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December 09, 2010



Dear Chuck-
Another great blog from you. I love the slides from Microsoft. I think this really hits home in regards to consolidation. We recently went from several of vendor X arrays to 4 of vendor "E"s arrays in our consolidation projects. Overall we have about 1.5PB of which about 1.3PB reside on our NS-480 unified arrays and our other CX hardware and the rest on DMX. While we're only about 10% of what Microsoft has, I can see that as we scale out, storage is not going away. At some point the scalability/reliability of VMAX or Tier I hardware is going to be a huge advantage as growth rates emerge. My question to you is, we the CX4-960 approaching 2PB raw, and VMAX also having the similar capacity, plus the acquisition of Isilon, it seems like, as a customer we're gearing up for exciting times. Throw in FAST, Flash Cache, and things are starting to get easier. Again, throw in Vplex and Federation gets easier. At what point does Storage Virtualization, Cloud Storage and Tier I-IV converge into something I can just sit back, relax and let the storage manage itself? Is EMC working on some secret AI that it's customers aren't aware of yet? If so, keep up the good work! I think we will get there eventually.

Chuck Hollis

Hi SANGeek

Good to hear from you as always. And I'm glad that you're experiencing success with your EMC environment.

What you describe is what we call internally the "storage utility" - a set-and-forget model where you care absolutely nothing about the details, only the results.

Your timing is prescient in some ways. Before too long, you'll see us talking about some newer products that embrace this model, although not on your scale.

Our hope is that these concepts prove useful in the real world and at modest scale. If that's the case, we'll work hard to make them bigger and more encompassing of more complex requirements.


- Chuck

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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.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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