Where’s Maui?

by Robin Harris on Monday, 19 May, 2008

Just sat through EMC CEO Joe Tucci’s keynote for EMC World 2008.

Conspicuous by its absence: Maui; the software piece of the Hulk/Maui global data repository [see EMC’s Maui and everybody else].

Joe promised Hulk/Maui in 7 months last November. EMC showed the hardware at NAB last month. But the software has always been the hard part.

Some inside skinny
Spoke to an EMC customer – and loyal StorageMojo reader – after the Goo Goo Dolls concert last night. He’d seen a Maui demo and confirmed that it looked like a productized OceanStore – a layer of software above local pools of storage.

The StorageMojo take
This is a very tough problem, so I’m not surprised that they didn’t make Joe’s deadline. I expect they’ll announce something – there’s an item about Global Data Recovery yet to come – but there isn’t the kind of hoopla that says “we nailed it!”

Which is good news for EMC competitors. Well marketed, Maui is a very compelling reason to turn even more of your data center over to EMC. Competitors are catching a break. Will they take advantage of it?

Comments welcome, as always. And here’s a picture from the Goo Goo Dolls concert.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Wes Felter May 19, 2008 at 12:08 pm

I just did a Google image search for EMC Hulk and it didn’t find any hardware, but your face was one of the top results. :-)

marc farley May 20, 2008 at 11:05 am

Wes, that was very bad and extremely funny.

Bruce Norikane May 22, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Hi Robin,

EMC had a session on Hulk at EMC World. The session was called, “Dense Storage – Overview of the New EMC InfiniFlex Storage Platform”.

InfiniFlex is 12 servers and up to 300 SAS or SATA drives in a 44u rack. Maui software is not mentioned, but I think your client’s, Ibrix, software is running on the InfiniFlex’s demos. Ask Ibrix about InfiniFlex and Maui.

The GotITSolutions blog has some info on Hulk/InfiniFlex:
http://gotitsolutions.org/2008/05/19/emc-infiniflex.html

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