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January 14, 2008


shaun noll

awesome chuck! although these have been around for awhile i've been waiting for a big, quality name to start driving implementation!

would you mind letting us know whose flash memory/controller EMC will be using? is it sandisk, micron, STEC, samsung etc...?

if you dont tell me you'll force me to go buy one and tear it down! ;)


The 30X IOPS increase is fantastic.
Please tell me that the price per GB is not also 30X.

What's the MTBF ? On one hand, I'd like to think that a solid state device is going to be more reliable than an semi-mechanical fast-spinning piece of brown stuff. On the other hand, filament lightbulbs aren't exactly built to last.

Chuck Hollis

The press release said it was STEC, they issued a press release this morning. I don't think you'll find the specific EMC build generically available, though.

Chuck Hollis

I'm not sure of the exact pricing, but I'm sure it won't be exactly cheap, either. I am confident that the costs will decline dramatically with volume, sooner than most might expect.

As far as MTBF, again, I need to do some research, and I'll come back to you.

Barry Whyte

I'm interested that you only claim 30x performance. One of these drives will sustain 50,000 read IO/s and 19,000 write IO/s.

Given that a standard drive will do 350 if you are lucky, I make that 142x on reads, and 54x on writes. OK thats at the specific 4K range, and as the transfer size increases, the IO/s reduces. Maybe the 30x is the impact that DMX has on reducing their capability?

STEC provide a 5 year guarantee on these.

As per a previous post on my blog, I've been playing around with these for some time.

However my question is more, how many of these can you actually sustain in a DMX? 10, 15? Thats a pretty big datacentrer footprint for just over 1TB of capacity.

Anyway, be interested to know who many you can support (not how many you will sell to customers) per DMX.

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

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