Data Lakes continue to gain momentum as the go-to strategy for prepping Big Data for analysis. Since we launched Data Lakes at the beginning of the third quarter, we’ve seen a huge interest from our customers, partners and the marketplace to manage the challenges of data growth. We’re now taking the Data Lake to the next level for a variety of Big Data analytics needs.This week, EMC announced a one-two punch of news with enterprise Hadoop players. First, EMC and Cloudera announced a collaboration to integrate EMC Isilon Scale-Out NAS with Cloudera’s Enteprise Data Hub, enabling users to access and analyze data in an agile environment. Second, EMC and Pivotal announced an update to our Data Lakes bundle. This bundle now enables scale-out storage, scale-out compute and Big Data analytics.Not only do these two offerings further the value of EMC’s Data Lake strategy while setting customers up for powerful Big Data analytics, they also demonstrate EMC’s commitment to enterprise Hadoop. As a leading player in the Big Data storage game, our customers expect us to scale out to meet the demands of their data anytime, anywhere. And now with the integration with Cloudera Enterprise, and the bundled offering with Pivotal, we’re also enabling customers to analyze and use their Big Data every day, all with the freedom to choose the enterprise Hadoop vendor that’s right for them.Now on to Data lakes: in a recent IDC Insight titled “Enterprise Data Lake Platforms: Deep Storage for Big Data and Analytics”; Researchers Ashish Nadkarni and Laura DuBois see the data lakes become a core part of enterprise storage infrastructure. To quote from the study:“As businesses learn to collate data from various sources and convert it into consumable nuggets of information for their various organizational units, they will no doubt be compelled to establish enterprise wide data lakes — upon which various workloads can concurrently operate. Such data lakes will enable existing workloads, as well as be future proof to seamlessly support new applications and workloads.” further “suppliers like EMC are beginning to position their scaleout file and object platforms like Isilon to support data lakes as the next stop on a journey to make their platforms ready for the next wave of Big Data, social, mobile, and cloud applications”EMC, together with Pivotal, will be available at Strata + Hadoop world 2014 in New York city to demonstrate the solution architecture and answer any questions. We’re also presenting “Ask the Expert” sessions to provide insights from real world implementations. Find out more at http://bit.ly/1sIOWIeFor more information visit us at Hadoop World booth #547 or:The EMC Big Data universe: http://emc.com/bigdataEMC and Pivotal joint solution: http://bit.ly/1lXPW70EMC Isilon and Cloudera joint solution overview: http://bit.ly/1uQMSNQBuilding the data lake based on Isilon : http://www.emc.com/storage/isilon/scale-out-data-lake-solutions.htmEMC Community Infohub on securing a data lake with EMC Isilon: http://bit.ly/WERd9u
At VMworld 2019, we held an expert round table designed to explore some of the salient topics. Half of the round table participants were Tech Field Day community members, and the remaining half were from Dell Technologies, VMware VeloCloud, and Intel. With ten panelists in total, the discussion was lively — and ranged from highly technical to practical.Here are my top five takeaways from the talk.1. Ask your cloud providers the hard questionsThere’s no magic blueprint for picking the right vendor or vendors, and no solution is one-size-fits all. The consensus was clear: you should focus on your business requirements when evaluating cloud providers. Doing this right means asking tough questions about where and how your data will go.Essentially, think of the cloud not as a place, but as an operating model. Find technology partners that can deliver not just the technology, but a model that aligns with your business.There were a few considerations that the panel agreed were important:How edge vs. cloud data is handled. What is processed on the edge, versus in the cloud?The physical location of cloud servers. It’s important for compliance with local regulations and for reducing latency for real-time decision making.The data center is an overlooked part of the cloud ecosystem that will make a difference for most organizations. Having a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) that can automate, remove the burden of patching and infrastructure management, makes the on-premises experience more like the cloud by saving IT time and resources.2. Plan and build across cloudsOur panel agreed that any discussion on the merits of a single cloud vs. multiple cloud deployment misses the point. Like it or not, the hard fact is that most customers find their data and applications split across at least two clouds. For most companies, this was not a conscious choice but rather an accidental outcome driven by rapid organic cloud adoption, acquisition, or various other factors.The ease of setup with most cloud providers is almost a liability in this case. Departments can bypass IT, implement their own cloud provider for a departmental solution, and before long you have a fractured landscape. Like it or not, the business world often requires many clouds. By adopting a hybrid cloud model that offers consistency of management and easy workload migration across public and private clouds, you unlock the power of your cloud data.We agreed the solution is for strong ownership by IT, as well as effective communication between leaders across the organization. The role of IT implementers and developers will become more and more important as cloud services proliferate.For IT to keep that ownership and control, they must pivot to be seen as a deliverer of services, not a roadblock. There have to be enough people with the right knowledge to help support the organization. At Dell Technologies Cloud, we’ve seen that VMware’s training setup and the sheer volume of knowledge they have, make it a strong platform for establishing a digital business.3. Understand your security