February 27

Storage Automation Done Right: Introducing ViPR Controller v3.0

first_imgCheck out ViPR Controller home page, follow @EMCViPR on Twitter or test out ViPR Controller Free + Frictionless edition software. ViPR Controller 3.0 is out, and it’s a storage automation powerhouse. This release is a testament to our original ViPR vision for Software Defined Storage, as well as the power of community-driven, open source innovation. It now features application grouping, easier orchestration, and supports more storage platforms than ever, all while continuing to be a reliable, enterprise-class storage automation platform.Customers are seeing great success with ViPR Controller. Watch how Haufe Lexware saved 25% in OPEX in the first six months.Businesses are trying to accomplish many of the same things they have for years – reducing their CAPEX and OPEX costs, increasing efficiency, and increasing organizational agility. So what’s different now? Organizations must contend with flat headcount, staggering data growth (44 Zeta Bytes by 2020 according to IDC) driven by mobile apps, the Internet of Things and greater demand for business analytics, while being asked to improve the speed and efficiency, deliver storage services and empower consumers through self-service access to IT resources.EMC ViPR Controller, along with its open source companion, CoprHD, provides storage automation that centralizes and transforms multivendor storage into a simple and extensible platform. It abstracts and pools resources to deliver automated, policy-driven, storage as-a-service on demand through a self-service catalog across a multi-vendor environment. The 3.0 release has many innovative features that extend ViPR Controller’s value as a simple, extensible and enterprise-grade platform.Simple: ViPR Controller helps organizations reduce costs with automation and centralized management of provisioning and reclamation tasks. In the 3.0 release, we have added application centric-workflows for application management without the need to understand the underlying arrays. This enhancement associates all aspects of an application, LUNs, snapshots and automates these tasks to reduce errors and improve time to value.Extensible: At present, integrating support for new storage arrays requires deep knowledge of ViPR Controller. With the new Southbound Software development Kit (SDK) in the 3.0 release, you can now add support for all of your storage systems. The SDK gives you the freedom to develop at your own pace and offers flexibility to partners and platform vendors to add support for their arrays extending product coverage.Enterprise-Grade: With ViPR Controller 3.0 Application Programming interface (API) you can eliminate single points of failure to ensure you are always meeting your SLAs. This new design adds a self-contained platform agnostic data replication that is configurable up to two standby sites for High Availability.last_img read more

February 27

Aggies Invent: Students Help Solve Real World Problems through Technology

first_imgThis guest post is written by Rodney Boehm, the Director of Engineering Entrepreneurship and an Associate Professor of Practice in the Texas A&M University College of Engineering.It’s no secret that augmented and virtual reality are taking the world by storm. From gaming to health care to space travel — the sky is literally the limit with AR/VR. That is why I am so excited that Dell is joining the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program at Texas A&M University for Aggies Invent this weekend. Aggies Invent is a 48-hour intensive design experience that allows students to solve real problems and mingle with experts from industry. We host roughly three of these events each semester. Last year, our AR/VR-themed weekend, sponsored by Dell, was one of our most popular events of 2017. It didn’t hurt that each member of the winning team was awarded a Dell Precision 5520 Mobile Workstation.Aggies Invent will take place this weekend (11/30-12/2), with a kickoff Friday afternoon when students select a need statement provided by Dell and our other partners, Accenture, Intel and Nvidia. These need statements are real problems that the AR/VR industry is currently trying to solve. Teams will be formed, and then the students get to work and produce a rudimentary prototype within a few hours. On Saturday, the teams will spread out across our 60,000 square foot makerspace — the Susu and Mark A. Fischer Engineering Design Center — or they’ll get together in one of our many huddle rooms in the Zachry Engineering Education Complex. By the end of the night, most teams will start working on their video and pitch, which they’ll present to a panel of judges on Sunday afternoon. It’s fast-paced, and I think it’s a great simulator for life beyond Texas A&M.As a professor of practice and director of engineering entrepreneurship, I feel it is my obligation to prepare our students to be the movers and shakers of tomorrow. What better way to do that than by giving them the opportunity to work side-by-side with experienced engineers from Dell using technology that will pave the way we live in the future.Last year, I was blown away by the ideas our students came up with in such a short period of time. They thought outside the box, put their heads together and came up with solutions to problems that major industries are trying to solve. The first place team, Shovel, designed a program that would allow construction workers to see where pipes are located underground before they start digging. Another team, AKU, created an entirely new car-buying experience that would allow the consumer to remain in the comfort of their own home. Team ARchitecture would make construction less costly by eliminating errors before they occur. These are just a few examples of some of the innovative ideas that were born in just 48 hours.We all know that a college education isn’t just about acing exams. It’s about rolling up your sleeves, problem-solving and developing the communications skills required to work on a team. Aggies Invent gives students real-world experience that will jump off their resumé and serve as a talking point with potential employers. Not only does the experience give students a chance to harness their creativity, but it also allows them to gain invaluable practice networking with industry leaders. Who knows, perhaps some of the students who participate this weekend will later go on to work for Dell, bringing their innovative ideas into the homes of millions of Americans.Dell pulled out all the stops last year, and I can’t wait to see what our students create this time around.Learn about our global intensive design experience happening in February — Invent for the Planet.Rodney Boehm is the Director of Engineering Entrepreneurship and an Associate Professor of Practice in the Texas A&M University College of Engineering.  He has broad industry experiences, including over 35 years in all aspects of the telecommunications industry (sales, marketing, manufacturing, business development, and technical design), extensive experience in international companies, and running a startup.  Currently he is using his technical business experiences to develop and run innovation and entrepreneurial programs for the College of Engineering, including Aggies Invent, Engineering Inc, and courses focused on developing an entrepreneurial mindset.  He holds a BS and ME in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.last_img read more

