#18 – EMC Isilon OneFS .Next with Ashish Palekar & Ed Beauvais

EMC Isilon OneFS .Next Data LakeEMC Isilon is a scale-out (ie: add more nodes/instances to increase capacity and throughput) storage platform for unstructured data, up to a capacity 50PB!  It comes with a rich feature set including point-in-time data backup protection and file restoration (SnapshotIQ), asynchronous data replication for disaster recovery, business continuity, disk-to-disk backup, and remote archiving (SyncIQ).

The recent update to Isilon’s OneFS operating system, called OneFS .Next (available early 2016), sees the introduction of a software based version called IsilonSD Edge, for remote offices, non-disruptive upgrades, and the ability to tier data out to a “Cloud Pool”.  These exciting new features help make up a strategy by EMC called Data Lake 2.0.

EMC Isilon One FS - Ed Beauvais EMC Isilon One FS - Ashish Palekar

In this epsisode of the Data Center Insiders podcast I speak with Ashish Palekar & Ed Beauvais from the Isilon team about the newly announced features, and how these can be of benefit to business who are, or are wanting to, run a Data Lake model.

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#17 – EMC vVNX with Rahul Pradhan & Phil Triede

EMC vVNXSimulated EMC Celerra and VNX instances have been around for a few years now, and has provided many with the ability to become familiar with web based Unisphere management interface and how to setup and configure a Celerra and/or VNX instance.  These simulators have their limitations, and as the name suggests, are just simulators.

EMC have now released the real-deal, with an available to download, and free, fully virtualized VNX storage appliance, called the vVNX.

The vVNX has the features and functionality found it’s physical VNX counterpart, with the exception of FAST storage tiering in the current available version, and is FREE to download, install and run in your own vSphere based lab environment.

There has never been a better time to get hands on time with EMC’s highly popular unified (ie: block and file) storage offering, with it (as already mentioned) being free to download, and there being no time limitations on the use of your copy of the vVNX.

The only catch is that this currently available vVNX Community edition doesn’t come with any official EMC support and is not intended for production use, but that said, there is a very active moderated EMC community (which can be found here) that can offer non-official guidance and support.

At VMworld San Francisco a few weeks ago, the vVNX team also announced a ‘Technology Preview’ instance of the vVNX which features VVOL functionality.  This, as with the Community Edition, is also free to download and use, and can provide you with valuable hands-on time with the new vSphere centric VVOL technology.

Rahul-vVNXPhil-vVNXIn this episode of the podcast I speak with Rahul Pradhan (Senior Manager, Product Management) and Phil Triede (CTD Midrange Marketing) about the vVNX, and discuss what is the vVNX, where it fits into EMC’s storage portfolio and what can we expect to see from this virtual appliance in the future?

If you are looking for some shared block and file virtual storage to run in your work or home vSphere lab, or perhaps just want to become familiar or kick the tyres on the vVNX then definitely check out this episode.

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#15 – EMC ScaleIO with Jeff Thomas

EMC ScaleIO - Jeff ThomasScaleIO is at the forefront of EMC’s Software Defined Storage (SDS),  providing performance and flexibility for those businesses looking at moving towards a SDS storage model.  Jeff Thomas (JT) joins me in this episode of the Data Center Insiders Podcast to discuss what ScaleIO is, a high-level architectural overview, the benefits it brings over traditional storage appliances and how to download your own (FREE evaluation) copy of ScaleIO for use in your own lab!

EMC, along with many of its other products, are now available for easy download and install into your own lab environment.  Unlike many software evaluations that are limited in some way, most of the EMC downloads, such as the ScaleIO software, is not limited.  So there is nothing stopping you, from downloading it and getting some hands-on time with EMC ScaleIO!  Links below.

This is a longer episode of the podcast though I highly recommend you take the time to listen to it, as there is great information from JT all the way through!

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Flash Technology – Insider Insight with Mark Twomey

Flash based technology is becoming more prevalent in both the Enterprise, SMB and domestic IT products, as Flash technology matures, storage capacities increase and prices per GB drop, more and more companies (new and established) are incorporating Flash into their product portfolio.  Whilst at VMworld San Francisco I caught up with Mark Twomey (aka Zilla aka @Storagezilla), EMC long-timer, storage anorak & information protection aficionado.  In this impromptu interview Mark and I discuss the current state of Flash storage and where it’s heading, as always Mark offers thoughtful insights into this rapidly evolving area of IT.

 

Check out Zilla’s blog here for more IT related views and insights, his posts always make for a good thought provoking read.