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EMC World Day 1

May 13, 2010

EMC World 2010 -Day 1

EMC World started off with a bang on Monday with the unveiling of EMC VPLEX by keynote speaker Pat Gelsinger.

There were other announcements such as FAST-VP and EMC Virtual Storage Integrator VSI with VMware vSphere 4, but let’s first talk about VPLEX. A solution that removes the physical barriers of the data center, VPLEX is currently available in 2 flavors: Local and Metro.

The VPLEX is a Federation Storage solution that sits between the Hosts front end ports and the arrays on the backend ports. VPLEX Local provides central management of many heterogenous storage arrays and transparent data teleportation between these arrays.

VPLEX Metro is a multi-site, synchronous, active-active environment using direct fibre channel reaching distances up to 100km allowing for quick and transparent data teleportation between Dara centers for situations like data center outages, more flexible DR environments. It also provides simultaneous access to storage from 2 distinct locations for high availability.

During Pat Gelsinger’s keynote we were treated to a sweet demo of the Non-disruptive teleportation of an entire vSphere Data Center to an offsite location taking advantage of sVmotion.

Later to be released are additional flavors, Asynchronous and Global. Not much details were provided on these but Asynchronous would allow for data teleportation across longer distances. The real question is, off the bat how many small and mid market businesses will be able to take advantage of VPLEX in it’s early synchronous limitations, my guess is once asynchronous becomes available there will be a larger demand.

As I mentioned earlier there is a new EMC vSphere Plug-in, Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI), that provides visibility of all EMC storage within the vSphere environment. The plug-in also provides granular detail on Data Stores and their underlying storage details such as Model, revision, array name, device name and device ID. You can also obtain datastore details at the host level such as datastore identification, status, device type and free/capacity space. I actually got hands on experience with this in a 1hr workshop as well as the EMC Celerra NFS vCenter Plug-in which is a separate plug-in for now that allows a user to provision NFS storage from within vSphere as well as extend, delete NFS volumes. In the workshop we also leveraged Celerra compression at the datastore and VM level.

The other announcement of note was FAST-VP. I will be attending a workshop later this week so check back later for more information.

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