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Vmworld 2009: Sunday 30th August – Day 0

August 31st, 2009 No comments

So Vmworld 2009 officially starts tomorrow (Monday).

Today was the day to socialize with folks, partners, some VMware folks, some EMC folks and tons of customers.

After a 6-hour flight this morning, got to San Francisco. Registration for Vmworld 2009 was open today, had a chance to catchup on the possible classes & labs to attend.

See some pictures of Vmworld 2009 here

Feel the heat as you enter the Vmworld North Building
Xsigo, Symmetrix V-Max, Cisco Nexus roaring and dispating heat

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Cicso UCS Products

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While walking around, found a rack of Cisco products with amber lights, may be some maintenance work going on it.

Cisco UCS 1

A Close look

Cisco UCS

The V-Max’s Proudly Standing

EMC Symmetrix V-Max

Then later in the day meet up with @edsai and went to the Thirsty Beers hosted by a bunch of Vendors including Nexanta, Veeam, and many more.

Had a chance to hookup with some familiar faces on twitter @jasonbouche @scott_lowe @duncanyb @vseanclark @rbrambley and many more. See the pictures from the Raffle sponsored by the vendors.

The Party

vmworld 2009 - thirsty beers party

Evan Powell – Nexanta, CEO

Evan Powell - Nexanta

Scott Lowe

Scott Lowe

Other Pictures

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Took 10 more pictures, but seems like they are damaged and couldn’t upload it to the site. The Blackberry camera doesn’t work always….some other pictures includes those of @vseanclark @theronconrey @jtroyer, some veeam folks, etc.

Then later meet up with some EMC folks, specifically @davegraham and folks from @sakacc group.

Anyways stay tuned for Day 1 of Vmworld 2009 tomorrow with some technology post.

EMC Symmetrix, 20 Years in the making

July 29th, 2009 1 comment

So next year will mark a history of Symmetrix Products within EMC, still classified as one of the most robust systems out there after 20 years of its inception. In this blog post, we will talk about some facts on Symmetrix products as it relates to its features, characteristics, Enginuity microcode versions, model numbers, year released, etc.

Also in this blog post you will see links to most of my previous posts about Symmetrix products.

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So the journey of Symmetrix systems started with Moshe Yanai (along with his team) joining EMC in late 80’s. A floating story says, the idea of a cache based disk array was initially pitched to both IBM and HP and was shot down.  EMC was predominately a mainframe memory selling company back in the late 1980’s. The Symmetrix products completely changed the direction of EMC in a decade.

Joe Tucci comes in at the end of 90’s from Unisys with a big vision. Wanted to radically change EMC. Through new acquisitions, new technologies, vision and foremost the integration of all the technologies created today’s EMC.

Symmetrix has always been the jewel of EMC. Back in the Moshe days, the engineers were treated so royally (Have heard stories about helicopter rides and lavish parties with a satellite bus waiting outside for a support call). Then comes the Data General acquisition in late 90’s that completely changed the game.

Some people within EMC were against the DG acquisition and didn’t see much value in it. While the Clariion DG backplane is what changed the Symmetrix to a Symmetrix DMX – Fiber Based Drives. Over this past decade, EMC radically changes its position and focuses on acquisitions, support, products, quality, efficiency, usability and foremost changing itself from a hardware company to an Information Solutions company focusing on software as its integral growth factor.  New acquisitions like Legato, Documentum, RSA, kept on changing the culture and the growth focus within EMC.

Then came VMware and it changed the rules of the game, EMC’s strategic move to invest into VMware paid off big time.  Then happens the 3-way partnership between VMware – EMC – Cisco, to integrate next generation products, V-Max (Symmetrix), V-Sphere and UCS are born.

Here we are in 2009, almost at the end of 20 years since the inception of the Symmetrix, the name, the product, the Enginuity code, the robust characteristics, the investment from EMC all stays committed with changing market demands.

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Jumping back into the Symmetrix, here are a few articles you might find interesting, overall talking about various models, serial numbers of the machines and importantly a post on Enginuity Operating Environment.

To read about EMC Symmetrix Enginuity Operating Environment

To read about EMC Symmetrix Serial Number naming convention,

To read about EMC Symmetrix Models in a previous blog post

To read about various EMC models based on different Platforms

To read about all EMC Clariion models since the Data General Acquisition

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Symmetrix Family 1.0

ICDA – Integrated Cache Disk Array

Released 1990 and sold through 1993

A 24GB total disk space introduced

Wow, I was in elementary school or may be middle school when this first generation Symmetrix was released….

