Deployment of all-flash arrays has experienced exponential growth, as enterprises move to managing both mission-critical and business-critical applications in consolidated, highly virtualized environments. Gartner says "By 2019, 50 percent of traditional general-purpose storage arrays used for low-latency, high-performance workloads will be replaced by SSAs [solid-state arrays]."
With the release of the new EMC XtremIO 4.0 all-flash storage arrays, the storage vendor also says it is integrating Brocade’s Fibre Channel and IP-based storage networking technologies, including switches and storage management software, as a key component and sold as part of the EMC Connectrix family.
XtremIO 4.0 is a non-disruptive free software upgrade for XtremIO v3.X arrays. The upgrade will enable petabyte-scale configurations, on-demand non-disruptive cluster expansion, native replication, and up to 33 percent more performance to help enterprises deliver better support for hybrid-cloud and private-cloud storage services, with scale-out storage consolidation across all workloads.
With XtremIO 4.0, customers can transform their data centers by leveraging the unique combination of workload acceleration, consolidation, and agility to enable true consolidation of multiple mixed Tier 1 and Tier 2 workloads. To realize this new functionality, the storage network plays a vital role in enabling highly reliable, fast throughput for applications such as real-time analytics, database lifecycle acceleration, SAP® landscape consolidation, private/hybrid clouds, enterprise-wide VDI, messaging, collaboration, and future-proofed Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) for healthcare.