Gartner recently released its first ever Magic Quadrant for Solid State Arrays (SSAs), naming EMC a leader for our XtremIO arrays and VNX-F technology – solutions that are redefining the SSA space. Flash arrays used to be expensive, limited, niche devices – until EMC brought these technologies to the market.
XtremIO is not your average flash array – yes, it is great for boosting performance on agencies’ mission-critical applications, but it does much more than that. Through its use of a scale-out clustered design, powerful operating system, and responsive system management, XtremIO also streamlines and simplifies provisioning and tuning complexity. This solution, as my colleague CJ Desai put it, has proven to be a truly “magic technology.”
Also redefining the flash arena, EMC’s VNX-F all flash arrays modernize the space, providing a highly effective configured data storage system, purpose-built for price, density, and speed. On September 10, EMC announced updates to the VNX-F – including the new models, VNX-F5000 and VNX-F7000 – that deliver higher density and lower entry price than ever before. These new offerings are designed for today’s mission-critical apps that require dedicated storage arrays.
These technologies bring new opportunities for Federal agencies, who are working to tackle mandates like the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), aimed at reducing the quantity of data centers and minimizing power requirements. Agencies need new approaches. While the goal is to decrease the number of data centers, according to recent MeriTalk research, 72% of Federal IT managers said their agency has maintained or increased their number of data centers since FDCCI launched in 2010. Only 6% gave their agency an “A” for consolidation efforts against FDCCI’s 2015 deadline. As agencies work to achieve ambitious consolidation goals, technologies like XtremIO and VNX-F that maximize performance and minimize footprint, power, and cooling are critical.