Symmetrix 4200

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Symmetrix Family 2.0

ICDA – Integrated Cache Disk Array

Released 1991 and sold through 1994

A 36GB total disk space

Mirroring introduced

Symmetrix 4400

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Symmetrix Family 2.5

ICDA – Integrated Cache Disk Array

Released 1992 and sold through 1995

RSF capabilities added

(I actually met a guy about 2 years ago, he was one of the engineers that had worked on developing the first RSF capabilities at EMC and was very instrumental in developing the Hopkinton PSE lab)

Symmetrix 4800:

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Symmetrix Family 3.0 also called Symmetrix 3000 and 5000 Series

Released 1994 and sold through 1997

ICDA: Integrated Cache Disk Array

Includes Mainframe Support (Bus & Tag)

Global Cache introduced

1GB total Cache

NDU – Microcode

SRDF introduced

Supports Mainframe and open systems both

Enginuity microcode 50xx, 51xx

Symmetrix 3100: Open systems support, half height cabinet, 5.25 inch drives

Symmetrix 5100: Mainframe support, half height cabinet, 5.25 inch drives

Symmetrix 3200: Open Systems support, single cabinet, 5.25 inch drives

Symmetrix 5200: Mainframe support, single cabinet, 5.25 inch drives

Symmetrix 3500: Open Systems support, triple cabinet, 5.25 inch drives

Symmetrix 5500: Mainframe support, triple cabinet, 5.25 inch drives

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Symmetrix Family 4.0 also called Symmetrix 3000 and 5000 Series

Released 1997 and sold through 2000

RAID XP introduced

3.5 Inch drive size introduced

On triple cabinet systems 5.25 inch drives used

Supports Mainframe and Open Systems both

Timefinder, Powerpath, Ultra SCSI support

Enginuity microcode 5265.xx.xx, 5266.xx.xx

Symmetrix 3330: Open Systems Support, half height cabinet, 32 drives, 3.5 inch drives

Symmetrix 5330: Mainframe Support, half height cabinet, 32 drives, 3.5 inch drives

Symmetrix 3430: Open Systems Support, single frame, 96 drives, 3.5 inch drives

Symmetrix 5430: Mainframe Support, single frame, 96 drives, 3.5 inch drives

Symmetrix 3700: Open Systems Support, triple cabinet, 128 drives, 5.25 inch drives

Symmetrix 5700: Mainframe Support, triple cabinet, 128 drives, 5.25 inch drives

To read about EMC Symmetrix Hardware Components

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Symmetrix Family 4.8 also called Symmetrix 3000 and 5000 Series

Released 1998 and sold through 2001

Symmetrix Optimizer Introduced

Best hardware so far: least outages, least problems and least failures (not sure if EMC will agree to it, most customers do)

3.5 inch drives used with all models

Enginuity microcode 5265.xx.xx, 5266.xx.xx, 5267.xx.xx

Symmetrix 3630: Open Systems support, half height cabinet, 32 drives

Symmetrix 5630: Mainframe support, half height cabinet, 32 drives

Symmetrix 3830: Open Systems support, single cabinet, 96 drives

Symmetrix 5830: Mainframe support, single cabinet, 96 drives

Symmetrix 3930: Open Systems support, triple cabinet, 256 drives

Symmetrix 5930: Mainframe support, triple cabinet, 256 drives

Models sold as 3630-18, 3630-36, 3630-50, 5630-18, 5630-36, 5630-50,3830-36, 3830-50, 3830-73, 5830-36, 5830-50, 5830-73, 3930-36, 3930-50, 3930-73, 5930-36, 5930-50, 5930-73 (the last two digits indicate the drives installed in the frame)

To read about EMC Symmetrix Hardware Components

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Symmetrix Family 5.0 also called Symmetrix 8000 Series

[ 3000 (open sytems) + 5000 (mainframe) = 8000 (support for both) ]

Supports Open Systems and Mainframe without BUS and TAG through ESCON

Released 2000 and sold through 2003

181GB Disk introduced

Enginuity microcode 5567.xx.xx, 5568.xx.xx

Symmetrix 8130: Slim cabinet, 48 drives

Symmetrix 8430: Single cabinet, 96 drives

Symmetrix 8730: Triple cabinet, 384 drives

Some models sold as 8430-36, 8430-73, 8430-181 or 8730-36, 8730-73, 8730-181 (the last two digits indicate the drives installed in the frame)

