17th Sept update: I’ve been contacted directly by EMC, and they say they’ll work through this with us. Sounds promising. There’s been a lot of coverage on the topic. I’ve provided additional links at the end of the post.The funniest comment I’ve read so far is “More like Xtrem uh-oh”.
16th Sept update: here’s an official response from Chad Sakac http://virtualgeek.typepad.com/virtual_geek/2014/09/on-disruptive-upgrades.html
While at VMworld last month, I was networking with attendees when I mentioned my current employer purchased an XtremIO half X-Brick for a VDI project.
To clarify, firmware 3.0 has NOT been released, but is scheduled for release at the end of September, beginning of October. The upgrade process will require all data to be moved off the array, as all data will be wiped during the upgrade process. The new firmware includes performance benefits and inline compression.
For more info, the topic has been reported and debated in the comments on the following websites:
The Register – XtremIO firmware upgrade will wipe data
IT News – Extreme upgrade pain for XtremIO customers
Chad Sakac – On disruptive upgrades
Silicon Angle – EMC will wipe user data with XtremIO firmware 3.0 upgrade
Michael Webster – Data destructive storage firmware upgrade in 2014 surely not
Vaughn Stewart – Have a few days to spare we need to upgrade the XtremIO
SolidFire – The Advantages of a Shared Nothing Architecture for Truly Non-Disruptive Upgrades
Chris M Evans – EMC XtremIO Destructive Upgrade Demonstrates Architecture Matters
Silicon Angle – Gartner: Flash array startups ranked ahead of EMC, HP and IBM
Nigel Poulten – XtremIO Craps on EMC Badge
Plenty of other vendors have reached out, stepping on EMC so they can be the successor. If we’re interested, we’ll contact you.