ETD HorizonOrganizations today are facing enormous data challenges. IDC predicts that by 2020, over 7 billion people with 30 billion connected devices are predicted to generate over 42 zetabytes of information, of which 80% would be unstructured! IT infrastructure that supports effective ways to store, manage and protect data while optimizing IT resources and reducing costs is a paramount requirement.

Welcome to the second year of EMC Emerging Technologies blog! If you are looking to learn about and invest in agile, resilient and capex-friendly IT solutions, you have come to the right place. As we enter into 2016, I see five major trends expanding in the industry: Structured and Unstructured data growth, demand for data insights and analytics, adoption of cloud-enabled and converged infrastructure solutions, community-driven innovation and adoption of next generation rack-scale flash solutions that provide outstanding agility.

Emerging technologies division resolves enterprise customer pain points using Scale-out technology. We support scale-out architecture across the three data types, namely file, block and object storage through products like Isilon, ScaleIO and Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS). With these products, EMC provides enterprise-class storage solutions for a wide range of use cases.

Storing vast pools of data is one piece of the big data puzzle. This data is useful only if you can derive value and insights from it. Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) protocol enables high-performance data access across Hadoop clusters. HDFS protocol is essential to managing big data and supporting big data analytics. EMC Isilon and ECS have native integration of HDFS protocol that enables high performance in-place analytics and more.

2016 will also see adoption of new technology consumption choices. EMC is a leader in providing customers with multiple choices of consuming IT – including Appliances, Converged and Hyper-converged Systems, Software Defined Storage Solutions and Pay-as-you-go Cloud Model. Customers today want enterprise-grade agility, scale and cost savings offered by hybrid cloud solutions. Cloud-aware technologies at EMC enable organizations to reduce costs, embrace IoT, increase agility and scale tremendously. ECS is a software-defined, object-based cloud storage platform that provides global, petabyte-level scalability with compelling economics. ScaleIO creates software-defined scale-out block storage platform which can be architected using three different consumption models based upon cloud architecture goals – as software only; as a pre-configured server and software bundle; or as a fully engineered, hyper-converged system. EMC’s acquisition of Virtustream in July 2015 extended its ability to provide a scalable, highly-automated cloud solution with performance assurance. In November 2015, Isilon launched CloudPools that cloud-enables the data lake providing virtually limitless storage! Cloudpools allow you to seamlessly tier inactive data to public cloud options like Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, Virtustream or to EMC options like ECS or Isilon deployed in service provider clouds. Last year at EMC World, we also shared a sneak peak of a product we internally call “Project Caspian” that will bring a hyper-converged platform for cloud native applications with various built-in and integrated services. This will enable you to “buy” native hybrid cloud vs. “build” it in 2016.

EMC has been one of the early adopters of community-driven innovation and open source. While open-source has benefits such as faster deployment, it also comes with its share of challenges like complexity of deployment and lack of enterprise readiness, service and supportability. In order to address these concerns, EMC Emerging Technologies announced Open 2.0 strategy last year. Through Open2.0, EMC provides the source code for certain products, CoprHD and RackHD for example, to the community and allows them to innovate.  EMC then brings back the community-driven innovation to enterprise-grade products with industry leading service and support. The benefits of community-driven innovation coupled with the enterprise-grade service and support overcome the challenges of adopting open source. In addition to Open 2.0 support, EMC is also proactively building capabilities within its products that facilitate easier adoption of open source technologies. Some examples of such integration are Openstack Swift in Isilon, Openstack Keystone in ECS and Cinder in ScaleIO. We also have a program called EMC Code that provides technical solution leadership. To learn more about EMC’s Open source efforts, please visit @EMCCode.

DSSDFinally, as data grows exponentially, there is increased demand for high performance all-flash solutions that accelerate data-intensive applications and infrastructures at lower costs. EMC Emerging Technologies will deliver next generation rack-scale flash storage through products like DSSD that provide petabyte-plus capacity and microsecond-class latency. The objective is to meet the high storage and performance needs for next generation applications, which include high performance databases and real-time analytics.

If you are looking to learn more about these technologies and connect with others interested in emerging technology trends, we invite you to join the EMC Emerging Technologies LinkedIn group. This group will host exciting content from some of EMC’s most promising products. Click here to learn more about EMC Emerging Technologies group on LinkedIn.

Suresh Sathyamurthy

Suresh Sathyamurthy

Sr. Director, Product Marketing & Communications at EMC
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