In yesterday’s Mega Launch, EMC announced the new VMAX3 family. A fully new array with 3rd platform architecture and enterprise cloud data services solution from EMC. What so unique about EMC new VMAX3 family is the scale out capabilities, rearchitectured hardware, the Scale and agility for mission critical hybrid clouds. All are managed by the industry’s first storage & hypervisor converged operating system called HYPERMAX OS. I would like to talk briefly about VMAX3 family architecture , HYPERMAX OS and the new features introduced in this generation.
EMC introduced the new VMAX3 Family, including the VMAX 100K, VMAX 200K and VMAX 400K, as the first purpose built service oriented enterprise platforms for hybrid clouds that deliver the agility and economics of the cloud with the control and trust expected of a VMAX3 . Some of the new features introduced with the new models:
- New Dynamic Virtual Matrix architecture enables predictable service levels at hybrid cloud scale up to 70,000 VMs
- New HYPERMAX OS is the industry’s first converged storage hypervisor and operating system that runs mission-critical data and application services with radically simple “single click” provisioning
- EMC VMAX3 family, lets customers start small and grow to nearly 10 PB
The new VMAX3 Family is powered with Intel™ Xeon E5 (Ivy Bridge) multi-core CPUs,with an industry leading 12 cores per socket. InfiniBand 56Gb/s virtual matrix interconnect, PCI Gen 3.0 I/O buses, native 6Gb SAS back-end also the cache has been increased to be up to 2TB per engine. Ultra-dense drive configurations with 15x more 3.5” drives per 1U or 30 2.5” drives per 1U, and up to 720 drives per rack.
EMC also introduced the industry’s first storage and hypervisor converged operating system called HYERMAX OS. It combines industry-leading high availability, I/O management, quality of service, data integrity validation, storage tiering and data security with an open application platform. HYPERMAX features the first real-time, non-disruptable storage hypervisor that manages and protects embedded services by extending VMAX3 high availability to these services that traditionally would have run external to the array. It also provides direct access to hardware resources to maximize performance. The hypervisor can be non-disruptively upgraded. The embedded storage hypervisor reduces external hardware and networking requirements, delivers higher levels of availability and dramatically lower latency. HYPERMAX runs on top of the Dynamic Virtual Matrix leveraging its scale out flexibility of cores, cache, and host interfaces. At GA, the initial support will be for FAST and operating environment Tools. Shortly after GA we will offer embedded file services replacing NAS gateways to deliver unified storage on VMAX3 (Q4 2014). We are looking to embed Unisphere post-GA and are evaluating other data services such as VPLEX and Data Domain for the future (2015)
Dynamic Virtual Matrix:
EMC introduced for VMAX3 the world’s first and only Dynamic Virtual Matrix – It enables hundreds of CPU cores to be pooled and allocated on-demand to meet the performance requirements for dynamic mixed workloads.The Dynamic Virtual Matrix is architected for agility and efficiency at scale. The Dynamic Virtual Matrix is fully redundant along with fully shared resources within a dual controller node and across multiple controllers. The Dynamic Virtual Matrix provides a truly scalable multi-controller architecture that scales from two fully redundant storage controllers up to sixteen fully redundant storage controllers all sharing common I/O, processing and cache resources. The Dynamic Virtual Matrix enables hyper-scale though ubiquitous multi-threading allowing VMAX3 architecture to scale to millions of volumes. Additionally, Infiniband support allows multi-node switched fabric communications between controllers, mandatory for high performance storage and cloud scale data centers. All components can be upgraded non-disruptively to efficiently scale-out system resources. This hyper efficiency of the Dynamic Virtual Matrix allows massive consolidation of workloads at very low capacity costs, transaction cost and cost per virtual machine.
Service Level Objective Automation:
VMAX3 allows administrators to manage applications via service level objectives (e.g. performance requirements) with policy based automation that hides the more challenging, error prone and less strategic tasks from the storage admins – while still allowing complete leverage of VMAX3’s powerful capabilities. This allows the storage admins to focus on more high value activities such as business engagement with LoBs, application planning with database admins etc. Customers provision storage based on application performance (and replication requirements). These VMAX3 services levels are tightly inetgrated with EMC’s Advanced FAST software to optimize agility and array performance across all drive types in the system.The automated tiering techmology improves system performance while reducing cost by leverging lightning fast speed of flash drives with cost effective NL-SAS drives. The new FAST will analyze, enforce, remediate and optimize to achieve service level objectives. Finally, I would like to compare the capabilities for each of VMAX3 models.
VMAX (3rd generation) family is considered the industry’s only mission critical cloud data platform on today’s Market. It provides this with highly available solution that is powerful, trusted and agile.