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Purpose-Built Data Protection for Today and Tomorrow

Meredith Soper

Marketing Manager, Dell EMC Data Protection Division
As a former college athlete who never lost her competitive edge, I continuously challenge myself to learn new things and become an expert on others. However, my focus is no longer basketball, but the world of data protection. My MBA and innate passion for technology led me to a career in product marketing at Dell EMC, where I aspire to add some pizazz to the already-exciting world of backup and recovery. Outside of the office, I’m a born and raised Bostonian who has trouble pronouncing her R’s (think “pahk the cah”). I love sports, shopping, and a good glass of red wine. Follow me on Twitter @Meredith_Soper and I promise to #followback!

Buying a car can be challenging. As a buyer, there are certain things you look for and see value in. And those things differ buying personas 1according to your needs. For instance, my ideal car is an SUV with four wheel drive, has a voice-activated GPS system, and is backed by a trusted car brand. From this list of must-haves you can infer my needs; I need a vehicle that is built to withstand New England winters, provides navigation assistance, and is historically known to be reliable. I look for certain features based on my transportation needs. It’s important to note that your list of car requirements is likely different from mine. You may live in a warmer climate where it rarely snows, and therefore prefer an eco-friendly, compact car. Or you may be a NASCAR driver and require a vehicle with a manual transmission and a five-point harness, rather than a traditional seatbelt. I can confidently say your ideal vehicle looks slightly, if not completely, different from mine. Our individual buyer personas are based on each of our distinctive needs.

The same goes for many other aspects of life, as well as business, including the way in which we buy and consume data protection solutions. Each data owner has a distinct set of requirements they need to meet in order to successfully do their job. For instance, the backup admin, database admin and vAdmin each play an important role in the business’ overall data protection strategy. Each individual may be partially, or even solely, responsible for protecting their data and therefore have specific requirements for visibility and control for that protection. And for efficiency and familiarity purposes, each data owner is best empowered through using their native tools and interfaces. The 2016 EMC Global Data Protection Index (GDPI) confirms these points, indicating that management of data protection aligns with environment, meaning that the storage team focuses on storage based protection, the virtualization team on virtual environments, and so forth. And 40% of those surveyed also noted that they prefer a collaborative model, giving both IT and app owners self-service in terms of visibility and management capabilities. Although each individual is working towards the common goal of fully protected and accessible data, the way in which they manage the data protection environment is different. Each situation is unique and every role has unique needs.

In addition, as enterprises engage in implementing more modern approaches to data protection, new requirements will emerge which introduce new buyers. For instance, while self-service in the data center has brought to bear many benefits, it has also contributed largely to copy data sprawl.  The proliferation of copy data leads to increased cost and risk, detracting from an enterprise’s ability to invest in next generation apps and infrastructure. The buyer concerned with controlling copy data is probably the person held accountable for setting SLAs for both protection and storage. They may be an infrastructure or compliance manager and their requirements differ from those of an application, backup, or storage admin, because they have a unique set of needs.
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Molina Healthcare: The Story of Rapid Scale and Growth

Chhandomay Mandal

Director of Solution Marketing, EMC All-Flash Storage
Chhandomay Mandal, a 20+ year storage industry veteran, is the Director of Solution Marketing for EMC All-Flash Storage. He is currently responsible for the integrated leadership of all EMC All-Flash End User Computing (EUC) solutions enablement, partnering, and business development. Prior to EMC, Chhandomay led Dell’s storage solutions marketing efforts for desktop virtualization, server virtualization and private cloud. He spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems holding different leadership positions across marketing and engineering organizations. Chhandomay has been awarded 13 patents by US Patent and Trademark Office. He has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Florida, MBA from Kelley Business School of Indiana University, and BTech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Molina Healthcare’s mission is to provide quality health services to financially vulnerable families and individuals covered by government programs. The company has health plans, medical clinics and a health information management solution. No other organization of its kind does all three.

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Over the past five years, Molina has experienced rapid growth, moving onto the Fortune 500 list to its current number 201 spot. The company has added over 2.3 million members during the past three years. Today, Molina arranges for the delivery of healthcare services and offers health information management solutions to nearly five million individuals and families who receive their care through Medicaid, Medicare and other government-funded programs in fifteen states.

Supporting this kind of growth demands a scalable, reliable and cost-effective infrastructure. Their IT organization carefully evaluated multiple solutions from different vendors, and decided that the VMAX All Flash with the VCE Vblock 740 is the best platform for their needs.

Through VCE converged infrastructure with all-flash technology, Molina is able to consolidate multiple mission-critical workloads with high performance and reliability needs onto a single platform resulting in significant CapEx and OpEx savings. (more…)

What’s Old is New Again

Howard Rubin

Consultant Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC Storage Division
My name is Howard and I’m a marketing guy. There I said it! Admitting to it is the first step right? Truth be known, I started “life” as a phone support guy then got promoted to Sales Engineer due to my good looks. That role dragged on far too long. Hanging out in data centers at 3am installing and troubleshooting ATM and Frame Relay gear got old; just like that technology. When I’m not marketing tech stuff, I’m either playing with my own tech gear at home or travelling to some exotic destination with my incredible wife, Mary. Fifty/Fifty chance it’s a shopping or exotic beach destination next time you get my out-of-office message.

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At our office, we give our mainframe product managers and engineers a hard time.  When mainframe customers come in for meetings, we joke about ensuring that the customer briefing rooms have analog dial-up ports so our guests can check their AOL email during breaks. The reality is quite different. Yes, there are many grey-bearded experts who grew up with the mainframe and really understand the workings of the overall system. However, working right alongside these experts is a new generation of mainframe and application specialists – the Millennials (often called “Generation Y”). And, the exact reason why they’ve joined these companies is to work on leading edge cloud and mobile apps for the mainframe. Say what?

