EMC Thought Leaders share their views on how I.T. transforms and protects businesses
The long-waited “Day 1” has happened, and now I am a proud member of the team at Dell EMC, part of Dell Technologies, the new IT powerhouse on the market. A lot has been (and will be) said on the deal, so I will not bore you with additional details on the transaction itself.
Instead, I want to point to an announcement that is the first direct consequence of the combined Dell EMC offering: ScaleIO Ready Node. Available in All Flash or Mixed configuration, ScaleIO Ready Node is a combination of the best of breed technology of PowerEdge servers with the best of breed technology of ScaleIO. I know the answer to the question I posed in the title looks simple: an incredibly fast and scalable Software Defined Storage Solution!!!
But, in my opinion, this is not the important part. This is why: being fast and scalable is just one of the attributes that matters when you are working on a plan to evolve, upgrade or replace your SAN. Another very important consideration is how any change could help you avoid the mistakes of the past (a mistake is a mistake, even if it is software-defined):
For a better understanding of the above points you can have a look at the Architecture Matters white paper on the EMC site.
Let’s now review the answer to this blog title: what you get when you combine ScaleIO software with All Flash Ready Node servers? A software defined solution that can really replace any SAN for every workload AND avoid the drawback of classic SANs.
On top of this you can now go from the DIY option, with ScaleIO software and your own servers, to Dell EMC Ready Nodes using pre-tested servers with a unique support point for both hardware and software, to a VxRack Flex converged infrastructure stack for a fully pre-tested and pre-integrated solution ready to go. Whichever option you choose, you can always expand and change with another approach in the future.
I would be interested in understanding your view on the above and if you see the “silos” problem affecting you or your stakeholders…