postureMost of the panel agreed that it was on organizations to treat all clouds as a zero-trust environment. Organizations are getting into trouble when it comes to establishing security best practices across so many environments. They must strive to deliver consistent security tools and extend their security best practices across all these clouds.That makes sense, because every cloud provider has some type of Shared Responsibility Model. Overall, cloud vendors are doing well holding up their end of the bargain, but customers need to be more aware of their responsibilities, and more consistent in implementing them.The goal should be to establish a standard security operating procedure that can be applied uniformly. Then, you can add additional measures depending on a specific provider.We’re starting to see, however, that just grafting on security measures isn’t going to be sufficient forever. The next movement is intrinsic security, that’s built into all aspects of a platform. VMware has been moving in that direction, and is enabling Dell Technologies Cloud to create a platform that ensures security across all customers’ cloud providers.4. Take a long-term approach to containerizationThe experts agreed that the shift from virtual machine to container is far trickier than moving from physical hardware to virtual machines. Container architecture requires considerable retrofitting for legacy applications; it’s almost easier to throw everything existing out and design from scratch for containers than it is to adapt existing apps.That said, we agreed that the business benefits from a move to containers will be worth the effort in the long run, but, existing legacy applications will remain in place for some time. Containers provide the ability to identify bottlenecks in your network or architecture and scale them out, with virtually infinite scalability.As a panel, we agreed that most businesses aren’t making containers a top priority. We also observed that it’s a tough transition to make without outside help. It’s best to start small and try a few pilot projects first.VMware and Dell Technologies Cloud are both working on infrastructure that will enable our customers to rapidly onboard containers in a way that is less disruptive, and reduces the amount of time and effort it takes to maintain these environments.5. Create a simple, consistent hybrid cloud with VMware + Dell Technologies CloudA big area of focus for our panel was on how companies could get more from their clouds. The great promise of the cloud was always about providing a simpler way of handling data: centralized and effortless, a virtual, “garden of Eden,” as one panelist put it.Why have we fallen so short of this ideal? For most companies, cloud deployments have answered some questions, but also created new ones. Getting it all to work together is now the great challenge.Clouds can offer immense value but only when deployed as part of an effective strategy that spans all environments. Every company comes to the cloud with their own priorities, needs, and context. From our discussion, however, it was clear that the desire for simplicity and consistency is nearly universal.A consistent hybrid cloud can remove a lot of that complexity and provide a more easily managed, business aligned, and secure cloud experience. That is why Dell is working with VMWare to modernize operations, reduce costs and redefine networking for the multi-cloud world.What are your top cloud insights or best practices?Listen to the Cloud conversation i recently had with analysts Pat Moorhead and Daniel Newman:The Six Five Special Insider Edition featuring Dell Technologies Watch these in-depth Cloud interviews with Dell Tech Cloud experts hosted by CTO Advisor Keith Townsend: Dell Technologies Cloud UpdateDell Technologies Cloud Storage Learn about our key announcements at VMWorld 2019 Dell Technologies Cloud Accelerates Customers’ Multi-Cloud JourneyDell Technologies Advances Software-Defined Networking with Dell EMC and VMware Co-Developed SolutionsDell Technologies Cloud Advancements Deliver New Kubernetes Support and Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Options
I recently joined the Storage Solutions team at Dell Technologies, which is tasked with marketing for High Value Workloads and Vertical Solutions across our storage portfolio. Our team handles everything from SAP, SQL and Oracle to Healthcare, Life Sciences, Media & Entertainment, Video Surveillance and Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) – just to highlight a few. All these established solutions areas have important use cases and workloads that drive significant amounts of storage capacity and revenue.My area of focus is somewhat different and unique on the team: I cover AI/ML/DL as a discrete solution area but also as a horizontal enabling technology ingredient across all vertical solutions. One of my key responsibilities is to showcase how our storage portfolio enables the design and deployment of optimal IT environments for AI initiatives. This is an emerging area, quite dynamic and diverse, made all the more important as our customers look to gain competitive insights and revenue advantages in this Data Decade.We’ve all heard that “data is the new oil” and therefore one of the most important assets for organizations around the world. But the advantages and importance of this Data Capital are only realized if value can be extracted successfully. In order to effectively harness the power of data, the very backbone of your IT infrastructure needs to be optimized to handle the work. This can be achieved in many ways; however, one thing is certain and urgent – the data keeps coming and it won’t stop. We’re living in a time of unprecedented growth of unstructured data. Organizations are swamped and they need new ways to address this data deluge.So how do you effectively and efficiently extract the value from data? What are the key ingredients of a modern IT Infrastructure for AI? What’s holding you back? Both Dell EMC and Intel, as IT industry leaders, are tasked with helping our customers answer these important