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How Our Product Strategy Fits Together

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first_imgLast week at EMC World, we announced a lot of new technologies and talked a lot about our federated business model, which includes VMware and Pivotal. So let me piece it all together briefly for the benefit of people who want to better understand EMC’s overall storage strategy and how that strategy fits into what the rest of the EMC federation is doing.We remain committed to our best-of-breed strategy in primary arrays and data protection. We don’t believe that a one size solution fits all workloads or use cases. We believe in the right tool for the right job. In certain use cases, we believe flash will have a profound impact on storage infrastructure – whether it be in hybrid arrays, all flash arrays or server-side flash. These flash deployments will form the ‘hot edge’ of storage infrastructure.  But according to IDC, through 2017, 97 percent of all storage deployments will still be hard drive based.  So it’s clear there is a need for a capacity tier, or ‘cold core’ as we call it.  At cloud scale, that’s commodity hardware – purely for economic reasons.Then, so that we’re not creating a new island of storage for applications that are going to be deployed against commodity drives, we created ViPR. Through this software-defined storage layer, we can manage the new applications, the cloud scale apps that run against commodity drives in very much the same way that we can manage the existing primary storage estate. And within there, we’ll also provide data services which run against the commodity hardware, object storage, HDFS storage, file and block.That is fundamentally the storage architecture that is going to plug into VMware’s software-defined data center, which is going to form the basis of the private cloud, and also form the basis of many public clouds as well. VMware Hybrid Cloud Service (vCHS) is a federation asset jointly operated by VMware and EMC, and if you are a VMware and EMC customer, it’s the best way to take advantage of the public cloud, with the kind of service level guarantees and security guarantees that you don’t get from a public cloud.And then from an application standpoint, Pivotal, which is very adept at building next generation applications, will accelerate and ease application deployment in private and public clouds using Cloud Foundry Platform as a Service offering.Then from a security standpoint, security no will longer just be about the security of individual devices in the data path but about the security of all of the data in the organization. Security analytics is where we believe most organizations are headed. To use an analogy, it’s no longer enough to simply put locks on doors. In addition to locks, what’s needed are surveillance cameras to monitor all the traffic across the network as well as the information flow within the organization, to determine what is normal behavior and then detect abnormalities and the presence of an intruder.That’s our product strategy in a nutshell, and every element is part of a broader strategy that maps to what our customers are trying to do in their business.last_img read more

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You Say You Want an Evolution?

