The Dynasty: Ducks, Tech, and Champagne Showers

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What makes a dynasty? Often times organizations go decades before winning something. From the sporting and entertainment industries, to apparel and manufacturing, organizations all over the world strive to be the best in their respective fields. Every year we see crowned winners, champagne showers, and more and more duck memorabilia! Champions are made.

Becoming a champion will motivate your competitors to beat you. However, becoming a dynasty will motivate your competitors to follow you in every facet. How do you become a dynasty, you ask?

Kobe and MJ know. The Robertsons definitely know. And most recently, EMC knows.

So let’s raise our glasses to the fade-away, the duck call, the VNX, and to the 3-peat.

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IDC names EMC #1 for Oracle

http://www.emc.com/collateral/analyst-reports/suds-fall-edition-june-2012.pdf (Page 13)

One more trophy for the shelf! But since the VNX/VNXe was built from the ground up with customers desires in mind, should we be all that surprised?

VNX OE for file v7.1 and Block R5.32 Enhancements

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Recently EMC released major upgrades to their code on their mid-range VNX series platforms. The code name for this new release is called “Inyo”.  I would highly encourage customers to upgrade to this new code. As with any major release there are a number of new features. Below are the details:

Storage Pool Enhancements (Mixed Raid Types in Pool):

Now we can create storage pools with SSD, SAS and NL-SAS drives in the same pool. So SSD drive can be of raid 1/0, SAS drives can use raid 5(4+1 or 8+1) and NL-SAS drives can use raid 6 (6+2 or 14+2) all in the same pool. Previously even though you could have all these drive types in the same pool, all of them have of to be of the same raid type. That was not efficient since lets you have you chosen raid 6 for the pool, even the SSD…

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The Blackberry, the Uppercut, and EMC

On June 29, 2007, Apple entered the Smartphone Arena and released the iPhone to answer the desires and challenges of cell phone users globally. Immediately after the launch, cellphone giants such as RIM (Blackberry), Motorola, and Nokia scrambled as the entire smartphone industry changed overnight. The best tactic RIM could think of to combat the sudden iPhone craze was to say (paraphrased), “No way that’s possible! Apple is lying, the battery cannot last that long. The iPhone won’t last.”

“Anger at lies lasts forever. Anger at truth can’t last.”- Greg Evans

Since then, RIM has been fighting a bloody tag-team battle against both Android and Apple in the consumer smartphone arena. Finally, after years of pathetic concepts, launches, and smoke and mirrors, RIM was forced to tap out. In the wake of this release, Blackberry also announced their CTO and COO were leaving the company. Coincidence!?…

Now, this same scenario is happening in the Data Center Storage Arena. In January, 2011, EMC entered the Small/Medium Business (SMB) market which was previously owned by Dell and Netapp. Immediately after EMC’s product launch and release of the VNXe storage strategy, both the competition and the general public raced to give their official statements, reviews, and predictions of this bold move.

15 Best Products of 2011

2011 Tech Innovator Award Winners

A little over a year later, after multiple awards and rave reviews, EMC is poised to displace its competition the same way Apple did in 2007. Just as RIM, Nokia, and Motorola failed in 2007, the competition has yet to respond to EMC. Will competitors continue to belittle the technology and rest on their laurels while EMC innovates, or will they step up to compete with the VNXe?

At the end of the day, it is up to manufacturers to bring us a product that is tailored around our needs, and answers our daily challenges. Apple has done it. Android has done it. EMC is doing it. Who’s next?