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Aug 18 2008   1:48PM GMT

EMC’s Maui surfaces, then disappears

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

EMC blogger Storagezilla posted an interesting Flash animated video this morning about Maui, titled CloudFellas, in a post that has since been whacked. In the original post, ‘zilla alluded to ‘getting too far out in front of the boss’, so maybe that’s what happened (the post has been deleted from Google’s cache as well).

The video showed fun little animations about the spread of data to points around the world, and gave the example of a movie project where dailies from the set have to be sent to production houses for editing, then from the production houses back to the studio for vetting, and eventually out to movie theaters for distribution. Connecting multinational islands of data seemed to be a theme, as was scalability to petabytes, even exabytes.

This is important because EMC has yet to formally tell us just what Maui actually does. When Hulk/Maui were first discussed during EMC’s Innovation day last fall, it was assumed that Maui was the file system for Hulk’s hardware. But it turns out Hulk is shipping with Ibrix as its front-end file system, and according rumors that were going around about Maui at EMC World in May, Maui is instead a layer of software that sits above local storage pools, which could serve as a global data repository for multinational companies, tying multiple data centers together.

This even jibes with the codename – Maui is an island in Hawaii as well as the name of the Hawaiian god that raised the Hawaiian islands from the sea. Raising islands (of storage), joining them together in a chain… 

Then there’s ‘zilla’s comment this morning in his original post: “the internal cloud currently stretches from the east coast of America right into China.” He also mentioned that the business plan is executing to schedule, which would mean Hulk and Maui will both be formally introduced in the third quarter.

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  • marc farley
    Nice catch Beth! I saw it too. From what I could tell Maui looks to be a distributed content system with the ability to replicate data across geographic areas according to policies that are set. Just guessing of course, but it looks like it might have Documentum technology in it to provide the content management pieces. I don't think the video will see the light of day again. It seemed to have a mixed audience - customers and EMC insiders - especially the part about being able to keep customers for a long time who adopt it. Nothing like selling vendor lock-in as a feature.
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