Storage company EMC uses Leap Day to make major storage product announcement.
Today, Feb. 29, is Leap Day. This day only happens once every four years. EMC attached itself with making six major announcements calling it a Quantum Leap.
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EMC Corporation today announced a a so called quantum leap forward in its enterprise storage strategy with major additions to the industry’s leading all-flash storage solutions to address mixed, consolidated and the world’s most performance-intensive enterprise workloads. Complementing the industry-leading XtremIO all-flash array, today’s announcement of EMC’s flagship VMAX All Flash enterprise data services platform and EMCDSSD D5 Rack-Scale Flash solution.
EMC calls the EMC DSSD D5 a quantum leap in flash storage. Available in March, DSSD D5 is the first of a new category of flash storage – Rack-Scale Flash. DSSD D5 is a completely new architecture designed for the most data-intensive applications, both traditional and next-generation, which require extreme levels of performance and the lowest possible latency. DSSD D5 reaches new performance heights, with real-world results that speed applications such as genetic sequencing calculations, fraud detection, credit card authorization, and advanced analytics by as much as 10X.
The new VMAX All Flash, the first-to-market all-flash storage array to natively support block, file, open systems and mainframe with the ability to scale up to four petabytes (PB) of data. More than just improving on raw performance, VMAX All Flash arrays deliver the legendary reliability and flexibility of the VMAX platform, while offering total cost of ownership (TCO) less than traditional enterprise disk-based arrays. Recognized by customers as the most-trusted storage array in the industry, EMC is extending the world-class VMAX data services to VMAX All Flash. In addition to a dramatically simplified management experience, its appliance-like packaging now includes both hardware and software.
Available immediately, EMC’s flagship VMAX array has been re-engineered to offer two new all-flash models: the EMC VMAX 450 and EMC VMAX 850. Both models are specifically designed to take full advantage of the superior performance, density and economies of scale offered by cutting-edge flash storage media. In addition, EMC will add improvements later in the year to compress data in real time, which will result in significant capacity efficiencies.
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Why is there a Leap Day every 4 years? A year has 365 days, but that is not how the solar system works. A complete orbit of the earth around the sun takes exactly 365 days and 6 hours, but the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days. To compensate, every four years a day is added to February.
This though not 100% exact, so there is this extra rule. A leap year is every year that is divisible by 4, except for years that are both divisible by 100 and not divisible by 400.
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The extra day is added in February because it has the least days of all 12 months.