Building a Speedway to the Modern Data Center with Rack-Scale Flash

first_imgReflecting on our launch of DSSD D5 earlier this year, it is worth noting how Flash, especially Rack Scale Flash, is becoming a speedway for organizations to implement and operate a modern data center. Organizations are faced with many challenges and conflicting priorities including data growth and data variety, supporting an increasing number of users and devices, navigating a fiercely competitive landscape and efficiently managing shrinking budgets. Businesses are under greater pressure than ever to use their data strategically to improve decision-making and deliver next-generation business services. So, it is crucial for organizations to accelerate and optimize existing applications and develop data-driven next generation applications for the real-time digital world. To achieve these objectives, organizations need to modernize their data centers, invest in future ready technologies and ensure that the architecture supporting their data center is efficient, secure, highly available and comes with world-class support.Rack-Scale Flash: A New All-Flash Storage Platform Built for the Modern Data Center Flash will be the dominant persistent memory medium for storing data in the modern data center because it delivers significantly accelerated performance compared to traditional disk and is increasingly delivering better economics. So, why is this so important? It is because processing power has steadily increased according to Moore’s Law – doubling every few years – and there is still a huge gap between CPU and memory speeds and flash media performance, to a great extent because of the network latencies. The real-time digital era requires a new architectural approach that offers large amounts of shared flash at a performance that is much closer to memory, and yet also has the capability to handle much larger data sets and many more operations. Rack-Scale Flash is that next generation, shared flash storage platform that provides an order of magnitude leap in flash performance, much closer to memory performance, and is designed to meet the demands of the emerging and next generation applications of the connected, digitally transformed world while delivering a crucial link to the existing high-performance and data-intensive applications of today.As organizations transform to the modern data center, Rack-Scale Flash will enable them to be more competitive, more innovative and more efficient. Rack-Scale flash, like EMC’s DSSD, will help organizations benefit from the vast opportunities offered by the digital world, making flash a key component of the modern data center.last_img read more

Do you have the right network for Flash?

first_imgWith the unprecedented volume of data and burgeoning number of connected devices, the need for enterprises to modernize their data centers is critical. One technology that is having a profound effect on data center transformation is Flash Storage. Enterprises are flocking to Flash as evidenced by the findings in IDC’s June, 2016 Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker (scroll down the page to see the table).IDC states that the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for worldwide terabytes shipments of enterprise flash-based storage between 2013 and 2015 was 166.5% and that all-flash array ales grew 91.4 percent during the first half of 2016 compared with the same period of 2015.”Why are enterprises moving to Flash? There are a number of key reasons – but the primary reason is that all organizations need better and faster access to critical internal and customer data.Flash needs a complementary network In order to maximize the value of Flash Storage, IT departments need to ensure that the appropriate network is in place.  Failure to do so risks that any performance bottleneck will just be moved from one hot spot in the infrastructure to another.  Or to put it another way, a great smart phone is only as good as its connection, and a great sports car only performs at its peak on the best roads.  The same is true for Flash Storage and the storage network.Dell EMC recently announced the availability of the Brocade G620 Gen 6 Fibre Channel switch.  The Brocade G620 is the industry’s first Gen 6 Fibre Channel switch and allows enterprises to take advantage of lightning-fast Dell EMC Flash Storage and adapt quickly to dynamic business demands.A Gen 6 Fibre Channel infrastructure is the right network to support Dell EMC Flash Storage.  It accelerates application performance, enables always-on business operations, and allows enterprises to implement a Future-Ready strategy to modernize their data center.Gen 6 Fibre Channel is built to optimize Flash Storage and highly virtualized server environments, with the higher IO throughput and lower latency necessary for high-transaction applications.Can we quantify the speed?  Sure! According to a Demartek Gen 6 Fibre Channel evaluation report, 32 Gbps performance accelerates application response time by up to 71 percent over previous solutions eliminating IO bottlenecks and unleashing the full performance of flash storage.Not just better performance but better managementIn addition to performance benefits, Brocade Fabric Vision Technology with IO Insight provides the industry’s only integrated network sensor, which allows for proactive monitoring of application and device-level IO performance and behavior. This exclusive capability enables enterprises to quickly identify and resolve problems.  And, integration with VMware tools such as vRealize enables optimization of VM and application performance.Finally, in keeping with Dell EMC’s future-ready philosophy, Gen 6 Fibre Channel switches are positioned for future technologies like NVMe over Fabrics and Gen 7 Fibre Channel.There is no doubt that efficient access to critical data is a significant competitive advantage for organizations.  As you look to modernize your data center and implement Dell EMC flash storage, the Brocade G620 Gen 6 Fibre Channel switch provides the best solution for connectivity and will help your organization receive the greatest value from your All-Flash arrays.last_img read more

