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The Cloud Is the Perfect Vehicle for Data…and Data Protection

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.

The end of cloud computing? Don’t hold your breath!

Recently I watched a video about how cloud computing has run its course. The headline—The End of Cloud Computing—grabbed my attention (that was the point, of course). But there’s just one thing: it’s not true!

The premise is that many of the future devices both large and small that we will depend on daily will need to collect real-world data in real time. That means lots of data real fast. For example, to operate safely, self-driving cars need information—and lots of it. While they’re maneuvering, self-driving cars gather incredible amounts on information—more than 1 GB per second—and use it quickly to ensure maximum safety for everyone on the road. The process requires sensors in the car to collect data about road conditions, make inferences about those conditions, and then act with extreme agility.

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The process of sensing, inferring, and then acting quickly and accurately makes a lot of sense for a self-driving vehicle when we consider that a wrong “decision” by the vehicle could cause an accident, resulting in damaged property, or worse, bodily injury to vehicle occupants or pedestrians. That means data needs to be onboard the vehicle, which becomes a “moving” data center.

But here’s the thing: not all data centers need to be moving. While an “onboard” data center makes sense for a self-driving car, there are vast amounts of information that reside comfortably in the cloud. And that isn’t going to change. These days most of our devices and how we use them depend on a data-gathering process that occurs centrally in the cloud. The device in use pings the cloud and then information in the cloud is returned. For example, when you do a Google search or use your favorite app, the cloud is the perfect vehicle from which to grab the necessary data.

And what about business-critical data? The cloud is the perfect vehicle for enterprise IT. In fact, today many organizations are given mandates to store a certain percentage of the business’s data in the cloud. Why? It’s economical and it’s safe—practical reasons that reduce TCO. These days, who doesn’t want to reduce TCO? (more…)

Intelligent. Proactive. Predictive. Cloud-based Storage Analytics with CloudIQ

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.

What if you could gain new valuable and intelligent insight into the overall health of your storage while increasing IT agility by spending less time on managing and troubleshooting? With CloudIQ, it’s possible now to unleash that kind of real business potential. A software-as-a-service management application that proactively monitors and measures the overall health of Dell EMC Unity storage systems, CloudIQ provides intelligent, comprehensive, and predictive analytics all in the cloud.

storage analyticsAny sized business can easily use CloudIQ to monitor and manage the health of their Unity all flash or hybrid flash storage, increase self-service, and expedite quality resolutions.  They can do this via the web, enabling access from anywhere.  Getting started is just as simple. With nothing to install, new features and capabilities are seamlessly and non-disruptively provided through CloudIQ to help drive real and immediate business value.

 

 

Here are just a couple of examples of how CloudIQ’s features and capabilities can bring immediate value to any size organization.

  • Businesses who are concerned about ensuring application availability can implement CloudIQ with indicators to monitor host connections that may be unreliable. You can rely on CloudIQ to proactively check on a regular basis, to ensure that your host connections maintain High Availability.
  • Preparing storage and data environments for disaster – natural or otherwise – is challenging. CloudIQ can provide immediate value to businesses with Unity storage by proactively monitoring the status and condition of replication sessions to ensure disaster recovery preparedness. CloudIQ will identify replication sessions that are not meeting the assigned Recovery Point Objective (RPO) so that IT professionals can rapidly adjust the replication arrangement and proactively expedite a quality resolution before a disaster hits.

Access to CloudIQ is very easy and comes with every Unity system at no cost. CloudIQ can help you minimize your service calls and having to look up information in technical manuals while providing more time to spend on business planning and operations.

So, whether it’s Unity data protection, availability, performance or other Unity system configuration statistics you need information about, let CloudIQ be an extension of your IT organization to provide proactive monitoring and predictive analytics that delivers actionable insights and keeps your application environment up and running.

 

 

Data Protection Everywhere: Data Domain Virtual Edition

Alyanna Ilyadis

Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC
Alyanna is a Product Marketing Manager at Dell EMC working in data protection. She graduated from Bryant University in 2015 and has been working at Dell EMC since then. Outside of work, she enjoys illustrating and putting too much time into video games.

