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  Dell EMC World 2016 (October 18-20 | Austin, Texas)


     Bring PowerEdge to VxRail, VxRack


 

Hyper-converged Infrastructure integrates IT components in a scalable rack or appliance allowing you to modernize your data center with simplified management, improved performance, and elastic scalability.

 

 

Dell EMC VxRail is the only fully integrated, preconfigured, and tested HCI appliance powered by VMware Virtual SANTM and is the easiest and fastest way to extend a VMware environment. VxRail provides a simple, cost effective hyper-converged solution that solves a wide range of your challenges and supports most applications and workloads.

 

 

Dell EMC VxRack System consists of hyper-converged rack-scale engineered systems, with integrated networking, to achieve the scalability and management requirements of traditional and cloud native workloads. The VxRack family is purposely designed to enable customers to quickly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service and/or Private Cloud architectures.

 

 

Now, Dell EMC is integrating the Dell PowerEdge servers into the VxRail and VxRack hyper-converged systems.  The VxRail and VxRack systems used servers from original design manufacturer Quanta, we will continue offering appliances with Quanta systems for those customers that may still want them. However, with the PowerEdge systems, we can offer a broader range of VxRail configurations, address more workloads and bring hyper-converged solutions to smaller customers,

 

 

These new configurations are powered by Intel's Xeon "Broadwell" chips as well as VMware's vSphere and VSAN technologies, delivering 40 percent more CPU performance for the same price and all-flash nodes that offer twice the storage of previous versions.

 

For storage-intensive workloads like data analytics and Microsoft Exchange, customers can use VxRail appliances based on the PowerEdge R730xd servers. Workloads that need graphics support can use configurations with the PowerEdge R730 systems that include GPU accelerators from Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices.

 

In addition, Dell EMC is now offering an entry-level three-node model in a 3U (5.25-inch) form factor that can support up to 200 virtual machines and comes in at less than $45,000. It's aimed at smaller companies and remote or branch offices.

 

 

The larger VxRack System 1000 is based on PowerEdge R630 or R730xd systems that bring greater capacity and 40 percent more CPU performance without costing more money. Dell EMC is offering 20 new configurations, including all-flash offerings

 

 

 

 

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Dell EMC Brings PowerEdge Servers to VxRail, VxRack


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  Dell EMC World 2016 (October 18-20 | Austin, Texas)


     Let The Transformation Begin

 

Get hands-on and learn how to transform your organization from the enterprise technology leader who knows it best. Jeremy Burton, Chief Marketing Officer, Dell, shares what our customers are expecting at Dell EMC World Austin:

 

What do your customers say are their biggest challenges?

 

They don’t say it in these exact words, but I’d say it’s figuring out what they need to do to play a part in an increasingly digital world. Now, it’s not as if customers are walking into our Executive Briefing Center and saying they have no idea what to do – it’s not like that at all – many are driving a digital agenda already. But what many of our customers ask us for is how to architect these new applications, what the options are for infrastructure and best practices for transforming their IT teams. There’s also a knock-on effect on the workforce and the security posture of the organization that we can talk to, and address, as well.

 

What are the new technologies customers are most excited about?

 

From an enterprise IT standpoint, I’d say Converged and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. Many of our customers want to move away from the work of building their own stacks of servers, networking, and storage and focus on more strategic activities that support their business. From a data center standpoint that means buying technology that makes it much simpler stand up infrastructure and deliver apps - that’s dead center for converged infrastructure. Of course Hyper-Converged is a really hot topic with customers right now – it offers the ability to start small and grow as you need, and while its mostly used for traditional workloads today, its scale-out architecture is perfectly suited for cloud-native apps as well.

 

What are you most excited to share with customers at this year’s Dell EMC World?

 

I don’t want to spoil the surprise... but, let’s just say we’ll announce new systems that take advantage of the full power and breadth of the Dell EMC portfolio in a big way. This should really raise some eyebrows – because it’s just 30 days after closing our deal - but more importantly by combing the best of the Dell and EMC portfolio’s we’re helping solve some hairy challenges our customers are facing.

 

Why should customers attend Dell EMC World this year?

 

I think I mentioned this in a blog a bit ago – but the best reason to attend is to learn! From classes to workshops to labs, for IT professionals, there’s nothing better than learning the best ways to make use of tech and then being able to get hands on with it. There will be no shortage of opportunity to do that this year. Of course, I’d be remiss not to mention Alabama Shakes, which might be reason enough to attend! Personally, I’m also excited about the F1 race on that weekend too. Only question to answer there is Rosberg or Hamilton?