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Since IBM’s introduction of the first mainframe in 1952, businesses have relied on them to run their mission-critical applications.  Over the last 60 years, mainframe hardware has gotten smaller while workloads have grown significantly larger, requiring these systems to perform even faster. This rat race is to keep up with the increasing amount of data and transaction throughput, while satisfying the decreasing tolerance for transaction latency.  So what does this all have to do with mobile apps and the cloud? The answer is EVERYTHING!

Mobile apps connected to mainframe computers bring the conveniences of just a decade ago to your mobile phone, tablet or wrist. Flash back a decade plus; were you verifying your savings account balances by driving to the local bank ATM or teller window? Were you waiting weeks for mailed or faxed paperwork on your fender bender car accident processed by your insurance agency? Or, maybe you thought nothing about waiting in line for the person ahead of you buying a gallon of milk who was filling out a check by hand (and usually extremely slowly)? Without mainframes and the Gen Y’ers developing innovative mobile applications, we might just be stuck doing these activities the same way. The good news is that mainframes enable every one of us to do away with all this waiting nonsense. (more…)

Storage Networking Performance Matters For Mainframe FICON Environments

Deirdre Wassell

Director, Dell EMC Connectrix Product Marketing
From mainframe operations, to systems programming, to storage product management, to technical product marketing, Deirdre Wassell’s career reflects her prodigious interest in technology.

A flashback to working in a house of cards…

My first role in IT was working in a data center of a reinsurance company as a Computer Operator.  I was responsible for running the company’s reporting programs on the UNIVersal Automatic Computer or “UNIVAC” mainframe.   To run a program on the UNIVAC mainframe, I’d go to the “Program Closet” and grab the pertinent program, which was a stack of punched cards, and then I’d feed the cards through the UNIVAC card reader and the report would be created.  Fun!

punchcards stacked
Not fun…sometimes a card, which represents a line of code or an instruction, would get damaged and I’d have to recreate it using a keypunch machine.  If the card were severely damaged, I’d have to go to the “Source Code Closet”.  The Source Code Closet contained the Master Program Decks.  Using the card from the Master Program Deck, I’d carefully replicate the damaged card by typing the instruction using the keypunch machine and then I’d rerun the operating deck through the card reader to produce the report.    Memories…

 Flash-forward to 2016; the cards are gone and the mainframe game has changed
Mainframe customers are expanding the role of their highly secure environments to repositories of enterprise data for web servers and web-based application services.  Every day more and more transactions originate from mobile devices that end up at mainframes for retail purchase transactional recording.   The number of transactions occurring daily along with traditional online transactions is in the millions and growing with no end in sight.

Bottom line–the mainframe has evolved to be the platform of record for 3rd platform applications. (more…)

Data Center Modernization 101

Sarah Werner

EMC Marketing Intern
As an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst majoring in chemical engineering, this summer internship has allowed me to explore the business side of the IT industry. Specifically, I have been tasked with spearheading important competitive projects. In my short time at EMC, I’ve been able to draw parallels between scientific methods learned in my engineering classes and apply those to solving real-world business problems.

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EMC declared 2016 as the Year of All-Flash – now is the time to modernize your data center by switching to all-flash storage arrays!  Of course, choosing the right all-flash array is just the beginning of the journey and there are other steps that need to be taken in order to maximize the value that all-flash can deliver to your business. Here are some important considerations for your data center modernization efforts:

Step 1:  Make the Move

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After finding the ideal all-flash appliance for your business, prepare your old arrays for retirement by migrating all of your data over. This sounds like a daunting process, one that traditionally takes 6 to 9 months to complete, but it can be made easier by using non-disruptive online tech refresh that a solution like VPLEX provides. This minimizes the time to value of the new flash arrays from months to days by migrating data over without any required downtime. Your data and applications remain accessible and your business keeps running all while modernizing your data center.

Step 2:  Keep All-Flash Always On

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Congratulations! Your data and applications have been moved in record-breaking time, and your new all-flash environment is already delivering much greater performance. It’s not difficult to love the speed and power of flash, but that doesn’t mean flash arrays are any less susceptible to disaster situations that can result in data loss. Power outages, fire, flooding, or human error can all put your critical data – and by extension, your business – at risk leading to loss of revenue and customer satisfaction. Luckily, preventive measures can be taken to ensure your data is continuously available, despite unforeseen disasters. Data sent down a particular host’s data path can be copied between arrays, whether they’re in the same data center or not. This keeps your flash environment always on even if one array fails, and your data and applications are safe and always available. Learn more about continuous availability and disaster recovery solutions.

Don’t forget the network: Make sure your SAN environment doesn’t become a bottle neck for the blazing fast flash performance. When implementing high availability replication technologies the communication link between the data centers also needs to be looked at to make sure that it can handle the traffic between the datacenters.


Step 3: Accelerate IT Operations

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Before you know it, your data center already requires changing configurations, moving applications, load balancing servers, using more of cloud storage etc. No business is immune to frequent adjustments, and their IT specialists shouldn’t struggle to meet new demands due to limitations of technology. Evaluate your current level of IT infrastructure agility – how much effort and downtime is involved in moving applications for load balancing, consolidating data centers for better resource utilization or moving data back and forth between your data center and public cloud. Once again server and storage virtualization go a long way to make these tasks easy and non-disruptive and help create infrastructure that can turn on a dime.

Moving to all-flash storage is a great step to modernize your data center to deliver uncompromised application performance. It is also a great opportunity to take a deeper look at your entire infrastructure to identify and eliminate sources of inefficiencies. With the right technology in place you can realize the full advantage of the all-flash storage to create data centers that are well protected, always available and agile to operate.

 

Note:  This blog was co-written by Parasar Kodati

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