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September 10, 2012


Carlos Soares

Chuck, I can understand EMC supporting CTA to move data into Atmos, but Amazon S3? Isn't EMC losing revenue doing that?

Chuck Hollis

Hi Carlos -- fair question

I don't think we see it that way. Our customers told us they needed a solution to move data to external cloud services, which may or many not be comprised of EMC storage.

Our choice was simple: give them what they were asking for, or have them buy it from someone else.

You'll see that same theme reflected in many EMC products that tend to be storage-agnostic.

Christopher Gardner

Chuck - will this move data across multiple platforms? Take HPC for example - let's say I'm using the EMC HPC bundle (couple VNX's with Lustre) for scratch, Isilon for persistent, and Atmos/S3 for archive. Through policy can I have the data that originates in scratch moved by CTA to persistent and eventually archive?

Chuck Hollis


Very interesting question, hadn't thought about it.

My best guess would be a strong maybe. The original RF product did a good job of virtualizing arbitrary NAS filesystems and namespaces, regardless of origin, which would make me hopeful around Lustre -- even though it probably isn't officially sanctioned.

My other concern would be bandwidth -- it sounds like you'll be slogging some massive data sets to and fro, which isn't exactly what CTA was designed to do.

If you're interested, I can put you in touch with Percy Tzelnic who leads all of our efforts in this space, and would be *far* more conversant than I on the best way to skin this cat, including developing something new if warranted.

-- Chuck

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    Chief Strategist, VMware Storage and Availability Business Unit

    Chuck works for VMware, and is deeply embroiled in all things software-defined storage these days.

    Previously, he was with EMC for 18 years, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Holliston, MA with his wife, three kids and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

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