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Month: February 2021

The Creation of a New Vblock System

first_imgSince VCE was founded in 2009, Vblock Systems have become well known throughout the industry for best-of-breed hardware, rapid deployment, and single vendor support. However, we must continue to focus on our customers’ experience when integrating new technologies from our investor companies, not only to accelerate time-to-market, but also to reduce risk and lower the total cost of operation.Case in point: In September, VCE introduced two new storage platforms to the Vblock System family: the next-generation VNX platform and the XtremIO all-flash array. Both platforms have understandably generated a great deal of excitement.With an increased number of faster cores utilizing MCx multi-core optimization, the new VNX platform offers quicker file response and lower latency times. Block de-deuplication and a lower cost per gigabyte are providing greater efficiencies and increased application availability.Designed to meet the requirements of the most demanding applications, the EMC XtremIO all flash-based arrays ensure exceptional performance and responsiveness for massively scalable solutions. This makes it ideal for solutions such as virtual desktop infrastructure, enabling higher performance per virtual desktop at a lower price.All this of course leads to the question – “When do new technologies become available within Vblock Systems?”ShareIn this case, it’s not as simple as plugging in the new storage; customers expect VCE to perform the due diligence so they don’t have to. They expect a pre-validated solution that will perform and scale predictably, ensuring critical business applications are available and service-level agreements (SLAs) are met.For several months prior to the announcement, VCE and EMC engineers worked hand-in-hand to test and pre-validate the next-generation VNX storage array within the Vblock System 340 and the XtremIO array within the Vblock Specialized System for Extreme Applications. So what does this really mean?The integration of compute, network, storage, and virtualization components is critical – those who work in data centers know all too well that hardware integration can be time-consuming and complex. When deploying a new infrastructure into production, engineers must ask:What’s the best configuration for a given application?How do we properly segregate workloads or use cases?How do we protect against critical data loss or a localized disaster?How are we going to maintain the environment?VCE considers these questions when testing and pre-validating Vblock Systems for not only the application type or workload, but with disaster recovery and data mobility in mind too. Depending upon requirements, VCE engineers are able to factory-integrate products, such as Avamar, Data Domain, and VPLEX, into Vblock Systems so they’re production-ready on day one.I meet with a good number of customers on my travels, often discussing their pain points and what would be most critical to them in a potential solution. One pain point that often comes up, and it isn’t a glamorous one, is upgrades. This is an area I can certainly relate to – I’ve lived the dream in a former life! In fact, I once worked as a storage engineer for a company that kept all code releases – storage, network, compute, HBAs, and more – on a whiteboard. This might sound eerily familiar to some. With some digging and searching for the correct code revisions, upgrades would work well until we upgraded a SAN switch, unaware somebody hadn’t upgraded an HBA. At this point, the servers couldn’t see their storage and the application (in this case an Oracle database) came crashing down. Missed SLAs and a frantic dash to the data center is what happened next.You know what’s coming – we’ve taken care of that too – even for a Vblock System with newly introduced hardware. We test and validate our systems prior to making them available, and will continue to do so with future releases to accelerate time to market and reduce risk in customer data centers.We’ve actually taken it a step further through the use of VCE Vision Intelligent Operations. VCE Vision Intelligent Operations can discover and validate the code levels throughout Vblock Systems – it’s like someone verifying all the information on the whiteboard before you start the upgrade – giving customers this baseline so no one has to make that dash from the office to the data center. It’s true push-button automation.Looking back to the graphic above you can see, at least at a high level, all we do for each and every Vblock System landing on a data center floor. Whether or not we’re introducing a new technology, we’ve done the testing so customers don’t have to.last_img read more

[The Source Podcast] VMware and Dell EMC Helping our Partners Grow

first_imgIn the latest episode of The Source, Brandon Sweeney (@bsweeneyatVMW), senior vice president VMWare Channel and Commercial Sales, joins me from the Global Partner Summit at Dell Technologies World 2018.As CRN noted, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger discussed the Virtual Cloud Network on the Tuesday of Dell Technologies World, describing it as the future of networking.It’s clear that enabling our joint partner channel is the key to growth and end user enablement.The entire Dell Technologies family benefits when our partners are successful.Sweeney talks innovation and depth of technology solutions across the Dell Technologies family and enabling our partner community.If you’re a partner where should you start?  Sweeney helps point us in the right direction.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)last_img read more

