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On August 25th Dave Robbins, CTO, IT Infrastructure at NetApp will be discussing how they have transformed their IT operations from a legacy of inefficient and costly practices to its current level of enviable data center efficiency illustrated by a predicted PUE of 1.2 in their latest data center.
Dave’s discussion will be shaped by the accomplishments of his team over the past couple of years and to give some insight into the upcoming session the following are some of the team’s achievements.
By implementing VMware they reduced x86 based clients from 4600 to 230 saving $1.3M in power and cooling and reducing the number of racks needed by 182.
EMC announced their latest 3rd generation Symmetrix architecture today the labeled the Virtual Matrix Architecture. The announcement was kicked off by Tucci who positioned the event as both the introduction of a new architecture as well and the introduction of the first V-Max product. Donatelli then proceeded to give a bit more detail. The following are the highlights I captured during his presentation.
- Symmetrix was introduced 18 years ago, this is the 3rd generation architecture.
- The intelligence and the compute resources are contained in a module called the Symmetrix V-Max Engine. Multiple engines can be matrix together with capacity resources in a scale-out architecture.
The Spring 2009 Storage Networking World ends today. It was a busy week for the Wikibon team as we were briefed by more than 25 technology companies and tweeted the live action to the Wikibon community. Bill Mottram, Dennis Martin and I gave presentations during the week, Dennis on SSD for Microsoft Apps, Bill on optimizing energy and efficiency and me with Rich Avila on how Virtualization Energizes Cal State U East Bay.
Yesterday, the Wikibon community heard from Cal State U East Bay’s Rich Avila. He, like other guests on Wikibon, including BT’s Michael Crader, have cited the benefits of combining server and storage virtualization. Yet numerous customers we speak with don’t virtualize storage arrays under VMware.
Industry data from IDC and Forrester over the past few years clearly shows EMC dominates in virtualized server environments as the backend storage platform of choice. The data ranges from 40% to close to 50% market share. Clearly these EMC arrays are not sitting behind Invista so one can only assume the capacity of these arrays is not virtualized. Folks like 3PAR of course would say that this is a missed opportunity– once you try a fully virtualized platform under VMware you’ll see the advantages and won’t go back.