Dell EMC World 2016 – Final Thoughts

This year as an EMC Elect I got to attend DellEMCWorld in Austin. I was given Social Influencer access which lined up with the same access as the Press and Analysts. I was able to meet with some high level executives that gave me a lot of insight of where DELLEMC is going. I was also able to meet Michael Dell when he visited the EMC Elect during the Social Influencers Happy Hour. There was a great discussion on how social media can affect the IT industry. Having programs like EMC Elect have great value with the avenues it can open up.

Below is the takeaway from DellEMC World in Austin.

• Dell/EMC merger is not a distraction. Spending 4.5 Billion in RnD each year and there already is work on the new product lines.
• DELLEMC is leading with a hybrid-cloud setup.
• Dell has 40% market share of servers
• Several enhancements to product lines have been announced and will be available early 2017

New Releases

VxRail 4.0
• Dell Servers going forward
• 3 node starting point instead of 4
• ROBO. Grow by 1 node.

XtremIO
• XtremIO going unified next year with the new hardware
• X2 is a beast
• 1TB memory in controllers
• No more BBU. Batteries built in
• Double Dense DAES.
• Fluidfs (Dell IP) brought in for NAS piece. Super-fast NAS!!

Isilon
• Isilon Nitro (All Flash)
• Idea for heavy transactional load and media
• 4U chassis. Grow with chassis. 1PB in a 4U chassis
• Ships 2017

DataDomain
• New Line of DataDomain
• Flash enabled
• Cloudtiering

ECS 3.0
• ECS 3.0 is the platform for CAS (replacing Centera and Atmos)
• D series is a tape replacement
• Can go software only installed on your own servers
• Storage use case for archive data.

Isilon All-Flash

DELLEMC has announced an All Flash Isilon targeting the Extreme performance NAS markets.  Below is a high-level breakdown of the new platform.

  • Extreme density, modular and incredibly scalable all-flash tier
  • Start a cluster with a single chassis & scale to 100+ chassis in a single global namespace
  • Get up to 1PB of Flash from 1 4U chassis
  • All OneFS Features Supported
  • 6x greater IOPs per RU
  • 11x more throughput per RU
  • 2x greater cluster capacity per RU

Isilon All-Flash Advantages

  • Performance for demanding workloads
  • Ability to automatically tier data
  • All Isilon protocols supported
  • Enterprise grade commodity components
  • Enterprise features: Data protection, Data management, Data Security and compliance capabilities

Use Cases

  • Media and Entertainment – 4k streaming of data, need for constant turnaround times
  • Electronic Design Automation – Massive increase in design complexity, Silicon Technology every 2 years geometry shrinks and chip capacity doubles
  • IOT – sensor data
  • IOPs Intensive – Billions of small files, large datasets for parallel processing