Rock Around the Blockchain with Dell Technologies

first_imgWhile almost everyone has heard of Bitcoin, the blockchain based crypto-currency, not everyone knows that blockchain, a distributed ledger system of technology, has applications far ranging beyond the wallet.Many enterprise customers are experimenting with a new class of applications that insert transactions into a distributed ledger. As a result, they are looking at different ledger implementations in the form of blockchain. Companies like Microsoft, RedHat, and Fujitsu are participating in new enterprise blockchain initiatives, from Blockchain as a Service to secure data exchange networks.However, the industry is struggling with the implementation of enterprise-class blockchain solutions. There are two primary challenges being tackled. The first issue is the selection of a blockchain, and the second issue is the integration of that blockchain into an existing IT architecture.Starting in 2016, technology practitioners from across Dell Technologies, including Dell EMC, VMware, Pivotal and others, formed a Blockchain Interest Group (BIG), whose steering committee helps customers discover Dell’s blockchain capabilities.Dell Fellow Steve Todd wrote about the Dell Technologies portfolio and blockchain for the 2018 Knowledge Sharing Competition, and won first place for his paper Rock Around the Blockchain with Dell Technologies. In this interview from Dell Technologies World, Todd discusses the the research that his group has done related to customer business uses for blockchain, as well as some of the challenges of implementing blockchain applications, particularly in mission-critical environments.last_img read more

World’s Most Powerful and Greenest Industrial Supercomputer Tackles COVID-19

first_img Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:33Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:33 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (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. The company is now putting the resources of HPC5 toward coronavirus research saying, “the COVID-19 public health emergency is an unprecedented crisis that is radically changing our lives, putting us all to the test. We will only overcome it by acting together.”To that end, ENI is undertaking a series of major initiatives to support those fighting the pandemic. One of these involves making the HPC5 supercomputer and its molecular modelling skills freely available to coronavirus researchers as part of the European private-public consortium known as  Exscalate4Cov initiative.The EXaSCale smArt pLatform Against paThogEns (Exscalate) initiative is dedicated to using European supercomputing to accelerate the search for drugs against COVID-19. It brings together eight partners and taps into the supercomputing competencies and resources available from ENI and the Marconi-100 system at the CINECA Italian supercomputing center, a non-profit research consortium that includes universities, national research centers and the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.The Exscalate4Cov initiative, with the supercomputing resources and expertise of ENI behind it, will allow teams to carry out dynamic molecular simulations of viral proteins whose methods of infection are similar to COVID-19. This will help them identify good candidates for pharmaceutical compounds from a potential list of around 10,000. The team can then accelerate the virtual screening process of 500 billion molecules to find new, specific antiviral molecules of potential therapeutic drugs.According to Claudio Descalzi, CEO of ENI: “During a global emergency such as this, we must mobilize all available resources to overcome the challenges ahead. We are proud to contribute to finding solutions to this challenge facing humanity.”To learn more:Read the ENI case study.Come visit us at SC20. ENI, based in Italy and one of seven “supermajor” oil companies in the world, puts its Dell Technologies-based HPC5 supercomputing resources, tools and skills toward coronavirus research.The ENI HPC5 supercomputer, powered by Dell Technologies, has garnered a lot of attention since it was introduced in February of 2020 — primarily because ENI is an oil and gas company and the HPC5 supercomputer is one of the greenest on the planet.last_img read more

Authorities: Federal operation in Indiana found missing kids

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (AP) – Eight missing children were rescued in a five-day rescue operation in the Indianapolis area and one person was arrested on charges including parental kidnapping, according to federal authorities.,The children are between 6 to 17 years old in what’s been called “Operation Homecoming, according to the U.S. Marshals Service’s Southern District of Indiana.,Authorities said children are “considered to be some of the most at-risk and challenging recovery cases in the area.”,The arrested adult was also charged with possession of weapons and intimidation.,The children were turned over to the Indiana Department of Child Services.,Federal authorities worked with groups including Indianapolis police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.,No further details about the children or the circumstances were released.last_img read more

Puerto Rico’s governor unveils budget priorities amid crisis

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s new governor says that modernizing government services, repairing roads and increasing the salaries of certain public workers are among the priorities in the U.S. territory’s proposed $10.7 billion budget. One of the largest investments _ $127 million _ is slated for the island’s Department of Transportation and Public Works for the maintenance and paving of roads that have severely deteriorated in many parts of the island. Gov. Pedro Pierluisi said Wednesday that he also is allocating $50 million to increase the salaries of an unspecified number of government employees that he says are below the average range.last_img