flash Monday 4:00-5:00 and Thursday 8:30-9:30
Introduction to EMC XtremIO Monday 2:30-3:30 and Wednesday 10:00-11:00
EMC XtremIO: Revolutionizing Applications Tuesday 5:30-6:30 and Wednesday 11:30-12:30

But wait there’s more… FLASH.NEXT will be the focus of the Wednesday Keynote address (2:30-3:30). You won’t want to miss it. Nnot only will customers be on stage reviewing how EMC flash is changing real world environments, but you’ll have the opportunity to see a sneak peak of XtremSW Cache 2.0 and an XtremIO in action. Giving away a few iPad minis isn’t bad either!

If you’re attending, it’s also your opportunity to catch up with our flash engineers, roadmaps, inside information and flash strategy future. (Warning: NDA may be required). Formal meeting arrangements can be made or just stop by “The X Factor”. Contact me
directly to set up a formal meeting, sam.marraccini@emc.com and make sure you follow-me on twitter @SamMarraccini

 

Inside Flash: Special Edition: EMC Flash.Next Zero to 1 Million IOPS in a Flash!

Sam Marraccini

Sam Marraccini

Director, EMC Global Portfolio Messaging at EMC Corporation
Sam Marraccini is a 17-year EMC veteran and 26-year technology veteran. Part of EMCs Global Portfolio Marketing Team, Sam is focused on the EMCs Storage Strategy and developing messaging to support the storage portfolio. The Global Portfolio Marketing team is responsible for developing and delivering customer messaging across the full EMC product portfolio. In addition to developing the Global Portfolio Storage messaging, Sam's passion and drive continue to be demonstrated in multiple blogs including: The Source "TheSourceBlog.emc.com" and www.insideflash.com (All things flash at EMC). Flash and Microsoft information can be found at www.youtube.com/sammarraccini and Twitter @SamMarraccini (www.twitter.com/SamMarraccini)
Sam Marraccini
Sam Marraccini

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Inside Flash Episode #8: VFCache & Microsoft SQL Server (Active/Passive) Cluster

Sam Marraccini

Sam Marraccini

Director, EMC Global Portfolio Messaging at EMC Corporation
Sam Marraccini is a 17-year EMC veteran and 26-year technology veteran. Part of EMCs Global Portfolio Marketing Team, Sam is focused on the EMCs Storage Strategy and developing messaging to support the storage portfolio. The Global Portfolio Marketing team is responsible for developing and delivering customer messaging across the full EMC product portfolio. In addition to developing the Global Portfolio Storage messaging, Sam's passion and drive continue to be demonstrated in multiple blogs including: The Source "TheSourceBlog.emc.com" and www.insideflash.com (All things flash at EMC). Flash and Microsoft information can be found at www.youtube.com/sammarraccini and Twitter @SamMarraccini (www.twitter.com/SamMarraccini)
Sam Marraccini
Sam Marraccini

VFCache 1.5 was introduced back in September 2012, an eternity in the ever evolving “Flash” marketplace. In fact, VFCache 2.0 is only a few months away. VFCache 2.0 software has some exciting new enhancements, some that will take EMC Flash Caching to the next level and beyond. For more on VFCache 2.0 stay tuned to http://insideflash.emc.com.

Before I start to highlight Version 2.0, I wanted to make sure a feature of VFCache 1.5 wasn’t overlooked. I talked about the headline items back in Episode #5 (Larger capacity, in-line deduplication and VMware vMotion support.) In addition to those major enhancements, we also introduced support for Active/Passive Cluster Environments.

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:

For more details can be found at the link below. http://www.emc.com/collateral/hardware/white-papers/h10738-perfrmnce-aclrtion-sqlsrvr2012.pdf

Questions? You can e-mail me directly at sam.marraccini@emc.com, and look for me in “The Flash Zone” at EMC World 2013!

Thanks for watching insideflash.emc.com.

Questions/Comments? Contact me directly at sam.marraccini@emc.com and thanks for watching insideflash.emc.com

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