Posts Tagged ‘VCE’

Optimizing Data Protection for VCE VxRail Appliance – Making the Best Better

Tom Giuliano

Principal Product Marketing Manager, Data Protection Management Software Solutions
For 17 years, Tom has brought storage, data protection, security and wireless products to market through roles in product marketing, product management and sales. He loves to speak with customers and prospects about their business goals and challenges, their experiences and their needs, and has had a lot of opportunity to do it. Backed with a master’s degree in Engineering and an MBA, Tom is equally comfortable digging into the details with technical personnel as well as translating and delivering the business value story. But honestly – TELLING STORIES is SO much more FUN for him! Tom's current role in product marketing focuses on data protection management solutions and management strategy. He gets to spend his days thinking about how to help you simplify and enhance your experience achieving your data protection objectives. When not driving go-to-market initiatives, identifying unique and creative methods to build product awareness or launching new and innovative offerings, you’ll likely find him cycling, skiing, boating or running. And, who knows, maybe you’ll hear some of more of his interesting experiences in a future post from time to time.

In February 2016, I posted a blog titled “Blocks and Racks and Rails, OH MY!” in which I discussed converged infrastructure offerings and how these solutions are transforming business.  Ultimately that post discussed the VCE VxRail Appliance, which, at the time, was a recently announced offering from VCE, as the only fully-integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested VMware hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA).  I even touched upon the value of including data protection as part of a HCIA solution.

It appears I’m not the only one who feels this way.

In June 2016, EMC released the 2nd Global Data Protection Index, which surveyed over 2200 IT decision makers across 18 countries regarding their protection readiness in an increasingly challenging world and their confidence moving forward.  The results revealed that 83% of survey respondents said data protection is a mandatory or very important criterion when selecting a converged infrastructure solution.

EMC and VCE totally get it, which is why data protection is included in EVERY VxRail appliance.

The data protection capabilities built into VxRail Appliances includes backup and recovery, and continuous data protection.  It’s a lot of functionality, which addresses data protection requirements for most VxRail customers.

But what about for the user who needs (or wants) more data protection?  By “more” I mean additional capabilities, such as provisioning a larger number of Virtual Machines (VMs), or comprehensive monitoring, analysis, reporting and backup file search capabilities, or the addition of industry-leading protection storage.  I’m talking about an “over and above” level of protection.


Let me share a recent personal example.  Every few years my family is fortunate enough to take a Caribbean vacation.  The last two vacations have been cruises.  However, this year we decided to go with another family to an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic.  Our friends had been there before and are now owners of one of the villas at the resort.  When we first started talking about this vacation over a year ago our thoughts focused on endless beaches, sun, watersports, exotic food and fun.

But there was one topic that increasingly entered the conversations as we approached our departure date.

Zika. (more…)

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.


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…)

Smart Buyers are After Integrated Products

John Dentinger

Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC Data Protection Division
John’s passion for creating compelling content and communicating the benefits of great products have aligned as he explores the world of protection storage. Interning in Product Marketing with EMC while pursuing his MBA exposed John to the world of technology and the astounding power of Dell EMC’s data protection offerings. Outside of work, John likes to ski, enjoys gaming & media, and collects vinyl records. John is a graduate of the MBA program at the Boston College Carroll School of Management, where he specialized in Product & Brand Management and Marketing Analytics.

For a lot of people, there is nothing more valuable than the convenience of a combined solution. In today’s demanding business world, professionals place a lot of emphasis on expediency and strive for optimal processes. But even outside of work, we all love it when a purchase is simple and when everything you need can be obtained with ease. That is why integrated products are so popular.
smart buyers 1

Parents with little ones certainly understand this perspective. A mom or dad’s day can quickly fill with tedious tasks, which makes products that cut out preparation very appealing. This is why pre-made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a hit—having that preparation completed ahead of time allows parents to focus on what is important instead of assembling sandwiches.

Products across all categories have adopted this better together sentiment. Billiards manufacturers release tables that feature ping pong and pool; skiers and snowboarders look for coats or helmets that have headphones built-in; wide-eyed party goers ogle at the pulsating light of a bulb that doubles as a speaker. And of course, the school cafeteria is home to more examples than just those converged sandwiches – the Spork may be the most well-known integrated product out there. The cafeteria staff knows they can simplify their purchasing if kids can use one utensil to eat either their soup or chicken nuggets.