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first_img¹ OEM and ODM switches that ship with or will run SONiC in a production environment Reinvent your operating model with SONiCWhen it comes to the network operating system (NOS), there is a revolution underway. If you’re reading this blog there’s a good chance you’re a part of it—or ready to join. The traditional vertically integrated networking software stack has some inherent limitations, and it’s driving a fundamental shift in the approach to enterprise networking. And that revolution is driving an important evolution of open source enterprise networking, with Software for Open Networking in the Cloud—or SONiC.Since our announcement of the Enterprise SONiC Distribution by Dell Technologies earlier this year, we have continued to evolve this platform, improving the manageability and validation of SONiC on Dell platforms and achieving consistent API and CLI support for all features:Cables & optics qualificationPerformance & scale measurementsScale-out L2/L3 fabrics (VxLAN – EVPN Overlay)Scale-out L3 data center fabricsL2/L3 multicast top-of-rack/aggregationThe availability of a fully supported SONiC distribution with industry-leading manageability is exciting for our industry and for customers. SONiC, based on Linux with containerized microservices, was designed for cloud architecture from day one. The challenge has been to extend the benefits and flexibility of cloud to enterprise and service provider customers, who have unique requirements to integrate SONiC with their data center and network stacks. Enterprise SONiC Distribution by Dell Technologies provides the API, CLI and hardware configuration automation to create the bridge between these two worlds, and it unleashes rapid innovation and customer empowerment unlike anything we have seen in networking.Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in a SONiC industry roundtable, hosted by IDC’s Research Vice President, Datacenter Networks, Brad Casemore. We were joined by Microsoft’s Dave Maltz, VMware’s Pere Monclus and Comcast’s Yiu Lee to discuss the networking revolution that is underway, and how it’s driving the evolution and increasing adoption of SONiC. In fact, as Brad described, IDC is seeing growing demand for switches that ship with or will run SONiC, and forecasts a SONIC data center switch market that will reach $2 billion by 2024¹.Vive l’évolutionThe industry networking software stack traditionally has been vertically integrated with the hardware, along with proprietary management and telemetry features. While the integrated model provided management and support for enterprises and service provider customers, it had many limitations including a slow innovation cycle and limited flexibility to customize the software stack for different deployment options.  These limitations were significantly amplified with the transition to cloud and modern applications. Traditional networking was not designed to support an empowered developer community that requires self-serve provisioning, rapid development and implementation of features and automated application deployment.  The industry experimented with many network operating systems and open source community projects to resolve this disconnect, with mixed results—until now.SONiC has evolved into an industry software platform with a significant ecosystem and consistent growth in features and adoption. This is the result of deliberate design and investments to solve the root cause of the issues:SONiC is Linux-based NOS with a containerized architecture, which allows developers to leverage all the industry investment in bare metal automation, container management tools and lifecycle management. There is no need to develop separate tools for networking from the rest of the data center stack (compute and storage), as has been the case for traditional networks.Infrastructure managers, developers and site reliability engineering teams are able to use their familiar observability tools, dashboards and processes for networking immediately, and have direct integration with the rest of infrastructure, accelerating project timelines and improving availability dramatically.The cloud-native architecture of SONiC makes it possible to support different silicon and CPU options in many hardware form factors, which expands the use cases significantly to edge, SmartNICs, 5G, NVMe-oF appliances, etc.Additionally, the Enterprise SONiC Distribution by Dell Technologies includes support for API, CLI and hardware configuration for all the features, enabling seamless support for current data center and network deployments. Developers and infrastructure managers no longer have to choose between forward looking cloud architecture and optimization of current deployments with automation.This increasing maturity of SONiC means the time is right for adoption. In our roundtable discussion, Comcast’s Yiu Lee talked about how SONiC delivers the reliability and ease of day-in, day-out operation without additional investment in development resources, particularly as feature sets have become more mature and the SONiC community has gotten stronger.It is really exciting to be at this point in the development—in the evolution—of SONiC, and it will be great to experience the acceleration of innovation that is made possible by this new architecture.I encourage you to get some additional perspective on SONiC by watching the replay of the SONiC industry roundtable. In doing so, I think you’ll see that the time is right to evolve your network infrastructure.Related Links:Replay: SONiC Industry Roundtable Hosted by IDCDell Technologies and SONiC: Open Source Networking That Checks All the BoxesEnterprise SONiC Distribution by Dell Technologieslast_img read more

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Dell EMC VxRail Goes Beyond Exceptional

