Proactively Identify Storage Performance Anomalies – From the Cloud

first_imgAirline companies do it; automobile companies do it; even manufacturing companies do it. They and others deploy sophisticated tools that regularly collect data from cars, tires, planes, machines, widgets, etc. to monitor for performance and anomalies (irregularities) – before they ever come to market to be safely and efficiently used by all of us. Suppose your child has always performed well in school and then suddenly the grades go lower for some unforeseen reason. This is a form of performance anomaly. Something has distracted the child that should be identified and resolved so the child can get back onto a track of sustained performance excellence. There are many examples that we can cite and examine. Anomalies occur everywhere – across industries, products, services, and even in human situations. Identifying where and why anomalous situations occur improves overall operational effectiveness, personal safety, and even how we behave and learn.So why wouldn’t you want to see performance statistics and anomalies across your primary storage systems responsible for running important business applications. Just what I thought – of course you’d want to see this information. Let me introduce you to CloudIQ, a no cost cloud-based storage analytics application that, in part, detects storage performance anomalies across all your Dell EMC Unity and UnityVSA storage. With this non-intrusive capability, storage administrators won’t need to chase down non-issues or conversely have to deal with the aftermath associated with unanticipated impacts to storage performance or worse – application downtime.Cloud-based storage analyticsMany companies take steps to reduce risk in their business. No IT professional can predict when or how a bottleneck in storage performance will occur and the effect it can have on overall system performance. CloudIQ proactively monitors and measures the overall health of an unlimited number of Dell EMC Unity storage systems through intelligent, comprehensive, and predictive analytics. It’s these context-aware insights backed by extensive telemetry data that help you ensure stringent application performance requirements are being met while proactively differentiating standard and “normal” spikes in performance from atypical adverse behaviors, and providing potential root causes and remediation for the latter. CloudIQ dynamically compares the behavior of each Dell EMC Unity storage array against the “norms” while looking for anomalies that could indicate potential problems. This seamless approach ensures that real performance problems are distinguished from routine performance spikes, so that storage admins can filter out the transitory occurrences (false alarms) to avoid wasting time pursuing non-issues.Let’s say you’re running a 1000 desktop VDI environment on your Dell EMC Unity All-Flash storage system. When you access CloudIQ with your favorite browser, you notice a performance spike in IOPS that occurs every morning between 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM.  Using CloudIQ, an IT professional would be able to conclude this spike as being a consistent performance pattern likely due to massive user boot up or login storm activity and let it go. But let’s say you access CloudIQ and you notice an erratic display of performance spikes (this time outside the normal range) over an extended period of time. With CloudIQ you’d be able to rapidly determine a potential database query that’s run wild as a large user base tries to access application data, thus seriously impacting IO and latency.Regardless of industry or company size, IT organizations are under more pressure to deliver exceptional business performance than ever. Confronted with the rise of Big Data, mobile, cloud, and the Internet of Things – IT is challenged to gain the infrastructure visibility they need to detect anomalies in advance and take action. CloudIQ optimizes your insight into performance and root causes across Dell EMC Unity and UnityVSA Professional Edition storage with proactive health scores for each connected array.Now if we can just get a version of CloudIQ for monitoring homework assignments!last_img read more

Data Capital: What’s That?