February 27

Dell EMC and NVIDIA Announce General Availability of Isilon with NVIDIA DGX-1 Reference Architecture Solution Through EMEA Partners

first_imgToday, Dell EMC Isilon and NVIDIA’s joint reference architecture is now commercially available in EMEA as an integrated turnkey AI solution sold through our joint strategic channel partners. Pairing Dell EMC’s scale-out All-Flash Isilon F800 with the NVIDIA DGX-1 system, this solution simplifies and accelerates AI deployments with a jointly validated reference architecture. This architecture complements the Dell EMC Ready Solutions that leverage the powerful NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs inside the Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140, DSS8440 and PowerEdge R940 servers to offer customers unparalleled design flexibility to meet their AI computing needs.Artificial intelligence (AI) represents the 4th revolutionary technology epoch and promises to improve humanity while delivering unparalleled business success for those that can harness it. The winners and losers in the Age of AI will be separated by organizations who recognize that data is now a capital asset (we call that Data Capital) and can quickly and efficiently harvest their data capital with analytics. AI is the pinnacle of analytics and will allow organizations to extract the maximum value from their data to differentiate products, enhance services and create new revenue streams.Gartner is predicting US $3.9 trillion in AI-generated revenue by 2022.[1] According to McKinsey, by 2030, AI “could potentially deliver additional global economic activity of around US $13 trillion,” with early AI adopters standing to achieve up to 20-25 percent more of the economic benefits than others.[2] To put this into perspective, this means that by 2030, AI’s impact could be larger than today’s cumulative worldwide GDP.AI adoption is set to accelerate dramatically, with 37 percent of companies already investing in AI and 85 percent of companies saying they plan to do so in the next three years.[2] In anticipation of the deluge of new deep learning and machine learning use cases, Dell EMC and NVIDIA have spent years collaborating through a joint OEM partnership, to offer multiple AI solutions exclusively through our channel partners that offer flexibility and informed choice. What started with graphics acceleration for Dell PCs and workstations quickly evolved into NVIDIA GPU-accelerated servers, like the ultra-dense Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 and the DSS 8440 servers to speed up AI workloads.As these solutions matured and became more data intensive, our partnership evolved to production-grade platforms like the Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI. This Ready Solution pairs the Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 with NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs with Dell EMC Isilon’s high performance All-Flash scale-out storage and networking to eliminate I/O bottlenecks to fuel deeper AI insights at scale. The natural progression from here was to get out ahead of the rapidly changing AI analytics toolkits such as TensorFlow and PyTorch, which are constantly optimizing their analytics to take advantage of the parallelism of large multi-socket servers and multi-server configuration. To address the growing need for computing power, Dell EMC and NVIDIA validated the DSS8440 on NVIDIA’s open source RAPIDS framework, delivering industry-leading performance numbers. In addition, customers can leverage Isilon storage with their Data Science Workstation, providing a seamless compute and storage experience from desktop to data center. Finally, Dell EMC and NVIDIA launched of the reference architecture with Isilon All-Flash and the NVIDIA DGX-1.These new turnkey AI platforms will enable rapid deployment of production-grade deep learning solutions for use cases such as genomics, precision