by Michael Hay on Apr 15, 2009
I credit EMC with copying Hitachi again. As my colleague Hu pointed out in his most recent post, EMC has used clever marketing and again implemented what Hitachi has been doing for quite some time with their V-MX. I will be a little bit more brazen and I’m sure get push back from Barry and Chuck, but hey living on the Internet means that from time to time we all have to wear asbestos.
- Millions of IOPs – Hitachi did that many moons ago with the USP-V
- Petabytes of Capacity – it is nice to see that EMC has finally caught up with a peta-scale storage system of their own, although with only 2PB of storage that can be addressed they still need to work a little harder we are at 247PB
- 128 Front End Ports – we did that with the USP and are now at 224 ports with the USP-V
- Dynamic Tiered Storage/Provisioning – again we did this with the USP and Hitachi Tiered Storage Manager and have been able to keep improving for the past several years
- V – heck EMC has even borrowed Hitachi’s product moniker we’ve had for many years across many products, wow
So I guess my quote of John Mansfield a few posts ago about EMC and Hitachi’s implementation again is true again in that with the V-MX EMC has copied Hitachi technology once more The question you should all be asking is what Hitachi is cooking up next that EMC will want to copy in two years.
Comments (4 )
You’re all on this copy-cat theme, so I figured I’d leave you the same comment I left your HDS buddies:
V-Max didn’t copy USP-V, it just does similar things BETTER, FASTER and EASIER.
Barry one of the definitions of “copy” is “a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing”. Check out: http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=copy. So yes it is a copy. Just like the security features on HCAP vs. Centera, just like Atmos and HCAP are in some sense copies of Amazon S3, etc. So yes V-MAX did copy the USP-V, sorry look up the definition.
And your point is?
First is only best until there is an alternative.
What matters to customers is that they don’t have to suffer the inneficiencies of Hitachi’s slow, clumsy and complicated implementations anymore.
V-Max has made things Better, Faster and Easier.
All of that and it will fly the Space Shuttle too. Gee where’s my VMAX, sorry, but I recently read a in-depth blog post on the V-Max and indeed it is a hybrid computing platform. The fact is that EMC has built a link-ASIC for the inter-node communications between control units. So Barry this is not merely a simple everything in software approach that you mention it is more than that. It is finally nice and validating to see that EMC is joining the crowd that includes Hitachi, IBM, Intel, AMD and other smaller companies. For Hitachi a lot of our IP is in a RAID ASIC which makes me and many of the engineers sleep more safely at night. With a 100% software based offering the code paths and corner cases for checking data integrity and viability are a huge challenge, an ASIC has limited paths because it is HW and therefore the circuits can only do so many things.