We all know data protection is essential, not optional. Whether it’s in the cloud, on your physical storage or even in virtualized storage, your data needs to be protected. Fortunately, Dell EMC offers a data protection portfolio that’s equipped to deliver complete protection for enterprises of all sizes no matter where data lives or what happens in your data center. First in this blog series was a great overview of the Data Protection Suite Family, followed by a piece outlining the many benefits of Dell EMC Data Domain. Now, let’s move on to discuss software-defined data protection storage with Data Domain Virtual Edition which was introduced last year.

Data Domain Virtual Edition (DD VE) provides all the benefits of the #1 protection storage, Data Domain, in a software-defined solution. DD VE is simple, flexible and efficient, and best of all, easy to deploy and configure. So easy, in fact, that it can be up and running in just minutes. In its latest release, DD VE 3.0 expands on its core of remote and branch offices by adding even more flexibility that address additional pain points. The latest release of DD VE offers increased scalability and cloud support to address customers in the cloud and who have a converged infrastructure.

At its core, DD VE addresses businesses with Remote and Branch Offices. To address this, multiple DD VE instances can be deployed across remote offices for backup, and then replicate to a larger Data Domain system at a central data center for disaster recovery. With DD Replicator, which is included with DD VE, only unique data is transferred over WAN from DD VE to the Data Domain system at the disaster recovery site, which eliminates up to 99% of the bandwidth required to standard replication methods. Plus, bandwidth throttling allows you to schedule when data is sent over the WAN and limit the amount of bandwidth that can be used for replication, which improves resource utilization. Additionally, DD VE can efficiently protect small capacity workloads. This could be a small business or single department of a larger business that needs its own protection storage solution.

DD VE 3.0 supports Data Domain Cloud Tier, which enables customers to natively tier data to object storage in the public, private or hybrid cloud for long-term retention. Just like with Data Domain, only unique data is sent directly from DD VE to Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS), Virtustream Storage Cloud or 3rd party cloud providers. The long-term retention data now in the cloud is already deduplicated, which significantly reduces your storage footprint and network bandwidth for lower TCO. For further cloud-enablement, DD VE also supports secure multi-tenancy. This enables DD VE to be delivered as a service with the ability to logically isolate data between multiple tenants accessing a single DD VE instance.

Data Domain Virtual Edition (more…)

Leveraging the Cloud for Data Protection Analytics

Tyler Stone

Dell EMC eCDM Product Marketing
Tyler is currently a software engineer in the Engineering Leadership Development Program at Dell EMC. He has spent the past three years at EMC across multiple roles in storage, IT, and data protection. Tyler has a love of technology and innovation, and something about data centers has always sparked his sense of wonder and amazement (as he says, maybe it’s the flashing lights). When his head isn’t up in the cloud, he is out travelling, taking pictures, or playing golf. Follow him on Twitter @tyler_stone_

 

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Trying to think of a New Years’ resolution? You could try that no-carb diet again, or head to the gym in preparation for the summer season. However, if you’re anything like me, those lifestyle-focused resolutions probably won’t last into the new month, let alone the New Year. So let’s think in terms of data protection: if your New Year’s resolution is focused on protecting your business, it should probably have something to do with reducing risk, reducing operating expenses, and/or reducing capital expenses. Especially if your business is a large, global enterprise, managing these three metrics pervade every aspect of your job.

You wouldn’t be alone – IT leaders in large enterprises are struggling to keep up. It is extremely difficult to supervise backup operations and predict the needs of protection infrastructure in data centers across multiple geographies. With potentially hundreds of production databases supporting every part of the business, how can IT management accurately determine that copies of these databases are meeting retention policies and SLAs? Without aggregated metrics, it is hard to determine whether or not data is being effectively protected in a given location. In addition, the distributed nature of the infrastructure makes it difficult to anticipate the capacity needs and performance bottlenecks within a business’s protection ecosystem.

