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Which Cloud is Right for Your Business?

Brian Heckert

Principal Content Editor, Dell EMC
My first long-term exposure to technology was the typewriter. I still love that invention, which really sparked my interest in writing. For the past 20 years, I have worked in high tech as a content development specialist, marketing writer, and documentation editor. Prior to working in the software industry, I was a journalist, photographer, photo editor, and military fire fighter. After hours, I enjoy spending time with family, reading, and hiking in the mountains.

A cloud is not just a cloud. Just look up into the sky on any given day and you’ll notice a wide variety of sizes and unique characteristics that define each type. For example, there is the stratus variety. These clouds are very horizontal and are usually seen at lower altitudes. They often mean rain or snow, depending on the temperature. Cirrus clouds, on the other hand, are high-altitude clouds. They are thin and wispy and conjure up images of castles in the sky. Cumulus clouds are those fluffy, puffy, clouds that look perfect in a deep blue sky. They pile up like giant cotton balls and are common in the early afternoon on warm days. Cumulus clouds complete the perfect sky for a western movie’s panoramic shot.

There are other types of clouds that have nothing to do with the weather but are nevertheless just as common. For example, there is the private cloud, the public cloud, and the hybrid cloud. If you’re thinking about modernizing your data protection infrastructure, it’s hard not to consider any of these clouds as being just as important as the ones overhead. Do you know the difference between the clouds that can protect your data?

Public clouds: One of the most common clouds. Public clouds are economical for large and small businesses looking for a third-party to manage applications, data, or both. Mozy by EMC is a good example of a public cloud service. With a public cloud, the servers, storage, network infrastructures, and applications are shared across a broad set of subscribers. Advantages of the public cloud include little to no capital expenditure and speed of deployment. (more…)

Data Protection Prescribed for Steadfast Preventive Healthcare

Chris Waugh

Enterprise Technical Architect, St. Charles Health System and Guest Blogger
Born and raised in Oregon, Chris began his IT career as a service desk tech working 12 hour night shifts. Soon afterwards he became a Novell administrator and eventually a Microsoft server and Exchange administrator. Around 2008 Chris became interested in virtualization and moved into the storage and virtualization team with St. Charles Health System working with VMware Infrastructure 3.5 and CLARiiON storage arrays. Over the years he has helped to virtualize 98% of the systems at St. Charles Health System and move from tapes to all disk and SSD based system environment. Chris is currently responsible for the architecture of the server hardware, SAN and virtualization platforms at St. Charles Health System.

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As winter and end of year nears we think about getting flu shots, drawing down balances in our flexible healthcare accounts, and New Year’s resolutions that will help keep us healthy.woman walking outdoors with earphones graphs 461992871

At St. Charles Health System, we also embrace a proactive, preventive approach when it comes to keeping our IT infrastructure healthy. Not too long ago though we were running into some roadblocks. As we added clinics and acquired hospitals over the last six years, our data assets grew 800%, making it more challenging to protect our infrastructure and deliver on this preventive strategy.

Before, we were using tape backups, which was just plain scary. We never knew if the backups were viable until we restored them. We simply could not risk loss of test data, for example, and having that affect a patient’s treatment plan.

To resolve these issues, we moved from tape to backing up everything using EMC Avamar and EMC Data Domain with Data Domain Boost. This includes critical applications such as our hospital and ambulatory EHR systems, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint.  We’re 98% virtualized with VMware vSphere and protect 1,500 virtual machines with EMC as well. (more…)

Best of Both Worlds for New Zealand IT Service Provider: Top Availability and Efficiency with VMAX3

Jon Waite

Chief Technology Officer, Computer Concepts Limited (CCL) and Guest Blogger

When earthquakes rocked Christchurch, New Zealand a few years back, we faced our biggest challenge ever. Our data centers hosting critical applications for customers weathered the impact fairly well. It was a different story for many of our customers. Their facilities were severely damaged or destroyed. Customers and companies we hadn’t done business with before came to us for help. We worked day and night to help them restore their operations and data until they got back on their feet.