questions as we collectively embark on our journey toward a digital future. To this end, we recently commissioned Enterprise Strategy Group to survey organizations around the world to determine their state of AI readiness. The results are published in this new Research Insights Paper: How Organizations Unlock Their Data Capital with Artificial Intelligence. The analysts were determined to discover what sets organizations apart with respect to their use of AI technologies and the best IT Infrastructure to power these demanding workflows.A key tenet of the report is that legacy data analytics techniques simply will not work today and that forward-thinking organizations must implement AI into the mix in order to remain competitive. AI has significant advantages compared to traditional analytics, offering speed, scale, impartiality, precision and uptime. The report goes into detail on these facets, as well as the positive revenue and competitive impacts organizations can expect by introducing AI deployed on a modern IT infrastructure, summarized in the graphic below.Although the results vary across the study’s respondents, it’s clear that no matter where they are in the evolutionary process of applying AI to their data analytics initiatives, the effort will drive significant amounts of incremental revenue.How does your organization do the same? This highly informative ESG report highlights four key characteristics of Data Capital achievers:Deployment of high performance and scalable storage. We offer Dell EMC Isilon scale-out NAS, Dell EMC ECS and Dell EMC PowerMax.Use of hardware accelerated massively parallel compute for optimal AI model training. We offer Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers with Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel FPGAs.Adoption of comprehensive protection for the data pipeline. We offer Dell EMC Data ProtectionEnlistment of third parties to augment data science initiatives. We offer Dell Technologies Consulting.It’s still early days in the use of AI to power data analytics initiatives. Even though, it’s clear from this report that organizations starting now to build out AI enabled modern IT Infrastructures are the ones that stand to gain the most from their nascent investments.Are you interested in learning more? In addition to this ESG report, we’ve recently commissioned a couple other new research papers in this area. Please check out this report from Moor Insights & Strategy as well as this IDC Technology Spotlight.Thanks for reading my first blog. I look forward to continuing the conversation in future posts. To contribute to it please connect with me here as well as LinkedIn and Twitter.
Rugged build and rigid cover to withstand sudden shocks – certified to withstand 40G of operational shock and for operation at up to 15K feet of elevationProviding even more platform flexibility, we are also announcing a new VxRail E Series model based on, for the first time, AMD EPYC processors. The single socket, 1U nodes offer dual socket performance making them ideal platforms for desktop VDI, analytics and computer aided design. As our second lightest and second shortest depth chassis (only the D560 is lighter weight and shorter depth) with a high efficiency dual redundant power sipping 550W power supply, this an ideal option for edge deployments.Extreme Performance and Operational EfficienciesMore than ever, new workloads require extreme IO and graphics performance, and we continue to provide new ecosystem options to meet those demands while at the same time continuously enhancing our VxRail HCI System Software to deliver extreme operational simplicity.The addition of Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory to the E560 and P570 platforms offers high performance and significantly increased memory capacity with data persistence at an affordable price. VxRail is the first, fully integrated VMware HCI system to support Intel’s new groundbreaking technology innovation, Intel Optane persistent memory.Our testing showed VxRail with Intel Optane persistent memory in app direct mode delivers 90 percent lower latency and 6x higher IOPs for small I/O workloads compared to those same VxRail models with NVMe, making it ideal for in-memory intensive workloads and use cases such as SAP HANA.We have also added the latest NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 6000 and 8000 GPUs to the V570F bringing the most significant advancement in computer graphics in over a decade to professional workflows. Designers and artists across industries can now expand the boundary of what’s possible, working with the largest and most complex graphics rendering, deep learning, and visual computing workloads.VxRail continues to set the pace in delivering operational simplicity with our HCI System Software, the core differentiation of VxRail regardless of your workload or platform choice. Our integrated, value added software extends VMware native capabilities to deliver a seamless, automated, operational experience, including automated full stack lifecycle management that keeps the infrastructure in continuously validated states to ensure workloads are consistently up and running. In our latest software release supporting vSphere 6.x – VxRail 4.7.510 – we continue to add new automation and self-service features enabling customers to schedule and run upgrade health checks in advance of upgrades to ensure clusters are in a ready state for the next upgrade or patch, and offer more flexibility in getting all nodes or clusters to a common release level.Extending the Dell Technologies Cloud Platform to New ExtremesThis launch is jam-packed. In addition to new platforms, the Dell Tech Cloud Platform, VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail, now enables extreme simplicity so IT can enable developers of modern applications and extreme flexibility with an entry level cloud configuration.Furthering our commitment to supporting the latest VMware technologies, customers can now run vSphere Kubernetes on the Dell Tech Cloud Platform, VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 on