I was just thinking the other day that I really need to write an article for my blog about the upcoming releases. When I opened the page it said I had not written anything since May of this year. Time really flies when you are having fun, so they say.
IBM just released a new XiV system dubbed the Gen 3. Generation 1 of course was built by the XiV company before IBM purchased them, then came Gen2 shortly there after. As you expect the system has to keep up with customer demands and technology refreshes but some thing very unique caught my eye. The performance with this system will be heads and shoulders above the competition.
Nehalem micro-architecture now makes up the heart of the processing power within the grid with tons more cache to boot. There is a change in the inter-connectivity from Ethernet to Infiband. I can’t wait to see the new SPC2 numbers when they are published.
I suspect with the introduction of more cache (via SSD) and the switch over to near-line SAS drives is only going to help increase performance from gen2 to a gen3 system. The self tuning/healing, tierless storage is still at the heart of the system and still redefines how storage is done today.
There are plenty of blogs and articles on the specifics of the release but here is the IBM announcement page http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/storage/news/announcement/big-data-20110712.html