Is the End of the Federation the real question?

Sometimes you get this one single thought that triggers a whole blogpost. This week someone asked me what’s to become of the EMC Federation when Joe Tucci is going on his retirement in 2015. To give this some background; when the EMC Federation got it’s third leg, being Pivotal, next to VMware and EMC itself, there were some chairs being shifted. Once Pat Gelsinger made the move as COO of EMC to become CEO at VMware (2012), Paul Maritz moved into EMC to later become CEO of the third leg Pivotal (2013). In that light Joe Tucci said he wouldn’t

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EMC Speed2Lead – the right to answer

Welcome to this Special edition of my non existing podcast that for the occasion will be called “the right to answer“. My guest is Chad Sakac, Senior Vice President for Global Presales Technical Resources at EMC That was the introduction of the webcast you can review below. To give it some perspective; early September EMC had a big marketing event called Speed2Lead. As usual EMC events get a lot of traction from the market. Not everyone always agrees wth their messaging (like myself). The last part of the announcements was “Project Nile” on which I wrote a blogpost called “Is Project Nile more

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is project Nile more than ViPRware?

There have been a lot of rumours around the EMC marketing event these last few days. One of the reasons might be that it’s not the first time we had a big marketing event like this where marketing is the primary focus of the event (did you notice I already said marketing 3 times?). So I had some second thoughts on all the announcements – or for example the non-announcement of XtremIO. UPDATE october 4: Chad Sakac took the challenge to prove me wrong and we did a webcast together. You can read and review it in this post. First of

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Solid State Storage Symposium | vendor presentations wrap

So this morning we had 10 presentations between 9 and 12. We have been listening, we have reacted. Here’s my wrap-up as it came out of my fingers live. You’ll notice by the amount and the content of the tweets how interesting they were. SOLIDFIRE PERMABIT NIMBLESTORAGE NIMBUS DATA VIOLIN VIRIDENT VELOBIT STEC #EMC @StorageMoJo keynote Be Social and Share:

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when Lightning strikes … the fire (fud) arises

Last week, EMC officially announced VFCache, fka Project Lightning. To be short EMC puts an PCIe Flash Card in the server that handles read cache for legacy storage and adds write cache for some of the EMC arrays (VMAX, VMAXe, VNX & VNXe).  We have managed to get big volumes out of our arrays but the performance didn’t follow. The last few years all vendors have been working on adding SDDs in serious numbers in their arrays to address these issues(1). Lately, lets say the last year, there was one vendor that managed to got up to 1.5 million IOPs out

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