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Happy 1st Birthday XtremIO!

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)
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Happy 1st Birthday XtremIO
November 2014 marks the 1st anniversary of the general availability of EMC XtremIO, and what a year it’s been!! From the initial EMC Acquisition announced at EMCWorld 2012, it was clear that XtremIO is different. The architecture was, and still is, fundamentally different than any other storage array on the market. Originally made generally available in November 2013, XtremIO demonstrated early adoption in the Virtual Desktop and Virtual Server space. XtremIO’s always-on inline data deduplication along with scale out architecture, was and is, truly revolutionary in the industry. It provides a platform for successful VDI deployments at scale.

It turns out VDI was just the beginning. With the introduction of XtremIO 3.0 Software in July, our customers immediately started to adopt new features like always-on data compression and space-efficient snapshots that instantly create high performance copies of database platforms without impacting the performance of production. Add to that the entry level 5TB Starter X-Brick and 7-year maintenance price protection and 7 year flash life endurance protection, and you start to get the picture. This is a different storage array.

Happy Birthday Architecture still Matters
So much so that I would argue that XtremIO isn’t about Flash at all. What you may ask… isn’t XtremIO an All-Flash-Array? Yes, of course it is. But the advanced data services and consistent performance capabilities are all related to how data is handled and processed by the core XtremIO software. Software that runs on the controllers providing consistent performance with full data services at scale. Flash just happened to be the media of choice when the core-software was developed. It’s all about XIOS – XtremIO Operating System. Featuring: Content-Based Data Placement, Dual Stage Metadata, XtremIO Data Protection (XDP), and In-Memory Metadata XIOS provided the foundation for additional services like compression and snapshots with more to come.

And that’s really the beauty of XtremIO one year later, and we are just beginning the journey.  Happy 1st Birthday XtremIO!

Oh, and don’t forget the $1,000,000 Guarantee, recently extended!!

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#InsideFlash Crowed Chat

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)
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Sam Marraccini

Last week I participated in an “#InsideFlash” CrowdChat. Hosted by Wikibon’s Dave Vellante, CrowdChat is basically a virtual event where like-minded people can follow a specific hashtag to share ideas and thoughts on a topic. The #InsideFlash topic was specific to Flash and Oracle (Databases and/or Applications). Dave asked a series of questions allowing anyone to answer or add commentary. CrowdChat is a great format and a great engagement. Thanks for hosting, Dave.

If you are interested, here is the full content of the chat and a link to the source.

Microsoft SQL Server Xtrem Performance and Xtrem Efficiency with XtremIO

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)
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Sam Marraccini

EMCs Microsoft Solutions Team recently released a white paper highlighting the benefits of XtremIO combined with Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014 running in a VMware vSphere environment. Xtrem Performance.  It also represents a crossroads for me personally; after all, I started my blogging over at www.insidethepartnership.com focused on the EMC/Microsoft Partnership. What better way to come full circle than with an Xtrem performance and efficiency white paper.

Looking at common challenges seen by Microsoft SQL Administrators, how can XtremIO accelerate database performance and enable consistent predictable performance at scale while enabling additional functionality?

SQL Server XtremIOLet’s start with performance. Flash is fast, that’s a given, and I’ve blogged about that many times. Delivering consistent performance at scale can be the challenge. XtremIO Scale-Out Architecture proved to deliver consistent sub millisecond latency, consistently and predictably, regardless of how busy the system is and regardless of capacity utilization. XtremIOs unique In-Memory Architecture also proved to deliver additional performance and capacity linearly, ensuring that all X-Bricks in the configuration maintained the same low consistent latency, a key attribute to enable Flash.

Validating performance was a key attribute of the recent whitepaper. Using a standard TPC-E workload (Financial Market Simulation) a single database easily generated 15,000 IOPS at 700 Microsecond (0.7Millisecond) Latency. Remember, that’s with all data services turned on (Thin Provisioned, Protected, Deduplication and Compressed!) That’s the power of In-Memory Metadata. Add 4 more databases (5 total), 57,0000 IOPS, 5 more (10 total) 160,000 IOPS. 11 Hours later… still 160,000 IOPS latency sub millisecond – and that’s NOT “average” latency. That’s Linear Scale! Here is a quick video showing the results of the performance test.

XtremIO, Microsoft SQL Server Performance Test

Performance… Check! What about enhanced efficiencies for Microsoft SQL Server? One of XtremIOs value props is the efficiencies enabled by its in-line data services. Services like Deduplication and Compression that are always-on, always-inline and always in memory, designed to extend the life of Flash and maintain consistent predictable performance. Add to that Writeable Snaps capable of creating many copies of your production database with a small storage footprint (Deduplication/Compression) all maintaining the same performance of production (In-Memory Metadata); thus providing the ability to consolidate the most complex database designs, think test/dev, data warehousing, business intelligence and application workloads environments. That alone has the ability to change the way you design your databases and deploy your applications. Every copy of your database gets the same performance as production, without impacting performance of production. Add to that the fact that Deduplication Rates and Compression will reduce your overall footprint 10 fold (depending on the number of copies). The second demonstration highlights the efficiencies enabled by XtremIO.

