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Monday, February 3, 2014

Lockheed Martin, EMC to develop tech projects in Israel

Defence contractor Lockheed Martin Corp and data storage equipment maker EMC Corp said on Sunday they plan to jointly invest in advanced technology projects at a tech park in southern Israel.

The companies intend to jointly develop partnerships with Israeli industry, government and academic institutions in the city of Beersheba to explore research and development projects in cloud computing, data analytics and cyber technologies.

Their combined initial investment of $1 million will establish a vehicle through which EMC and Lockheed Martin can develop new offerings for the companies to bring to market.

Under the arrangement, Lockheed Martin and EMC will identify a series of development opportunities that can be contracted to Ben-Gurion University, which is in Beersheba, and other experts.

"We expect this collaboration with Lockheed Martin will help EMC continue to rapidly accelerate our important research and development," said Orna Berry, general manager of EMC's Israel centre.

EMC employs more than 1,000 people in Israel and has invested billions of dollars through the acquisition of nine Israeli companies, various investments in Israeli technologies, and the establishment of sales and R&D centres.

Unit now, Lockheed Martin's presence in Israel was primarily focused on aerospace and defence endeavours.

"Our goal is to foster applied research and continued growth in Israel's technology sector," said John Evans, Lockheed Martin's vice president of international engineering and technology.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

NetApp Data ONTAP Forms Storage and Data Management

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced that IDC ranked NetApp as having the number-one storage solution shipped in 2012 for public cloud infrastructure from the perspective of external system capacity. The ranking was conducted as part of IDC's biannual Storage User Demand Study, which analyzes current and future deployments of enterprise storage systems for particular data uses.

By harnessing the versatility and efficiency of the Data ONTAP® operating system, NetApp delivers a universal data platform, enabling dynamic data portability and extensive customer choice across a blend of private and public cloud resources.

"As our survey indicated, end users adopt and will continue to adopt variety of cloud storage services to optimize and expand their storage environments," says Natalya Yezhkova, research director, IDC. "Participation in building cloud infrastructures is an essential opportunity for storage system suppliers but it also requires innovation in product and solution designs to satisfy service provider needs, which are very different from traditional storage architectures."

With more IT organizations complementing private cloud infrastructure with public cloud services, NetApp® Data ONTAP software provides a common fabric for storage and data management across all cloud resources. NetApp continues to provide an extensive array of customer choices for hybrid cloud operations and supports all major cloud operating environments. NetApp currently has more than 175 cloud service providers delivering more than 300 cloud services built on Data ONTAP.

NetApp is the first major storage supplier building an ecosystem around a private storage solution for Amazon Web Services and was recognized as the Private Cloud Partner of the Year by Microsoft. In addition, the #1 integrated infrastructure platform, the FlexPod® data center platform, from Cisco and NetApp is a proven platform for service providers and enterprises.

"NetApp has long focused on innovative solutions for service providers," said Phil Brotherton, vice president, Cloud Solutions Group, NetApp. "IDC recognizing our #1 position in public cloud providers highlights the strength of our products and services for and close partnerships with many of the world's most advanced users."

Monday, September 9, 2013

EMC Introduces Next Generation VNX

New EMC Storage Arrays, Systems & Software-Defined Storage Speed IT Transformation

EMC executives, customers and partners kicked off an around-the-world, 24-hour live broadcast from Milan Italy, announcing new products that help give customers the speed they need to lead their IT Transformation. To view the broadcast visit
  • EMC announced the revolutionary new EMC ® VNX ® Series delivers unprecedented price/performance—one-third the price for the same performance of the previous generation.
  • The world's fastest-growing reference architecture, EMC VSPEX ™ , now delivers 2X more virtual machines at the same price, and an even broader spectrum of choice for workloads that matter most—powered by the new EMC VNX Series.
  • EMC announced the general availability of EMC ViPR ® Software-Defined Storage Platform, planned for later this month. It is scheduled to include both ViPR Controller and ViPR Object Data Services to store, access and manipulate objects.
  • EMC today unveiled the “Project Nile” Elastic Cloud Storage platform that is focused on delivering Private Cloud control, security and flexibility with the scale, economics and ease-of-use generally associated with the public cloud..
  • New EMC XtremSW Cache ™ 2.0 server-flash caching software provides new management capabilities and advanced support for VMware, AIX and Oracle RAC environments.
  • EMC and Lotus F1 Team celebrated their technology partnership with the new EMC VNX5400 Lotus Team F1 Limited Edition arrays.
So how do you build midrange storage that can deliver up-to thousands of virtual machines per array, supporting mixed application workloads while keeping costs down? On the server side, Intel is driving performance with multi-core technology. Our challenge was to design a storage solution that exploits multi-core technology to unlock the full power of flash while leveraging the cost benefits of near-line disk drive capacities.

