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The Powers of SDS and Replication Collide

Jason Brown

Consultant Product Marketing Manager, Dell EMC
Jason Brown is a Consultant Product Marketing Manager for Dell EMC ScaleIO. A 15-year industry veteran, Jason enjoys sharing his passion for technology with customers and helping them shape the future of their data center. When off the clock, Jason enjoys spending time with his family, sports, fitness, travel, and reading.

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Here at Dell EMC, we’re always trying to utilize the breadth of our product portfolio to maximize the synergies between products and deliver the best solutions for our customers. With market-leading storage and data protection options, ensuring that customers can use them together is critical to transforming the data center and getting the most out of their investment. One such product is Dell EMC ScaleIO, our software-defined block storage offering.

When we talk to customers, protection of ScaleIO data is always a hot topic. With six 9’s availability, ScaleIO provides excellent peace of mind for customers storing their most critical production data on the platform. However, there are some customers who want to go above and beyond and use data protection tools, such as replication, to provide multi-site business continuity in case of a disaster. Recently, there has been some great collaboration between our ScaleIO and RecoverPoint teams which we’re excited to share with you today.

On February 22, 2017 Dell EMC announced RecoverPoint 5.0.1 general availability. This announcement includes the release of a new RecoverPoint service pack which provides physical RecoverPoint appliance (RPA) support for ScaleIO 2.0.1. There are a ton of features in this release for ScaleIO which we are excited to share with you!

First, with this new integration we can not only provide ScaleIO / ScaleIO replication support, but also ScaleIO / VNX replication support. This is a game changer! It enables customers to use ScaleIO as a source and target cluster for ScaleIO AND VNX workloads, providing yet another way for customers to take advantage of the simplified storage lifecycle management and business value benefits of ScaleIO. It gets even more exciting as there are plans to incorporate other Dell EMC platforms into the mix!

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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.

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…)

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Jamie Doherty

Consultant Social Media Engagement Manager, Dell EMC
Jamie brings over 20 years of experience in both traditional and digital marketing and has worked for companies like Direct to Retail Advertising, The Robb Report Magazine and Monster.com. She joined Dell EMC over four years ago to manage the Advanced Software Division’s social media strategy, and since then has taken on the challenge of managing the social media strategy for Dell EMC's Core Technologies Division. Her newest role will be managing Digital Campaigns for the Dell EMC Data Protection Division as well as leading strategy for Social Media in both the Data Protection and Storage Divisions. Jamie is also a Beachbody Coach helping to inspire others to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. When she is not Tweeting on behalf of Dell EMC or working out to Beachbody, you can find her at a live music venue watching her favorite artist or planning her next theme party. Follow her on Twitter @MnkyGrl47 or @CoachFab40

”Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woolen sound of musicmittens. Brown paper packages tied up with strings. These are a few of my favorite things.” These lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein and sung by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music movie always remind me of my childhood.  This was my favorite movie as a kid and I was always excited for the yearly viewing.  As the song is now stuck in my head and I’m guessing yours too, I think of some of my favorite things from 2015.

One of my favorite things I do at my job, for instance, is manage this blog.  The Core was born in April of this year.  We have had a ton of different content ranging from leadership advice to preparing your data for a natural disaster to advice on trying to help you run your data center seamlessly.  Our authors can tell you how super picky I am about what gets published on The Core blog.  I know as they read this they are nodding their heads up and down.  I have appreciated all of the great writings posted since April.  A few of them were my favorite things. (more…)

Founders Federal Credit Union Growing with EMC

Bob Bender

Chief Technology Officer, Founders Federal Credit Union and Guest Blogger

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Many people take financial services for granted and yet for others, fees and minimum balances make it difficult to get started. At Founders Federal Credit Union, providing affordable financial services and making them accessible to everyone is a primary goal. It’s part of our community focus that extends from helping people manage the health of their finances to volunteering at local food banks in the communities we serve.

That’s one reason Founders partners with EMC. In addition to providing industry-leading technology, EMC is recognized for outstanding community service. We’ve found a perfect marriage between our strategic visions and EMC products, which has been a game changer for Founders.

Our EMC infrastructure lets us spin up a business solution in two days compared to three months in the past. The demand for Information Technology services requires us to adjust daily in a growing sector of mobile services, governance and compliance.  With new payment channels such as Apple Pay and Bitcoin, we require technology that can adjust as quickly as our members’ needs.

Here’s how we did it: (more…)

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