first_imgDigital Transformation is creating massive opportunities for technology sellers but customer success is dependent on the dataYour customers, their competitors, even the media all know that digital transformation is here, but how does the modern company succeed with it? The hype behind this term, the underlying buzzwords (AI, Big Data, IoT, and Digital Experiences just to name a few) are looked at as the way to lock in long-term success as we move into the 4th industrial age. Yet without a corresponding focus on data, their implementations will be limited or potentially fail.Why? Simply put data powers digital transformation. We call this data capital which is the value created from leveraging data to drive services or derive insights. The most advanced use cases are heavily reliant on having substantial amounts of data to make sense of. Take building an autonomous vehicle, these companies will need fleets driving hour upon hours and millions of miles before they achieve their goal. Think about the size of the undertaking, but also realize that just a single vehicle in this fleet can generate up to 100TB of data in a single day of driving. If the auto manufacturer hasn’t invested in a data platform that can support the kind of volume we’re talking about they will be limited in their ability to analyze that data.Organizations are struggling under the weight of their dataMost of the companies you work with have a sizeable data footprint already, and if it hasn’t been consolidated into a unified data lake then that data will have limited applicability and value across their business.This is your first opportunity: Have a conversation with your customers about how they can leverage Dell EMC Isilon and ECS to consolidate their workloads onto a massively scalable data platform to save money and enable this data to be put to use.Keeping up with data growthUnlike traditional companies, those who have gone digital begin to thrive on valuable data and therefore require more and more of it. Over time as more data is accumulated, it can provide more accurate predictions, access to broad digital services, and be used to automate core functions. That all sounds good, but the corresponding costs of maintaining large data sets with aging infrastructure can weaken the position of the company.Your second opportunity: Help organizations deal with massive data growth by eliminating much of the operational costs and move organizations to the Isilon platform that can be managed by policies.Extracting value from dataAssuming an organization has gotten this far they now need to figure out how to use the data. As digital transformation has expanded out of technology-driven companies this means assembling a new skill set for most organizations. If they struggle to get the infrastructure in place they won’t even make it to the point of developing complex business logic or enabling their business with an IoT device.Your third opportunity: Enable your customers to build on top of Dell EMC Unstructured Data Solutions that work with the leading data analytics solutions, support real-time streaming analytics, simplify workflows, and run cloud-native apps.Help your customers get the most from their Data CapitalSeize the opportunity to be a trusted advisor and help organizations make their digital transformation quickly and safely. As our own sellers have seen, focus on telling the Data Capital story with customers and break out from the bottom commodity storage conversation and focus on delivering value to the organization.To find out more about how Data Capital can help you win more deals and support your customers in their journey:Visit ‘Unlock your data capital’ for infographics and moreRead the IDC White Paper: Unlock the Power of Data Capital: Accelerate DXlast_img read more

Boost Your SQL: The SQL Server Maintenance Solution Supports Dell EMC Data Protection

first_imgNeed a simple, free solution that allows you to switch easily from SQL server native backups to Data Domain Boost? You’ve found it: Dell EMC and Ola Hallengren have partnered to add support for our leading de-duplication offering, DD Boost, to Ola Hallengren’s award-winning SQL Server Maintenance Solution. Our technology and Hallengren’s scripts are designed for mission-critical environments and advanced backup scenarios, leveraging the latest features in SQL server.The combination of DD Boost with Data Domain yields impressive efficiency for backup and replication, capitalizing on Data Domain’s ability to reduce storage requirements and address the breadth of today’s data protection challenges. Client-side deduplication enabled by DD Boost speeds backups by 50% and reduces bandwidth requirements up to 98%. Your environments can scale higher, backup and restore faster, and reduce the load on your server during backup. And DD Boost’s networking features for link failover, aggregation and load balancing provide optimal network utilization while ensuring that backup jobs complete. Data Domain Boost: Faster, More Efficient BackupWhat’s more, DD Boost gives App owners direct control of backup to Data Domain using Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio. By giving App owners control of the recovery process through native utilities, they do not need to go through Backup Admins and so achieve faster recovery.Deployed by numerous organizations globally and repeatedly voted Best Free Tool in SQL Server Magazine, Hallengren’s SQL Server Maintenance Solution automates and improves your database maintenance to assist with important, but time-consuming jobs. The solution offers scripts for backups, integrity checks, and index and statistics maintenance. And you can perform tasks independently on the databases you specify.Dell EMC – the market leader in the Data Protection Appliance & Software Market –  protects your infrastructure investments so you can stay focused on realizing your desired business transformations. Visit our Web site for more information about Data Domain and DD Boost: https://www.dellemc.com/en-us/data-protection/data-domain-backup-storage.htm#collapse. A recognized expert in the SQL Server community, Ola Hallengren is a database developer and Microsoft Data Platform MVP. You can learn more about his solution here: https://ola.hallengren.com/.last_img read more

