Part II: EMC announces XtremIO General Availability, speeds and feeds

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

XtremIO flash SSD more than storage I/O speed Following up part I of this two-part series, here are more more details, insights and perspectives about EMC XtremIO and it’s generally availability that were announced today.XtremIO the basics All flash Solid State Device (SSD) ...

EMC announces XtremIO General Availability (Part I)

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

EMC announces XtremIO flash SSD General Availability EMC announced today the general availability (GA) if the all flash Solid State Device (SSD) XtremIO that they acquired a little over a year ago. Earlier this year EMC announced directed availability (DA) of the EMC version of XtremIO as ...

Can RAID extend the life of nand flash SSD?

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Can RAID extend nand flash SSD life? Imho, the short answer is YES, under some circumstances.There is a myth and some FUD that RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) can shorten the life durability of nand flash SSD (Solid State Device) vs. HDD (Hard Disk Drives) due to extra ...

Part II: XtremIO, XtremSW and XtremSF EMC flash ssd portfolio redefined

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Part one of this two-part post provided a summary of today's EMC (@EMCflash) announcement around XtremIO and renaming VFCache to XtremSF and associated software as XtremSW.Synopsis of announcement Product rollout and selective availability of the new all flash SSD array XtremIO ...

EMC VMAX 10K, looks like high-end storage systems are still alive (part II)

Monday, January 14th, 2013

This is the second in a multi-part series of posts (read first post here) looking at if large enterprise and legacy storage systems are dead, along with what todays EMC VMAX 10K updates mean. Thus on January 14 2013 it is time for a new EMC Virtual Matrix (VMAX) model ...

SSD past, present and future with Jim Handy

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Now also available via This is a new episode in the continuing StorageIO industry trends and perspectives pod cast series (you can view more episodes or shows along with other audio and video content here) as well as listening via iTunes or via your preferred means using this RSS feed (https://storageio.com/StorageIO_Podcast.xml)In ...

How much SSD do you need vs. want?

Monday, June 4th, 2012

I have been getting asked by IT customers, VAR's and even vendors how much solid state device (SSD) storage is needed or should be installed to address IO performance needs to which my standard answer is it depends. I also am also being asked if there is rule of thumb (RUT) ...

Are large storage arrays dead at the hands of SSD?

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

An industry trends and perspective.. Are large storage arrays dead at the hands of SSD? Short answer NO not yet. There is still a place for traditional storage arrays or appliances particular those with extensive features, functionality and reliability availability serviceability (RAS). In other words, there is still a place for ...

More Storage IO momentus HHDD and SSD moments part II

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

This follows the first of a two-part series on my latest experiences with Hybrid Hard Disk Drives (HHDD's) and Solid State Devices (SSD's). In my ongoing last momentus moment post I discussed what I have done with HHDD's and setting the stage for expanded SSD use. I have the newer ...

More Storage IO momentus HHDD and SSD moments part I

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

This is the first of a two part series on my latest experiences with HHDD and SSD's About two years ago I wanted to start installing solid state devices (SSD's) into my workstations and laptops. Like many others, I found the expensive price for the limited capacity gains of the then ...

Why SSD based arrays and storage appliances can be a good idea (Part II)

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

This is the second of a two-part post about why storage arrays and appliances with SSD drives can be a good idea, here is link to the first post. So again, why would putting drive form factors SSDs be a bad idea for existing storage systems, arrays and appliances? Benefits of ...

Why SSD based arrays and storage appliances can be a good idea (Part I)

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

This is the first of a two-part series, you can read part II here. Robin Harris (aka @storagemojo) recently in a blog post asks a question and thinks solid state devices (SSDs) using SAS or SATA interface in traditional hard disk drive (HDD) form factors are a bad idea ...

EMC VFCache respinning SSD and intelligent caching (Part II)

Monday, February 6th, 2012

This is the second of a two part series pertaining to EMC VFCache, you can read the first part here. In this part of the series, lets look at some common questions along with comments and perspectives. Common questions, answers, comments and perspectives: Why would EMC not just go into the same market space and ...

EMC VFCache respinning SSD and intelligent caching (Part I)

Monday, February 6th, 2012

This is the first part of a two part series covering EMC VFCache, you can read the second part here. EMC formerly announced VFCache (aka Project Lightning) an IO accelerator product that comprises a PCIe nand flash card (aka Solid State Device or SSD) and intelligent cache management software. ...