Are you smarter than this 4th grader? With the new VNX, you don’t need to be. [EMC]

When EMC announced it had developed and launched the easiest-to-use unified storage solution in the world, it – tongue-in-cheek, at least – put its money where its mouth was with this spot showing a Bill-Gates-meets-Harry-Potter 4th-grader easily configuring a VMWare storage group in under a minute.


Jokes and clever marketing ploys aside, EMC is onto something. The new VNX family of unified storage solutions is arguably the world’s simplest, providing application-optimized management and single-click help and support. For instance, its VNXe (entry) series – affordably designed for small and medium-sized businesses, department level storage solutions for enterprise and remote or branch offices – is ideal for the IT Manager that doesn’t specialize in storage.

In fact, the highly scalable VNX series is so simple it delivers 3X simpler management, efficiency and performance than current EMC midrange storage systems:

  • It’s indeed unified: One platform easily handles all applications, from file and block to object data services, helping users gain up to 50% capacity savings. You can even take a step-by-step approach, starting with file or block and upgrading to unified storage when the time or budget is right.
  • It’s optimized for virtual applications with VMWare, Hyper-V integration, offering triple the speed of virtualized SQL, Oracle workloads and booting up to 500 virtual desktops in 8 minutes. Um, fast. [Read more…]

Going from 1,600 cables to 28 in your Data Center [NetApp]

NetApp & Softchoice helped an Atlanta-based company virtualize

Like many growing companies, a Softchoice customer specializing in printing supplies was relying on a hosted data center to enable efficient operations. But when costs and power usage continued to mount, the company needed to do something different.

The Atlanta-based organization partnered with Softchoice to build a virtualized dynamic data center that would use far less power and space – dramatically reducing their costs.

Softchoice recommended NetApp due to its native support of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) giving the customer an end-to-end solution that allowed them to: [Read more…]