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So blocking good: ScaleIO now available as software, nodes or rack-scale

Tue, 13th Oct 2015
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EMC has been championing the cause of software-defined, scale-out storage by transporting IT organisations and enterprises from a world of siloed infrastructures to the brave new world of converged, seamless compute and storage with ScaleIO. 

In a recent US study Wikibon predicted the overall growth of the Server SAN market to be approximately 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth of 38% from 2014 to 2020.* 

EMC® ScaleIO® has delivered upon the promise of high performance, flexible software-defined, scale out, block storage on commodity hardware. Customers have experienced the benefits of extreme performance (450,000 IOPS from 4 nodes), massive scale (10PB+) and superior elasticity (no more data migrations).

Now, with the announcement of the EMC® ScaleIO® Node, the deployment options are even more flexible.

EMC® ScaleIO® Node bundles together EMC commodity servers and ScaleIO software, enabling customers to quickly deploy a fully architected software-defined, scale out, server SAN.

This greatly simplifies the process of planning and building server SAN infrastructures, whilst providing a combination of pre-validated, tested and configured compute and/or storage-centric models with a single line of support.

ScaleIO Nodes leverage and build upon the existing benefits of ScaleIO:

•    Simple: No more data migrations. No more forklift upgrades. Provision compute and/or storage just in time, as required. •    Supreme Elasticity:  Storage and compute resources can be increased or decreased in small or large increments - “on the fly” with no downtime. •    Extreme Performance: Performance scales linearly enabling customers to achieve 8x better IOPS performance than traditional SANs. •    Unparalleled Flexibility: OS / hypervisor agnostic; select and mix capacity and/or performance server nodes in the single system •    Compelling Economics: Customers can expect as much as a 60% TCO saving (power/cooling/space) when compared to traditional SAN infrastructures. •    Massive Scalability: EMC ScaleIO can scale from 3 to 1000+ nodes.

If you still haven't jumped on the server SAN bus, 2015 is the year to get a pilot project moving.  

For example, Itrica Corporation, a US service provider, claims they're saving 50% on storage costs and operating overhead has been significantly reduced since deploying ScaleIO.  

This literally is the tip of the iceberg as EMC lead the journey into the open-SDS market.

•    Software-only, node-based or rack-scale •    Hyper-converged, storage-only or both •    Any hypervisor.  Any hardware •    Private-cloud, public-cloud, hybrid-cloud. •    Open

Want to learn more?  Contact Ingram Micro, EMC's NZ distribution partner at

*Wikibon Server SAN 2012-2026, 15 July 2015 

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