Category: Dell-EMC

Dell-EMC Product Design & Administration

XtremIO Firmware Upgrade

Recently I upgraded the XtremIO X-Brick in the RoundTower DemoLab to a later version. Dell-EMC requires you to open a ticket and schedule time for their support staff to do the upgrade for you. These are the steps required.

Add SSD Drives to XtremIO X-Brick

Recently I added additional SSDs to a Starter XtremIO X-Brick in the RoundTower DemoLab that was partially populated with drives. There are a series of steps you need to execute to bring the added storage online.

Repurposing used XtremIO X-Brick

Recently we consolidated our labs at RoundTower and I re-purposed an XtremIO X-Brick into the Cincinnati Demonstration Lab. I figured it was going to be very easy, execute the “reset to factory defaults” command and off I go. You will not be surprised to hear, it was a little more

Customer Perspective – Dell-EMC EHC

Whilst I was working for STC in Saudi Arabia, I spent considerable time building their Private Cloud strategy. One of the key decisions I promoted and evangelised was the adoption of Dell-EMC’s Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC, formerly FEHC – Federated Enterprise Hybrid Cloud). This post covers the decision making process

EMC XtremIO – Dedupe: Replace a VMAX?

I am currently testing my EMC XtremIO PoC system with EMC.  One of the great benefits of XtremIO is the Deduplication feature, which at a minimum will be 10:1, so the experts tell me and will be even better in version 3.0.  My current Symmetrix VMAX configurations are 250TB and

EMC XtremIO – Performance Testing

Today I completed the initial performance testing of my EMC XtremIO PoC system.  I wanted to take a shot at it myself before the EMC SMEs come in to tune and optimise the configuration.  In a single word, “Wow!”  This is the first time I have witnessed 400,000 IOPS in

EMC XtremIO – Provisioning a LUN

This post covers how to provision a LUN for vSphere on an EMC XtremIO brick.  Compared to provisioning the same on an EMC Symmetrix VMAX, it is very, very simple.

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