EMC gives conference XtremIO teaser

In a future-gazing keynote, EMC gave snippets of information about the all flash-based storage array, codenamed Project X

EMC has revealed elements of its upcoming release resulting from its acquisition of XtremIO.

It debuted the storage array, codenamed Project X, in a science fiction-themed keynote at its EMC World conference in Las Vegas this week.

The solution will run entirely on Flash, boosting performance and capacity when compared to traditional hard disks.

Founder of XtremIO, Dr Josh Goldstein, claimed it could achieve “unlimited IOPs”, which in the short demo reached 150,000 write and 300,000 read speeds.

The key to the box is it can scale out and link up to other XtremIO arrays. In the keynote, Goldstein presented eight working together as a cluster, which had the potential to achieve over 2.3 million IOPs.

He also showed the array creating 100 10TB volumes in 20 seconds, configuring 1PB overall.

All this power will come in a relatively small chassis, which EMC’s CMO, Jeremy Burton, compared to Doctor Who’s Tardis – “bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside”.  

The final morsel of information was around the build of the array, which the executives said was made of commodity components, making it cheaper and easier to maintain.

EMC did not show any of the science behind XtremIO’s Flash and gave no release date other than “coming soon”, so it will still be some time before we see this $430m acquisition in action.

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