EMC revamps XtremIO software, rolls out 40TB X-Brick

EMC's latest all-flash array software is designed to consolidate more enterprise workloads and cut down on storage sprawl.

EMC on Monday launched XtremIO 4.0, the software that runs its all-flash arrays in a move to consolidate more common enterprise workloads on solid-state storage systems.

For EMC's current all-flash array customers, the latest version of the XtremIO software is a free upgrade. EMC also launched a larger 40TB X-Brick building block to scale all-flash clusters.

Andy Fenselau, senior director of product marketing for XtremIO, said that the latest XtremIO release is part of EMC's larger strategy of using all-flash arrays to consolidate workloads. "All-flash started getting on the radar in 2008 by focusing on one workload struggling with performance. Now we can consolidate multiple workloads not just one production database," he said.

EMC has said that XtremIO is its fastest growing business ever. The storage giant is also the largest all-flash player in a field that includes the likes of IBM, HP's 3Par, Pure Storage, NetApp, Hitachi, SanDisk's Fusion-io and others.

What EMC is really trying to do with XtremIO is to consolidate workloads similar to what its sibling company VMware did with servers. "There is storage sprawl all over," said Fenselau.

XtremIO 4.0 doubles the density per X-Brick and rebalances data to maintain performance. EMC's aim is to use XtremIO to consolidate enterprise apps such as SAP, private and hybrid clouds, messaging and electronic medical records.


Key features include:

  • Data replication that's enhanced on XtremIO arrays. XtremIO now offers up to one-minute recovery point objectives.
  • Automatic data rebalancing with no application downtime.
  • Automated copy data management functions with integration for VMware, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and Exchange.
  • Recovery from two simultaneous SSD failures per X-Brick, or 16 simultaneous failures per cluster.
  • Multiple array management from one XtremIO Management Server.
  • A new interface that has more historical reporting such as two years of operating history along with tagging and search.
  • The new software and 40TB X-Brick will be released this quarter.