Month: February 2021

Advancing 3rd Platform Strategies on Modern Infrastructures in 2015

first_imgOn Monday, I discussed how enterprises can extend their IT environments in 2015 to deploy big data and analytic workloads including enterprise Hadoop. In today’s blog, I envision the requisite evolution of data centers that are better suited to drive value from third platform applications in 2015 and beyond.Why is the third platform so significant and disruptive? In the last decade, IT has progressed to drive higher levels of availability, performance, security and adaptability for organizations to run business applications. This has created significant value to businesses, but still IT operations have been impeded by the rigid processes, siloed organizations and challenges of accessing and extracting value from structured and unstructured data.The third platform is the next step in digitizing assets for the business. It is vital for organizations to embrace mobile assets and data with locational context, exchange information across private or public clouds, manage larger, faster data sets regardless of format, and incorporate exceptional insight from social media into operational activities.The stakes are even higher for IT to empower businesses to differentiate themselves with the third platform applications, instead of simply getting to the baseline of running the second platform applications.  We also see customers interested further in implementing enterprise Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) to simplify deployment and scaling for a large number of emerging applications.In the last year, VCE has helped customers become more competitive – and not only through innovative solutions – but also from the organizational and process transformation of running IT on an integrated system.Often enough, organizational changes, such as adapting processes to suit new technologies, can be more challenging for enterprises than technological advancement. Many organizations continue to rely on legacy technologies because it’s risky and challenging to change how the business operates.Cultures and behaviors are often even harder to adjust in getting value from the third platform. Being at the forefront of IT infrastructure evolution, VCE recognizes the importance of incorporating the most innovative, value driving advancements from our investors into the VCE solutions.  Our pre-validated, factory-built approach with VCE support help our customers focus on transforming the business, while VCE makes IT simpler, more predictable and more repeatable when deploying and expanding the converged infrastructures across the enterprise.VCE naturally extends this principle to the third platform applications. As business requirements and demands increase, customers can easily expand through VCE’s modular and flexible approach. The Vblock Systems and VCE™ technology extension for EMC® Isilon® storage provide the breadth and depth of technologies needed to optimize for dynamic business needs.To further study the industry shifts, VCE sponsored IDC’s technology spotlight on “The Importance of a Modular and Flexible Approach to Integrated Infrastructure.”[footnote]IDC Technology Spotlight: The Importance of a Modular and Flexible Approach to Integrated Infrastructure, November 2014[/footnote] This IDC Technology Spotlight examines converged infrastructure systems that provide modular and scalable options for changing business demands. IDC specifically examines the VCE Vblock® System 540 with EMC XtremIO scale-out all-flash arrays and VCE™ technology extension for EMC® Isilon®.These solutions drive lower latency and aggregate traditional and new types of workloads without compromising enterprise features. In particular, a modular, flexible architecture with easy upgrades, expansion and reusability has been the core tenet in increasing business value with insight and transactions from billions of users and millions of applications generated on the continuous basis.“With expanded use of unique scale-out, architecture, using all-flash and file-optimized storage solutions, IT can implement integrated infrastructure as an efficient way to provision systems at the project onset. Such modern use can also help IT meet or exceed service levels, empowering business to act on time-sensitive patterns, reliably complete high-volume transactions, and maintain continuity across data centers. “Ashish Nadkarni, Research Director, IDCShareWe expect 2015 to be the pivotal year for organizations to solidify their third platform investment strategies, including the reexamination of the infrastructure as part of the next progression of running IT for value creation. Breakthrough business models and discovery of new opportunities with run rate businesses rise through the effective use of third platform applications. VCE is excited to be part of this transformational journey by continuing to innovate on the modern infrastructures.“Contribute to the Conversation – What is your organization’s top business priority? How can IT aid the business through emerging applications and workloads that augment your existing investments? How do scale-out, consolidated solutions with low migration risks fit into your IT infrastructure?Sharelast_img read more

Flash forward your storage. Cut TCO.