Simplify and Automate Your Organization’s Data Protection with Dell EMC

first_imgAn Increasing Focus on AutomationDigital transformation is not only changing businesses and operating models, it’s putting more pressure on IT organizations to automate. Many IT teams have already achieved some efficiencies by virtualizing and automating compute resources. However, the management and delivery of provisioned resources on top of critical compute, storage, network, and most importantly, data protection resources need improvement. Automation solves many of these problems. Automation enables IT agility in a way that’s standardized, consistent, scalable, repeatable, and secure. A fully automated environment can reduce the time it takes to deliver production-ready resources to business stakeholders from weeks to less than a day.Automated and Orchestrated Cloud Data Protection To keep up with the demands of the business, organizations need a modern data center with a unified platform for managing private, public, hybrid cloud and multi-cloud environments. With VMware vRealize Suite (vRS), the foundation of the VMware Cloud Management Platform (CMP), is designed to help your organization gain the agility and speed that are essential to claiming and maintaining a competitive advantage. At the same time, the IT team gets the tools they need to manage uptime, performance, and cost of infrastructure and applications.As more users adopt VMware and VMware vRealize Automation (vRA), Dell EMC’s deep integration with VMware’s user interface becomes more and more important. Pair VMware vRealize Suite with Dell EMC Data Protection and the solution offers automation, governance and compliance for users with the deepest integration points for your cloud orchestration portal.Automate and Simplify Data Protection The vRA Data Protection Extension from Dell EMC delivers Backup as a Service and self-service data protection for VMware environments. The extension offers data protection natively as part of vRA Advanced Services and all data protection tasks occur from within the vRA UI. Data protection is embedded into the blueprints, ensuring that data protection is automatically included during the deployment of applications and compute services. The extension also supports application consistent backup and recovery through built in agents.Benefits of vRA and Dell EMC’s vRA Data Protection extension: Data protection offered as part of vRA advanced serviceApplication consistencyBackup as a Service with Self-service data protectionBusiness agilityGet transparency and control over the costs/ quality of IT servicesControl/optimize IT budgetAlign IT with business prioritiesEnsure automated data governance and complianceTo learn more about the vRealize Data Protection Extension integration with Dell EMC’s Data Protection Suite, please visit the VMware Solutions Exchange here.last_img read more

Dell EMC PowerStore Metro Node Enables Automated Business Continuity

first_imgIn the data era, information needs to be always available. This is reflected worldwide by regulations requiring synchronous data mirroring to prevent outages and critical data loss. Most institutions now require a business continuity plan in addition to a disaster recovery plan for IT that provides “continuous availability” to keep business application data intact and current after a site or data center outage. In addition, few companies today can sustain 24-hour data center operations, so many IT business continuity plans now require automatically initiated site failover in case of an outage to further reduce the possibility of critical data loss. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:31Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -1:31 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedDE ES FR IT JP KO BR CN Subtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedDE ES FR IT JP KO BR CN Captionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Introducing Dell EMC PowerStore metro nodeWith that in mind, Dell Technologies is introducing Dell EMC metro node, purpose built to address these business continuity challenges. Unlike some industry active-passive solutions, metro node provides true active-active metro configurations by allowing simultaneous writes at both sites and supports Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recover Time Objective (RTO) equal to zero. Zero RPO means there’s an expectation for zero data loss. Zero RTO means the time to recover is zero time or immediately. In addition, PowerStore metro node is designed to automatically initiate an instant site failover through its unique virtual machine (VM) witness technology.Why is metro replication important to business continuity?Only metro synchronous replication, which includes fully mirrored storage systems with an active-active configuration, can provide RPO and RTO equal to zero. You can implement PowerStore metro node with the full confidence that your data will always be available and accessible within metro Round Trip Time (RTT) boundaries of less than 10 milliseconds.“The PowerStore metro node was fully capable of synchronizing our workloads across two separate PowerStore arrays while delivering superior performance,” said Bryan Peroutka, Technical Solutions Architect at World Wide Technology. “It features a very quick, responsive and easy to navigate interface and it’s very space efficient, only adding an additional 2U to our PowerStore footprint. It’s an ideal addition to any company’s business continuity strategy.”Key benefits of metro nodeVolume/LUN level granularityAllows the replication of specific LUNs for application level granularity, significantly reducing TCO and improving flexibility by giving you the choice of which workloads to replicate.Non-disruptive addition of consistency groupsSupports consistency group add/delete operations without disruption. This provides operational flexibility with zero downtime and means you can add or remove volumes to consistency groups without breaking the replication.Multi-Platform SupportEnables replication between different Dell EMC array types.Avoid degradation to array performanceMetro node replication has zero performance impact on the storage array.No additional host softwareIt’s self-contained and does not require any software to be deployed on the hosts or a host reboot.Provides multiple capabilities and configurationsIn addition to synchronous metro replication, PowerStore metro node can also support local configurations for continuous application availability, data mobility to non-disruptively relocate workloads and enables storage technology refresh without application downtime.Compact form factor with high performanceThe PowerStore metro node cluster is comprised of two 1U units which support 32Gb/s Fibre Channel.Learn more about the PowerStore family of all-flash data storage appliances.last_img read more

Fauci warns against Super Bowl parties to avoid virus spread

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s top infectious disease expert doesn’t want Sunday’s Super Bowl to turn into a super spreader. Dr. Anthony Fauci is cautioning against big Super Bowl watch parties, saying people should “just lay low and cool it.” He said during TV interviews Wednesday that big events like Sunday’s game in Tampa, Florida, between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are always a cause for concern over the potential for virus spread. “You don’t want parties with people that you haven’t had much contact with,” he told NBC’s “Today” show. “You just don’t know if they’re infected, so, as difficult as that is, at least this time around, just lay low and cool it.”last_img read more

With ‘Mank’ and ‘The Crown,’ Netflix dominates Globes noms

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — David Fincher’s “Mank” has topped Golden Globe nominations with six nods, while Netflix dominated Wednesday’s announcement thanks to both its films and television series. The film about “Citizen Kane” co-writer Herman Mankiewicz, landed nominations for best film, drama; best actor for Gary Oldman; best director for Fincher, best supporting actress for Amanda Seyfried; best score; and best screenplay for Jack Fincher, the director’s father who penned the script before dying in 2003. In addition to “Mank,” the nominees for best motion picture drama are “The Father”; “Nomadland”; “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and “Promising Young Woman.” Netflix’s “The Crown” led all television nominees with six.last_img read more