To read about EMC Symmetrix Hardware Components

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Symmetrix Family 5.5 LVD also called Symmetrix 8000 Series

Released 2001 and sold through 2004

LVD: Low Voltage Disk Introduced

146GB LVD drive introduced

Ultra SCSI drives cannot be used with the LVD frame

Mainframe optimized machines introduced

4 Slice directors introduced with ESCON and FICON

FICON introduced

Enginuity microcode 5567.xx.xx, 5568.xx.xx

Symmetrix 8230: Slim cabinet, 48 drives, (rebranded 8130, non lvd frame)

Symmetrix 8530: Single cabinet, 96 drives, (rebranded 8430, non lvd frame)

Symmetrix 8830: Triple cabinet, 384 drives, (rebranded 8730, non lvd frame)

Symmetrix 8230 LVD: LVD frame, slim cabinet, 48 LVD drives

Symmetrix 8530 LVD: LVD frame, single cabinet, 96 LVD drives

Symmetrix 8830 LVD: LVD frame, triple cabinet, 384 LVD drives

Symmetrix z-8530: LVD frame, Single cabinet, 96 drives, optimized for mainframes

Symmetrix z-8830: LVD frame, Triple cabinet, 384 drives, optimized for mainframe

Some models sold as 8530-36, 8530-73, 8530-146, 8530-181 or 8830-36, 8830-73, 8830-146, 8830-181 (the last two digits indicate the drives installed in the frame)

To read about EMC Symmetrix Hardware Components

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Symmetrix DMX or also called Symmetrix Family 6.0

Released Feb 2003 and sold through 2006

Direct Matrix Architecture (Data General Backplane) introduced

DMX800 was the first DMX system introduced

4 Slice directors introduced

RAID 5 introduced after being introduced on DMX-3

First generation with common DA / FA hardware

Introduction of modular power

Enginuity Microcode 5669.xx.xx, 5670.xx.xx, 5671.xx.xx

Symmetrix DMX800: Single cabinet, DAE based concept for drives, 96 drives (I swear, a customer told me, they have ghost like issues with their DMX800)

Symmetrix DMX1000: Single cabinet, 18 drives per loop, 144 drives total

Symmetrix DMX1000-P: Single cabinet, 9 drives per loop, 144 drives total, P= Performance System

Symmetrix DMX2000: Dual cabinet, modular power, 18 drives per loop, 288 drives

Symmetrix DMX2000-P: Dual cabinet, modular power, 9 drives per loop, 288 drives, P=Performance System

Symmetrix DMX3000-3: Triple cabinet, modular power, 18 drives per loop, 3 phase power, 576 drives

To read about EMC Symmetrix DMX Hardware components

To read about EMC Symmetrix DMX models and major differences

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Symmetrix DMX2 or also called Symmetrix Family 6.5

Released Feb 2004 and sold through 2007

Double the processing using DMX2

DMX and DMX2 frames are same, only directors from DMX must be changed to upgrade to DMX2, reboot of entire systems required with this upgrade

RAID 5 introduced after being introduced on DMX-3

64GB memory introduced

4 Slice Directors

Enginuity Microcode 5669.xx.xx, 5670.xx.xx, 5671.xx.xx

Symmetrix DMX801: 2nd generation DMX, Single cabinet, DAE based concept for drives, 96 drives, FC SPE 2 (I swear, a customer told me, they have ghost like issues with their DMX800)

Symmetrix DMX1000-M2: 2nd generation DMX, Single cabinet, 18 drives per loop, 144 drives

Symmetrix DMX1000-P2: 2nd generation DMX, Single cabinet, 9 drives per loop, 144 drives, P=Performance System

Symmetrix DMX2000-M2: 2nd generation DMX, Dual cabinet, 18 drives per loop, 288 drives

Symmetrix DMX2000-P2: 2nd generation DMX, Dual cabinet, 9 drives per loop, 288 drives, P=Performance System

Symmetrix DMX2000-M2-3: 2nd generation DMX, Dual cabinet, 18 drives per loop, 288 drives, 3 Phase power

