Flash Forward and Accelerate the Data Lake

first_imgWe’re about to hit you with something big. Ready?Flash is now a standard enterprise storage option in the block world. That’s certainly not news. But did you know that block only represents 20% of all data, and the other 80% is unstructured or file data that doubles every 2-3 years?Naturally, Dell EMC has a fix for that.New today, Isilon All-Flash storage (formerly “Project Nitro”) will ignite the Isilon data lake for storing and managing unstructured data in the core data center. With 6X more IOPS, 8X more aggregate throughput, 47% more capacity, the blazing performance of Isilon All-Flash is sure to accelerate demanding and business critical workloads to new levels. The Isilon All-Flash storage device is a 4U chassis that can accommodate up to four all-flash nodes. Each node holds up to a total of 15 SSDs. Since Isilon All Flash leverages commodity components as core platform building blocks, as density and capacities increase we can quickly and easily continue to grow the node and chassis density. Dell EMC Isilon is continuing to innovate; this scale out all-flash cluster can reach extreme scale, with up to 400+ nodes providing a cluster that delivers aggregate bandwidth of 1.5TB/s and capacity of a whopping 100 PB.It’s all about the SOFTWARE!Isilon All-Flash runs the same Isilon OneFS operating system that our customers know and love, so it can participate in the cluster with other Isilon nodes, thus providing interoperability and investment protection.  As an integral part of the data lake, it gives customers the flexibility of choosing protocols from file protocols like NFS, SMB, to object protocols like REST and Openstack/Swift to enabling customers to run in-place analytics with HDFS. OneFS strengthens the data lake by including the enterprise grade storage and data management features like data protection, security and performance management.  Finally, with storage pools, you can take advantage of optimizing the data placement to provide the right storage tier based on the business criticality, age or value of the data.Why All-Flash?We see customers using Isilon All-Flash to accelerate the throughput and scale of Media and Entertainment workloads like 4K streaming, animation rendering and content creation. Additionally, compute intensive workloads like Electronic Design Automation logic design and verification will allow customers to shift the bottleneck from storage to compute by increasing the IOPS and the ability to run more jobs concurrently. Lastly, Hadoop and other near real-time big data analytics workloads as well as human genome sequencing in Life Sciences will reap the rewards of Isilon’s all-flash technology.Isilon All-Flash is all about solving customers’ challenges and meeting these new application demands from a workload perspective.   While business is changing faster than ever before, Isilon All-Flash—and the entire Isilon family—are designed to help customers meet their challenges head on.Customers can Pre-Order Isilon All Flash today, click here!  Isilon All-flash will be generally available in 1H 2017.last_img read more

Google Cloud Anthos – Get a Fast Start with VxFlex!