 

What are your priorities for the coming year?

 

Easy one – tell our story. It will take a long time for our message to reach our customers and partners and data suggests that people need to hear something seven times before they remember it.

 

 

Resources:

 

Dell EMC World 2016 Agenda


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  Dell EMC World 2016 (October 18-20 | Austin, Texas)


     True Austin Style


 

Dell World, happenning in Austin Texas (October 18-20 2016) , is now Dell EMC World.  Besides the name, Dell EMC World will be bigger and better than ever, full of technical and strategy sessions, as well as a CxO event with tracks for both commercial and enterprise-sized businesses. We’ll deliver new insights across cloud, mobility, big data, IoT, security and storage—insights that you can use to transform your organization into a digital enterprise.

 

Please attend and maximize your experience in Dell EMC World.  With over 100 sessions and 30 plus hands-on labs, you'll walk away from Dell EMC World 2016 with the tools you need to transform your data center, security, workforce, and your business.

 

 

There are dark forces at work on the edges of IT. A wave of fear grips the data center. See an all-star cast come together to show off the real heroes of Dell EMC World: the incredible new products and solutions destined to defeat any IT issues they come up against. You'll see how the super-powered advancements in Converged Infrastructure, All-Flash Storage, Hybrid Cloud, Mobile, Big Data, and Security are transforming businesses in dramatic demos that will have you on the edge of your seat.

 




What Dell EMC World offer this year:

 

  • In-depth training and hands-on experience. You will be able to choose from technical and content-rich sessions and labs covering the latest innovations for cloud, mobility, big data, the Internet of Things, storage and security.
  • Product research and analysis. In the Solutions Showcase, you will interact the latest enterprise solutions in real-world environments to see how we can capitalize on the new technology.
  • Networking with industry experts and peers. You will learn strategies for achieving our top IT priorities and be able to compare notes with other IT professionals. We can leverage these contacts for advice and best practices for months to come.
  • Insight into important technology trends. Dell EMC World gathers thought leaders, subject matter experts and IT professionals in an immersive environment of keynotes, break-out sessions and hands-on labs.

 

Some Sessions for Database Workloads:

 

DSSD D5 Rack-Scale Flash Overview: Unprecedented storage performance for mission-critical workloads

MT132

Wednesday, October 19: 02:15 PM - 03:15 PM12B

 

Keep your business processing operating at peak efficiency with Dell Engineered Solutions for databases

MT13

Thursday, October 20: 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM18C

 

The impact of high performance Oracle workloads on the evolution of the enterprise data center

MT42

Thursday, October 20: 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM14

 

Some Sessions for VCE Products

 

Self-paced Lab: VCE Vision 3.4 Software for VCE Systems

HOL48

Wednesday, October 19: 11:00 AM - 05:00 PMMezzanine 7

Thursday, October 20: 08:00 AM - 10:30 AMMezzanine 7

 

Self-paced Lab: VCE VxRail 3.5 a Fully Loaded Hyper-Converged Experience

HOL49

Wednesday, October 19: 11:00 AM - 05:00 PMMezzanine 7

Thursday, October 20: 08:00 AM - 10:30 AMMezzanine 7

 

Self-paced Lab:  Unity - VMware vSphere Integration and Awareness

HOL40

Wednesday, October 19: 11:00 AM - 05:00 PMMezzanine 7

Thursday, October 20: 08:00 AM - 10:30 AMMezzanine 7

 

OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter

HOL5

Thursday, October 20: 08:00 AM - 09:00 AMMezzanine 9

 

VxRail A Fully Loaded Hyper-Converged Experience

HOL47

Thursday, October 20: 08:00 AM - 09:00 AMMezzanine 2

 

Kick off Dell EMC World in Austin style.

 

 

Grammy award winning band, Alabama Shakes

 

Resources:

 

Dell EMC World 2016 Agenda


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  Flash & Cloud Tiering Enabled Data Domain Accelerate Database Protection


     Industry Leading Cloud Data Protection Systems


Legacy EMC Data Domain deduplication storage systems offer a cost-effective alternative to tape that allows users to enjoy the retention and recovery benefits of inline deduplication, as well as network-efficient replication over the wide area network (WAN) DR. Data Domain systems reduce the amount of disk storage that is needed to retain and protect data by 10 to 30 times.  Data on disk is available online and onsite for longer retention periods, and restores become fast and reliable.

