Enginuity is at the heart of the storage platform that powers more mission-critical apps than anyone else. Enginuity 5875 adds more than I could believe when I first started to look at it many moons ago, and according to Symm engineering is one of the biggest Symm releases ever.
- If I told you “I’m going to give you a software release would DOUBLE your performance for bandwidth-centric, large block workloads!” That’s pretty killer, eh?
- What if that release added the best, most scalable, the highest performance, and the most granular fully-automated storage tiering model… and that capability meant you could do 40% more work, for a cost that is 40% lower?
- What if it delivered a KILLER VAAI implementation – hey, Merry Christmas! EMC now has VAAI support in the midrange and the high end enterprise arrays. I **think** this makes us the only vendor with VAAI support across the midrange and the Enterprise storage market.
- What if it added scalable data at rest encryption and embedded key management – and that capability had ZERO impact on performance?
- What if that same release enabled something that – as far as I know is a completely new innovation in storage land – the ability to federate storage from one array to another – live, without sticking something in the middle? I know my readers are more VMware-centric often than storage-centric. The analogy is that you can “storage vmotion” from one array to another, but in a way that is much faster, and can operate across many different host types. It can do this without adding any “virtualizer” in the front.
That last one (Federated Live Migration = FLM) is an interesting one. If you think about it, the storage protocols that exist are all about a host talking to an array and vice-versa. It’s weird that no one thought to add to the standards the ability for an array to talk to another. That’s the core innovation involved. While replication of the data between arrays has always been there, the final cut-over was always the tricky bit, and involved downtime.
FLM has one array communicate with another and take over the “persona” (all the identifiers) of a storage device. Pretty darn cool :-)
While at first it’s for DMX to VMAX (and VMAX to VMAX), the idea of storage federation will become a universal EMC thing over time. We’re also taking the idea to the standards bodies to try to see if we could get the other storage vendors to make it something that the industry as a whole picks up on (which would be really cool).
oh hey, we threw in a nice bonus – it will do a zero reclaim as part of the process, saving you a pile of $$$ :-)
That list of 5 items is a MASSIVE release. That – plus a TON of other features (seriously!) is what was released.
In my personal opinion, if VNXe is the coolest thing we’re launching today, the VMAX updates are going to have our existing customers dancing in the street the most.
Oh, and Brian – that bit in the mega-launch with the MAX 2011 was… priceless :-)
Later, I’ll also post details and behind the scenes on the mega-virtual storage jump – that was AWESOME :-)
There are some great blog posts that cover this immense release in more detail.
Barry Burke has a post that covers the items above (and many, many other awesome features) in detail here: http://thestorageanarchist.typepad.com/weblog/2011/01/3017-vmax-2011-edition-powerful-trusted-smartest.html
Chuck Hollis did a post on the topic here: http://chucksblog.emc.com/chucks_blog/2011/01/symmetrix-vmax-gets-even-smarter.html
The always awesome Itzik Reich did a great one here: http://itzikr.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/emc-symmetrix-vmax-enginuity-5875-fast-vp-vaai-making-the-best-array-even-better
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