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EMC to flesh out VFCache with VMware integration, other additions

Stephen Lawson | Feb. 7, 2012
EMC has big plans this year for the VFCache flash storage it introduced on Monday, with the coming enhancements including SSDs, 1TB cards, integration with VMware and less expensive MLC flash media.

"That's a problem and an opportunity, and those would be some of the types of things that we would work on with VMware, or Microsoft, or the Linux community as well," Gelsinger said in the interview.

EMC also plans to add data deduplication and tighter integration with its storage arrays through FAST over the next year.

Flash can dramatically boost application performance, especially when accessed via a fast PCIe bus, but won't kill the spinning hard disk, Gelsinger said. Standard, high-volume disks are 30 to 50 times less expensive per bit than enterprise flash storage, he said. But flash may take the place of the fastest, most expensive disks, which are used for speed instead of capacity.

"High-performance drives could be dead in the future, because performance will move to flash, but volume drives will be the mainstay of high-volume storage for decades to come," Gelsinger said.


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