VxRail 7.0.VMware recently introduced the highly anticipated vSphere 7.0. In keeping with our synchronous release commitment, we introduced VxRail 7.0 with support for vSphere 7.0 in late April – within 30 days of VMware’s release. VCF 4.0 on VxRail 7.0 delivers a simple and direct path to Kubernetes at cloud scale with one complete automated platform. Unique integration across the stack enables developers and operators to quickly and easily support modern application development with infrastructure managed as a single automated private cloud.Additionally, VCF 4.0 networking advancements have made it easier than ever to get started with hybrid cloud. With a more accessible Consolidated Architecture, Dell Technologies Cloud Platform can now be deployed starting with a 4-node configuration, lowering the cost of entry level hybrid cloud.Enabling IT to Deliver Extreme ResultsAs you can see, we never stop innovating. Whether you are accelerating data center modernization, extending HCI to harsh edge environments or deploying an on premises Dell Tech Cloud platform to create a developer-ready Kubernetes infrastructure, VxRail delivers a turnkey experience, extensive platform configuration options, automation, orchestration and consistent hybrid cloud operations to address the broadest range of traditional and modern workloads across the core, edge and cloud- taking HCI to Extremes.We miss getting the chance to see everyone face to face; however, we have some great virtual platforms that you should check out — you can attend our virtual launch event and crowd chat, visit the post event page to watch the event replay, register for deep dive Meet the Expert Q&A breakout sessions, or interact with our VxRail augmented reality virtual tour (it’s a super cool way to look under the hood of a VxRail without needing a screwdriver!). Admittedly, I miss the opportunity to get out and meet with customers to discuss how they are using VxRail and share our latest innovations and roadmaps. However, I am beyond impressed by how IT organizations have stepped up to enable organizations to remain productive. Our goal is to continuously innovate to empower IT and I am excited that our team has come up with some great ways to share all of our VxRail announcements, and engage everyone in our VxRail – Taking HCI to Extremes virtual launch.The launch covers how VxRail brings the power of HCI to the extreme edge with a rugged version that can withstand the harshest conditions, how new platforms and eco-system enhancements deliver extreme performance for demanding workloads and how software upgrades continue to deliver extreme operational efficiencies. We will also touch on how our latest Tanzu enabled hybrid cloud helps deliver extreme modern applications to the market. Here’s a quick review of all of the exciting announcements.I’ll cover some of the highlights of our announcements, spanning new hardware platforms, ecosystem options as well as the latest in software innovations for use cases across the edge, core and cloud.HCI at the Extreme EdgeWe are introducing two new platforms to meet the demand for more compute, performance, storage and more importantly operational simplicity- at the edge and remote locations. First, we are excited to announce a brand-new Dell EMC VxRail Series – the most extreme yet – the D Series. The D560/D560F is a ruggedized, durable platform that delivers the full power of VxRail for workloads at the edge, in challenging environments, or for space-constrained areas. Bottom line, you can’t just put a device built for a data center in extremely harsh environments — from manufacturing plants to oil rigs to submarines — in remote locations where dust is blowing or in sub-zero temps, and expect it to operate. We built the D-series to go to the extremes — extreme heat, extreme cold, extreme altitudes — so customers can get the power and simplicity of VxRail no matter where they need it.Resilience to extreme heat, sand, dust and vibration – VxRail D Series is certified to take heat up to 45C/113F and can even go up to 55C/131F for up to 8 hours, and have a certified cold start down to -15C/5F Light-weight, short depth, durable form factor that allows for flexible deployment options — at only 20” deep, it’s our smallest form factor
Mel Brooks, Ed Asner and others are paying tribute to Cloris Leachman, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress who died Wednesday at 94. Brooks, who directed Leachman in “Young Frankenstein,” tweeted that she was an “insanely talented” actress who “could make you laugh or cry at the drop of a hat.” Asner, Leachman’s co-star on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” tweeted a photo of his last meeting with Leachman, along with the words, “Nothing I could say would top the enormity of my love for you.” Dana Delany, Lynda Carter and others also tweeted praise and fond memories of Leachman.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper’s office says the Democrat’s wife has died years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. According to a news release, 66-year-old Martha Cooper passed away Thursday surrounded by her husband and children at their Nashville home. The longtime Nashville congressman had been married to Martha Cooper for nearly 36 years. The couple had three children together and one grandchild. More than 5 million people in the United States and millions more worldwide have Alzheimer’s.
More than two dozen philanthropic organizations and corporations on Thursday launched the California Black Freedom Fund. It’s five-year $100 million initiative the group says will provide resources to Black-led organizations in the state aiming to eradicate systemic racism. The 25 funders include the philanthropic groups of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, Philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs as well as JPMorgan Chase. The group says the fund aims to address the “history of underinvestment” in Black-led organizations. It currently has $32.4 million, with the rest of the money slated to be raised and given during the next five years.