first_img* Competitive pricing is based on a variety of sources including analyst data, price sheets when available, and public information in October 2015. Individual customer price may vary based on a variety of circumstances and data should be used for comparison purposes. The days of paying a premium for flash storage compared to disk are over. Now enterprises of all kinds are taking advantage of Dell Storage SC Series flash solutions powered by Intel®, so they can:Boost data throughputsImprove application performanceReduce storage footprintsConsume less energyLower TCOInnovateYou can read below about all kinds of Dell customers that are realizing big benefits like these. Like the hospital that has boosted its EHR system performance by 40 percent and cut backup times by 50 percent. Or the car repair chain that accelerated performance of its core application by 300 percent!How do the Dell Storage SC Series of all-flash and hybrid storage arrays do it? They feature a unique, automated tiering architecture. It can provide the right mix of flash performance and price to meet an organization’s needs for the lowest dollar/GB cost in the market.* Flash tiering can dramatically accelerate active workloads, so applications run faster and access data much quicker. Advanced technologies in compression, deduplication, automated tiering and thin provisioning also help ensure data throughputs are always optimized.The following six companies implemented Dell all-flash or hybrid storage solutions to gain better overall data and application performance, while lowering their TCO.Wheeling HospitalDue to slow data transfer speeds, overnight data backups were colliding with the morning rush of *** prescriptions at Wheeling Hospital. Dell Storage SC Series flash-optimized hybrid arrays with Intel Xeon® processors helped increase EHR system performance by 40 percent and cut backup times by 50 percent, solving the problem.P&V GroupAs a leading insurer, the P&V Group needed faster reporting to comply with new EU regulations. Using Dell Storage SC Series flash-optimized storage arrays with Intel Xeon processors, it achieved 70 percent faster reporting, while lowering storage costs by 80 percent.Service KingExcessive customer wait times due to frequent time-outs of its core application threatened the growth of Service King, a big car repair chain. Powered by Intel, Dell Storage SC Series flash arrays boosted the application’s performance by 300 percent, saving 20 minutes per customer each day.Daqo GroupTo lower the TCO for its enterprise application suite, the Daqo Group, a diversified manufacturer, deployed all-flash Dell Storage SC Series arrays with Intel Xeon processors. Automated tiering capabilities helped boost data speeds up to 200 percent.Samitivej HospitalIn upgrading its patient information system, Samitivej Hospital sought more data throughput with a lower TCO. It got both with Dell Storage SC Series flash arrays powered by Intel. Data speeds are now up to 100,000 IOPS with less costs for power and cooling.The Watershed Addiction Treatment ProgramsThe Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs wanted a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to keep pace with fast growth. Using Dell Storage SC Series hybrid arrays with both flash and spinning disks, and powered by Intel, it gained 50 percent faster data performance and near-zero latency for optimal user experiences.*          *          *Find out more about how Dell Storage SC Series flash-optimized arrays powered by Intel can deliver new levels of performance and lower your TCO. Learn more about what you can achieve with future-ready, cost-competitive, flash storage solutions here:Read the Dell Flash Storage eBookView the Dell Flash Storage VideoVisit the Dell Flash Storage Websitelast_img read more

