EMC's Project X may have wide impact on data centers

The company plans to ship an all-flash storage array next year

By , IDG News Service |  Storage, EMC, storage arrays

"It is an x86-based software that takes full advantage of multicore, understands the characteristics of flash, and is designed to be modular and scalable," Hussain said. "That's a very powerful thing for us to start with."

"The foundational technologies of Project X become something that we're able to use not just in the storage array, but over time, really draw that towards what we do in server," said Daniel Cobb, chief technology officer of the flash group. The software includes valuable intellectual property around data deduplication, next-generation RAID, the ability to easily scale out flash storage systems, and management of multilevel-cell flash, which can save money, Cobb said.

EMC sees that software as eventually spanning all the flash storage elements in an enterprise. Meanwhile, the company will continue to develop VCache, as well as Project Thunder, its planned flash appliances that will be designed for optimal hardware performance and density and will reside on server networks, Hussain said.

"Our intent is, we're going to set the pace," he said.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

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