At CCL, we were in a fortunate position to help other companies during a disaster because we take availability very seriously.  As the rock solid core of our infrastructure, EMC VMAX3 storage is essential to delivering on our imperative of availability. Deployed across four data centers, EMC VMAX3 supports everything from customers’ transactional databases to email to ERP to archival storage. Because we’re multi-tenant, a single EMC array supports multiple customers, not just one—pushing demand for availability even higher. The VMAX3 takes on huge workloads day after day and without a hiccup.
CCLAt the same time, we’re always striving to meet our customers’ performance and availability requirements in the most efficient way possible. VMAX3 delivers within those parameters as well. We spend less time on VMAX3 setup, configuration, and management compared with previous generations so we get a lot more done in less time (more…)

Ready to Rock Your Role? Join the EMC Guru Band on Our Worldwide Tour!

Jay Livens

Director, Product Marketing
Jay’s passion is technology. It started when he was a child and used to take apart flashlights and could not remember how to put them back together. You can imagine how that turned out especially when power outages occurred. However, Jay persisted and charted a course through life that included a lengthy stop in the financial services industry. After receiving an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, his path turned towards storage and he had stints with a storage reseller, a storage startup and a couple of big storage companies. After serving in multiple roles, Jay settled on marketing as his future career-path; however, he is not your typical marketer. All things technology intrigue him and he likes to know how things work, not just the marketing stuff, but how stuff really works. At Dell EMC, Jay runs field and channel marketing for the Data Protection and Storage Divisions in the Americas and looks forward to sharing his perspectives on his division, products and life in general.

If there is one thing that I have learned working in IT, it’s that you can never be too well educated.  Our business is constantly changing with new technologies and use cases.  Where can an IT practitioner go to gain insights into the latest storage and data protection trends and technologies?  The answer is simple – the 2015 GURU U Tour.
In 2014, EMC launched our Data Protection User Group (DPUG) program, which incorporated 66 events across the globe.  The feedback was unanimously positive, and customers responded by asking for more sessions, more topics and more speakers.  We listened.

The 2015 GURU U tour covers a broader range of topics.  This year, customers are really rocking their role as we’ve extended the program to encompass both data protection and storage.  Attendees will emerge with a better understanding of both, current technologies, future offerings, and best of all, they will also network and share best practices with a broader set of peers.  Some of this year’s more heavily attended sessions include:

Flash Optimized Data Protection
The addition of SSD to the datacenter can dramatically enhance storage performance, which is particularly valuable for transactional workloads. What about data protection you ask?  Just as flash often requires you to rethink your storage strategies, it also requires you to rethink data protection.  In this session we talk about the challenges and opportunities associated with protecting data stored on flash.

Leveraging VNX for cloud environments
Cloud technologies are being considered for a range of new workloads, but you still need storage to power your cloud.  In this session, we will discuss how you can leverage VNX technology to deliver optimal performance in a private cloud environment. (more…)

Superna Ramps Up Workflows with VMAX3

Andrew McKay

Chief Technology Officer, Superna and Guest Blogger
Andrew is an innovator in all aspects of data center technologies with patents covering encryption solutions, automation/orchestration, secure Cloud computing, data replication and Disaster Recovery systems. Responsible for the strategic direction of Superna's core competencies, product evolution and software technologies targeting the creation of differentiated solutions that close the Enterprise, Cloud Service provider gap. He is focused on developing Superna's technology roadmap and relationships with strategic partners. Prior to joining Superna, Andrew was a senior technologist with Nortel where he pioneered the development of optical storage area networking products for Fortune 500 and carrier customers and developed a next generation of network based encryption products. He started his career as a Systems Architect at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police designing highly available and secure systems for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the FBI and Interpol.

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IT is an integral part of most businesses today. At Superna, IT is our business. We design, test, and certify enterprise software on EMC and VCE infrastructures for other companies around the world—all day, every day. Therefore, we’re constantly exploring the latest and greatest in IT.


We’ve adopted nearly the entire EMC portfolio, including VMAX3, VNX, Isilon, VPLEX, and ViPR. They’re all tied into VCE Vblock Systems in our environment, which is 99% virtualized with VMware. This standardized, virtualized infrastructure has not only helped us grow our business, but also allowed for our IT staff to accomplish more in less time. We are able to spin up a virtual environment, onboard a customer, and start a new project in hours, rather than days, which it was previously taking. This agility is a key differentiator for Superna.

Most recently, we added VMAX3 to our environment. We were able to migrate the entire workload from our previous VMAX arrays to the VMAX3 in a matter of days and immediately saw a positive impact. From consolidation alone, we generated power savings of at least 20-25%. (more…)




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