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first_imgLast month IDC released a study, The Business Value of Dell EMC VxRail and VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail¹, that shows how VxRail makes the exceptional expected.Since the launch of VxRail almost five years ago, Dell Technologies has relentlessly innovated the platform, rapidly releasing new functionality and platform enhancements, improving serviceability, and supporting new use cases to deliver the most value to you – whether in the core, at the edge, or in the cloud. Today, we’re introducing new VxRail updates that continue our commitment to bring the platform beyond exceptional.Growing possibilities with new VxRail hardware configurationsOne of the more astounding findings from the IDC study is that customers are able to increase the number of new application features by up to 73%.¹ Thousands of possible VxRail platform configurations and native VMware integration are key to enabling customers to continuously innovate at this level. In other words, VxRail can be configured for any workload while also providing a simplified and reliable operating environment, enabling organizations to spend less time managing infrastructure and more time focused on business initiatives.In June of last year, we added to our configuration possibilities with AMD EPYC processors on VxRail E Series – our low profile, cost-effective platform ideal for space-constrained locations. In our efforts to go beyond exceptional, we asked ourselves, why stop at the E Series? That’s why we are announcing an all new 2U platform, VxRail P675F and P675N, based on 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors offering additional choice and flexibility when selecting compute. VxRail P675F and P675N are part of the VxRail P Series, our most performance-intensive platform for business-critical workloads like SQL or Oracle database applications. Compared to the 1U E Series with AMD processors, the AMD 2U P Series has multiple, larger PSU options. This allows for a broader range of CPU offerings, larger memory configurations, and additional PCIe cards (NICs or FC HBAs).The P675F and P675N configurations also include additional graphic options with the NVIDIA Tesla T4 and NVIDIA Tesla V100S GPU. These GPUs provide enhanced performance for graphics intensive workloads like AI, data analytics, deep learning, and high-performance computing.Finally, we have further expanded use case possibilities with the introduction of the Intel x710 NIC Enhanced Network Stack (ENS) driver support. ENS is a networking stack mode that provides improved network operations by dynamically prioritizing network traffic to support demanding workloads that require higher levels of performance. Imagine a popular streaming service is set to debut the latest big blockbuster movie. Since opening day will likely strain networking resources, service providers will want to dynamically prioritize their network infrastructure for these eager viewers waiting to catch the first glimpse of the movie.Adding exceptional value with new VxRail HCI System SoftwareThe IDC study talks about how our customers have experienced 68% more efficient IT infrastructure teams, in part due to the extensive automation built into VxRail HCI System Software.¹ VxRail HCI System Software delivers extensive automation, orchestration and lifecycle management to streamline operations.VxRail continues to build on providing a seamless customer lifecycle management experience with the latest release of VxRail 7.0.130. With this release, we expand the LCM ecosystem to support the ENS drivers for the Intel x710 NIC. We also introduce a new health check feature that allows users to run the latest set of health checks so that you can to take advantage of improved and enhanced health checks as soon as they are available. You can run this outside of the upgrade window, so you’re ready when it’s time to upgrade. Together, these enhancements expand the automation of the LCM and simplify the planning and scheduling of upgrades.This release also includes a support procedure to expand a 2-node ROBO to a 3-or-more-node cluster. As more and more business happens at the edge, organizations need IT solutions with greater performance and more storage in order to meet the requirements of these data intensive applications. The ability to grow your ROBO VxRail clusters allows you to rapidly innovate to respond to changing IT initiatives and expand workload possibilities.What’s next?This year will bring a number of new, exciting announcements for VxRail that will further our commitment to go beyond exceptional. Is infinite exceptionalism a thing? We say, “Challenge accepted!”¹IDC Business Value White Paper, sponsored by Dell Technologies and Intel, “The Business Value of Dell EMC VxRail and VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail,” December 2020. Actual results will vary.last_img read more

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White House begins talks with lawmakers on COVID-19 relief

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first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Top aides to President Joe Biden have begun talks with a group of moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats on Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. The talks come as Biden faces increasing headwinds in his effort to win bipartisan backing for the initial legislative effort of his presidency. Lawmakers on the right question the wisdom of racking up bigger deficits. Those on the left are urging Biden not to spend too much time on bipartisanship when the pandemic is killing thousands each day and costing more jobs. One key Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, said afterward she would reconvene a bipartisan group to focus on “a more targeted package.”last_img

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Singer Halsey is pregnant with 1st child

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first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Halsey has something new to sing about. The pop star announced on Instagram on Wednesday that she is expecting her first child. The 26-year-old posted photos of her baby bump with the caption: “surprise!” A representative for the singer didn’t immediately reply to an email seeking comment or additional information. Halsey has released three platinum albums and is known for hits like “Without Me,” “Bad at Love” and “Closer” with the Chainsmokers.last_img

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