EMC Helps the Swedish-speaking Population of Finland Preserve Its Cultural Heritage

Susan Stout

Customer References Manager, EMC, Core Technologies Division
Susan is a creative, enthusiastic, results-driven and detail oriented professional with many years of program/project management experience in the high tech industry. She leverages strong organization and communication skills to manage multiple on-going projects simultaneously and consistently meets commitments with integrity. Susan is currently a part of the customer reference team within EMC's Core Technologies Division. Outside of EMC Susan works as a personal trainer as well as enjoys spending time with her husband and twin boys.

people of finland 2In an increasingly globalized world, local traditions, dialects and literature can become lost in national and international culture. Like many similar organizations around the world, the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (SLS), is working to curate a record of one sector of its country’s indigenous heritage.  And, with that task comes huge data storage and data protection challenges.

SLS digitizes and protects a wide range of materials related to the lives of Swedish-speaking Finns– everything from photos, to hand-written documents, to films, books, recordings, and more.  In many cases, the act of scanning old photographs or playing magnetic tapes destroys the original as the electronic copies are made so SLS’s digital archives contain cultural treasures that, often, exist today only in digital form.

“Photos continue to fade, and magnetic tapes wear out,” Karola Söderman, head of information management at SLS, explains. “In some cases, after we’ve played a tape to digitize it, it falls apart.”

SLS’s library of Swedish-speaking Finnish history is stored and managed in two phases.  Initially, data is digitized and catalogued on a system based on EMC VNX technology.  Once processed, the data is stored on one of two EMC Atmos arrays, one in its Helsinki main office and another, that mirrors it, in its Vaasa facility.  SLS’s 100TB of data is protected using EMC NetWorker and EMC Data Domain.

In addition to the storage of its library of preserved records, SLS also turns to EMC to support the administrative storage needs of the organization.  SLS’s active directories, email, intranet, file shares and SQL databases all rely on EMC.  Having initially built its storage network on the VNX platform, SLS is transitioning to EMC Unity to realize the benefits of EMC’s most modern midrange offering.

“Unity feels like a godsend to us,” says Mats (Madsen) Wikholm, IT manager at SLS. “With Unity, we get enhanced performance as well as a number of features that make life easier for me.  As an IT manager in a small organization I wear about ten hats and the modernity, simplicity, affordability and flexibility of Unity helps me to achieve more with limited resources.”

Here’s how:

  • The simple and intuitive HTML5 management interface (Unisphere):  This makes everyday actions less time consuming and means that operations that SLS undertakes less frequently can be completed easily without needing to source instructions or log into multiple management consoles.
  • Full unified support for multiple storage protocols, including block, file, and VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols):  This is critical for SLS, since they have a broad selection of workloads running on their network, with both operational applications and its digitized historical assets.
  • Built-in unified snapshots, which are especially helpful in dealing with ransomware

Since the SLS library is irreplaceable, the organization can’t afford to lose data.  Yet is receives submissions via FTP and is reliant on researchers being online, which makes it vulnerable to attack.  The Unity snapshots, in conjunction with EMC NetWorker and EMC Data Domain, leave SLS with a fallback instance of its data in the event that ransomware compromises the network.

To learn more about SLS and its use of EMC solutions, please go here.

Optimizing Data Protection for VCE VxRail Appliance – Making the Best Better

Tom Giuliano

Principal Product Marketing Manager, Data Protection Management Software Solutions
For 17 years, Tom has brought storage, data protection, security and wireless products to market through roles in product marketing, product management and sales. He loves to speak with customers and prospects about their business goals and challenges, their experiences and their needs, and has had a lot of opportunity to do it. Backed with a master’s degree in Engineering and an MBA, Tom is equally comfortable digging into the details with technical personnel as well as translating and delivering the business value story. But honestly – TELLING STORIES is SO much more FUN for him! Tom's current role in product marketing focuses on data protection management solutions and management strategy. He gets to spend his days thinking about how to help you simplify and enhance your experience achieving your data protection objectives. When not driving go-to-market initiatives, identifying unique and creative methods to build product awareness or launching new and innovative offerings, you’ll likely find him cycling, skiing, boating or running. And, who knows, maybe you’ll hear some of more of his interesting experiences in a future post from time to time.

In February 2016, I posted a blog titled “Blocks and Racks and Rails, OH MY!” in which I discussed converged infrastructure offerings and how these solutions are transforming business.  Ultimately that post discussed the VCE VxRail Appliance, which, at the time, was a recently announced offering from VCE, as the only fully-integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested VMware hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA).  I even touched upon the value of including data protection as part of a HCIA solution.

It appears I’m not the only one who feels this way.

In June 2016, EMC released the 2nd Global Data Protection Index, which surveyed over 2200 IT decision makers across 18 countries regarding their protection readiness in an increasingly challenging world and their confidence moving forward.  The results revealed that 83% of survey respondents said data protection is a mandatory or very important criterion when selecting a converged infrastructure solution.

EMC and VCE totally get it, which is why data protection is included in EVERY VxRail appliance.

The data protection capabilities built into VxRail Appliances includes backup and recovery, and continuous data protection.  It’s a lot of functionality, which addresses data protection requirements for most VxRail customers.

But what about for the user who needs (or wants) more data protection?  By “more” I mean additional capabilities, such as provisioning a larger number of Virtual Machines (VMs), or comprehensive monitoring, analysis, reporting and backup file search capabilities, or the addition of industry-leading protection storage.  I’m talking about an “over and above” level of protection.

