August 2008

NX4: bringing NAS to the masses…

by Dave Graham on August 26, 2008


So you’re reading this at 12:01AM on Tuesday, August 26th…to paraphrase “Captain Awesome” from Chuck (on NBC), “Early morning group hug? AWESOME!”

Anyhow, let’s get straight to the point here: the NX4 is here. It has arrived in all of its SAS/SATA disk goodness. It brings with it CIFS/NFS capabilities, iSCSI for IP-based block level access, and 4Gb/s Fibre Channel for those moments where massive bandwidth and low latency are priorities. Sounds good, huh? Let’s toss in IP-based and Fibre replication facilities, auto volume management (for thin provisioning), and writable Celerra snaps and you’ve rounded out the solution completely. Did I mention that you’re going to layer this on top of the category-busting (sales-wise) AX4-5? [click to continue…]

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EMC CX4 is ALIVE!

by Dave Graham on August 6, 2008


Which memory locations can be cached by which ...Image via Wikipedia

Is it just me or have we been waiting for this for a while? ;)  Today is officially the EMC Clariion CX4 public GA (general availability) date.  Good news: they’re shipping TODAY!  No paper launches, folks…this is immediate availability.  The other good news: you get to do more with your storage; faster, cheaper, stronger, more flexible, etc.  Let me rip through some highlights for you:

a.) Cache and SP Processor increases.  Across the board, processor “speeds” and cache sizes have been increased.  Now, this may appear somewhat odd in that the CX4-120, for example, only has two dual core 1.2ghz processors, but, when you consider that the onboard L2 cache is greater in size (and Woodcrest processors were HANDILY more powerful than the older Nocona Xeons), it actually has more innate processing power than the previous generation processors.  Cache sizes, when coupled with the 64 bit FLARE OS for the array, allow for better allocation and utilization within the array. 

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For the record…

by Dave Graham on August 3, 2008


heading home From FayetteImage by WhiteWaves of Bay De Noc via Flickr

Small children, much to my chagrin, do NOT adjust to time changes as well as I thought.  530am this morning (west coast) and I’m already trying to scrounge breakfast for my rabid progeny.  Scary, eh?

where’s the coffee?!?!?!?!?!?!

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