medicine, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD), video analytics and content enrichment, fraud detection/prevention and a multitude of other AI workloads, where an 8-way or 16-way high-speed GPU interconnect architecture is demanded by the AI workload. This scale-out offering independently scales compute and storage allowing customers the flexibility to optimize the balance among price, performance and data footprint to meet your needs. Additionally, the validated solution stacks will allow these strategic channel partners to offer value-added innovation to further accelerate end-user application development and vertical use case realization for deep learning and AI solutions. Combined with the recent global launch of NVIDIA’s DGX-Ready Data Center program, these platforms offer customers the ultimate flexibility to address their AI needs no matter where they may be.We have best-in-class partners in EMEA with specialized expertise in architecting, deploying and supporting modern infrastructure for AI and data-intensive workloads, who also see this as an opportunity for customers:“BeanTech is excited to be working with Dell EMC and NVIDIA to deliver the turnkey solution by combining NVIDIA’s DGX-1 high-performance AI system with Dell EMC’s All-Flash Isilon F800 storage, in a partnership where our expertise delivering solutions for artificial intelligence and deep learning workloads finds the perfect answer to the request of having a scalable high-performance compute and storage platform, simplifying and accelerating data management for business and research innovation.”– Luca Degano, VP of Sales & Marketing, beanTech“At it-RSC, we are able to develop and provide ‘pluggable’ AI infrastructure and solutions based on NVIDIA DGX systems and Dell EMC Isilon technology. Because of our expertise in AI we, as a DELL EMC OEM partner, refine the existing technology to meet our customers’ training, inference and ‘going-to production’ approaches. That is what vCAX-X is capable of. v-vCAX is not just a trademark, a slogan or an easily remembered logo. It is a studiously crafted platform to make AI implementations easy. AI is no longer limited by where or how data is created. AI will now be where you are.”– Thorsten Wujek, Chief Technology Officer, it-RSC, vCAX-X platform“AI places unprecedented demands on data center compute, storage, networking and facilities. IT leaders need an infrastructure strategy that accelerates AI, instead of stalling it. With today’s announcement, we’re expanding the reach of our reference architecture solution built on NVIDIA DGX and Isilon, delivering a faster, simpler, proven approach for deploying AI at scale.”– Charlie Boyle, vice president and general manager of DGX systems at NVIDIAThese best-in-class partners share our excitement because they understand the needs of their customers and they see clear demand for high performance AI solutions and deep learning platforms.Together, these technologies provide the foundation for successful AI solutions which drive the development of advanced deep learning software frameworks for modern AI needs. NVIDIA delivers massively parallel compute and full-stack AI software innovation for accelerated model training, bringing new insights to data in near real time. When combined with the Isilon’s OneFS file system to support the concurrency, performance and petabyte scale of unstructured data sets, this solution turns AI possibility into AI reality.As we continue to innovate and make AI simpler to consume, we look forward to future announcements regarding the extended worldwide availability of our joint Dell EMC-NVIDIA turnkey solution.Learn more about the Dell EMC Isilon with NVIDIA DGX solution by visiting www.dellemc.com/ai-with-isilon.[1] Gartner press release: April 2018[2] McKinsey Global Institute. Notes from the AI Frontier: Modeling the Impact of AI on the World Economylast_img read more