Symmetrix DMX2000-P2-3: 2nd generation DMX, Dual cabinet, 9 drives per loop, 288 drives, P=Performance System, 3 Phase power

Symmetrix DMX3000-M2-3: 2nd generation DMX, Triple cabinet, 18 drives per loop, 576 drives, 3 Phase power

To read about EMC DMX Symmetrix Hardware components

To read about EMC Symmetrix DMX models and major differences

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Symmetrix DMX-3 or also called Symmetrix 7.0

Released July 2005 and still being sold

8 Slice directors

1920 disk (RPQ ‘ed to 2400 drives)

DAE based concept introduced

Symmetrix Priority Controls

RAID 5 introduced and then implemented on older DMX, DMX-2

Virtual LUN technology

SRDF enhancements

Concept of vaulting introduced

Enginuity microcode 5771.xx.xx, 5772.xx.xx

Symmetrix DMX-3 950: System Cabinet, Storage Bay x 2, 360 drives max, Modular Power, 3 Phase power

Symmetrix DMX-3: System Cabinet, Storage Bay x 8 (Expandable), 1920 drives max, RPQ’ed to 2400 drives, 3 Phase power

To read about differences between EMC Symmetrix DMX3 and DMX4 platforms

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Symmetrix DMX-4 or also called Symmetrix 7.0

Released July 2007 and still being sold

Virtual provisioning

Flash Drives

FC / SATA drives

RAID 6 introduced

SRDF enhancements

Total Cache: 512 GB

Total Storage: 1 PB

Largest drive supported 1TB SATA drive

Flash drives 73GB, 146GB later now support for 200GB and 400GB released

1920 drives max (RPQ’ed to 2400 drives)

Enginuity microcode 5772.xx.xx, 5773.xx.xx

Symmetrix DMX-4 950: System Cabinet, Storage Bay x 2, 360 drives max, Modular Power, 3 Phase power

Symmetrix DMX-4: System Cabinet, Storage Bay x 8 (Expandable), 1920 drives max, RPQ’ed to 2400 drives, Modular power, 3 Phase Power

Some models sold as DMX-4 1500, DMX-4 2500, DMX-4 3500 and DMX-4 4500

To read about a blog post on EMC Symmetrix: DMX4 Components

To read about differences between EMC Symmetrix DMX3 and DMX4 platforms

To read about different drives types supported on EMC Symmetrix DMX4 Platform

To read about differences between EMC Symmetrix DMX4 and V-Max Systems

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Symmetrix V-Max

(Released April 2009)

Enginuity Microcode 5874.xxx.xxx

Total number of drives supported: 2400

Total Cache: 1 TB mirrored (512GB usable)

Total Storage: 2 PB

All features on the V-Max have been discussed earlier on the blog post linked below

Symmetrix V-Max SE: Single System Bay, SE=Single Engine, Storage Bay x 2, 360 drives max, cannot be expanded to a full blown 8 engine system if purchased as a SE, 3 Phase power, Modular Power

Symmetrix V-Max: System Cabinet, Storage Bay x 10, 2400 drives max, modular power, 3 phase power

To read about differences between EMC Symmetrix DMX4 and V-Max Systems

To read about different drives types supported on EMC Symmetrix V-Max Platforms

To read all about the EMC Symmetrix V-Max Platform

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I could have easily added total memory capacity per frame, total number of dedicated DA/DAF slots, total slots, total universal slots, total memory slots, but then I didn’t know information on some of the old systems and didn’t want to be incorrect on them.

Hope you have enjoyed reading this post, with a bit of history related to the Symmetrix platform. I am pretty positive, as of today you will not find this consolidated information on any blog or the manufacturers website.

I really wish, EMC decided to open blogging to some Symmetrix, Clariion, Celerra, Centera specialist that support these systems on a day to day basis, the information that could come out from those guys could be phenomenal. Barry Burke writes a lot of stuff, but again a lot of FUD from him against IBM and HDS, its great reading him, but only a controlled amount of technical information comes from him.

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EMC World 2009: Day 1 (Monday – 05/18/2009)

May 19th, 2009 No comments

An exciting day (1) at EMC World 2009.

To read about EMC World 2009: Day 0 (Sunday – 05/17/2009)

I guess I have been lucky over the past two days, yesterday was the early registration gift of an IPOD Nano (8GB) and today was winning the flip camera at the EMC Bloggers Lounge. Later in the blog post see pictures and videos from this flip camera.