XtremIO, Microsoft SQL Server Efficiently Test

Performance… Check! Efficiencies… Check! What about efficiencies and performance or snapshots at full production performance without impacting production? That’s exactly what the third test was designed to prove, and yes, we proved it!

XtremIO, Microsoft SQL Server Efficiently at Performance Test

Download the full whitepaper here!

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Inside Flash with Sam Marraccini: Episode #16: Josh Goldstein XtremIO – VMWorld 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)
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Sam Marraccini

It’s hard to believe, but it has been a full year since InsideFlash Episode #13 when I last interviewed Josh Goldstein. Josh is the VP of Product Management & Marketing for XtremIO. A year ago at VMWorld 2013, XtremIO was in Directed Availability, and everyone wanted to know what exactly EMC was working on. The primary focus of XtremIO then was Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, VDI. The always on in-line deduplication at memory speeds made VDI a natural fit for XtremIO, and it continues to be a great use case.

Fast forward 12 months to VMWorld 2014, and XtremIO is the #1 All-Flash-Array in the market – Customers are voting with their budget – $300 million annual run rate – the fastest growing storage array in history, but the growth has been much more than sales. Additional functionality has directly resulted in additional use cases and customer deployments. The introduction of XIOS 2.4 introduced snapshots and XIOS 3.0 introduces in-line compression with NO performance impact. Expanding customer value beyond VDI, snapshots can directly impact how applications are deployed. By providing full performance to test/dev copies, customers can impact application deployment cycles and upgrades. Adding compression on top of deduplication further reduces the amount of data stored on Flash, extending the overall value proposition.

All that and we are just getting started. Here is my interview with Josh from VMWorld 2014.

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VMworld2014 – Wednesday & Thursdays Game Plan

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)
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Sam Marraccini

Wednesday & Thursday VMworld Game Plan! (8/27 & 8/28)

Tuesdays EMC booth “meet-up” with Chad was EPIC! Featuring not one, but two music videos and lots of customer questions! Along with a familiar looking guy who’s just stuck in the 70s. (See Below) If you missed it, make sure you visit the EMC booth at 12:55 Today (Wednesday) when Chad takes questions about “Redefining Hybrid Cloud”. VMWorld 2014 - Wednesday Game Paln

Did you miss it? Don’t miss today’s (Wednesday’s) “meet-up” in the EMC Booth at 12:55pm – “Ask Chad” – Hybrid Cloud and Software defined Storage Solutions.

And Don’t miss the other EMC Breakouts at VMworld2014

  • “Automating Networking and Security Services with NSX for vSphere and vCenter Orchestrator (vCO)” hosted by Adam Wagner (ID NET1861, WED Aug27,8:00am)
  • “Oracle 12c Multitenancy vs. OS-Level Virtualization (ala VMware vSphere): A Balanced Comparison hosted by Jeff Browning. (ID VAPP2272, WED Aug27, 10:00am & THU August 28th 12:00noon)
  • “The Impact of Flash on virtual servers, databases and virtual desktops”: hosted by Itzik ReichField (ID EUC2712-SPO, WED Aug27, 12:30pm
  • “How to Build and Deploy a Well Run Hybrid Cloud” hosted by Tyler Britten & Rick Scherer (ID INF3037-SPO, THU Aug27, 2:30pm
  • “Virtualize Active Directory, the Right Way.” hosted by Matt Liebowitz & Deji Akomolafe (ID VAPP1340, THU Aug28, 10:30am

You can reach me directly @SamMarraccini see you later today!

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XtremIO optimized for Oracle Databases

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)
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Sam Marraccini

DBA notice things like latency, especially if you’re able to deliver low latency one day, or hour, and not the next. Of course, Flash promises performance, no rotational delay, no seek-time. Performance is the easy part; I’ll say it again, Architecture Matters. Without getting on my soap-box, Flash impacts every storage architectural model. Flash is everywhere.

XtremIO takes the concept to a new level. By developing a storage architecture designed from the ground up to take advantage of Flash, you can develop an architectural model that addresses the shortcomings of Flash; Shortcomings like garbage collection, memory management and write wear leveling. If not addressed, these shortcomings can lead to inconsistent performance, regardless of architecture.

The XtremIO engineering team recently pointed out these shortcomings and how XtremIO is architecture to directly address them. Looking at a specific workload, in this case Oracle Databases, it starts to become clear how XtremIOs in-memory meta-data can provide constant performance in an environment that provides a wide variance of IO profiles and patterns.

Storage Throughput for databasesThe White Paper “EMC XtremIO Optimized Flash Storage for Oracle Databases” looks at the principles of Oracle Databases and how “All Flash Array” technologies can be used to solve those issues, while maintaining consistent performance characteristics.

While the general category “All Flash Array” may include many offerings, the implementation of each is much different. When running real Oracle Benchmarks like SLOB, you can clearly see what we mean by consistent performance.

