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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.

 

 

Save Time, Space, and TCO with Dell EMC Unity Cloud Tiering

Dianna Marks

Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC
Dianna joined the Product Marketing team for Unity in September 2016 after completing her MBA in Marketing from the University of Rochester. She also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and received her first master’s degree in behavioral neuroscience. She loves to write and play vinyl records while cooking in her spare time, and seeks out recreational volleyball to get out her competitive edge. She is a multi-marathon completer, including 3 national and 2 international races. She intends on traveling to a new country every year, and believes that taking calculated risks and following your heart are the keys to lifelong happiness.

Cloud TieringIn the age of the Internet of Things (IOT) where data is highly coveted but often mismanaged, it can be a major source of frustration for IT managers in companies ranging from SMB to large enterprises. Fortunately, Dell EMC is a corporation that has become very successful in providing solutions to customers that creates win-win situations.

Dell EMC’s Unity storage with Cloud Tiering Appliance (CTA) is one example of a solution that has helped businesses save both money through improved TCO, and space by freeing up inactive file storage so that it can run day to day operations more efficiently. CTA is an automated, policy-based data management application that tiers data to public clouds such as VirtuStream, Microsoft, and Amazon. It also has deployment flexibility in terms of Physical or Physical-HA, Virtual or Virtual-HA.

The entertainment industry is a great example of a business area that can benefit from an application like CTA. Typically, a movie studio will release numerous movies a year and depending on the type of film, they can easily amount to over 20 petabytes of data per film – especially animated films. At any one time, a major studio could be working on several different films – representing a ton of data to manage all at once! In many cases, with films like Shrek and Kung Fu Panda where there are sequels, data from the previous film has to be reused during production. Having all that data from previous films on primary storage could cause some serious delays in work performance and capacity that rapidly raises costs. Here is where an application like CTA is so beneficial. By intelligently tiering inactive data (data generated from completed films) to less expensive public cloud providers, and freeing up space on existing storage, the company can save on CAPEX for the next movie development effort.

Many other industries like finance and the healthcare industry also carry lots of inactive data and can use extra space to create new financial accounts, update patient records, and be able to generate lots of other new data over time and during various cycles. This is why companies in these industries make excellent candidates for Unity Cloud Tiering Appliance. Similar to the film industry, businesses in other industries with data growing to the petabyte level are going to need automated file tiering, seamless retrieval, freed up storage, and improved TCO of their storage system. What better way to manage an organizations data than with a system that can intelligently manage it for them?

 

Road to Efficiency, Part 2

Vladimir Mandic

Chief Technology Officer & Distinguished Engineer Data Protection Cloud, Core Technologies Division, Dell EMC
Vladimir has been driving technical innovation and change within EMC for the past 10 years, first in the area of data protection software and, currently, in cloud technologies. Prior to that, he’s had rich industry experience as a solution integrator and in the service provider space. When not working on technology innovation, he may be difficult to locate due to his passion for world travel.

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As business look at cloud adoption, the question is, “What is the cloud good for?” Yes, the cloud can be efficient and elastic, but what would be its real use in complex environments?

A different way of looking at the road to the cloud is by considering where your data—both primary and secondary copies—resides.
efficiency2-1Cloud as 3rd copy
In a typical data center your primary file and application data would reside in on-premises storage arrays such as XtremIO, VMAX, VNX or Isilon. Second-level protection is offered via data protection solutions using secondary storage such as EMC Data Domain. As a last step, select data can be tiered to the cloud via products such as CloudBoost or CloudArray, to either private clouds built using ECS or public clouds. That means that data in the cloud is a 3rd tier of data. This is a good way to achieve efficiencies for specific use cases such as long-term retention, offsite copy of data, and data archiving while maintaining all primary processing within the data center.

Cloud as 2nd copy
A more direct way of using the cloud is by having data copied directly from primary storage to the cloud (that is, storage tiering) or protecting data directly to the cloud. This results in even higher efficiencies; however, this creates a much larger dependency on the cloud for operational recovery purposes as there is no second copy of data on premises.

Ideally, at this point we would look at direct-to-cloud tiering and protection with ability to maintain on-premises copies of active data for quick access.

Cloud as 1st copy
The last step in cloud adoption is where your primary data resides directly in the cloud, either with SaaS applications (such as Office 365, Salesforce, and Google Apps) or hosted applications running on cloud-based PaaS (such as developed using Pivotal’s Cloud Foundry platform) or IaaS (such as Amazon AWS or Microsoft Azure). In that case, the need for data protection still remains even if infrastructure resiliency responsibility has moved to the cloud solution provider. And to achieve efficiencies, data protection solution and resulting data copies also reside in the cloud itself. However, in that case you may need to export data back to on-premises either for safety, compliancy, or other reasons. (more…)

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