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XtremIO nixes noisy neighbours, adds cloud-based array analytics

Dell EMC's all-flash platform may have finally caught up with NetApp and HPE's

XtremIO's X2 v6.2 release has filled the Nimble and SolidFire-shaped holes in its software – even though it has taken several years to do so.

NetApp-acquired SolidFire majored in "noisy neighbour" control – when apps or virtual machines hog resources and cause performance issues for others on the network – while HPE-snaffled Nimble Storage stood out with its cloud-based array analytics. Now XtremIO X2 is on more equal footing with its rivals.

Integration with Dell EMC's CloudIQ analytics is now built into XtremIO X2 v6.2, enabling admins to track storage health, predict utilisation requirements, and detect anomalies for multiple storage systems.

The release has added the ability to control IOPS or bandwidth and so limit load of test/dev and other repurpose copy data to ease their impact on production copies and dodge the noisy neighbour problem.

Other improvements include support for unbalanced configurations, and larger 3.84TB SSD X-Bricks, which Dell EMC said means up to 230TB raw capacity per X-Brick.

Admins can execute VMware integrated Copy Data Management (iCDM) activities directly from the XtremIO Management System (XMS), rather than having to switch into VMware mode. ®

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