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The Growing Impact of Video Surveillance on Storage and IT Staff

Joe Catalanotti

Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC, Midrange Storage
Joe Catalanotti is a Product Marketing Manager with Dell EMC Midrange Storage focused on Unity all-flash storage products and solutions. Joe has over 25 years of product and channel marketing experience in storage hardware/software, asset management, and CAD/CAM technology. Joe has been instrumental in the development and execution of go-to-market plans, product launches, and other facets of product marketing. Joe holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering and Management (Sigma Epsilon Rho) from Northeastern University as well as a degree in Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Video Surv 1Well I can thankfully say I made it back from EMC World in Las Vegas safe and sound without losing any money from playing Black Jack. But I did gain some insights into how EMC IT customers are thinking about their video surveillance roles, responsibilities, and related challenges within their respective organizations – and not surprisingly – they were relatively similar.

During our conversations, it was evident that their companies growing reliance on video surveillance is helping to drive a booming market. The total video surveillance-related equipment market is projected to grow from $15B in 2014 to nearly $26B in 2018 with Enterprise Storage a fundamental component to that growth.

As the sheer volume of video data they are collecting significantly grows, some indicated they may not have a full awareness or appreciation of the Physical Security or Video Surveillance needs or requirements for their organizations and therefore didn’t know if their infrastructure was prepared for the deluge and the inevitable need for increased storage.

video surv 2The major question we heard IT Infrastructure Managers ask themselves is how do they become more involved when it comes to Physical Security decisions? About half of these managers categorized themselves as being influencers in the decision-making process of Physical Security equipment and not just an organization that is the custodian of applications.  That’s a good start I guess since video surveillance installations will always involve IT in one way or another – they simply have to – due to the magnitude of what’s involved in an enterprise solution. (more…)

Hybrid Flash Array Matters

Joe Catalanotti

Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC, Midrange Storage
Joe Catalanotti is a Product Marketing Manager with Dell EMC Midrange Storage focused on Unity all-flash storage products and solutions. Joe has over 25 years of product and channel marketing experience in storage hardware/software, asset management, and CAD/CAM technology. Joe has been instrumental in the development and execution of go-to-market plans, product launches, and other facets of product marketing. Joe holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering and Management (Sigma Epsilon Rho) from Northeastern University as well as a degree in Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Check out the new VNX Hybrid Flash Array Calculator

As red hot as the All Flash Array market is, the Hybrid Flash Array market will continue to be >4X the size of the all flash array market through 2018, according to IDC. When you read this, does Mark Twain come to mind? – “Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated”.  The hybrid flash array is thriving – SSD capacity shipped, total capacity shipped (SSD/HDD), and market size – are all on the rise, according to IDC.

So what’s a hybrid flash array? It’s simply a storage system that incorporates high performance flash (SSDs) drives along with the economics of high capacity spinning disks (HDDs).

But in the case of EMC’s VNX hybrid flash array there is much more. VNX uses Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST) Software to take advantage of the performance of Flash as well as the cost effectiveness of disk by intelligently moving hot and cold data between the FLASH and HDD tiers to drive down the $/GB and $/IOPS and deliver the best price/performance. VNX also leverages a single unified platform for both file and block data services, is optimized for virtualization, and consolidates all mixed workloads including everything from high bandwidth data warehousing, virtual desktops, or more traditional Microsoft or Oracle applications – all from a centralized management console. (more…)

What makes the VNX-F Different from other All-Flash Arrays? Price, density, and MANAGEMENT

Joe Catalanotti

Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC, Midrange Storage
Joe Catalanotti is a Product Marketing Manager with Dell EMC Midrange Storage focused on Unity all-flash storage products and solutions. Joe has over 25 years of product and channel marketing experience in storage hardware/software, asset management, and CAD/CAM technology. Joe has been instrumental in the development and execution of go-to-market plans, product launches, and other facets of product marketing. Joe holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering and Management (Sigma Epsilon Rho) from Northeastern University as well as a degree in Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

We hope that by now, you’ve read the announcement about the new and enhanced VNX-F All Flash Array and that its’ captured your interest and attention. And if so, then you may be wondering, is there more to the VNX-F than being purpose-built for price, density, and speed.  And the answer is – of course there is. Beyond being EMC’s lowest price all flash arrays with incredible density – there’s also some important management capabilities that I’d like to cover here that everyone gets with every VNX-F.

EMC Monitoring and Reporting (M&R)
We know our customers look for and need simple and centralized ways to monitor storage capacity, utilization, and performance – but obtaining and organizing all this information can be difficult without the right tools. Unisphere Monitoring & Reporting (M&R) is an agent-less software solution that addresses these needs on the VNX-F with a simple and centralized tool for viewing capacity and analyzing performance that proves storage is not the root cause of response time complaints and provides trending and forecasting growth helping to justify upgrades.  M&R automatically collects VNX-F block statistics enabling automated data aggregation for report acceleration.  And then using the M&R secure Web Portal dashboard, VNX-F admins can easily manage user roles, monitor the health of a VNX-F, access reports quickly and effectively via the navigation tree, search engine, global views, and drill-down facilities, and retrieve information from one or several VNX-F systems –and include any VNX hybrid arrays that may also be in the environment.

The dashboard is a flexible way to improve VNX-F storage efficiency by helping admins troubleshoot and manage the performance and capacity of their VNX-F systems. Installation is a breeze (taking less than 5 minutes) and the application is entirely HTML so there are no plug-in requirements.

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EMC Quality of Service Manager (QoS Manager)
When it comes to your most critical application environments, nothing is more important than being able to ensure that consistent performance levels (a critical capability, especially in service provider environments) are being delivered to virtualized applications and workloads – even when it’s an all flash storage system. EMC QoS Manager is a software product that’s integrated seamlessly with the Unisphere web-based management interface to let you centrally and dynamically manage and allocate storage-system resources to meet your application service level requirements including response time, bandwidth, and throughput – with no host footprint.  Essentially, QoS Manager allows you to prioritize applications (should you want to run multiple workloads on the VNX-F) and set specific performance service level targets per application. QoS Manager is capable of allocating and monitoring VNX-F system performance resources on an application-by-application (you can actually look at multiple metrics in parallel) basis helping to discover bottlenecks.  For the admin, this helps provide a way to control and meet their application IO service level requirements (LUN by LUN; I/O Type Read or Write; and I/O Size) in environments where multiple applications may share the same VNX-F storage resources. All the VNX-F performance data that’s gathered by QoS Manager is presented in simple and clear charts describing application performance analysis and trending.  In addition to displaying real-time data, QoS Manager allows you to archive performance data for offline trending and analysis.

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Sure, the VNX-F is purpose-built for price, density, and speed. But with management software like Quality of Service Manager and Monitoring and Reporting – that come standard with the Unisphere Management Suite – it’s never been quicker or easier to see the performance and capacity details of your VNX-F all flash storage. The story doesn’t end here. In a future blog, I’ll tell you what other management options there are to enhance your VNX-F experience.

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