Tomorrow we have another surprise gift from iomega at the EMC bloggers lounge, trying to see if I can be lucky 3 days in a row now.

Highlights

The highlights of the day were around the keynote speeches and really some much focused Clariion and V-Max sessions.

EMC Bloggers lounge was another happening place. Outside the bloggers lounge, crowds of people watching the flat screen TV monitors displaying EMC World Pictures, Twitters, again great work by @lendevanna and his team.

Solutions Pavilion as usual had a lot of exciting stuff around some vertical market space.

Also repeated heard these messages, EMC does not discuss any future products and features related to its products until it is released. If you would like to see any enhancements to EMC products, please get in touch with your account managers. I think the market competitiveness is causing issues where the OEM’s are not even offering a glimpse of what we might see in the next releases.

We (@storagenerve & @edsai) got absolute 30 mins of face time with Barry Burke to pick his brain about EMC Symmetrix V-Max and where he sees the play for EMC and how the market will kind of follow certain technologies over the next few years. It was a very impressive discussion with him and kind of pick his brain about the symmetrix technology.

Speakers

So I missed the keynote speeches this morning by Joe Tucci and Paul Maritz. Had a very important conference call to attend and it did not wrap up until 11:00 AM.

One thing I heard from various folks, the keynotes were focused on technologies around Cloud and Virtualization, but the crowd didn’t hear anything different than what they have heard in the past at VMware World or VMware partner conference.

Saw Frank Hauck walking around by the bloggers lounge this afternoon, he has been spotted several times today near the solutions pavilion.

Pictures

Just look at these guys, they are all smiling and happy.
Picture 1: From the left we have @edsai, @storagezilla, @davegraham, @chrismevans, @basraayman at the EMC Bloggers Lounge.

Picture 2: Another kool hangout spot, EMC Bloggers Lounge

Picture 3:  The EMC Celerra CREATURE

Videos

My first attempts at making movies……..


EMC Symmetrix V-Max at EMC World 2009


EMC Bloggers Lounge


EMC Bloggers Lounge


Axxana Black Box Chat with Alex Winokur


Exhibitors

Sanpulse: Met up with Inna Gordin and Peter Mehta from Sanpulse. Trying to setup a meeting with them next week to see how the migration tool operates and how it might overall help customers minimize migration times and cost.

(I have no current affiliations with SanPulse)

Axxana: Black box recovery device, primarily used with Asynchronous Replication. Using this box, customers can achieve nearly 0 recovery point objectives. Please see the video attached above. Had a chance to meet up with Alex Winokur, Ph.D.,  Liat Malki and Eli Efrat.

These guys are just so smart, very impressed by Alex, Liat and Eli.

(I have no current affiliations with Axxana)

Technology

Attended the V-Max Sessions and gathered tons of info. Look out for the V-Max Speeds and Feeds over the next few days, you will be surprised to see some facts.

The Blogging Lounge

During the day we had quite a few bloggers come in and out of the lounge, primarily we saw presence of  @chrismevans, @edsai,  @basraayman, @lendevanna, @davegraham, @aproov, @jtabar, @storageio, @storagezilla, @mike_fishman, @storageanarchy, @stu and @dmartek,. Sorry if I forgot your name……

More contacts to follow up tomorrow.

The after Party

So dinner was at TGIF’s with some of the twitter/blogger friends…..okay food…….

Highlights for Tomorrow

@chuckhollis will spend an hour at the EMC Bloggers lounge between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM.

EMC Bloggers Lounge photo sessions at 2:00 PM

@sfoskett, @chrismevans, planning to setup a skype video conference at 2:00 PM

Look out for more videos and pictures tomorrow.

Agenda for tomorrow……

7:30 to 8:30         Breakfast

8:00 to 9:00         Best Practice for Symmetrix V-max configuration

Clariion CX4: Software, Technical, Install, Provision, Manage, Tune

Symmetrix Auto Provisioning Groups, SMC, SYMCLI

9:30 to 10:30       Clariion CX4: New Architecture

EMC Powerpath and Powerpath VE

Symmetrix Tiered Storage Best practices and power of FAST

11:00 to 12:00    Saymmetrix Virtual Provisioning

12:00 to 2:00       Lunch

1:00 to 2:00         EMC Bloggers Lounge Q&A

2:00 to 2:30         Photo session and Skype

2:45 to 3:45         Symmetrix virtual Provisioning Hands On

4:15 to 5:15         New Storage features in VMware Infrastructure

3:45 to 5:30         Keynote speech by Frank Hauck

Administrative Post and some Symmetrix V-Max discussions

April 26th, 2009 No comments

The past couple of weeks have been very busy for me related to work. Saw tons of announcements come out from EMC, VMware, Oracle, Sun, etc. My reading on those articles only made it to the headlines and a few paragraphs thereafter.
 