February 27

Demystifying the Relationship Between On-Premises Storage and Public Cloud

first_imgTransitioning to cloud is often depicted as a transition toward simplicity. We are inundated with promises of extreme flexibility, unlimited scale, incremental agility, the ability to leverage a wide range of next-gen applications, and “pay by the drip” consumption. However, many organizations transitioning data and workloads to the cloud are coming to terms with the unpleasant reality of access and egress fees, data gravity, latency, vendor lock-in, and even compliance and control issues. In a recent survey conducted by ESG, 55 percent of storage decision-makers reported moving at least one workload back from public cloud to an on-premises data center. While it has become clear that cloud might not be as simple as it seems, it still does provide significant value – and simplicity – when utilized to support certain workloads.Another factor to consider when developing a cloud strategy is the proliferation of DevOps and containers. Container-based workloads are growing in popularity, with 21 percent of organizations surveyed by ESG stating that one of their most significant investment areas is increasing infrastructure capacity to support application development, and 17 percent identifying increasing use of containers as a significant application development investment.We’ve established that cloud is not a one-size-fits-all destination, it’s actually an operating model that requires a thoughtful approach to balancing workload requirements across on-premises and cloud. Rarely is one single public cloud provider going to satisfy all the requirements of current workloads, let alone the workloads of the future. Workload diversity is only going to expand, making hybrid cloud the new reality. Our customers tell us they are looking for a single cloud experience that includes a simplified view of resources and a consistent experience. Sounds great, but how do you make this happen with so much variation and complexity across data and workloads? And where does Dell EMC Storage fit in?Dell Technologies Cloud Validated Designs enable you to build hybrid cloud environments using Dell EMC storage, compute and networking that has been validated with VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF). This is essentially a customized approach to building your unique Dell Technologies Cloud by selecting the infrastructure components that align with your requirements, providing a single-pane management view and enabling you to deliver cloud capabilities across a wide range of workloads.This approach also allows you to meet the varied demands of these workloads – including greater performance, capacity and application flexibility – by scaling storage independently from compute. Additionally, you have the option to utilize unique enterprise data services such as inline data reduction capabilities, synchronous replication and more. Dell EMC storage options include PowerMax – ideal for mission critical workloads and massive consolidation to lower TCO, and Unity XT – simple, unified, flexible, all-inclusive midrange storage.If you are looking for an alternative to building a comprehensive Dell Technologies Cloud solution in your data center, Dell EMC Cloud Storage Services provides the flexibility to directly connect Dell EMC storage consumed as a service to the public cloud provider of choice – including AWS, VMware Cloud on AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.Cloud Storage Services[1] uses a high-speed, low latency connection while keeping data independent of the cloud. This allows you to leverage compute and services from multiple clouds simultaneously or switch between them based on application needs without having to move data, keeping you in control and eliminating cloud vendor lock-in. The service utilizes native array-based replication to move data to the cloud with the ability to connect a single storage volume to multiple clouds and switch between them as needed. Cloud Storage Services also provide the option to use cloud as a low-cost disaster recovery option where you don’t need to set up and manage secondary site. Similar to Dell Technologies Cloud Validated Designs, this service is available for Dell EMC PowerMax and Unity XT. For large file-based workloads, Dell EMC Isilon is also an option.Are you ready to learn more about Dell Technologies Validated Designs and Cloud Storage Services? Don’t take my word for it, get the perspective of the analyst community in the new report from ESG: Simplify your Cloud Journey with Dell EMC Storage.[1] Cloud Storage Services currently available in the United States, United Kingdom and Germanylast_img read more

