Today’s FLASH.NEXT live webcast introduced the “EMC Xtrem Family”, the family re-confirms EMCs Flash everywhere strategy as a single product family, bringing together Flash technologies from server to all Flash arrays.
So, what’s in the Xtrem Family? The Xtrem Family includes: XtremSF, XtremSW Cache and XtremIO. Of course, XtremIO (Previously Project-X) is a full feature storage array, built from the ground up with Flash in mind. Storagezilla reviewd the details “XtremIO: XIOS 1.0 (Now shipping). Much more on XtremIO to come!
The bigger story today! XtremSF & XtremSW Cache!
XtremSF expands EMCs server side PCIe Flash portfolio to include both SLC (single-level cell) and eMLC (enterprise multi-level cell) technologies. With capacities ranging from 350GB to 2.2TB, EMC offers the best performance, density and TCO in the half-height, half length PCIe form factor.
So… What used to be EMC VFCache (Combination SLC PCIe hardware and caching software) has
been separated into XtremSF (Hardware) and XtremSW Cache (Software). XtremSF hardware is available in both SLC (350GB and 700GB) and eMLC (550GB and 2.2TB) capacities, all half height half length. XtremSF can be deployed as local capacity and/or deployed with EMC XtremSW Cache. Need high performance local capacity for temporary datasets like: Analytics/Reporting, Data Modeling, Database indexes or temp Space? We have you covered. Prefer a caching solution? Add EMC XtremSW Cache to the mix. XtremSW Cahce will support both the SLC and MLC PCIe cards.
The story within the story; It has been incredible for me to watch the evolution of Flash technologies. Since EMC first introduced Flash in the form of SSD in 2008, followed by
PCIe Flash in early 2012, one thing is clear. Flash Hardware will continue to evolve. While the XtremSF “drag race” showed that EMC is twice the performance of the competition, we all know hardware will evolve. It’s the standard technology evolution; SLC to MLC to eMLC to T.N.T. (The Next Thing – after all, it’s dynamite and will change everything!)
EMC XtremSW Cache introduced cache deduplicaiton with version 1.5, easy, we were able to borrow intellectually propriety from the EMC patent wall… others need to make it. The EMC XtremSW
introduces the first piece of a suite of software products, all designed to enable the latest in Flash hardware, keeping application high availability and performance front and center.
The real value is in the software, and the future is bright with features others haven't even thought of yet... stay tuned to www.insideflash.com for the latest feature demonstrations and product releases.
XtremSF Data Sheet : Download H11411-xtremsf-ds
XtremSW Cache Data Sheet : Download H9581-xtremswcache-ds