Today, EMC announces new products and solutions to support the Data Lake Foundation—the storage infrastructure that underpins the Business Data Lake solution. The Business Data Lake brings data, applications and analytics together while delivering analytics wherever needed.When we talk to customers, we consistently hear about unprecedented data growth and the challenges of managing islands of storage. We shared our Data Lake Foundation strategy last year and have been delivering products like EMC Isilon and EMC ECS (Elastic Cloud Storage) to help customers eliminate storage silos and provide simpler ways to store and manage data so they can focus efforts more toward gaining insights and value from their data.Here’s what the Data Lake Foundation brings to the enterprise:Efficient Storage: Eliminates storage silos, simplifies management, and improves utilizationMassive Scalability: Built from scale-out architectures that are massively scalable and simple to manageIncreased Operational Flexibility: Multi-protocol and next-generation access capabilities support traditional and emerging applicationsEnterprise Attributes: Protects data with efficient and resilient backup, disaster recovery and security optionsIn-Place Big Data Analytics: Leverages shared storage and support for protocols such as HDFS to deliver cost-efficient, in-place analytics with faster time to results.The two products within the EMC portfolio that best adhere to the Data Lake foundation attributes are EMC Isilon and EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS). EMC Isilon provides an enterprise-scale, file-based Data Lake Foundation with the ability to run traditional and next-gen workloads, while ECS is our object storage Data Lake Foundation for the next generation of modern applications. As for benefits, Isilon provides a great balance of performance and capacity for analytics workloads, while ECS delivers geo-distributed high capacity analytics. With ECS and the new Isilon platform and features, customers have everything they need to store, protect, secure, manage and analyze all unstructured data now, and in the future. NEW PLATFORMLast year, we announced that we are doubling our world-record performance numbers with the new Isilon S210 platform. Today we are announcing a 2.5X increase in capacity with the new Isilon HD400 platform that allows customers to scale their Data Lake Foundation to an unprecedented 50PB within a single cluster. This platform is ideal for customers who require a powerful, scalable, high-capacity platform to store between 2PB and 50PB. This capacity is ideal for Deep Archiving, Disaster Recovery and for building out a high-capacity Data Lake Foundation. Further, the extremely dense (3.2PB/ rack) HD400 will help reduce operational expenses including power, cooling and datacenter floor space expense by 50%.NEW SOFTWARE AND CAPABILITIESIn addition to the new array, we are also announcing new features to enable our customers to gain rich insights from the data within the Data Lake. The new OneFS 7.2 operating system will support newer and more current versions of Hadoop protocols including HDFS 2.3 and HDFS 2.4 delivering faster time to insights. We are also announcing support for OpenStack Swift to support both file and object – the unstructured data types that are growing the fastest.NEW SOLUTIONSThe key to realizing value from the data in a Data Lake Foundation is leveraging the rich analytics tools that our ISV partners like Cloudera and Pivotal provide. These partners’ applications are certified to run on the Isilon Data Lake Foundation. Today, we are announcing certification with another industry leader for Enterprise Hadoop: Hortonworks. This certification effort is a culmination of our coordinated engineering efforts to run the most comprehensive Hadoop test suite against the Isilon OneFS system. We also continue to work very closely with several of our other analytics ecosystem partners to provide customers with rich Data Lake solutions.Mitch Ferguson, VP Business Development, Hortonworks: “With the certification of EMC Isilon on the Hortonworks Data Platform organizations can now leverage their shared storage ability to run new analytic workloads and get more value from their existing data. By working together on engineering and integration with Apache Ambari, customers of Hortonworks and EMC can now deploy tiering and speed up time to insights while using the most thoroughly tested Hadoop distribution against Isilon.”Visit us at Strata Hadoop World booth #631 for more info on the Data Lake Foundation.
There are two dominant classes of IT infrastructure being deployed today inside most data centers. The first is traditional rack-based systems running legacy applications that have been modernized employing converged infrastructure (CI). The second are appliances based on hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) architecture that more tightly couple compute and storage together. In general, HCI platforms are optimized for more modern applications that are starting to be deployed by IT organizations at an accelerated rate.At the recent VMworld 2017 conference Dell EMC was proud to demonstrate how closely we are working with IT organizations of all sizes to leverage the benefits of either class of IT infrastructure depending on their unique application requirements. Every IT organization starts the shift to modern HCI and CI platforms from a different place. Many are still employing legacy rack-based systems based on traditional IT infrastructure that is both expensive to deploy and difficult to manage. Others have deployed CI systems that reduce much of the complexity associated with managing rack systems, while others are further along in that they have also embraced HCI platform that combine compute and storage in way that not only reduces costs, but also makes the IT organization a lot more agile in terms of being able to respond to changing business conditions.We’re excited that Dell EMC customers at different points across the CI and HCI continuum were more than willing to share their IT platform expertise and experience with Dell EMC. Keith Nunnery, IT systems administrator for Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging, a medical radiology company based in Las Vegas, shared how the shift to the VxRail HCI platform from Dell EMC running VMware software has effectively freed him from having to continually monitor legacy IT infrastructure.At the conference Nunnery explained Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging as an early adopter of VxRail to transition from an IT environment consisting of 90 servers running individual applications to a couple of VxRail appliances configured with solid-state drives (SSDs). The shift, added Nunnery, made it possible for his company to consolidate over 80 percent of its storage systems, while at the same time providing a 50 percent boost in application performance.Because that environment is a lot more automated using the VMware vCenter management framework Nunnery said his job is now 100 percent easier because he’s no longer constantly looking to see where our performance bottlenecks may arise or trying to plan for upgrade cycles. He also benefits from having one Dell EMC source for all updates, patches and security bulletins. That capability makes it feasible for Nunnery to consider both additional applications requiring new IT processes because he’s no longer worried about whether the IT infrastructure environment is available or not.Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging decided to make a complete HCI transition. But there are still large number of legacy applications that require access to traditional rack-based systems. Because of that issue most IT organizations are going to wind up lowering the cost of deploying and managing rack-based systems using CI platforms such as Dell EMC VxRack and VBlock systems, while simultaneously taking advantage of HCI platforms such as VxRail to run modern applications.Cases in point are Johnsonville Sausage and the University of San Diego (USD). Johnsonville Sausage first replaced legacy IBM rack-based systems with a more modern VBlock system from Dell EMC to reduce costs. Johnsonville Sausage relies on the Block system to run its implementation of VMware Horizon virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) software. But Johnsonville Sausage is now also employing VxRail appliances in its branch offices. Corey Aponte, server administrator for Johnsonville Sausage, says the VxRail appliances provide him with peace of mind because not only can they all be managed via one pane of glass, he can run system updates without ever having to take the appliances down. That’s critical, says Aponte, because Johnsonville Sausage is running three shifts a day on a 24×7 basis a full seven days a week.Aponte notes it’s also a lot easier to bring additional capacity on line in a few minutes. That allows the company’s internal IT organization to provide a public cloud like experience that can keep pace with the business as it expands.USD, meanwhile, recently upgraded its Vblock System with a new flash-optimized VxBlock System 350 to support its four campus data centers. At the same time, USD is now employing a Dell EMC VxRail Appliance in a disaster avoidance site located in Phoenix, Arizona. Mike Somerville, IT Manager, systems & support and chief cloud evangelist for USD and President of the CONVERGED User Group, said he expects to spin up virtual machines on the VxRail Appliance at its Phoenix backup site in 15 minutes to provide the resilience required to prevent major disruptions to IT services.Somerville said that approach not only injects much-needed agility into the university’s IT operations, it has been able to cut both implementation and ongoing operational costs. USD is now able to run four times the number of applications on its VxBlock System in support of a a private cloud that is cost equivalent to a public cloud, said Somerville.Better still, that private cloud provides 10 Gbps of throughout to provide each end uses with on average access of 1 Gbp versus having to rely on a standard Internet connection.The goal, said Somerville, is not just keep the proverbial IT lights on, but rather free up the IT team to expand the range of IT services being provided.USD, Johnsonville Sausage, and Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging are now part of a vibrant CI and HCI community that includes organizations ranging from non-profits such as Boys Town and healthcare service providers such as Inovalon to construction companies such as Cianbro.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLrpiaCeCFMIn each case the IT organization is being tasked to reduce costs while at the same time become more agile in terms of being able to provide IT services. Pre-integrated systems from Dell EMC that are the only platforms co-engineered with VMware make it uniquely possible to achieve both those goals with compromise.
Dell EMC Channel Services’ theme at the Global Partner Summit (GPS) at Dell Technologies World was “Delivering Value Through Services.” Driving more profitability to our partners so they can deliver greater value to our customers. Dell EMC provides a services portfolio and delivery enablement that improves the value our partners deliver to customers.Erica Lambert (@EricaLambert03) vice president of Channel Services Sales, joined me in the Global Partner Lounge with details our channel partners will be happy to hear. Aligning Services between Dell Technologies and our partners deliver the best experience possible for our end users.“Why services? Because customers say that service, support and the ease of implementation are the top criteria for an infrastructure partner. Also, because it’s a lucrative opportunity for partners,” Lynn Haber reported in Channel Partners online.For more details visit the Dell Partner Portal.Get Dell EMC The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A California man charged in a widespread credit card scam involving retailer Michaels is back in New Jersey after several years on the run. The U.S. attorney’s office says Jose Salazar fled to Mexico after he was indicted in 2015. Salazar and others were accused of installing bogus point-of-sale terminals at about 80 of the arts and crafts stores in 19 states in 2011. The group allegedly stole about 94,000 debit and credit card numbers and used them to illegally withdraw cash. Salazar was arrested in Mexico City last September and made his initial court appearance in Camden by videoconference on Thursday. He’s charged with bank fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.
PERTH, Australia (AP) — An out-of-control wildfire has destroyed at least 59 homes and threatens more near the Australian city of Perth. Many residents have been told it is too late to leave. Others were warned that if they stay in their homes, they should be prepared to fight the fire themselves. The fire has been raging through the night near the town of Wooroloo. Western Australia state’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services says losses may rise as teams continue their assessments. About 250 firefighters are battling the blaze.
It might not have seemed likely early in the pandemic, but the 55th Super Bowl Sunday is upon us. Each year advertisers pull out all the stops to entertain the 100 million viewers expected to tune in to the CBS broadcast on Sunday. This year there are more than 20 newcomers as well as old favorites. Amazon shows off a sexy new body for its Alexa assistant, Dan Levy apologizes for eating M&M’s and Bud Light Seltzer Lemonade makes a downpour of lemons a metaphor for 2020′s troubles. And as always, there are likely to be some surprises as well.