As Guy Churchward has highlighted on this blog, the iPhone is hyper-converged. Smartphones are all-in-one digital products, combining a cell phone with media player, a GPS unit, a digital camera, etc. Smartphone accessory makers have carried this thought process into the physical world, producing many popular smartphone cases that double as wallets. Those who use these cases are integration super fans, opting to carry all of their most important physical and digital assets in one simple package. (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.

Latest posts by Andrew McKay (see all)

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…)

EMC Data Protection – Always in Style for VCE

Chandra Jacobs

I love creative and challenging projects in the emerging technology product space. I have a background in tech, innovation, and product development, especially as applied to web and mobile apps in the entrepreneurship arena, but have recently moved into marketing. In my role as a product marketer, I have gravitated toward digital marketing as well as analytics/data mining. It fits well with my techie geek bent as well as my cloud angle on The Backup Window. (Be sure to catch my posts on Innovation Station too!) Outside of work at EMC, I enjoy exploring Boston’s culinary and jazz scene (often in combination), and travel as much as I can (35 countries and counting).

Latest posts by Chandra Jacobs (see all)

With Cisco Live Europe 2014 picking up steam in Milan, a city known for fine fashion and hi-tech (and at times fashiontech), it’s exciting to be talking about the perfect accessory to the VCE Vblock System – the VCE Data Protection Solution, built from EMC Data Protection and Availability technology. I’m no fashion aficionado, but I do know this: nothing goes better with a converged infrastructure than a matching (integrated and optimized) Data Protection solution.


Milan Hi-Fashion

You’ll never have to worry that your data protection

doesn’t match your Vblock System.

Welcome to the yellow brick road of virtualization and convergence. You have begun the journey of data center transformation to combat the challenges of data growth, spiraling costs, and complexity. You will continue to have to buy more, expensive backup storage to keep pace, while losing a handle on your backup windows, leaving critical data at risk. By integrating and optimizing data protection into your converged infrastructure, you can tame the multi-headed beast of data growth, not only in your primary environment, but in your data protection environment too. 


But you’re not done yet. You may think you have tamed the beast of data growth through convergence. The problem with data growth is that it’s a multi-headed hydra – even if you’ve addressed data growth in your primary infrastructure, you will still be dealing with it in your data protection environment unless you think differently.

“But how do I go about this?” I’m glad you asked. The first thing to do is to put on your ruby red shoes (always in fashion, whatever the season), click your heels together and say – “There’s no Data Protection like EMC” – three times over. The next (and last thing) you will ever have to do is let VCE walk you further down the “virtual” yellow brick road – because VCE can bake in EMC Data Protection with every order of ooey-gooey, converged goodness. Data Protection that’s pre-integrated, pre-tested, and pre-configured – optimized to protect your new investment, worry free.

towards virtualization

VCE Data Protection offers a 3-tiered Data Protection continuum, starting with a strong foundation of backup and recovery. EMC Backup and Recovery software and hardware are optimized for a virtualized, converged environment like VCE. Leveraging efficient deduplication technology, you’ll be able to reduce the time it takes to complete your backups by 90%, sending only changed data across the network to the backup appliance. Not only will you conserve network bandwidth by 99%, but you’re also offloading you backup data from your primary network by implementing a VCE Backup solution. In the end, you’ll see a reduction in backup storage by 10-30x, saving you money while you become master and commander in an ocean of explosive data growth. Finally, with tight integration to VMware vSphere, you’ll be able to not only backup, but also recover, your data and business critical applications – fast. 30x faster than the competition with Changed Block Tracking.

For added Data Protection, VCE offers flexible recovery points with continuous data protection through cross-site replication – this is leveraging EMC RecoverPoint. And, if your environment requires zero data loss and downtime, you can move up the Data Protection continuum and add EMC VPLEX for workload mobility and data availability in the event of an outage.

EMC Data Protection software and hardware offered by VCE are purpose-built to work together and carefully chosen to optimize your converged infrastructure investment. When you purchase your Vblock System, include EMC Data Protection solutions upfront so that you can get a handle on backup data growth once and for all. Don’t just be reactively fashionable – be a pro-active fashion trend-setter with VCE and EMC.




Connect with us on Twitter

Click here for the Cloud Chats blog