decoy5657

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  1. A little inside baseball here... They advertise this as a "cheaper VNXe". The base unit without all the additional software is now MORE expensive. Which is a real bummer because the VNXe3200 w/ 25 900 or 1.2TB 10k drives is a real winner and could come in WAY below 40k to the customer; and didn't need the additional software.

    Would you like the undercoating and extended roadside warranty with that?


  2. Oh man... I don't like this report. Someone tell me I'm crazy. I'll be fair and not make this a team 1 vs team 2 debate.

    Report states "make sure you have a flash optimized platform that offers in-line compression and deduplication as well as other enterprise-class data services"

    • EMC XtremIO did not have compression until 3.0 came out (recent). It is also missing some of the enterprise class services, like replication.

    Not trying to knock XtremIO here, but want to make a point that the data used for the report is based on raw TB's shipped. If you aren't dehydrating data as well as the competitors, yeah, you're gonna ship more raw TB's. If array A gets me 3:1 and array B gets me 4:1 - I need to buy a lot more disk on array A.

    Edited to add a thought; These are based on dollar amounts, so all that means is someone is probably more expensive than the other guy. Take it with a grain of salt.

    As far as hybrid flash arrays go - I'm not sure how I feel yet... a little weird probably just because no two vendors manage how their data moves between tiers the same way. VNX moves chunks of data on a schedule. Nimble does everything realtime. By how they define a hybrid array, nothing EMC ships ISN'T a hybrid array. That's good news for the consumer, it's just a data point.


  3. Anyone care to go into detail on their Splunk storage/server setup? We are looking into the EMC solution, Isilon. Not sure I am sold that its the right solution for me but I'd like to hear from others on how they handle Splunk data. We are looking at 25-35GB/day or so with a retention period of 18 to 24 months. Thanks!

    Rough numbers without a lot of considerations.

    35*365=12,775 GB. 12.4TB Per year. Call it 25TB after 2 years of retention.

    Isilon "starts to make sense" at around 45-50TB of usable capacity. Smaller than that and it's expensive for what it is. If you have other potential uses for Isilon this is a good opportunity to implement them. Ie, hadoop, other shares, etc.

    Do you have any requirements for your logs? Does it need to live "out of band" on it's own device? If not, do you have other storage you could add-on to for this project?

    I know that Splunk data compresses very well, so an array that does compression/dedupe would be interesting to you.

    Let me know!


  4. Any enterprise storage system will not require any linux experience. We are an EMC shop and 98% of everything I do is all GUI. You can do it all cmd line but who has the time for that. BTW, the VNXe services of controllers use Windows for the core. If they use a linux product like Nexenta then that's a completely different situation. If I may.. it sounds like you are trying to work on your skills that you are finding in job postings. Correct?

    VNXe and "Enterprise" Don't go in the same sentence. I've never seen a large/enterprise business without linux attached to storage somewhere.