If you want to work towards achieving your New Year’s resolution, you will need a simple and centralized way to view and analyze systems’ health across all data centers. The best way to meet those requirements is through a cloud analytics solution for data protection.

Cloud and analytics go together like icing and cake. The cloud offers infinitely scalable resources that are not limited to locations, installations, or hardware; these qualities make the cloud a perfect candidate for global-scope analytics applications. When these concepts are applied to data protection, something magical happens: IT leaders develop the ability to observe their protection systems’ health across all data centers and anticipate the needs of their global data protection infrastructure. With this ability, they are able to proactively address potentials risks and identify opportunities to increase efficiency to ultimately lower costs throughout their data protection environment.

How, you ask? Well, an ideal cloud analytics offering for data protection would provide global map views, health scores, and capacity analysis. These types of key features allow IT management to be able to effectively identify and address problems with their data management operations and protection infrastructure. Global map views would allow users to view every data center in their enterprise, with the ability to drill-down into each site for additional context into the exact infrastructure details. From there, users can see throughput bottlenecks, unprotected data copies, and deduplication ratios, among other metrics. (more…)

Backing Up Your Data Should Be Obvious

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.

Keeping a safe distance from large mammals with large canines should be obvious, especially when they can weigh more than a couple of tons. But what’s obvious to one person may not be so obvious to another.

On a recent excursion to the Central California coast I had the opportunity to observe elephant seals, mammals so massive they can grow to more than 16 feet and weigh more than 5,000 pounds. Elephant seals are fascinating animals, but there are some critical facts to keep in mind when you’re watching them in close proximity. According to the clearly visible signs posted nearby where the seals congregate, here’s what observers need to know:

beware-sealsElephant seals…

  • are large
  • have teeth and bite
  • are faster than you think
  • are wild

Seems obvious, right? And in case that information isn’t convincing enough, here’s the last bit of advice on the sign to anyone who might think elephant seals are cuddly critters: For your safety and theirs, KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. It’s the law.

When I returned to work the following week, I was thinking about my adventure at the elephant seal rookery and what I learned. It really was a treat to observe them and see them thriving, especially when you consider that at the end of the 19th century they were nearly extinct. That got me thinking about data protection. You may be asking, “What? Elephant seals and data protection?!” But when you consider the information on the signs that warns rookery visitors, and the importance of protecting your data, it’s not such a stretch, especially when you realize that many businesses don’t do the obvious by adequately protecting one of their most important assets—their data.

Why do you need data protection? The EMC Global Data Protection Index (GDPI) discovered some critical facts. The GDPI found that of the organizations surveyed, 52% of them suffered unplanned system downtime in the last 12 months, and 29% suffered data loss. Whether it’s a cyberthreat (36% of organizations reported internal or external security breaches, according to index) or hardware failure (hardware failure is still the number one cause of data loss and/or system downtime, according to Index), a massive data breach can happen faster than you think. In fact, once they gain access to a system, it takes just six minutes for cybercriminals to compromise an organization, and they can do that successfully 60% of the time. Those numbers have a lot of bite (think very large canines)!

When you consider that many industry and government entities require that businesses conform to standards for safeguarding and retaining data, it’s not much of a stretch to say that protecting your data is the law. And backing it up is an important aspect of your data protection strategy. Don’t ignore the obvious! Data is always at risk of being lost, stolen, damaged, or corrupted. The signs are all around. Your data is critical to your success and everyday operations, and business continuity depends on the availability of your data. Don’t let your data—or your business—become extinct! One way to ensure it doesn’t is by implementing the right solution. Check out how Dell EMC Mozy’s enterprise-grade cloud backup solutions can give you that peace of mind.

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So if I were to revise the elephant seal signs to instead caution business owners who are not yet confident in their data protection readiness, here’s how I would do it:

Your data…

  • is important
  • is valuable
  • must be accessible
  • must be safeguarded

And just to underscore that: For the safety of your business, BACK UP YOUR DATA. It’s essential!

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