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.
Allianz’s new ranking comes in contrast to the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index, introduced in 2009.In last year’s Melbourne Mercer, which assessed 25 pension systems, Denmark was considered to have the best pension system in the world, followed by Australia in second and the Netherlands in third.One of the differences between Allianz and Mercer’s rankings is that latter focused on the sustainability and integrity – in terms of quality of legislation and communication – of all the pension pillars, whereas the former rated the sustainability of the first pillar separately.Allianz’s first-pillar indicator – based on replacement rate, indexation and funding – ranked Austria first, according to Allianz, with the Netherlands coming sixth.On the indicator for the second and third pillars – which looked at coverage, whether membership is voluntary or mandatory, employer contributions and the level of pension assets as a share of GDP – the Netherlands came in second place, after Switzerland, which has better funded pillars.By the same measure, Denmark ranked third, ahead of Australia and the US – which, in turn, were ahead of the UK and Sweden.Chile, Canada and Singapore rounded out the Top 10 within the second and third-pillar category. India and Indonesia’s pension systems fared worst out of the 49 countries surveyed due to their low levels of participation, insufficient capital funding and high care costs, Allianz found. A new survey conducted by Allianz has concluded that the Dutch system is the best in the world when it comes to adequacy of pension provision. Allianz’s ranking system measured pension provision against first, second and third-pillar criteria, as well as additional assets, care costs and the “transition from employment to pension”, while a country’s weighting towards the first pillar accounted for nearly half its total score.After the Netherlands, Denmark came second and Norway third out of the 49 countries Allianz surveyed.Australia was ranked 35th due to low scores for asset and home ownership, as well as the relatively small size of its first pillar.
CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani opened the official event to announce the group-stage matches and complete schedule for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The announcement was held Tuesday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA – first time host of the Gold Cup final.“Gold Cup is pinnacle of our CONCACAF football. Since the inaugural edition in 1991, the competition has produced many memorable moments and equally stunning results,” said Montagliani to the group composed of football and city dignitaries, representatives and head coaches from the qualified nations. “This is a day to celebrate the teams achievements, congratulations to all of you.”The procedures were conducted by CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio. The event featured U.S. national team legend Cobi Jones, San Francisco 49ers President Al Guido, and San Jose Earthquakes President Dave Kaval.The president underscored the competition’s importance to raise competitiveness and further develop the game across the Confederation. Furthermore, he spoke briefly about the ONE CONCACAF Vision, which focuses attention on good governance, football investment, solid leadership and strategic planning.“Our aim is at ensuring that we continue broadening participation for our Member Associations, while increasing competitiveness through development opportunities,” said Montagliani.Fourteen stadiums in 13 metropolitan areas across the United States will host the next Gold Cup to be played from July 7-26, 2017. (Sportsmax.com).