So, in my article yesterday, I gave a global view of a very simple storage system for the future. Since I LOVE this type of conjecture and theoretics (is that a word?), I decided to take this a step further and flesh out some of the other intricacies of the design. Check out the image below and then click through to read the rest.
Is it just me or have we been waiting for this for a while? 😉 Today is officially the EMC Clariion CX4 public GA (general availability) date. Good news: they’re shipping TODAY! No paper launches, folks…this is immediate availability. The other good news: you get to do more with your storage; faster, cheaper, stronger, more flexible, etc. Let me rip through some highlights for you:
a.) Cache and SP Processor increases. Across the board, processor “speeds” and cache sizes have been increased. Now, this may appear somewhat odd in that the CX4-120, for example, only has two dual core 1.2ghz processors, but, when you consider that the onboard L2 cache is greater in size (and Woodcrest processors were HANDILY more powerful than the older Nocona Xeons), it actually has more innate processing power than the previous generation processors. Cache sizes, when coupled with the 64 bit FLARE OS for the array, allow for better allocation and utilization within the array.
Obviously I’ve been missing in action for several weeks, but I promise you, it was for good reason(s). There was the end of fiscal Q2, 2008 here at EMC, subsequent re-assignment of territories, and *drumroll please* VMWare Certified Professional training class. That last item is personally one of the greatest things that I’ve had to deal with in the months at EMC and I’m looking forward to laying it all out for you in the coming weeks.
In the near term, however, there are two REALLY exciting things coming up in the next week or two. At this point, you’ve heard the rumours (undoubtably about “new” product coming) and I just want to say that, given my early look at these offerings, SMB will be MIGHTILY impressed with at least one of them. 😉 Not to slight the second announcement at all, but this first announcement is specifically targeted at one of the largest gaps in SMB product that EMC offers today (hint: think about multi-protocol on the cheap). I’ll reveal more (probably next week or so) but for now, I’m excited.