first_imgThis post is co-authored by David Adams, Product Manager for the VxFlex Family of hyper-converged products at Dell EMC.Taking on a new technology platform can create new opportunities and challenges. Getting off to the right start takes preparation and planning. In today’s bold new world of cloud native applications, adoption means changing work habits like DevOps, the application construct, and a new operating system paradigm called containers. Getting out of the starting gate with the advantage of speed means focusing on developing new applications and the bench strength to leverage new tools like Kubernetes and worrying less about the infrastructure creation and operation to deploy those applications. This is where the Dell EMC VxFlex offering comes together nicely with the Google Cloud Anthos managed services for deploying on-premises Kubernetes!The drivers to transform businesses means creatively looking to do things fundamentally differently and not just iteratively. Large monolithic applications simply do not allow for the pace of change required to remain competitive. Container-based applications are quickly becoming a new standard way of creating new modularized applications and a key target for modernizing existing applications. 451 Research forecasts container adoption growth of over 30% from 2017 to 2022.[1] Virtually all industry analysts also point out that most cloud enabling technology deployments will be hybrid. Anthos and VxFlex make hybrid use cases like WAN speeds, connectivity distributions, regulatory or policy-based preference for data location, and closer proximity to data creation, all possible.Mounting pressure on today’s companies to rapidly transform themselves to remain competitive in an increasingly dynamic business climate driven by new technology like mobile computing, IoT/edge devices, machine learning and 5G networks, has spurred an unlikely strategic asset: the IT department. Once thought of as a cost center to support business functions, IT departments are being asked to provide modern data services for companies not traditionally thought of as “tech companies.” In talking with our customers, partners and analysts there are a few recent themes that stand out among the rest when it comes to simplicity, agility and scalability: hybrid-cloud services, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and container-based solutions.The Dell EMC VxFlex product relationship with Google Cloud offers an Anthos ready validated solution. This highly differentiated on-premises cloud solution combines the benefits of a managed Kubernetes cloud service with the simplicity, high performance and scalability requirements that enterprises demand. Validated by Google Cloud to complement their managed services for on-prem deployments means you can start getting to work on your applications instead of building the full operating stack from scratch first. Together, Google Cloud Anthos and the Dell EMC VxFlex solution offers an excellent head start for businesses undertaking digital transformation projects.Like Anthos, VxFlex provides an end-to-end engineered solution with lifecycle management, monitoring and automation to deliver the complete stack of underlying infrastructure of compute, storage and networking. The solution ingredients running on the #1 industry-leading PowerEdge servers include VxFlex OS and VxFlex Manager.  VxFlex OS is the enabling technology that provides the high performance and flexibility in hypervisors and choice of deployment options with two-layer (compute and storage separate) or HCI (compute and storage together).  VxFlex Manager is the comprehensive IT operations management tool for full spectrum administration of the system ingredients- from easy implementation and serviceability to lifecycle management The VxFlex integrated rack comes completely assembled and configured for customer environments ready to run Anthos. Once Anthos is installed you’re ready to deploy Kubernetes applications from Google Cloud Console!Here’s why the VxFlex solution provides excellent value with Anthos:Scale as you Grow – As more of your projects move from dev/test to production, we enable a node-by-node increase of compute or storage, or both, at the pace of your deployments.Mix your Compute and Storage Capacities – Initially starting with stateless workloads and eventually moving to applications that require persistent volumes? VxFlex allows adding compute or storage separately in the same cluster without physical partitioning or bolting on shared storage systems. That’s one of the key differentiators of VxFlex OS.Mixed Workloads – We realize you can’t flip a switch and instantly become “containerized.” We enable you to mix any combination of virtualized, bare metal, containers, and mix hypervisor platforms. If you have existing Windows and Linux applications that aren’t ready to be containerized and also want to start deploying Anthos container applications, we provide a single solution that can combine any of these without requiring physical partitioning to get the most value from your VxFlex purchase.Cloud Scalability and Performance – Whether you want to start off small or grow to thousands of nodes, VxFlex has a proven track record of providing linear scalability for millions of IOPS while retaining low latency.Cloud-like High Availability Architecture – The VxFlex OS architecture provides unique capabilities to isolate fault domains similar to how Google Cloud architects their Google Cloud Platform (GCP) datacenter. We not only protect from failures but provide QoS performance protection while undergoing or correcting failures, and not just drive level failures, but also in the event of a node outage or maintenance event. VxFlex OS uses the entire cluster to parallelize any recovery scenarios for shorter rebuild times.Flexible Buying Options – Whether you prefer to acquire your VxFlex solution outright, need financial flexibility to lease your solution, or want a consumption-based purchasing option, Dell EMC leads the industry in buying and services offerings that best accommodate your needs.Future Proof – Combine the flexibility to scale compute and storage independently, mix workloads, mix virtualization, bare metal, containerized and enable changes non-disruptively and automate the additions or changes while managing the complete lifecycle and you have a future proof combination that protects your investment.Engineered together with the Google Cloud team, the Anthos and VxFlex hybrid cloud solution provides best in class hyperconverged infrastructure from Dell EMC and managed Kubernetes by Google Cloud. Together, we’re here to accelerate your way to a successful digital transformation! For more details, please see our VxFlex for Anthos Solution White Paper.[1] 451Research, Cloud-Enabling Technologies – Application Containers, January 2019______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________About the co-authorDavid is a Product Manager for the VxFlex Family of hyper-converged products at Dell EMC. He leads hybrid cloud and cloud-native solutions where he aspires to provide differentiated solutions for customers, based on the unique value-props of VxFlex. He’s fascinated by all things Kubernetes and the potential it unlocks for our customers.last_img read more