 

Dell EMC just released a new generation of Flash-Enabled Data Domain protection storage systems to deliver industry-leading speed and scalability.  Equipped with powerful Data Domain OS 6.0 & the new Data Domain Cloud Tier software, the systems can scale up 200% to 150PB of logical capacity managed by a single system with DD Cloud Tier and make Data Domain as the protection storage to natively tier de-duplicated data to public, private or hybrid clouds for long-term retention, including Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage and Virtustream Storage Cloud.

 

With throughput up to 68 TB/hour, Data Domain systems make it possible to complete more backups in less time and provide faster, more reliable restores.  The added power of flash is also enhancing the experience for users in virtual environments. In conjunction with Dell EMC Avamar software, the new family of Data Domain appliances can access protection instances of virtual machines (VMs) 20x faster. Customers are able to boot up VMs using a protection copy of the virtual machine files (VMDKs) directly from Data Domain instead of needing to restore the VM to a separate primary storage system.

 

The four models of the new Data Domain family:

  • DD6300
  • DD6800
  • DD9300
  • DD9800

 

Flash-Enabled Appliances Accelerate Database Protection

 

Oracle Databases – Integrate with EMC Data Domain systems via Network File System (NFS), Common Internet File System (CIFS), or EMC Data Domain Boost to keep database administrators in control of backup and recovery through Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN). Data Domain systems integrate with Oracle databases including Oracle Exadata and Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) environments.

 

SAP – Integrates with EMC Data Domain systems via Network File System (NFS) or EMC Data Domain Boost to keep application owners in direct control of backup and recovery through SAP BR*Tools.

 

SAP HANA – Integrate with Data Domain systems via NFS or Data Domain Boost to keep application owners in direct control of big data backup and recovery through SAP HANA Studio

 

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager – Integrate with EMC Data Domain systems via virtual tape library (VTL).

 

Microsoft SQL Server – Integrate with Data Domain systems via Common Internet File System (CIFS) or EMC Data Domain Boost to keep database administrators in direct control of backup and recovery through SQL Server Management Studio.

 

 

Resources:

 

Dell EMC Brings the Power of Flash and Cloud Tiering to Industry's #1 Protection Storage with New Family of Data Domain Appliances

Dell EMC Data Domain

 

 

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VCE Vision is an advanced architecture for converged infrastructure management that discovers system health and compliance and federates the data so that  multiple system’s health and compliance can be managed from a single dashboard, as well as share that information with other IT management tools. The architecture is depicted in Figure 1.

 

 

 

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Figure 1 : VCE VISION Software Architecture

 

The architecture is comprised of 2 main modules: Core and Multi-Systems Management (MSM). Both reside on each VCE System’s AMP (Advanced Management Platform), but in separate virtual machines. It communicates with VCE System components’ element managers and individual devices directly over a variety of southbound protocols and methods. It also Collects the data and transforms it into functional streams –  VCE System inventory, capacity, health, logs and events ; processes and stores the data in a PostgreSQL relational database management  system. Finally, it provides the Core services and applications with a common platform  (a RabbitMQ Message Broker) to send and receive messages asynchronously and ensures the persistence of messages until delivery to a consumer passes  data northbound to the MSM (for Vision dashboard visualization)  and  to third-party tools such as: VMware vCenter Web Client via a Plug-in.

 

After knowing the architecture of the product. the automatic question that comes to our mind is why we need the above product and why it is important. The average amount of resources(around 70%) that modern IT organization requires for operations is  just to “keeping the lights on” in order to perform many routine activities like Integrating technologies , upgrading them  with new firmware, monitoring and securing them. To put into perspective, the siloed nature of traditional infrastructure and operations are largely responsible for this high cost of operations and inefficiency. In this context, a large US manufacturer recently told me that they don’t even have the time to deploy new applications to drive new business. They have also stated that they need too many maintenance windows just for upgrading firmware.  Even worse -- untested releases cause outages! They need a proper panacea for all these nightmares.

I feel that VCE Vision software solves these problems  -- so we can spend less time “keeping the lights on” in our data center and devote more resources onto new projects that grow the business as depicted in Figure 2.

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Figure 2 : Transition to Vision Dashboard

Each VCE System’s health and compliance status is on the dashboard directly below the top-level information as shown in figure 3.

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Figure 3: Single Dashboard for Vision 3.3 software.

