For those who weren’t able to attend in person, here’s a link to the Area 51 presentation XtremIO gave at EMC World on May 19th. Watch at 1:03:00 (One hour three minutes) into the video for the XtremIO section. And if you’re really sharp, see if you can find the hidden XtremIO reference in the Area 51 opening sequence.
XtremIO was recently a named a winner of the Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) award for 2012 by the Uptime Institute, an independent education and consulting division of The 451 Group. An international panel of judges selected XtremIO in the IT Product Deployment category for installation of an XtremIO 100% flash enterprise storage array at a well-known global manufacturer where it dramatically reduced environmental requirements (data center floor space, power consumption and cooling requirements) for a large SAP/Oracle application, while simultaneously improving SAP processing times by an order of magnitude and eliminating complex configuration and performance tuning requirements. XtremIO won the award in good company. The other finalist in our category was Cisco. Other 2012 winners include Facebook, Verizon, Bell Canada, NTT, HP, eBay, and Dell.
XtremIO and other GEIT winners will be honored at the …
There are two types of storage sprawl. The first results from the never-ending creation of new content that must be retained. This type of sprawl is typically capacity driven and while storage must be purchased to keep pace, often inexpensive large capacity SATA arrays are more than sufficient to do the job.
The second type of storage sprawl results from performance-oriented applications. While it may not lead to as many terabytes deployed in the data center and thus isn’t typically thought of as a capacity problem, this type of sprawl represents the most expensive portion of the storage environment because it is reliant on enterprise class disk drives in high-performance arrays, which are much more expensive (and smaller in capacity) than SATA drives. In these environments, several factors lead to storage sprawl, but often administrators don’t even recognize the problem because it has existed for so long it’s just accepted as “the way things are.”
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a growing area of interest in today’s enterprise. VDI originally gained traction among organizations where information security was paramount since VDI centralizes information in the data center instead of having it distributed among the desktops. Another popular VDI use case was in call centers, where every employee gets an identical desktop and applications with no need for customization.
Today, VDI is seeing lots of interest because of two new capabilities it enables, BYOD and desktop mobility. BYOD is “Bring Your Own Device” and refers to the growing need to support users bringing their tablet computers and personal laptops into the office, yet still needing access to corporate resources. Being able to run a virtual desktop on these devices is an attractive fix. Desktop mobility is important in today’s world of nomadic workers who may be in the office, at home, at Starbucks, at a client site, or elsewhere while using any available computing device they can find. VDI provides a solution for these workers to always access their desktop and applications no matter where they are or what device they have.
Flash storage products on the market today are analogous to supercars. They’re fast and sexy, but expensive and impractical for most use cases. Just like supercars, you sacrifice many features and amenities in the pursuit of ultimate performance. In fact, we hear many customers tell us that the only reason these products have been deployed is because they were the only option in the market. Imagine a world where your car options were limited to a Toyota Camry or a Ferrari. Ferrari’s are awesome, but they’re not affordable, utilitarian, or comfortable to drive most of the time. In today’s storage world, if you need more than Camry performance, you have little choice but to buy a Ferrari flash storage product.
Welcome to the XtremIO blog. This is the place to read about our company and products, but also to learn about flash storage and how it is applied to improve performance, ease-of-use, and efficiency for several different application environments including databases, ERP applications, analytics, and virtualization.