New DLm Enhancements Deliver Cloud Connectivity and Simplify Operations

first_imgDell Technologies has a 30-year history of innovation and leadership in mainframe storage. That legacy of innovation and leadership continues today with Dell EMC  Disk Library for mainframe (DLm) virtual tape release 5.3. This release adds Amazon S3 cloud support, supporting IBM-compatible Transparent Cloud Tiering, 3-site automated tape failover and a new graphical user interface for the DLm8500.  These new features were announced at SHARE Virtual 2020: Power-on Reset, along with the new DLm2500 for feature rich, yet cost-effective mainframe storage.In supporting IBM-compatible Transparent Cloud Tiering, we’re leveraging our award-winning all-flash, PowerMax 8000 as well as PowerProtect DD series of deduplication storage and optionally, object storage using Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS). All of these products combine to ensure that your physical (or virtual) tape requirements for mainframe data protection are exceeded, whether you need to stretch your tape to cover newer requirements, commit data to the cloud while saving on mainframe CPU costs  or simply,  finally, say goodbye to cumbersome, complex physical tape.DLm Virtual Tape enables Amazon AWS and Amazon GovCloud via S3Dell Technologies recognizes that your mainframe storage strategy must increasingly leverage your organization’s expanding cloud infrastructure in order to reduce costs. Ideally, this is done using capacity within an existing cloud infrastructure and offloading physical or virtual tape data identified as requiring long-term retention. According to Gartner¹, “by 2025, 35% of data center mainframe storage capacity for backup and archive will be deployed in the cloud to reduce costs and improve agility, which is an increase from less than 5% in 2020.”In the years since DLm first wrote to the cloud, Amazon has expanded their cloud offering, tailoring AWS to include US government users with an offering known as “Amazon GovCloud” which DLm now supports in this release, making it easier for US federal agencies with mainframes and an AWS account to store their data.PowerMax 8000 with DLm Virtual Tape and Dell EMC ECS helps eliminate costly mainframe CPU usage  Until IBM created “Transparent Cloud Tiering,” movement of data across tiers of storage using Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) consumed a considerable amount of mainframe CPU cycles (aka MIPs) each time data was moved between storage tiers to (ultimately) the lowest cost storage, originally, physical tape, but now, ideally, the cloud. This movement of data has never been an efficient use of the mainframe. Transparent Cloud Tiering aligns with Gartner’s most recent recommendations for mainframe tape to:“Reduce billable MSU consumption and license costs by offloading mainframe backup and space management functions to non-billable zIIP engines and cloud storage.” 1Now, Dell EMC PowerMax 8000 and DLm users can also make use of Transparent Cloud Tiering², fully compatible in operation with IBM’s implementation. With Dell EMC IBM-Compatible Transparent Cloud Tiering, a Dell EMC Rest API Proxy running on the mainframe communicates with HSM and directs the movement of data on PowerMax storage to and from the DLm, and ultimately onto Dell EMC ECS cloud object storage while associated metadata is updated in the cloud. This implementation of PowerMax and DLm (and optionally ECS for the cloud repository) not only results in the elimination of mainframe CPU cycles (MIPS) to move the data from the storage tier to the tape tier and finally to the cloud tier, but also leverages a fast FICON tape interface while giving users an on-prem. vs. cloud option for data.DLm automated failover is also enhanced with additional multitenancy and 3-site capabilityDLm continues to evolve its support in a multiplicity of environments, helping to leverage your investment to be more than just “tape replacement”. Unlike other virtual tape systems, DLm’s “multi-tenancy” and “shared storage” capability enables your organization to use virtual tape to satisfy the simultaneous needs of multiple departments’ demand for their own “unique” tape, with their own set of specifications like RPO/RTO or tape addressing. If you’re a storage service provider, you’ll probably recognize that DLm can help you generate more profit with a single investment by meeting the individual needs of several customers.Now, DLm 8500 and  Dell EMC GDDR automated failover version 5.3 expand on the ability to automate the failover of DLms to a 3rd asynchronous site, which is a common configuration for DR.Simplifying mainframe virtual tape operations and sharing storageAlso being introduced in this release, DLm8500’s simple, intuitive graphical interface; the ideal operational interface for companies that may need to stretch their existing storage administration staff to cover more systems or may be re-assigning non-mainframe staff to manage mainframe tape operations. From the new “dashboard” to a consolidated view of tape volumes and tape libraries, the DLm8500’s GUI makes tape operations a simple matter of “point and click.”¹ Gartner, Inc. | Cloud Storage Management Is Transforming Mainframe Data, September 2020² Use of IBM-compatible Transparent Cloud Tiering is limited to non-production data; other restrictions on replication apply. Contact us for more details.last_img read more

Hate crime charge added in attack on gay Louisiana teen

first_imgLAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — An attack on a gay Louisiana teenager is now being prosecuted as a hate crime. Police initially said they didn’t see evidence of a hate crime in the attack on Holden White, who spent days in a coma and nearly a month in the hospital. Chance Seneca pleaded not guilty to attempted murder after allegedly choking White with a cord and slicing open his wrists. Prosecutors added the hate crime charge last week. Seneca’s attorney said his client would also plead not guilty to the hate crime charge. The two teens met on Grindr, a dating app for gay, bisexual and transgender men.last_img read more