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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…)

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…)

Surveillance Trends: A Tale of 2 Architectures

Ken Mills

Senior Manager Global Business Development
Ken has had the great honor in being a part of two start-ups within a large company. These experiences have taught Ken to quickly find what drives growth and leverage that knowledge to enable a diverse cross functional team of people to help achieve the goals of the business. In each of his roles he has had to not only sell to customers, but to sell internally Ken has built non-existent routes to market, channel partners, and had to teach fellow sales people how to fish in a new pond. All in the name of gaining net new customers and expanding our wallet share within our existing accounts. Ken’s specialties are building new routes to market, identifying trends in the market, created competitive advantages, and bringing passion for success to his role at EMC.

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View from surveillance camera

The surveillance market has traditionally been built on closed architectures.  From the very beginning when video surveillance was called Closed Caption Television (CCTV), surveillance had largely been a closed system. This closed system had its advantages when it came to service calls and simplicity in design. When a customer would lose video in a CCTV system, the troubleshooting procedure was very straightforward; check the camera, check the coax cable and connections, and check the recording device. It was almost always one of those components that failed and needed to be replaced or repaired. In the IP network world of today, troubleshooting video loss requires the customer and/or partner to have a much broader set of skills to determine the reason for the problem. This added complexity has slowed the surveillance industry down in its move to become a full fledged enterprise application. The good news is the industry is rapidly moving toward the implementation of all IP network-based solutions more and more every day. Surveillance buyers are becoming more comfortable with IP and the advantages thanks to the notable benefits of high resolution cameras. High resolution cameras have been the biggest driver in the move to IP. These cameras provide a minimum of 4X (in some cases20X+) more pixels than the traditional surveillance cameras.

One of EMC’s premier partners, Axis Communications, provides more detail on the value of these high resolution cameras. The increase in camera resolution has had a profound impact on the surveillance industry and has impacted every aspect of the surveillance design. When I was at Cisco Systems and we were working to understand the impact of high definition video on the network. As a result, we determined that an average high definition camera system drove 27X more bandwidth than high definition teleconferencing. Surveillance is the only enterprise video application that is on 24/7/365. Most customers and partners have come to the realization that networks with IP surveillance systems utilizing high definition or greater resolution cameras have to be designed properly and efficiently in order to ensure the video information is not lost due to a network failure. (more…)

Let’s Build a Data Center – The Power of a Strong Portfolio

Recently we embarked on one of the scariest and most rewarding projects I ever worked on at EMC…to build a functional data center in less than 48 hours and ensure that our live provisioning challenge (aka The Jeremy Burton Challenge) against Jeremy Burton, EMC’s President of Product and Marketing, run smoothly on a live VMAX system at EMC World. What can go wrong!

It was a project that was all about teamwork to deliver nothing short of a face-melting awesome customer experience.  To that extent, I had the honor of working with some of the finest EMC’ers I know, from different parts of the business, different functional groups, and different coasts. In the end, we were able to spend quality time with customers who in turn could experience the power of the portfolio in one confined space. Where can you bring your beer into a data center, open the cab of the VxRACK, and ask all the questions you want?

Didn’t make it to EMC World? Were there and would like a recap? Either way, come on in and Take a Tour!


How to Keep Tahoe Blue? A Review of the 2015 Hadoop Summit

Shailesh Manjrekar

Product Manager, EMC
Shailesh Manjrekar is Product Manager for Big Data, Enterprise Apps. and Healthcare at EMC’s Core Technology Division. Shailesh currently has the charter to build the Big Data strategy, eco-system and GTM, by working across EMC Federation and External partners. In this role Shailesh drives CTD product planning across the portfolio. His charter also includes EMC’s Healthcare business. He is responsible for Healthcare Product planning, Eco-system and GTM. A veteran of NetApp, Force 10 Networks, Brocade, Adaptec product management, Shailesh manages the partnerships with other vendors needed to integrate DD-Boost to these native applications, bringing to bear over 20 years of experience in high tech.

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HaddopSJ1The energy and aura around the Hadoop Summit 2015 in San Jose was phenomenal. Around 4000+ participants from 38 countries were part of this gathering, which included 75 presentations from data driven end users.  According to Gartner, 26% of enterprises are deploying Hadoop today. This is estimated to grow to 44% in next 24 months. “Data” has become the most important asset for the digital economy and data driven companies are reaping the benefits of Hadoop to achieve a competitive edge.

The concept of “Data Lakes” and “Hadoop as a data operating system” is now resonating not only with line of business users, but also with the infrastructure folks. Data Lakes are proving to be a consolidation play, where previously un-used dark data can now be stored economically. New data sources are added quickly using schema on read and new business insights are gained using SQL on Hadoop. The data is then analyzed using not just batch (descriptive), but interactive (predictive) and real-time (prescriptive) analytics.

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