EMC World 2014 took place in early May 2014 and it was made clear that the world of storage is changing, driven by industry-wide trends larger than any single company. In a time of great change, companies can be left behind, branding yesterday’s technologies as today’s answers, or companies can adapt, break out of their comfort zone, and do the hard work of rethinking their offerings and delivering new products to meet today’s (and tomorrow’s) challenges.
a keynote from Joe Tucci, CEO of EMC, where he clearly laid out the upcoming storage challenge – a 10x growth in storage consumption over the next seven years (from 4.4 to 44 Zettabytes), with a corresponding 5x growth in storage managed per administrator by the end of the decade. The conclusion is clear – without increasing intelligence in the storage and storage management arenas, together with increased automation and self-managing storage arrays, we will drown in a vast sea of underutilized or useless data.The week opened with
In addition, David Goulden introduced ECS Appliance which is a software-defined storage array for scale-out block and object storage. With ECS, a single array can dynamically serve either block- based applications or object applications, and the storage can be dynamically grown or reprovisioned between the services as necessary to meet the changing demands of the applications. This is powered either by ScaleIO, a scale-out block service with unprecedented performance and IOPs, or by the ViPR object service, which provides a unified storage substrate for storing massive quantities of data and processing it via a variety of interfaces, including via the Hadoop scale-out analytics interface.