One approach has been to add flash drives to a traditional HDD based array. While this approach has delivered some benefits, the much more comprehensive and correct approach is a clean sheet design that’s optimized for flash and adds HDDs. This provides the best of all worlds – highest performance, lowest latency and lowest $/GB. Which is exactly what we did with the new VNX. We also developed MCx (dynamic multicore optimization) software that distributes all VNX data services across all cores—up to 32. This takes full advantage of the latest Intel multi-core technology.

NAS Performance
A new SPECsfs2008_nfs result was just published for a VNX8000 system resulting in 580,796 Ops/Sec (Overall Response Time = 0.78 msec). Compare this to the previous result of 497,623 Ops/Sec (Overall Response Time = 0.96 msec) using a VNX VG8 gateway with four arrays. What is significant is that the new VNX systems beat the old number with a single array – which is really what an end user would purchase…with a dramatic reduction in overall latency.

These file performance improvements are especially important for transactional NAS applications – VMware over NFS, Hyper-V over CIFS, Oracle over NFS – that require high-performance transactions at the lowest latency. The new VNX system has reduced NAS latency by up to 60%.

Virtualization Performance
Virtualization performance is also critical for midrange storage. The previous generation of VNX systems supported 1,100 VMs—the new VNX system supports 6,600 VMs—a 6X improvement. But performance is only part of the story. According to a recent Wikibon study on VMware storage integration, the VNX was named #1 in VMware integration in each of the three categories – general, block-only and file storage – for the 3rd year in a row.

Mixed Workload Performance
A recent Demartek study showed the new VNX running a virtualized mixed workload of SQL OLTP and Oracle OLTP with a total of over 735K IOs/sec. The VNX system also delivered over 300K SQL IOPs concurrently with over 10GB/s bandwidth for Oracle data warehousing. In addition the study shows how the addition of XtremSW Cache 2.0 improved performance with 31% more IOPS, and more importantly, 65% lower latency.

These powerful new arrays are available today, and are supported by EMC VSPEX (and the soon to be announced VCE vBlock systems). 

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Friday, March 29, 2013

$1 Million Oracle SPARC Servers to Be Released

Oracle refreshed its Sun SPARC servers today for the first time in a couple years, with one analyst saying the new boxes are mostly for existing customers.

The SPARC servers are based on the new SPARC T5 and M5 processors, which Oracle unveiled earlier this year. The machines range from the single-socket SPARC T5-1B blade all the way to the SPARC M5-32, which as the name implies has 32 sockets.

Though the RISC- and Itanium-based server market is still a multibillion dollar industry, revenue has declined sharply.Numbers from Gartner at the end of last month indicated that RISC/Itanium revenue dropped almost 32% in the last quarter of 2012 compared to the same quarter in 2011. In addition, Oracle's server revenue market share went from 5.3% in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 4.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012, losing out to other big players such as IBM."Customers already on SPARC boxes will be looking forward to those systems," said Frank Scavo, a managing partner at Strativa and an industry analyst. "I think it's largely a play for Sun's install base."

Oracle hopes the SPARC refresh will help boost its numbers, and said as much in its recent earnings call, adding that they thought many SPARC customers were delaying their server upgrade until the new T5 and M5 servers were available, which is common.
Here are the specs on the servers:
  • The T5-1B blade has one 16-core, 3.6 GHz SPARC T5 processor with up to 256 GB of RAM.
  • The T5-2 is a 3U rack server with two T5 chips and up to 512 GB of RAM.
  • The T5-4 is a 5U rack server with four T5 chips and up to 2 TB of RAM.
  • The T5-8 is an 8U rack server with eight T5 chips and up to 4TB of RAM.
  • The M5-32 is a full rack with 32 6-core, 3.6 GHz SPARC M5 processors with up to 32 TB of RAM. Oracle said this server will be focused for back-end database and big ERP systems.
Oracle did not provide list prices, but in its benchmark results it appears the T5-8 list price will be about $270,000 and the M5-32 list price will be about $1 million. The T5-8, according to the benchmark results documentation, will be available in September.