New Dell EMC ECS Features Help Accelerate and Secure Data-Driven Initiatives with Cloud-Like Capabilities and Lower TCO Than Public Cloud Services

first_imgEvery day we hear of a growing number of enterprises joining the ranks of modern, data-driven organizations. These organizations leverage technology and business strategies that set them on a course to unlock even greater value from their data capital. A critical component of this transformation is an organization’s ability to bridge the gap between traditional applications and modern cloud native applications, while empowering initiatives in AI, IoT and more. The core enabler of these endeavors, however, is data. As more and more data is created to fuel these engines of growth, organizations need an economical and efficient way to capture, store, protect and leverage this data within the appropriate business units in a timely manner.Enter Dell EMC ECS 3.3, the latest version of our enterprise-ready object storage system. This newly updated release contains software enhancements designed to enable our customers to accelerate their data-driven initiatives. ECS empowers customers with a highly flexible solution to capture, store, protect and manage unstructured data with cloud-like capabilities and ease of use. With ECS, customers can retain complete control of their data, reduce security vulnerabilities and meet strict compliance requirements, all at a lower total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) than public cloud services[i].These latest ECS updates enable our customers to:Meet security and compliance mandates with improved enterprise-grade features such as external key management, STIG hardening, and NFS WORM compliance, which can help organizations protect their data capital in an age of heightened threats and more stringent data security requirements.Proactively manage the storage infrastructure with enhanced data visibility via capacity monitoring improvements, custom alerts and metric exports. This enables storage administrators to make more accurate forecasts for capacity growth so they can ensure data availability and reap peak system performance.Unlock new insights from data faster than ever before through accelerated time-to-insights for developers, enabled via new features such as prefix search for Amazon S3 and faster S3 list execution.Modernize the storage infrastructure leveraging the streamlined platform modernization capabilities for legacy object platforms such as EMC Atmos and Centera via seamless retention policy migration and cloud gateway tool unification, to enable organizations to migrate to a modern ECS platform without impacting productivity. In many customer discussions, we continue to hear how the public cloud is not the end-all-be-all for enterprise workloads. Some of our customers have even repatriated certain workloads that were formerly on public cloud services, opting to support them with ECS to take advantage of the lower costs while gaining better control of their data.“Dell EMC ECS provides us the ability to deploy our own public cloud storage infrastructure,” says Bob Bender, Chief Technology Officer at Founders’ Federal Credit Union. “Several teams within our organization use ECS as our cloud storage for various purposes like AI, IoT and cloud native apps. While we are able to provide public cloud-like storage, we can ensure compliance and security at a corporate level with the fewest resources to operate the infrastructure.”In a recent report by ESG Analysts Tony Palmer and Scott Sinclair states that, “…on-premises storage can provide a 59.5% or greater cost advantage over a leading public cloud services provider while reducing data access latency. This analysis was performed using conservative assumptions and considerations, suggesting that more aggressive configurations may yield even greater savings.”ECS helps solve for these public cloud pain points by offering enterprise-ready capabilities and real economic advantages as data volumes grow.ECS 3.3 is available to download for all our existing customers today. Learn more about the new updates to ECS – and how they enable enterprises to accelerate infrastructure modernization and data-driven initiatives by visiting the Dell EMC ECS web site. Be sure to also check out the ESG report “Economic Benefit Analysis of On-Premises Object Storage Versus Public Cloud” that shows how ECS offers public cloud-like scalability and flexibility at a better TCO than public cloud services with improved control over enterprise data.[i] ESG report “Economic Benefit Analysis of On-Premises Object Storage Versus Public Cloud”last_img read more