What Gets Measured Gets Done

first_imgOur Commitment to Driving Social Change All stakeholders should benefit from a company’s business practices. We’ve always known this to be true. And with widespread socioeconomic disparity, racial injustice and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable, it has never been more important for companies to have this commitment at the center of their business.In 2019, we introduced Progress Made Real, our social impact plan for 2030. We set bold, aggressive goals to advance sustainability, cultivate inclusion, transform lives and uphold ethics and privacy. We pledged, by 2030, that:All of our packaging and more than half of our product content will be made from recycled or renewable material – and for every product a customer buys, we will reuse or recycle an equivalent product;We will fully automate data control processes to ensure customers can control their data;We will transform the lives of 1 billion people by using our technology and scale to advance health, education and economic opportunity initiativesAnd 50 percent of our global workforce and 40 percent of our global people leaders will identify as women; and 25 percent of our U.S. workforce and 15 percent of our global people leaders will identify as Black/African American or Hispanic/Latino.We made these commitments to deliver meaningful, lasting stakeholder value and to execute on our company purpose to drive human progress. While we made them without knowing exactly how we would achieve them, we knew the first step was to set big goals and go after them.Delivering on our promisesOur team lives by a simple mantra: “What gets measured gets done.” We know in order to make progress toward our goals, we must be able to monitor them in a measurable way. Our stakeholders agree – our customers, partners, team members and investors all want to partner with, work for and invest in transparent, responsible companies. Establishing baselines and identifying the right measures are critical to our long-term success. This is why we have gone to great lengths to identify key performance indicators, governance, and reporting structures for each of our goals in the FY20 Progress Made Real Report.Our approach to measurement and transparencyOur measurement strategy has always been informed by taking inventory of what stakeholders want to know, integrating key metrics from external ranking systems, and ensuring executive buy-in. To chart a path toward our 2030 aspirations, we knew we’d need to build on this strong foundation and double down on measuring progress. We re-examined our methodologies, restructured our data collection and management, and made required adjustments to ensure we were taking full advantage of the tools at our disposal. Part of this process included asking Ceres, a nonprofit organization tackling some of the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, to review our social impact report.Ceres President and CEO Mindy Lubber commended us on our strength in measurement: “Dell’s ambitious targets are an admirable step toward a more conscious way of doing business, matching social impact initiatives with clear business drivers and metrics which align directly with moonshot goals. Far beyond a simple mission statement, Dell’s unmatched commitment to accountability through measurement will be vital to inspiring real change and advancing social impact reporting overall.”Stronger measurement, stronger outcomesWith our annual Progress Made Real report, we will not only share where we are against our goals – we will clearly identify what’s working, where we may need to increase focus, and our measurable progress toward our vision for 2030.This ongoing introspective and data-driven approach will help us reach our full potential and, in turn, help us drive positive change and real value for our stakeholders.last_img read more

Priest for voter fraud exorcisms leaves Wisconsin diocese

first_imgMADISON, Wis. (AP) — A priest who livestreamed exorcisms aimed at rooting out what he, former President Donald Trump and some Trump supporters have falsely claimed was widespread voting fraud in the presidential election has left a Roman Catholic diocese in Wisconsin. The Diocese of Madison says it and the Rev. John Zuhlsdorf reached a mutual decision on his departure. Zuhlsdorf claimed he had permission from Madison Bishop Donald Hying to conduct the exorcisms. Hying said, however, that he didn’t give Zuhlsdorf permission to conduct exorcisms related to “partisan political activity,” but rather approved an exorcism for “alleviation from the scourge of the coronavirus pandemic.” Zuhlsdorf did not immediately respond to a phone message and email Tuesday seeking comment.last_img read more