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EMC Readies ATA Disks for Prime Time

SAN FRANCISCO -- The gap between disk and tape storage is about to get erased, EMC's Joe Tucci said Thursday.

The president and CEO touted disk-based recovery, disk replication and back up courtesy of ATA as a way companies can keep up with the influx of data (a la Sarbanes-Oxley) with a limited budget. Tucci said he was confident in predicting information growth of more than 60 percent this year and of at least 70 percent in 2005.

"Ninety percent of recovery will be on disk in three years," Tucci said during his keynote at the Oracle OpenWorld conference here. "Tape is not going away, but ATA Disk is helping with the rapid adoption of content-addressed storage."

In Tucci's predictions for the storage industry for 2005, ATA Disk ranked second on the list, behind Information Lifecycle Management, a buzzword for tracking information throughout a company's network. Larger capacity disk drives, improvements in iSCSI and the growth of enterprise Grid computing also made the list.

The company executive said he's expecting a range of new drives, from 146GB fibre channel for high performance systems to 400GB FC for "fat fibre" drives and even a 500 GB ATA drive is in the works. Tucci noted that his hardware teams will have to build more advanced arrays with more features to help handle the rush of information being stored.

Hopkinton, Mass.-based EMC is looking to take advantage of virtualization in both servers and storage devices. Tucci said there would be a lot of "tire kicking" when it came to subdividing the resources of a storage device, with widespread adoption not materializing until 2006. Conversely, the executive anticipates an aggressive ramp-up of server virtualization next year.

VMware is one of those software players that can play to both servers and storage. The EMC subsidiary is expected to announce a technology, service and support partnership with Oracle Monday. A spokesperson with VMware said all Oracle Server Technologies development teams will standardize on VMware virtual infrastructure as their standard Oracle Linux and Windows x86 development, test and support environment.

Part of the strategy with Oracle includes a new EMC Oracle Database 10g Accelerator. The joint services offering allows Oracle and EMC to work in tangent with a customer and outline a database/storage blueprint developed by both companies. Oracle will then re-locate the customer's database onto an EMC Symmetrix, EMC CLARiiON or EMC Celerra networked storage stack using Oracle configuration software. EMC would then follow up with its TimeFinder or SnapView software to replicate the database for testing and accelerated migration to Oracle Database 10g.

Tucci said DBAs are using VMware and Oracle in a series of instant creation and teardown scenarios, testing the developments and workloads to see how they crash and burn, then learning from it.

Tucci noted VMware and Documentum were critical acquisitions to EMC's new directive of "where information lives." The CEO hinted that, while he has a great partnership with Dell, there might be a future in building a combination server-storage device.