Bringing GPU Virtualization to Analytics, AI and HPC

first_imgNVIDIA vComputeServer software is now available with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, provides GPU virtualization to speed analytics, AI and high-performance computing. There are 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created each day including 16 million text messages! In an effort to serve up that data faster, data center teams are increasingly turning to servers that incorporate GPUs. These accelerators, which complement the capabilities of the CPUs, use parallel processing to churn through large volumes of data at blazingly fast speeds.But there’s a catch here. GPU-accelerated workloads, such as AI training and inferencing, often run on bare metal and may need to be managed separately, limiting utilization and flexibility. And while server virtualization is now standard in the data center, it has not necessarily included the server GPUs — until now.Today, NVIDIA® virtual GPU (vGPU) technology is now available for the most compute-intensive data center workloads, including artificial intelligence, deep learning and high-performance computing. This leap forward is made possible by the launch of the new NVIDIA vComputeServer (vCS) software, which is making its debut at VMworld. Today, you can get vComputeServer from Dell EMC with PowerEdge servers. And if you’re not sure which PowerEdge server best fits your accelerated workload, there’s a new eBook available for you to explore the options.vComputeServer software gives your data center team the option to run GPU workloads in virtualized environments for improved security, utilization and manageability. With vComputeServer, your team can better streamline management of GPU servers while retaining your existing workflows and potentially lowering your overall operational costs.The software is supported on major hypervisor virtualization platforms including VMware. This means your IT team can now use the same management tools for your GPU clusters as you use for the rest of your data center.What’s in vComputeServer?NVIDIA vComputeServer provides features like GPU sharing, so multiple virtual machines can be powered by a single GPU, and GPU aggregation, so multiple GPUs can be allocated to a single virtual machine. This results in increased utilization and affordability.Features of vComputeServer include:Advanced compute features — Error Correcting Code and Dynamic Page Retirement help prevent data corruption for high-accuracy workloads.Live migration — GPU-enabled virtual machines can be migrated with minimal disruption or downtime.Increased security —You can extend the security benefits of server virtualization to GPU clusters.Multi-tenant — You can isolate workloads to securely support multiple users on a single infrastructure.Management and monitoring — Your admin team can use the same hypervisor virtualization tools to manage GPU servers.License per GPU — vComputeServer is an annual subscription license purchased per GPU available with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.Supported GPUs — vComputeServer is supported on NVIDIA V100 or T4 GPUs, as well as Quadro RTX 6000 and RTX 8000, and prior generations of Pascal GPUs including P40 and P100.NVIDIA NGC Adds Support for VMware vSphereTo make this story better, NVIDIA NGC serves as a hub for GPU-optimized software for deep learning, machine learning and HPC. It offers more than 150 containers, pre-trained models, training scripts and workflows to accelerate AI from concept to production. All of these can be deployed on virtualized environments like VMware vSphere with vComputeServer.Check out Dell EMC NGC Ready Systems including the new DSS 8440, the PowerEdge C4140 and R740 servers. These systems have been jointly validated for functionality and deliver optimized performance of AI and machine learning workloads so data scientists and developers can quickly build or scale solutions. Dell EMC’s ProSupport Plus provides single-point-of-contact support for your users and admins with direct access to NVIDIA’s experts for NGC software. That kind of support can help your team reduce risk and improve productivity.Put it all together and you see that your IT team can now use VMware to manage more of your data center applications, including your AI applications running on systems with NVIDIA GPU accelerators.To learn moreThe new vComputeServer software is available with all Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with NVIDIA GPU accelerators. Learn more about NVIDIA vComputeServer in the NVIDIA blog.last_img read more

