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Unity – Ramping Up Like a Rocket Ship in 2016!

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.

UnitySince its launch in May 2016, Unity has been ramping up like a rocket ship! With nearly 6k systems booked, and over 3k customers, Unity has been able to capture the existing customer base and engage interest from new customers by offering them the benefits of storing data in a truly simple and flexible unified storage system. It’s no surprise that Unity is one of Dell EMC’s top all-flash storage products. The reason behind its success lies in its simplicity using the best technology while still making Unity affordable, and combining all that with putting the customer at the forefront when considering next generation upgrades.

Some of Unity’s most valuable features that make it so appealing to customers are its’ simple Linux based operating system, HTML5 user interface, all-inclusive software (including data protection) packaging, built-in cloud capabilities such as cloud tiering and CloudIQ , and flexible deployment consisting of all-flash, hybrid and virtual options. Unity is also continuously being improved. This past December, the newest software upgrade (UnityOE v4.1) was released and includes added flash efficiencies like in line compression, 15.36TB 3D NAND support, and native based migrations.

So far, we’ve seen companies in a variety of industries take up Unity for their business needs including healthcare, education, finance, technology, and a number of government Unity Familyentities. Rackspace, the number one managed cloud provider, was looking for a simple data management center that delivered fast agile services, and could be easily provisioned. Unity offered a simple user interface that enabled routine tasks to be completed in less steps (see the video). The real-time performance management with proactive assist allowed Rackspace a higher degree of system control, and the Rest API enabled them to quickly provision and customize their arrays to better meet the needs of their customers.

Another great example of a customer choosing Unity is when it helped supply chain experts at LeSaint Logistics streamline management. Here Unity offered the performance boost, flexible configuration and provisioning, and more capacity in less space that assisted the company in transitioning away from traditionally using competing storage products. With improved I/O performance by 1,600 percent, and reduced heavy reporting from four minutes to 30 seconds, Unity allows LeSaint offer the best customized integrated supply chain solutions to its customers, reducing logistics costs and working capital.

As you can see, Unity is simple and flexible, and has proven that these benefits cast a wide net in terms of meeting the needs of wide range of customers including Rackspace, LeSaint Logistics, and many of the other 3k customers it has acquired in just the past 7 months. I’d say ramping up like a rocket ship would be an understatement, and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon.

You Don’t Have to be an Expert to be Proactive

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.

self-helpAs more data becomes available and people are able to interpret valuable metrics to make informed decisions, they are taking matters into their own hands in regards to self-service. Information is especially used today to be proactive on important matters. Take FitBit for example, a smart device that helps people be proactive on evaluating their health and take action on a daily basis. Did they take enough steps? Have they been getting enough sleep? There are even smart water bottles that remind you when to take another sip of water!

The automotive industry is another great example. A driver is not an expert technician but more of a generalist of what a car is and how to use it because the manufacturer makes it simple and can inform the driver of events. If only we took a look at the owner’s manual before our car battery died on us! By keeping track of car wear and tear, we can be proactive in avoiding that unintended sick day because our car needs a new catalytic converter.

Similar to situations in which a driver refers to the manufacturers’ manual to diagnose and be proactive on issues with their car, an IT generalist can use a tool that allows him or
her to proactively manage their Unity system. Proactive Assist is the built-in self-help desk in Unity Unisphere that offers essential resources like a collaborative chat forum, and important product documents, presentations, and how-to videos. It also allows IT generalists to order new parts, download the latest software, and shop for other Dell EMC products. That way IT generalists can solve issues more efficiently without spending time on the phone with customer service.

See snapshots of the Proactive Assist interface (left) and an image of the how-to videos (right):

Whether it be our car, our storage array, or ourselves, the best way to assure a system is up and running successfully is by implementing the best practices and utilizing the resources available. With a tool like Unity Proactive Assist, an IT generalist can make sure it identifies an issue before it affects their company, ensuring availability and maximizing the total cost of ownership of their storage system.

The Right Infrastructure Under a Virtualized Microsoft SQL Server™ Application Makes All the Difference!

Steve Spataro

Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC
In his role as Worldwide Technical Marketing Manager, Steve is a subject matter expert on Dell EMC’s Midrange Storage Solutions and his focus is the Dell EMC and Partner System Engineering (SE) community. Steve develops much of the technical content used by the field SEs (Specification Sheets, Frequently Asked Questions, Technical Presentations, etc.) He presents the technical aspects of EMC’s offerings to Dell EMC clients and Partners in the Executive Briefing Centers and at Industry & Partner events. Steve has been with Dell EMC for 16 years, with previous positions include EMC Product Management and Senior Manager of EMC Product Marketing. Steve is based at Dell EMC’s Hopkinton, Massachusetts headquarters.

Doing research before you implement is great, but in the end it comes down to the final decisions you make.

With many organizations already exceeding 75% server virtualization (source: Gartner), and much attention focused on the IT infrastructure underneath virtualized Microsoft SQL Server environments, there is a wealth of good guidance out there to help you steer the right course.

If you haven’t started down the path to a virtualized SQL environment or haven’t refreshed technology lately, let me synthesize what I’ve read and learned from talking to hundreds of companies. I’ll also direct you to at least one thing that will definitely provide you with a significant ROI.

As the proliferation of database instances occur, many midsize organizations galvanized around a core set of needs: reducing costs, improving ease of use, and improving performance. These organizations often picked Microsoft SQL Server because the license costs are low, SQL Server is integrated nicely with other Microsoft products they use, and there is a big pool of SQL administrator talent that is reasonably priced. However, they consistently mentioned that the desired outcome was only met if their IT infrastructure improved performance and utilization with each software license they deployed. They also mentioned, that results were only achieved if their infrastructure did not increase storage capacity linear to the number of database copies kept and if the infrastructure was exceptionally flexible to accommodate changes as they arose.

A virtualized SQL Server environment that uses Dell EMC Unity storage systems delivers these results. Unity is a highly intelligent, multicore & port optimized, All-Flash designed storage system. It provides high levels of performance for low-latency transactional I/O and high-throughput analytic workloads. It allows organizations to do more work with their existing SQL Server licenses or any new licenses bought. Unity also provides the ability for each application developer to have their own database instances without the organization experiencing a matching increase in storage costs and capacity. Regarding simplicity, with over 90+ integration points with VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V, Unity’s UI is exceptionally easy to use. For example, a DBA can choose to manage Unity through Microsoft System Center or VMware vCenter, never touching the Unity UI at all.

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