February 27

3 Data Center Best Practices Every Mid-Market Organization Should Follow

first_imgIn today’s digital world, businesses are built on data. That data has value not only to the organizations that house it, but also to external and internal threats. In order to ensure that your business has the digital services it needs, you need trusted infrastructure. Research by ESG and Dell shows the return on investment, as well as risk reduction, that is obtained from running a trusted data center is significant. On the spectrum of Leader and Laggard IT organizations, 92 percent of leaders surveyed reported that investments in infrastructure technologies to maximize uptime and availability and minimize security risk have met or exceeded ROI forecasts.Mid-market organizations must quickly respond to changing business needs in order to get ahead of the competition when everyone is ‘always-on.’ How do companies maintain trusted data centers and compete to become the enterprises of tomorrow while also managing IT budgets very closely? The answer is in efficient solutions that enable businesses to do more with less and securely extend the value of their investments. Brands must also have the confidence and peace of mind that vital business data is protected and recoverable no matter where it resides.Why does leading in data center trust matter? The cost of being less secure is high. Surveyed firms estimate that their average hourly downtime due to security breaches cost is $30,000 to $38,000. Notably, 38 percent of line of business executives have serious concerns about IT’s security capabilities and controls. Additionally, security professionals are in high demand and hard to find.ESG has identified three best practices among trusted data center leaders, and how Dell Technologies solutions and PowerEdge servers help organizations achieve and support those best practices in an ‘always-on’ landscape.1. Prioritize market-leading BIOS/firmware security.Data flows in and out of servers faster than ever before, and it is crucial for organizations to protect this data. That’s why organizations need to ensure BIOS and firmware are up to date. Organizations that prioritize BIOS/firmware security are 2x more likely to say that their security technology delivers higher than expected ROI.And, it’s not just about BIOS improvements: it’s all the other features and functionality that helps ensure that technology continues to get better and more secure as you go along. Trusted data centers have increased functionality for security.2. Refresh server infrastructure frequently.ESG highlights the role hardware plays in the trusted data center and the benefits leaders who refresh their server infrastructure experience. For example, optimized infrastructure results in 41 percent reduction in downtime costs in a modern server environment. Organizations with modern server environments (servers that are less than 3 years old) save as much as $14.3M/year in avoided downtime versus organizations with legacy servers.That’s because old hardware can’t take on new threats. In the mid-market space, companies may not be aware of new threats that are emerging or may not think they’re big enough to be considered a target. The reality is they could be, and it is even more important to make sure that data center hardware is secure and up to date.Unfortunately, IT hardware doesn’t get better with time; the older it gets, the less reliable it becomes. It’s going to cost more to monitor and maintain older servers in head count, parts and resources needed to get those servers back up and running versus purchasing optimized hardware on a refresh cycle. It makes sense to refresh more quickly to make sure you’re getting all the latest technology. With more advanced systems, if you do experience issues, you have more failover capabilities.3. Automate server management.Highly automated organizations are 30 percent more likely to delivery highly reliable application and system uptime and reduce data loss events by 71 percent. Leaders are seeing tremendous value from automating their server management –they reported saving an average of 10.5 person-hours per week.How are Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers built to support trusted data centers? With so much at stake, security is one of the primary values that Dell builds into every single product we deliver. Our PowerEdge servers are engineered with security in mind for optimized infrastructure that lays the foundation to implement best practices.Security is an evolving landscape and so is server management; “secure today” does not guarantee secure tomorrow. Fortunately, PowerEdge servers provide security that is built-in, not bolted on, and all models leverage the same management capabilities. Automation is essential and Dell is continually expanding remediation and threat detection through our OpenManage Application, including new capabilities around power management for reducing overall power consumption.Dell Technologies infrastructure enables organizations to easily manage IT environments to solve their biggest challenges. To learn more about how Dell EMC PowerEdge servers are designed with the reliability, simplicity and security features needed to implement the above best practices, watch the ESG Trusted Data Center and Server Infrastructure Webinar (registration required).last_img read more

February 8

19 burned bodies found near Mexico-US border town

first_imgCIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities say they’ve found 19 shot and burned bodies near a town across the Rio Grande from Texas. It’s an area that has seen violent territorial disputes between organized crime groups in recent years. The Tamaulipas state prosecutor’s office said late Saturday that the bodies were discovered along a dirt road outside Camargo after residents reported a burning vehicle. Authorities found two vehicles on fire, one containing four bodies and the other 15. All had been shot, but shells were not found in the place, leading investigators to believe they were killed somewhere else.last_img read more

February 8

AP sources: Michael Strahan tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgPro Football Hall of Famer and “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-quarantining according to people familiar with the situation. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because of medical restriction issues. He is currently not experiencing any severe symptoms from COVID-19. TMZ was the first to report about Strahan testing positive. Strahan also works on the “Fox NFL Sunday” pregame show and appeared remotely during last Sunday’s NFC championship game.last_img read more