Built to Evolve: The Kinetic Enterprise

first_imgThis blog was co-authored by Pavan Srivastava, Principal & US SAP Cloud Leader, Deloitte Consulting.Our clients are recognizing the need to evolve to stay competitive in the market. To achieve the evolving business needs, our clients will have to continue to transform & make their enterprise intelligent. Organizations are turning to SAP S/4HANA, AI, IoT, and Cloud technologies to make their enterprise intelligent & evolving – like a kinetic enterprise – one that embraces change and even prepares for it.These enterprises are responsive, intelligent, clean, and inclusive. For them, waiting is not an option.How do we see IT responding? Organizations are turning to emerging technologies like AI and IoT – automation that’s fueling data-driven intelligent enterprise applications with SAP S/4HANA, SAP Leonardo, and even non-SAP applications.While organizations aspire to become a kinetic enterprise and reap the rewards, getting there takes time, investment, and risk, all of which may impact business.First – IT needs to identify if their current data centers can support transformative use cases and workloads powered with SAP S/4HANA including workflows and data integrations with non-SAP applications.That’s where hybrid cloud becomes critical; it is responsive to business needs as they evolve. To enable a kinetic enterprise, IT needs a scalable on-demand platform that brings together networking, storage, and compute, so organizations can dynamically manage their IT resources. Modularity includes providing a single interface – one that simplifies and streamlines deployment and management of disruptive technologies in multi-cloud operating models.According to IDC, more than 70% of companies are using multiple cloud environments, and the most significant data center challenge many companies face is developing a successful multi-cloud strategy.[1]Our customers agree: Cloud is not a destination, it’s an operating model.Second – next generation applications and data management platforms powered with SAP HANA need to be deployed & managed with minimal business impact. Moving from legacy SAP ERP applications can be complex and often involves migrations and upgrades, defining and implementing new use cases, and integrating applications from edge to core to cloud.To address these challenges, Dell Technologies, Intel & Deloitte are collaborating to address deployment, migration & operations of enterprise applications in the right cloud environment, bringing experienced resources across IT domains.  This may be a private cloud that is fully under the company’s control, a hybrid cloud that provides the appropriate resources across on-premises and public cloud, or extension to the edge.Imagine if you could …Use Dell Technologies solutions for a unified operational experience across public cloud providers, on-premises, and the edge, enabling true hybrid cloud allowing you to deploy applications and data in the right cloud – a private cloud fully under your control, or a hybrid cloud that provides the resources across multiple locations.Benefit from Deloitte Cloud Managed Services to deploy multi-cloud by giving you single point of contact, and a single engagement model, as well as transformation services for SAP S/4HANA.Deliver processes and data workflow integration with non-SAP applications using the Dell Boomi platform.The Deloitte and Dell Technologies collaboration strives to enable a kinetic enterprise running SAP. Intel endorses this as an example of their strategic intent – evidenced by the recent announcement with SAP to supercharge SAP applications.Empowering the kinetic enterprise helps ease the transition to SAP S/4HANA. Deloitte’s experience in SAP S/4HANA industry-specific solutions combined with Dell Technologies’ digital transformation knowledge and technology can help create a flexible and scalable data management platform. Furthermore, Dell Boomi enables businesses to integrate workflows and transfer data between SAP and non-SAP applications.Additionally, CIOs and their management teams can take advantage of a simple consumption model that offers a single point of contact and a single engagement model to accelerate their path to SAP S/4HANA on a hybrid multi-cloud. This can help reduce risk in migrations, applications can be made transient, and customization requirements are reduced for an agile, kinetic IT environment.Deloitte and Dell Technologies are working together to help clients transform, migrate, and operate their businesses by deploying SAP S/4HANA on a dynamic multi-cloud operating model, that allows organizations to enhance, integrate & operate applications and business process. Dell Technologies and Deloitte are proud to help our customers evolve to the Kinetic Enterprise running SAP – only then will they be able to truly Reimagine Everything… Anywhere.Stay tuned! More details will be available in the coming weeks.[1] IDC Cloud Repatriation Accelerates in a Multicloud World, Doc #US44185818, August 2018______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________About the co-authorPavan SrivastavaPrincipal & US SAP Cloud Leader, Deloitte ConsultingSAP Experience: 20+ yearsS/4HANA Experience: 3+ yearsCloud Experience: 5+ yearsExternal Accolades: Frequent speaker at SAP insider, SAP Sapphire, Google Next, AWS Re-invent and published articles in Wall Street journallast_img read more

UK vaccine plant evacuated after getting suspicious package

first_imgLONDON (AP) — A British pharmaceutical manufacturing company producing coronavirus vaccines says it had to partially evacuate the factory after receiving a “suspicious package.” Wockhardt UK is an arm of the Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company that is producing the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines at its factory in north Wales. The company said later Wednesday that workers were being allowed back inside the plant after the package was “made safe.” Manufacturing was temporarily suspended but the incident did not affect its production schedule, it added.last_img