Download the whitepaper for yourself at http://xtremio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/h13174-wp-optimized-flash-storage-for-oracle-databases.pdf

As always, follow me on twitter @SamMarraccini, check out my YouTube channel and if you are headed to VMWorld2014 (San Fran), drop me a tweet and be sure to stop by the EMC Booth!

Redefine Flash! More proof that Architecture Matters!

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)
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Sam Marraccini

Redefine Flash! EMCs Flash Strategy is Flash Everywhere, and architecture matters!

Redefine Flash with EMC

Architecture Matters and Storage Architecture has mattered since the first ICDA (Integrated Cache Disk Array) was introduced by EMC in 1990, The Symmetrix 4200 ICDA. It’s interesting to watch the storage industry. New start-ups all claim to have some whiz-bang technology that promises to change everything. Take a minute, step back, take a closer look. They are all rooted in one of the four traditional storage architectures.

Check out Chads detaled review of all four architectures here.

The Four Storage Architectures

A fundamental understanding of storage architectures, and their pros/cons, will help you map the right architecture to YOUR application needs. The architecture conversation has always been the most relevant overarching storage concept, and it’s one you need to understand.

In fact, the conversation is so important EMC dedicated an entire General Session of EMCWorld 2014 to architectures. Area 52 covered the four “traditional” storage architectures and the concept of a fifth emerging architecture, In-Memory IO. I won’t get into the details here, but direct you to “Virtual EMCWorld 2014” replay of Area52, complete with architecture overviews and demonstrations as only “Chad” can deliver. (Click Technical Session and more, then look for Area 52) Don’t restrict yourself to thinking of these architectures as hardware. They can be presented as hardware and/or software, they still share one of the core architecture types.

Yes, Architectures Matters, but what does that have to do with “Flash”? Let’s step back a second. What is “Flash”? In its simplest form, Flash is storage media, fundamentally different than traditional spinning disks. Yes, there are different types of Flash, much like there are different types of spinning disks, all with different capacity, performance and price points. The evolution of each of which will continue. Flash will get faster, denser & cheaper. Spinning disks will continue to get bigger, but performance of spinning disk has hit a physical limit of 15K RPM. You just can’t spin them any faster without jeopardizing data integrity, that’s exactly why Flash is so important today.

So the obvious question is “What’s the best enterprise storage architecture for Flash?” If you’ve been in IT for any amount of time, you know the answer… “It depends”. The follow up question should always be “What’s your workload (Service Level)?”

Flash impacts EVERY storage architecture, and that’s exactly why the EMCs Flash Strategy is “Flash Everywhere”. The key is how Flash is used to impact your application or applications.

EMC Flash Strategy - Flash Everywhere

By creating a Storage Portfolio that spans every service level, EMC is in a unique position to integrate Flash technologies across all storage workloads. If there was a single product, guess what, it would fix everything… or that’s how it would be positioned. By having a portfolio, EMC can look at your problem and recommend the appropriate solution.

Though not specifically called out, an underlying theme of the recent Mega Launch (ML4) was “Flash Everywhere”.

XtremIO 3.0 highlights what’s possible with a scale-out architecture that’s purpose built for Flash, all Flash all the time. Sure XtremIO is fast, it always has been, but XtremIO 3.0 is all about additional always on, in-memory, in-line data services. Compression, on top of existing deduplication, D@RE (data at rest encryption), space efficient snap-shots all with Flash specific data protection (XDP), and everything thin provisioned all the time!

Isilon SmartFlash leverages up to 1PB of Flash as a caching pool to increase performance across every node in the loosely-coupled scale-out architecture, specifically designed for file services. VMAX3 leverages Flash seamlessly with its Service Level Oriented approach, taking FAST (Fully Automated Storage Tiering) to the next level. VMAX3 allows a user to hyper consolidate workloads, while identifying specific service levels for each application. Looking for sub millisecond response time, the Diamond Tier will do the trick, and under the covers your data lives on Flash. The VMAX3 Gold Level is perfectly capable of delivering response times of a few milliseconds, and some of your data will live on Flash.

That really brings us full circle, back to your applications and your workloads! That’s what really matters! Flash enables architectures that enable your applications. For more on EMCs full Flash Product offering, visit the EMC “Redefine Flash” page.

As always, follow me on twitter @SamMarraccini, check out my YouTube channel and if you are headed to VMWorld2014 (San Fran), drop me a tweet and be sure to stop by the EMC Booth!

The Latest Big Ideas: Demystifying Garbage Collection

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)
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Sam Marraccini

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 designing an architecture purpose-built for Flash, those caveats can be clearly accounted for. The latest “Big Ideas” video covers the Garbage Collection process and what EMC has done with our Purpose Built All-Flash-Array to directly account for the process. XtremIO is designed from the ground up for Flash. Addressing Garbage Collection was a consideration from day 1, not an afterthought. EMC continues to lead the way!

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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)
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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.

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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!

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