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EMC plans SSDs for Celerra

On EMC’s conference call this morning officially launching the CX4, storage division president Dave Donatelli told analysts that SSDs will also be qualified for Celerra NAS systems over the next six months. The CX4-960 will support SSDs in October, and Symmetrix DMX systems are already available with SSDs.  

Despite more and more common features, Donatelli said speculation about a merger of product lines given the multiple overlaps between Celerra, Clariion and Symmetrix is “due to a profound lack of understanding” in the market. “The Symmetrix has 24 boards,” he said. “If you lose a whole board, you lose 1/24th of your performance.” Clariion is a two-board system.

But that hasn’t stopped people from asking this question of EMC. Industry analysts, Wall Street analysts, users…especially the users – a few told me they weren’t sure which way to go between some EMC platforms going forward. A Wall Street analyst asked Donatelli on the conference call today about whether EMC plans to consolidate software and hardware platforms “the way NetApp has.” That had to hurt.

There have been rumors about the CX and Symmetrix DMX merging, communicating, and generally coming together, for years. I remember one rumor that the CX and DMX would be able to share data with the release of ECC 6. Obviously that one never came to fruition. But EMC did standardize hardware components such as disk shelves between the CX and DMX for manufacturing efficiencies a few years ago. And the capacity points, replication and management features have been getting closer and closer together.

“It’s a running joke, every time we update Symmetrix, we get the question about what’s going to happen to Clariion, and every time we update Clariion, we ask what’s going to happen to Symmetrix. We keep making Clariion bigger and Symmetrix smaller,” Donatelli said. But he didn’t say why.

That’s the thing. EMC’s not going to come out and say, “Yes, we’re merging our primary storage products the same way we’re planning to merge our backup products, so please don’t buy anything we have out currently in anticipation of something to come.” So no matter how vociferous their denials that this might be the case, for some in the industry, their actions are speaking louder than their words.

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Would the Windows 8 touch interface be useful in your VDI environment? Why or why not?
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Windows 8 is being tested for deployment along with training for use.
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Yes, for use with client devices such as tablets
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I think so
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Particularly in our SCADA environment, the ability to manipulate multiple points simultaneously would enable our techs to accomplish their tasks faster using a more natural set of movements.
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No use for this in corporate environment, therefore it has no place in a VDI deployment.
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Based on the work that we do it makes no sense as a business solution
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Some of the applications we use are very amenable to a touch interface and it would be valuable to have both available in those instances.
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Offers the touch-friendly interface and responsiveness of the iPad, plus the versatility of the traditional desktop and the ability to run tons of traditional apps smart screen technology for verifying downloads against a list of reputable files, viruses and other malware

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We're in a very corporate environment. This would cause more support headaches trying to get our users over the learning curve. And given the amount of things that can go wrong, the cons outweigh the pros.
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Touch is not very usefull for a desktop or laptop usage.. might be fine for a tablet, but it a bit gimicky on anything else
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We're on Windows 7. We do plan to initially try Windows 8 for scenarios where it makes the most sense, which would likely exclude our VDI environment, at least to begin with.
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Touch is/will be ubiquitous.
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Get rid of Metro
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It limits the requirement of purchasing a new device with this capability and allows you to share the technology throughout your organization.
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Windows 8 Enterprise is a superset of Windows 8 Pro, offering all the same capabilities as Windows 8 Pro, plus additional management capabilities, as well as functionality specific to VDI scenarios
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How it connects to the remote session remote fx to support virtual desktop sessions,  remote fx can harness a graphics processor on the server to power multiple remote desktop sessions. Users can then access apps with 3D graphics and handle all the heavy lifting on the back-end, either through a full remote desktop experience or through a Remote App virtualized application session
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Iis a virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI. As with the previously-discussed remote desktop capability, VDI presents an image of a full remote desktop running in an enterprise datacenter can be pooled shared between multiple users or dedicated to a particular user as required. In either case, all enterprise data remains within the corporate network
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to deploy remote desktop services architectures that provide employees the flexibility to work anywhere, while allowing them to seamlessly access their corporate windows desktop or application environment running in the datacenter from a range of devices. The features and unified management infrastructure for centralized desktops in Windows Server 2012 R2 release, combined with applications virtualization technologies with System Center increases flexibility of access for remote desktops and applications, delivering personalized, consistent, and secure experiences for users, while also improving compliance through centralized control and access to confidential data. 
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The Windows 8 Pro edition doesn't enable Remote App, which is application publishing. It enables specific applications running on the OS to be published and used instead of a complete desktop, bringing a far more seamless experience in addition to being more accessible and usable on smaller form factor devices
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Windows 8 or 10 touchscreens  "don't" work well on tablets that use roll over like menu buttons small icon need stylus
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