Today was a good day to catch up on all the blog readings. I have in excess to about 50 blogs I subscribe to. It has been very hard to read all the posts over the last two weeks. But today caught up on about 110 various blog posts from different storage / virtualization industry bloggers. 9 hours of nonstop reading.
 

Earlier this month, I changed my blogging platform from Blogger to Word Press. During the change, lost about 40% of the readers subscribed (feeds) to the blog.

To subscribe to StorageNerve Blog http://feeds2.feedburner.com/DataStorageProfessionals-Wiki

Read a bit about ORACLE-SUN, I am still confused about the entire bid, but Steve Duplessie did put a nice twist to the Sun purchase by Oracle, here…

Now to jump into V-Max……..read all blog posts from The Storage Anarchist, StorageZilla, Chuck Hollis, Chad Sakac, Powerlink and EMC V-Max page. Just amazing storage-techno stuff to read, I have committed to another 20 hours of faithful reading this week on the V-Max architecture and then write some blog post about it.
 

One thing I noticed with the V-Max blog post, every EMC blogger has been quite humble talking about the technology. On the other side, quite offensive stuff flying around from HDS and NetApp about the V-Max. Sorry I haven’t read any comments on any of the post, so can’t make a complete judgment.
 

I am sure you have read about the latest EMC announcement on V-Max, here is where you will find all the info…..
 

Technical Post / Articles

The Storage Anarchist

StorageZilla

Chad Sakac (VMware/EMC/Cisco)

Powerlink

EMC V-Max Landing Page

 

Technology

Chuck Hollis

Dave Graham

Some independent Bloggers have done a great job to overall summarize the Symmetrix V-Max announcement, here as referenced by Barry Burke.

 

Sometime in Feb 2009, I had written a blog post about expectations with EMC DMX next generation technology.

Did come quite close to predicting what the new set of architecture would look like, including Directors, Cache, IOPS, Drives types, Release dates, Cost offerings, GA enginuity code, Scalable Architectures, Controller Consolidation to include local memory, processor speed, EFD sizes, SMC console and associated Symapi, SMC friendless (templates, wizards), new conceptual design of mirror positions, virtual provisioning, power savings, Ethernet based connectivity to V-Max Service Processor, VMware Native Integration, Support for various RAID types that would enhance the product, policy based work flow automation, some support for FCOE in the future and a radical design change.
 

Things where I went wrong, the possible model numbers included DMX, Disk drive physical size (2.5 inch), PowerPC chip, no bin file, global memory, 8GB I/O interface, native support for Deduplication (I am sure you can stick a Celerra in front of a V-Max and achieve it).
 

Looking at the current GA Symmetrix V-Max product, I really did not expect the technology to go as far as EMC has managed to take it.
 

But that said a lot of hype has been around the V-Max architecture itself. One of the marketing buzz words is around scalability with hundreds of V-Max engines, 1000’s of TB’s of data, etc. At current GA, the product is scalable to 8 V-Max engines supporting 2 PB of storage and 2400 disk drives. EMC has been successful atleast in the first phase to sell the V-Max technology. With the current GA you are buying a future technology, not a technology that is currently in the product. Still not sure and haven’t been able to read on how the Virtual Matrix will connect the Physical V-Max Engines as they will span across geographies or even through larger datacenters.
 

Talking to various different customers over storage and storage technology, everyone feels pretty comfortable talking about HDS AMS, HDS USP-V, EMC Clariion, Compellent, Pillar Data and 3Par, but I still see customers struggling to talk about Symmetrix DMX, DMX-2, DMX-3 and the DMX-4 from a management and usability perspective. Will the V-Max change it all?
 

I would highly recommend a trip if you can to go to EMC World 2009. It will be great to see the V-Max in action along with the latest Celerra, CX4’s, Atmos, Cisco UCS and V-Sphere.