EMC unveils server product and open source support

Vendor promises to make Hadoop enterprise ready, but stresses that it isn’t entering the server business

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EMC unveils server product and open source support EMC's Gelsinger unveiled new technologies at this year's EMC World conference in Las Vegas. (Getty Images/AFP)
By  Ben Furfie Published  May 10, 2011

The 2011 EMC World conference kicked off in Las Vegas yesterday with two major announcements, including that the vendor was to enter the server market with a flash based solution, and throw its support behind open source data management software Hadoop.

The biggest announcement of the day was that EMC is to launch server-based appliances, though both EMC president and chief executive Joe Tucci and EMC information infrastructure projects president and chief executive Pat Gelsinger were keen to stress that it wasn't a move into the server business wholesale.

"EMC's flash strategy is all about making the shared IT infrastructure more efficient and dynamic," commented Pat Gelsinger, EMC president, information infrastructure project.

The general concept behind the new product launch is the ability to move data closer to the processing power when there is a need for low latency and quick processing power, while being able to shift less important data away from the processing power, he added.

"Placing the information on the right media at the right time and placing the information closer to the processor at the right time provides the highest levels of performance and also the highest returns on investment because all of the resources are fully utilised.

"The key to this is EMC's FAST software that adds a level of intelligence based on usage to automate the movement of the data through the I/O stack and, most importantly, ensures the integrity of that data."

The company also announced that it would be throwing its weight behind open source project Hadoop, which is already used by the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo for the management of unstructured data.

EMC has vowed to make the software enterprise ready, and announced three SKUs, including a software only version, an open source community version, and a Greenplum appliance stack.

"EMC has a responsibility to help our customers realize all that's possible with Big Data, both structured and unstructured," commented Bill Cook, president and general manager at EMC's Data Computing Division. "There's a time and a place for the value that relational databases add to structured data, and there's a time and a place for the value Hadoop can give to unstructured data.

"Many of our enterprise customers need both and, with the help of our partners, we're able to provide them both, while also meeting their expectations around high availability, fault tolerance, and enterprise-class support and service," he added.

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