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#YOAF! Looking at Another Year of IT Transformation

This year we continued our dialogue with our customers and partners to help them pursue their IT transformation in order to free up funds and resources to pursue strategic projects to chip away at digital transformation. But where to start?

Step 1: Consider Flash as a Key Enabler to IT Transformation
In a previous blog I wrote about the pillars of the modern data center. No doubt Flash is a critical component within our IT transformation journey. Sure, Flash is media but is also an enabling technology like CPUs, DRAM, and protocols like NVMe that seem to be in a perpetual race for speed. Our job at Dell EMC is to extract maximum value from these innovations for the benefit of the customer. Flash drives are known for speed. But in reality they enable us to consolidate and save money as well. Let’s look at a 16 TB 3-D NAND drive.

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Within a 2.5” form factor I get the following relative to a spinning drive:

  1. More capacity and performance density = greater consolidation all else equal.
  2. Lower and more consistent response times = better SLAs and more productivity.
  3. Fewer parts replacements and faster rebuilds = lower risk and better customer experience.

Step 2: Understand the Business Value of Flash for Your Environment
Every environment is unique. So making broad claims of how great the technology of vendor A is compared to vendor B is counterproductive. Rather, we should approach things a little more customer centric.  A good place to start is the workload. Over the decades our performance optimized storage systems (aka SC Series, Unity, VMAX, XtremIO) supported databases as the #1 workload, followed by virtual servers. Both combined accounted for over 80% of the supported workloads on these systems.

If we just stick to the database example for a minute, the next step would be to actually understand the current database workload in more detail. One way our world class Sales Engineers do that is to take samples from the customer environment like the Oracle AWR below. Think of it as the top down approach where we want to understand the impact of transformation for the specific database environment. (more…)

Big, Bigger and Biggest – The Business Impact of Big Data Part 2

Lesley MacDonald

Programs Manager, EMC Core Technologies
In between running a variety of Core Technologies global launches and marketing campaigns, my blogger persona is salivating at the prospect of the “next big thing” and the opportunity to watch things unfold through EMC’s market strategy and positioning. Prior to joining EMC and the Core Technologies marketing team, my focus was on elevating the voice of brands, ranging from Unix operating systems to bagged lettuce and a motley collection of cross-industry products and services.

If you caught Part 1 of our 4-part podcast series on Big Data, you will have heard Stephen Manley, EMC Core Technologies Chief Technology Officer, provide his unique perspective on what Big Data is and why it offers such huge potential for businesses to thrive and grow.

Stephen’s introduction speaks to a topic that is flooding the technology channels and promising unprecedented transformation  but not without careful evaluation and consideration of the complex relationship between you, your data, and your future business objectives.

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This week we take a look at the flip side and explore some of the risks and challenges faced by businesses as they begin the process of stepping into their labyrinth of data sources. And in response to one of the biggest challenges, the proliferation of silo’d data, Stephen elaborates on how a data lake can serve as a central component of any business’s big data strategy.

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Transformation and Disruption; Riding the Big Waves

Michael Wilke

Senior Director of Marketing
Marketing lifer who has proven an old dog can learn new tricks. After 30+ years of tech product marketing (excluding a short stint in the beer industry… why did I ever leave that?) I have been focusing on the new world of digital marketing and content. Bringing a song writers mentality to connecting the dots above the products into compelling story telling. The future is not the exclusive domain of the Millennials so it’s never too late. When I’m not doing this, I’m playing my guitar, trying to stay in shape, hanging out in the mountains and loving my amazing family.

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Joe Tucci-SpockTransformation and disruption are two words heard frequently when describing the IT landscape. Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman and CEO, described these times as “unprecedented” and compared the new digital era to a giant wave bearing down on business which you can choose to be either on the good side or the bad side.

As a company EMC is not immune to these waves. We need to take the same advice that we give to our customers about the importance of transforming, staying agile, and disrupting to drive costs out of today’s business so we can invest in the future. Our Core Technologies storage and data protection launch at EMC World actually provides some insight into how and where EMC is transforming and disrupting ourselves.

XtremIO is transforming flash and the EMC storage portfolio. In the last 18 months, this product has experienced meteoric and historic growth to emerge as the #1 leader in the all flash array market. The XtremIO 4.0 announcement provides further proof through new software services and scalability that EMC expects to see more and more workloads consolidated on this platform. (more…)

Is Your Business Set to Go the Distance?

Heidi Biggar

Marketing and IT Consultant, Data Protection and Availability Division at EMC Corporation
I’m often asked how a political science major at Tufts wound up in the IT world, covering backup, storage, virtualization and cloud of all things. Truth is, it’s really a love for learning, a need to understand the “bigger picture” and a desire to share that view with others that’s steered my path over the past 20 years, from campaign manager to editor, analyst and marketer. After hours, you’ll find me hanging with family, running 10ks through Peachtree City’s 90 miles of cart paths, watching football or reading. I’m a New England transplant enjoying life in the South. In my previous life, I also blogged for ComputerWorld, Enterprise Strategy Group and Hitachi Data Systems, but The Backup Window is my baby. It's been great watching it evolve.

stk149376rkeLast week, @guychurchward wrote a post here on The Protection Continuum that resonated with many readers, young, older and in-betweens.

The blog Walking with Millennials: 10 Things I’ve Learned That Your Business Can’t Ignore takes a close look at the up-and-coming generation of business leaders.

In joining in a game of Brigade, Guy learned first-hand what makes Gen-Yers tick, what motivates them, what drives them personally and professionally, what leadership means to them, and more.

For sure, there are big differences between the current generation of business leaders and those that are positioned to replace them. The question begs, how do you ensure a successful transition… get your organization ready to pass the proverbial baton, as Guy put it? (more…)

IT’s New Dirty Little Secret

Heidi Biggar

Marketing and IT Consultant, Data Protection and Availability Division at EMC Corporation
I’m often asked how a political science major at Tufts wound up in the IT world, covering backup, storage, virtualization and cloud of all things. Truth is, it’s really a love for learning, a need to understand the “bigger picture” and a desire to share that view with others that’s steered my path over the past 20 years, from campaign manager to editor, analyst and marketer. After hours, you’ll find me hanging with family, running 10ks through Peachtree City’s 90 miles of cart paths, watching football or reading. I’m a New England transplant enjoying life in the South. In my previous life, I also blogged for ComputerWorld, Enterprise Strategy Group and Hitachi Data Systems, but The Backup Window is my baby. It's been great watching it evolve.

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A colleague of mine recently came across an article I wrote when I was doing some consulting work for a data protection company nearly 10 years ago.

While it feels more than a lifetime ago that I wrote that piece, as I read through it, it struck me just how little some things have changed. It’s as if time has stood still… creating a pocket of inertia.

In fact, with only a few product/technology updates, a new title and a July 2014 time stamp, the piece could run today, likely without even an eyebrow raised. Heck, I’d go so far as to wager that if the article were to run, more than a few would chime in on the tape versus disk theme that runs through it.
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