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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?

 

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.

Expanding the Horizon for Dell EMC Midrange Storage Customers

Guy Churchward

President, Core Technologies Division
Guy Churchward is President of Core Technologies at EMC Corporation. He is responsible for a division that is redefining storage, through a comprehensive portfolio of core storage solutions encompassing the award-winning VMAX, VNX, VNXe, XtremIO, VPLEX, and Data Domain technologies and a cutting-edge software portfolio that delivers simplified storage systems management, continuous availability, replication, backup, and archive solutions. Churchward has more than 27 years of experience in the IT industry, with broad international experience that spans executive management, engineering, sales, marketing and business development capacities. He joined EMC in May 2012, when he served as Senior Vice President of Engineering for the Backup & Recovery Systems Division, before becoming Division President in October 2012. He was appointed to lead the Core Technologies Division in October 2014. Prior to joining EMC, Churchward was President and CEO of LogLogic, an enterprise log and security intelligence platform company. He has also served as Vice President and General Manager of the Data Protection Group at NetApp, where he was responsible for product strategy and development of the company's portfolio of disk-to-disk and disaster recovery products, as well as Vice President and General Manager of BEA's WebLogic Products Group. In addition, he has held senior management positions at Sun Microsystems (formerly Tarantella Inc.), The Santa Cruz Operation (formerly IXI), Accenture (formerly Binder Hamlyn) and Olivetti. Churchward holds an Executive MBA from Stanford Business School and studied computer science at Cambridge Tutors College, England.

Here we are as Dell EMC, and we’re champing at the bit to show our customers, partners and the world what we’re made of as a combined business. We were already recognized as the leader in data storage pre-merger and together we’re going from strong to stronger, now number one across all combined mid-range markets in which we play. If you’re a customer or partner of either company this bodes well for you, as Dell EMC can now offer an even greater choice of world-class products from a single vendor, which has become the largest privately controlled IT company in the world.

Since we started this journey nearly a year ago, we’ve had a number of questions from customers about our plans to support the midrange storage portfolios that are coming together. Let me confirm that we are 100% committed to supporting both EMC Unity and the Dell SC Series (Compellent) going forward. Why? Let’s start with a look at what both product lines have brought to the combined business and then fast forward to see what the future holds.

The Dell EMC midrange businesses represent:

  • Market share of 29.4%, nearly double that of our nearest competitor.
  • Leadership across all price bands. [i]
  • $5 billion in combined revenues [ii] within a total addressable market of more than $17 billion.
  • More than 100,000 existing, passionate storage customers [iii], with the heritage of both EMC technologies well positioned in large enterprises and of Dell’s incredible strength in the entry-level and mid-markets.

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The Combined Dell EMC Midrange Portfolio – Go Forward from Today
Dell EMC’s midrange portfolio now has a scale and breadth that is without comparison in our industry. Our combined midrange offerings are the strongest they’ve ever been as, this year, we have launched new products such as Unity Flash storage systems and made powerful enhancements to the SC Series OS. This all adds up to a combined portfolio for our customers and partners that is unmatched elsewhere in the industry. (more…)

EMC Helps the Swedish-speaking Population of Finland Preserve Its Cultural Heritage

Susan Stout

Customer References Manager, EMC, Core Technologies Division
Susan is a creative, enthusiastic, results-driven and detail oriented professional with many years of program/project management experience in the high tech industry. She leverages strong organization and communication skills to manage multiple on-going projects simultaneously and consistently meets commitments with integrity. Susan is currently a part of the customer reference team within EMC's Core Technologies Division. Outside of EMC Susan works as a personal trainer as well as enjoys spending time with her husband and twin boys.

people of finland 2In an increasingly globalized world, local traditions, dialects and literature can become lost in national and international culture. Like many similar organizations around the world, the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (SLS), is working to curate a record of one sector of its country’s indigenous heritage.  And, with that task comes huge data storage and data protection challenges.

SLS digitizes and protects a wide range of materials related to the lives of Swedish-speaking Finns– everything from photos, to hand-written documents, to films, books, recordings, and more.  In many cases, the act of scanning old photographs or playing magnetic tapes destroys the original as the electronic copies are made so SLS’s digital archives contain cultural treasures that, often, exist today only in digital form.

“Photos continue to fade, and magnetic tapes wear out,” Karola Söderman, head of information management at SLS, explains. “In some cases, after we’ve played a tape to digitize it, it falls apart.”

SLS’s library of Swedish-speaking Finnish history is stored and managed in two phases.  Initially, data is digitized and catalogued on a system based on EMC VNX technology.  Once processed, the data is stored on one of two EMC Atmos arrays, one in its Helsinki main office and another, that mirrors it, in its Vaasa facility.  SLS’s 100TB of data is protected using EMC NetWorker and EMC Data Domain.

In addition to the storage of its library of preserved records, SLS also turns to EMC to support the administrative storage needs of the organization.  SLS’s active directories, email, intranet, file shares and SQL databases all rely on EMC.  Having initially built its storage network on the VNX platform, SLS is transitioning to EMC Unity to realize the benefits of EMC’s most modern midrange offering.

“Unity feels like a godsend to us,” says Mats (Madsen) Wikholm, IT manager at SLS. “With Unity, we get enhanced performance as well as a number of features that make life easier for me.  As an IT manager in a small organization I wear about ten hats and the modernity, simplicity, affordability and flexibility of Unity helps me to achieve more with limited resources.”

Here’s how:

  • The simple and intuitive HTML5 management interface (Unisphere):  This makes everyday actions less time consuming and means that operations that SLS undertakes less frequently can be completed easily without needing to source instructions or log into multiple management consoles.
  • Full unified support for multiple storage protocols, including block, file, and VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols):  This is critical for SLS, since they have a broad selection of workloads running on their network, with both operational applications and its digitized historical assets.
  • Built-in unified snapshots, which are especially helpful in dealing with ransomware

Since the SLS library is irreplaceable, the organization can’t afford to lose data.  Yet is receives submissions via FTP and is reliant on researchers being online, which makes it vulnerable to attack.  The Unity snapshots, in conjunction with EMC NetWorker and EMC Data Domain, leave SLS with a fallback instance of its data in the event that ransomware compromises the network.

To learn more about SLS and its use of EMC solutions, please go here.

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