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Let me share a recent personal example.  Every few years my family is fortunate enough to take a Caribbean vacation.  The last two vacations have been cruises.  However, this year we decided to go with another family to an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic.  Our friends had been there before and are now owners of one of the villas at the resort.  When we first started talking about this vacation over a year ago our thoughts focused on endless beaches, sun, watersports, exotic food and fun.

But there was one topic that increasingly entered the conversations as we approached our departure date.

Zika. (more…)

Why Do I Need Endpoint Protection?

David Tye

Product Marketing Manager
As a recent graduate from Sacramento State University I am able to take what I have learned in school and apply it to the high tech industry and the problems companies are facing today. I am a California native, die hard Green Bay Packers fan, and an outdoor enthusiast.

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When I was a kid my parents would always ask, “David, why do you need an Xbox?” or “Why do you need this new game?” As a kid, it was sometimes hard to come up with a valid reason why I needed a new game or gaming device. Now that I have made my transition from a college student to full-time IT professional, I am faced with new questions. Specifically, “Why do I need endpoint protection?” The answer to this question isn’t as complicated as you might think.
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Backing up your endpoints is something that every business, small or large, should be doing. There is a plethora of reasons why we need to protect our endpoints. Like all humans, we make mistakes. User error, although a mistake, can still be detrimental to a business. Accidental deletion of data is something that happens far too often. As users of desktops and laptops we are also susceptible to hardware failure. Most of a user’s data resides on a single hard drive, thus a hard drive failure can result in a catastrophic loss of data.

User errors and hard drive failure are not the only threats to the data that reside on your endpoints. Cybercrime, such as ransomware, has been on the rise this year. According to the FBI, $209 million dollars were paid in ransoms in Q1 2016, putting ransomware on course to become a $1+ billion industry by the end of 2016. It’s important to note that just because you pay the ransom does not necessarily mean you are guaranteed to get your data back! A hospital in Wichita, Kansas, learned this the hard way. (more…)

Molina Healthcare: The Story of Rapid Scale and Growth

Chhandomay Mandal

Director of Solution Marketing, EMC All-Flash Storage
Chhandomay Mandal, a 20+ year storage industry veteran, is the Director of Solution Marketing for EMC All-Flash Storage. He is currently responsible for the integrated leadership of all EMC All-Flash End User Computing (EUC) solutions enablement, partnering, and business development. Prior to EMC, Chhandomay led Dell’s storage solutions marketing efforts for desktop virtualization, server virtualization and private cloud. He spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems holding different leadership positions across marketing and engineering organizations. Chhandomay has been awarded 13 patents by US Patent and Trademark Office. He has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Florida, MBA from Kelley Business School of Indiana University, and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Molina Healthcare’s mission is to provide quality health services to financially vulnerable families and individuals covered by government programs. The company has health plans, medical clinics and a health information management solution. No other organization of its kind does all three.

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Over the past five years, Molina has experienced rapid growth, moving onto the Fortune 500 list to its current number 201 spot. The company has added over 2.3 million members during the past three years. Today, Molina arranges for the delivery of healthcare services and offers health information management solutions to nearly five million individuals and families who receive their care through Medicaid, Medicare and other government-funded programs in fifteen states.

Supporting this kind of growth demands a scalable, reliable and cost-effective infrastructure. Their IT organization carefully evaluated multiple solutions from different vendors, and decided that the VMAX All Flash with the VCE Vblock 740 is the best platform for their needs.

Through VCE converged infrastructure with all-flash technology, Molina is able to consolidate multiple mission-critical workloads with high performance and reliability needs onto a single platform resulting in significant CapEx and OpEx savings. (more…)

GoDaddy Cuts Storage Costs and Improves the Customer Experience with Data Domain

Caitlin Mahoney

Senior Marketing Program Manager, EMC, Core Technologies Division
Caitlin Mahoney is a senior marketing program manager focusing on customer references for EMC’s Core Technology Division. As a 2013 graduate of Saint Michael's College in Vermont, she majored in Business Administration with a focus in Management and minored in Religious Studies. Caitlin studied abroad in Georgetown, Guyana in the summer of 2012. She was also a four year NCAA Division 2 Athlete as a member of the Women's Varsity Lacrosse Team. This year Caitlin ran her first Boston Marathon.

We caught up with Thomas Costello, GoDaddy’s senior manager for Enterprise Storage, at EMC World in May and got to hear about his very successful first year at the company, which he attributes in part to EMC® Data Domain®.

When Costello arrived at GoDaddy, the domain name registrar and web hosting company, he was put in charge of all things storage-related and given two immediate tasks: 1) reduce storage costs, and 2) improve the customer experience by more quickly restoring data that users accidently delete. By bringing in a Data Domain protection storage system, he accomplished both before he’d been there a year!

But let’s back up. You’ve no doubt heard of GoDaddy, but did you know that the company has more than 62 million domain names under management and 14 million customers with web sites?
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It was the cost of storing those 14 million customers’ web site data that Costello was asked to get under control. That was no mean feat, since there was both primary and protection data to manage. When Costello arrived, in addition to having tape backup systems in all of its data centers, GoDaddy had another 40,000 tapes stored off-site; amounting to some 38 PB of backup data in total.

Costello’s first step was to understand the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for the tape backup operations and he soon found that it was more than anyone had realized. He then contrasted this against the TCO of disk-based backup solutions from a shortlist of vendors. “By far the lowest cost, not just per gigabyte but total cost for the operations of those devices, was Data Domain,” he says. “It was significant, a clear winner on total cost of ownership.” (more…)

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