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Transition to the Cloud

by Dave Graham on August 4, 2009


Well folks, it’s been fun being your “EMC Technical Consultant on the Interweb.” (there are more of us, trust me. ;) ) It is with great happiness, however, that I get to report that I’m moving over to what has to be the most exciting innovation within EMC in the short time I’ve been here: the Cloud Infrastructure Group.  Something about the cloud moves me to fits of joy (or generally, paroxysms of short-lived hysteria) and the EMC Atmos product line, in particular, is really the future of where I see storage moving.  So, what does this mean to you, my faithful readers?

Well, I’m definitely not giving up my virtualization bent. Honestly, cloud computing is a really simple extension of virtualization and I think this is going to be the basis on which storage and technology will develop.  Abstracting the physical has always been of particular interest to me, so, this will be maintained.

I’m also not giving up on core products. Trust me, I’ve learned to love Clariions, Celerras, Centeras, Symmetrix for all that they bring to the table from a performance and capability standpoint.  That being said, again, I think the future holds some interesting developments for these products as EMC continues to push onwards and upwards into the cloud and virtualization space.

I will be adding in a lot more cloud content (i hope) as i dig into Atmos and Atmos Online product sets and hopefully, we’ll be able to discover together how EMC’s cloud vision can be realized in YOUR environment.  I’m honoured and excited by the challenges being offered me and I hope to see ya’ll in the cloud!

cheers,

Dave

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Emulex E3S: Fitment

by Dave Graham on June 30, 2009


In my first article on the Emulex E3S Gateway, I simply relayed a high-level look at the device as well as a sample diagram of how integration would look within a very simplistic block-based environment. Overall, it appears that the concept of a hardware “gateway” to the cloud is very well accepted as a mechanism for enterprise cloud integration but, it’s not without its fitment issues. In this particular post, I’m going to attempt to answer and evaluate why this approach is appropriate and where integration points could be somewhat sticky.

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Refreshing Celerra: New Models + New Features

by Dave Graham on February 23, 2009


As you probably have heard by now, EMC has refreshed the Celerra line a bit. With today’s announcement, we’ve added the following hardware models to the fold:

  • NS-480 with 2 or 4 datamovers
  • NS-960 with support for up to 960 drives
  • NS-G8 with support for up to 8 datamovers and connectivity to Symmetrix & CLARiiON systems

Now that that’s been covered, let’s cover some of the other details across the line…

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VMware ESX alignment document for EMC Clariion & Symmetrix

February 18, 2009

For folks that were on today’s VMware Communities Roundtable live podcast, mention was made of partition alignment under VMFS & the storage array being used. To that end, here is EMC’s document on VMware ESX connectivity to EMC Symmetrix and CLARiiON storage which covers partition alignment.
Document is here & Powerlink Location.

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Future Storage Systems: Part 3b – I/O Expansion Node

October 10, 2008

In Part 3a, we discussed the possibility of a purpose-driven Compute Node based on the Torrenza initiative for the Future Storage system.  This expansion node made use of Hypertransport as a “glue” between the base storage compute node and the expansion node (of computation or I/O flavours) that could be added.  The advantages of that [...]

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