Marshall Choy, Oracle director of systems solutions and business planning, said the new SPARC servers will be "very singularly focused on IBM as the main competitor."

"The previously introduced T4-based systems are entry-level (to SPARC)," Choy said. "The T5 are positioned as midrange and M5 is at the high-end."

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

NetApp and Cisco Partnership : Expected 2013 Growth 

NetApp says it is looking to continue its growth in 2013 by leaning heavily on a partnership with Cisco to provide data storage and computer networking solutions for smaller-sized business customers. The company offered some insight into its plans as it announced its fiscal third-quarter earnings this week.

NetApp and Cisco are working together on what is being called the FlexPod system, which allows computer server, storage and networking services to be combined.

The hope, NetApp says, is to accelerate its revenue growth with additional technology infrastructure offerings.

The company says doing this will put it in a better position against competitors that offer a full lineup of computer hardware, software and services.

NetApp reported this week that it met its fiscal third-quarter projections for revenue growth at 4.1 percent and finished the quarter with $1.6 billion in sales. Net income was $158.1 million, or 43 cents per share, up from $119.6 million, or 32 cents, a year ago. 

The continued growth of the company also has fueled speculation that the company could be sold.  

There has been talk that Cisco may purchase NetApp. It has also been mentioned that NetApp may be a possible takeover target for IBM

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Friday, June 8, 2012

IDC: EMC Tops Strong 1Q Disk Storage Market

Despite the flooding in Thailand that affected hard drive manufacturing, the worldwide total disk storage system market posted a healthy 6.8 percent increase in year-over-year revenues during the first quarter of 2012 (1Q12) says IDC. And EMC was the big winner.

Revenues nearly reached the $8 billion mark, according to the research firm's Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker. Shipped disk storage systems capacity grew 20.8 percent over the year-ago period, accounting for 6,037 petabytes.

External disk storage systems experienced similar gains with year-over-year growth of 7.1 percent and nearly $6.0 billion in revenues. The floods did, however, take a bite of out of one segment of the market, reports IDC senior research analyst Liz Conner.

"Entry-level systems (ASV of less than $25,000) were hit hardest owing to their reliance on SATA and near-line SAS drives, which experienced price increases due to the Thailand floods," said Conner in a company release.
Nonetheless, the disk storage market continues to expand. "However, strong overall growth in emerging regions and the slowdown in price per gigabyte ($/GB) erosion helped the market post year-over-year growth."
EMC Rules, Again

Among vendors, EMC was No. 1 in terms of revenue and market share. The storage giant took home a 29 percent share of external disk systems revenue for a total of $1.7 billion. NetApp follows with $841 million for 14.1 percent share, and IBM claimed 11.4 percent of revenues with $678 million.

Both EMC and NetApp posted double-digit, year-over-year revenue growth of 14.4 percent and 11.1 percent, respectively. IBM suffered a slight 0.5 percent drop.

In terms of the total disk storage system market, EMC leads again with 21.7 percent of the market, and HP comes in second with an 18.2 percent share and more than $1.4 billion in revenues. IBM again claims third place with 14.9 percent market share on nearly $1.2 billion in revenues.
High-End Storage Stumbles

IDC's figures indicate that in 1Q12, midrange storage arrays were the sweet spot. According to Amita Potnis, Storage Systems senior research analyst for IDC, high-end storage system sales are in decline.

"The high-end storage segment (ASP $250,000+) remained flat year over year and declined 13.0% sequentially in the first quarter of 2012. The high-end segment grew significantly in 2010 and 2011 owing to the loosened storage budgets after the economic crisis of 2009," states Potnis.

And the outlook isn't getting any better. "IDC believes that the softened growth in the high-end segment this quarter is reflective of what will be a long-term trend," says Potnis.

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