EMC Corporation has announced the EMC Xtrem Family of Flash-optimised server and storage products and introduced a new line of EMC XtremSF PCIe-based Flash cards that accelerate application performance.
XtremSF is server flash hardware, available in a broad set of eMLC and SLC capacities. It can be deployed as either direct attached storage (DAS) that sits within the server to deliver high performance or it can be deployed in combination with EMC XtremSW Cache (formerly EMC VFCache) server caching software to improve network storage array performance while maintaining the level of protection required by mission-critical application environments.
XtremSF joins EMC’s growing portfolio of extreme-performance flash products, which include flash optimised hybrid storage arrays – EMC Isilon, EMC VMAX and EMC VNX, as well as the EMC XtremIO (formerly Project X) all-Flash scale-out enterprise storage array.
The company also announced the release of XtremIO to select customers. XtremIO is purpose built to leverage flash and deliver new levels of real-world performance, administrative ease, and advanced data services. Its scale-out architecture delivers higher levels of "functional IOPS" to applications that require high levels of random I/O performance, such as OLTP databases, server virtualisation and VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure). Functional IOPS are measured under the real-world operating conditions found in today’s demanding production environments with all data services enabled and operating while filled nearly to capacity.
In these real-world conditions, the XtremIO system exceeds 150K functional 4K mixed read/write IOPS, and 250K functional 4K read IOPS for each 'X-Brick' (the scale-out building blocks for the XtremIO array), and over 1.2 million functional 4K mixed read/write IOPS, and 2 million functional 4K read IOPS when scaled out to a cluster of eight X-Bricks. The XtremIO array delivers this level of performance with consistent sub-millisecond response times while running the industry's richest set of integrated and flash-optimised data services including Flash-specific data protection, thin provisioning, global inline data reduction, accelerated VMware provisioning through VAAI, and writeable snapshots.
In 2012, EMC delivered XtremSW Cache (formerly VFCache). This was the first step in EMC’s long-term server Flash strategy, delivering a server-side storage product featuring a combination of software running on SLC-based PCIe flash devices. This software turned the server flash DAS into a cache, enhancing the performance of a wide variety of mission-critical transactional and decision support applications. With this announcement, XtremSW Cache can now run with a wide variety of eMLC and SLC XtremSF Flash cards.
In the future, EMC will deliver a broad, device-independent Flash software suite, the EMC XtremSW Suite. This new software suite will deliver more caching capabilities, in addition to offering advanced data services to Flash as memory and Flash as DAS. The XtremSW Suite will provide customers with capabilities such as pooling, cache coherency, deeper EMC storage array integration and specific enhancements for VMware environments.
XtremSF 550 GB and 2.2 TB eMLC capacities are currently available globally. EMC expects to make 700 GB and 1.4 TB capacities available on EMC price lists in the second quarter of 2013. EMC will extend the XtremSF family with even higher capacity offerings in the future.