 

 

 

From Figure 3 users can know at-a-glance about converged system health and compliance risks around all VCE systems. It also helps us proactively to address risks before they impact  businesses – or escalate them quickly if they have impacted business. In figure 3 we see that a heat map gets generated which  indicates system health issues are evolving based on the availability of system architectures’ redundant components. In this figure 3 we also see many out-of compliance components and its type in the system “Failed components” which shows components that got failed in Vision’s automated RCM (firmware/software release)  and Security hardening policy compliance audits. All the benefits are discussed in side labels of figure 3. In short we get the following benefits from the VCE Vision software :-

 

  • Ensures system stability and optimization while lowering OPEX
  • Validates successful upgrades and pinpoints drift from compliance
  • Ensures strong security posture while lowering OPEX
  • Pinpoints drift from compliance for continuous policy enforcement
  • Save hours of labor and avoid human error in the upgrade process
  • “ Instead of looking in 97 different places, I can immediately see where the pain points are and act accordingly.” à Global Communications, Hosting and Cloud Service Provider
  • “It used to take 5 days with 12 hours of downtime for system updates …through Vision…1 day with zero downtime.” à Large North American University

 

 


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This time I attended the Oracle Open world,2016(OOW16) and found that the emphasis is on 3 major pillars like cloud computing, big data and in-memory database. In addition, it has been announced that oracle will be working on non-volatile memory and will be engaged in improving and innovating the new features of its in-memory databases. So far as releasing the database version 12c release 2 is concerned there are many areas where we see many innovations in the multitenancy categories like  online clones, refresh and relocation. Also, a column store will be added to Active data guard for performance boosting. In OOW16 we have seen that the shift is from Disk-based to In-Memory databases, from Data Warehouse to Big Data and from On-Premise to database Optimized Cloud as shown in Figure 1. 

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Figure 1: Oracle’s technology direction in coming days

 

In line with the above direction, oracle made many announcements for 12.2 which is slated to be available on November , 2016. I would like to discuss some new features in the multiple areas for 12.2. Firstly, the In-Memory database will run on Active standby Data Guard. It has been claimed by Oracle that the real-time analytics has no impact on the database as it makes productive use of standby database resources. In this database version, the in-memory format can now be used in Smart Columnar Flash cache. It will also facilitate the  in-memory optimizations on data in Exadata Flash cache. We can also expect to see the improvement of the in-memory performance as it will extend server DRAM seamlessly to larger flash in storage. A new feature which is very interesting to me is the increase in the number of PDBs which is upped to 4,096 per container. We can “clone, refresh, or relocate” PDBs even while they’re running, while “isolation between tenants” in the same container has been “strengthened”  This new feature has been communicated by Mendelsohn(executive vice president for database server technologies at Oracle).

The most important announcement in this OOW16 is the development of the Non-volatile memory which is slated to be available on 2018. Oracle claims it will be a big disruption in the storage and in database markets. So far as announcements in big data are concerned, there may be a tectonic shift from the data warehousing to big Data as depicted in Figure 2.

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Figure 2: Transforming to Big Data

 

In Big data space the greater innovation is towards the faster SQL access for relational, Hadoop and NoSQL databases while using Oracle Big Data SQL on JSON data. By this we mean that we can join JSON with any other data source and also can apply any SQL analytics to JSON. Big Data SQL in Oracle Cloud also identifies the JSON.

With Oracle Database 12c Release 2, Oracle is introducing Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service (Exadata Express), an entry-level version of the high-performance engineered system of oracle. Starting at just $175 per month for a 20GB database, it’s a entry-level database cloud service for dev/test or production databases for departments or small businesses. Exadata Express runs Oracle Database Enterprise Edition with most options and runs on Oracle’s database-optimized Oracle Exadata infrastructure. Customers can start with a small deployment on Exadata Express and scale to large database deployments on Oracle Database Cloud Service and Oracle Exadata Cloud Service. The best features are demonstrated in Figure  3.

 

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Figure 3 : 12c Innovations in Exadata Express Service


So far as data guard broker is concerned we have the following developments as depicted in Figure 4

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Figure 4 : Data guard Broker Enhancements

 

In summary, I observed this time and in last couple of years (in OOW) the Database technology is moving towards a new, different & innovative direction rapidly, especially in three areas viz. in-memory technology, big data analytics, and the cloud—(The same has been pronounced by Andy Mendelsohn, executive vice president for database server technologies at Oracle). Oracle is positioning and showcasing its portfolio towards cloud compatible products and it will be very interesting to note how the whole database landscape will get shaped up in terms of product quality and market competition vis-à-vis Oracle’s proclaimed competitors like Amazon .

 

 

 


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