EMC said its FAST roadmap involves combining capabilities such as sub-LUN tiering; capacity allocation on demand; block and file level deduplication; data compression; disk drive spin down; built-in archiving; and private and public cloud federation. The goal is to provide greater levels of automation, management, and cost savings. The first leg of that roadmap will be sub-LUN tiering, which is due in the second half of 2010. It will enable FAST to pick out data hot spots within a volume for movement to flash drives.
Other key capabilities of FAST include:
- Built-in software to monitor, analyze and respond to changes in the value and access patterns of the data to self-optimize storage resources. That allows applications to leverage the ultra-high performance of enterprise flash drives with the cost, energy and footprint efficiencies of high-capacity SATA drives.
- Flexible policies that enable users to define tiering rules to support service-level requirements automatically, or with administrator approval.
- File system capabilities that permit integration with internal private clouds and external cloud service providers to seamlessly federate placement and movement of file-based and unstructured data.
- Management capabilities that automate the end-to-end discovery and reporting of applications to storage tiers to easily view storage resource topologies and attributes; capacity allocation and free space; and real-time and historical performance metrics that enable "pay for use" and "charge back" models.