Transforming Backup into a Business Accelerator

first_imgData backup has transformed from “low-value, high-cost insurance policy” to “business accelerator.” Unfortunately, most organizations struggle with the complexity and cost of a jumble of disconnected backup technologies.In fact, what began as the EMC Backup and Recovery Systems Division’s internal development architecture now steers our customers as well. We all face the same challenge―with a multitude of protection technologies, how can you get everybody to pull in the same direction? The Protection Storage Architecture drives both our product strategy and our customers’ success.It also helps transform the backup team into a data protection service provider.The architecture comprises three components. First, select core protection storage with the capacity, performance and flexibility to support all of your protection workloads (backup, disaster recovery and archive). Second, integrate the protection storage and the data sources (applications, hypervisor, and primary storage) to improve performance and user visibility of the protection. Third, provide data management services (reporting, policy management, data catalog and protection storage management). This architecture helps transform the backup team’s approach from, “Here’s how we run backup, take it or leave it” to “How can I help you accelerate the business?” The result is data protection consolidation, user confidence and business acceleration.Our new releases focus on core enhancements in the Protection Storage Architecture framework:Protection Storage – Scale. For a decade, data protection did not keep pace with data growth. Protection storage systems are closing the performance and capacity gap for backup and archival. Recovery, however, demands a new approach. Recent disasters have demonstrated that traditional brute-force multi-TB restores do not meet the needs of large virtual environments. During an outage, they need instant access to run their critical VMs on the protection storage. They can move those VMs to the primary storage after the crisis has passed.Data Source Integration – Big Data and Cloud. Backup has become the “long pole” for Cloud and Big Data, so application and storage vendors are building optimized protection tools into their products. Application and storage administrators are becoming “Do it Yourself” backup engineers. Unfortunately, when teams go rogue, it is expensive, unreliable, and unmanageable. We need to connect DBAs and NAS administrators with the backup team – leveraging the intelligence in the data sources with consolidated protection storage and management.Data Management Services – Consolidate and Simplify. Backup teams need visibility into everything from storage protection copies (e.g. snapshots, clones, replicas) to application-driven copies (e.g. Oracle FRA) to traditional backups to archives. Meanwhile, VM environments demand policy-driven protection – the organization cannot delay VM deployment waiting for manual backup configuration! Finally, the backup team needs to eliminate excess moving parts in their environment and consolidate on the core architectural components.The enhancements to the Protection Storage Architecture deliver true business value.NAS Flexibility – Customers complain, “My NAS vendor has me totally locked-in. I protect my data only by replicating to another of their systems. My processes are built around their workflows and APIs. I would like to try other NAS appliances, like Isilon, but I’m stuck.” With Avamar’s high performance NAS data protection, we separated their data protection from their primary storage. They are now evaluating other NAS solutions and getting better pricing than they’ve seen in years.Scale Databases – Backup and recovery performance commonly prevents customers from consolidating and scaling their databases. This is especially painful as they try to operate against Big Data using SAP HANA and Oracle Exadata. With Data Domain’s expanded database integration, customers see dramatic improvements in protection performance and scalability, which enables them to grow their databases with confidence.Accelerate VM deployment – During a customer meeting, the backup team proclaimed, “We protect 1200 VMs.” Turning pale, the server virtualization lead said, “But we have 2600 VMs in production.” With the new policy-based VM backups in NetWorker, customers can ensure all new VMs are automatically protected. One Beta customer raved that it eliminates the final barrier to automated self-provisioning. They can now deploy new applications at the speed of business.With the right protection solution, the virtualization, application and storage, teams can reduce costs, accelerate development, and unlock new innovation. The Protection Storage Architecture can transform your backup into a business accelerator. I should know; I’m not only the CTO, I’m also a client.last_img read more

The Zoom Zoom Box: Introducing the New Four-Socket PowerEdge Servers

first_imgAccording to the 2016 World Economic Forum report, the following jobs did not exist in 2006:Big Data Analyst / Data ScientistCloud Computing SpecialistDriverless Car EngineerIOT DeveloperSocial Media Manager It is no stretch to say that these jobs are the result of a massive jump in the production, curation and consumption of data. A large digital ecosystem is continuously expanding to support these trends. Large multi-billion dollar industries have sprung up in this digital era and are, perhaps, irrevocably changing how we interact with the real world.Enterprises, big and small, are having to deal with a digital overload within (and without) their businesses. While they always had traditional IT infrastructure to support traditional financial, CRM or Logistics applications, they are quickly getting overwhelmed with the deluge of data. There is a huge computational capability issue. Take, for example, retailers who are striving determine:Who is shopping?What do customers prefer to buy?How to positively influence customer buying patterns?How to make a customer more loyal?Retailers are employing sophisticated machine-learning approaches to answer some of these thorny questions. These retailers not only need a vast, interconnected system but also need a secure, powerful IT infrastructure that has the computational horsepower and efficiency to employ machine learning algorithms to provide these insights.More and more of the functional processes in large enterprises are undergoing digitization. This results in higher volume of data coming into the traditional systems at a higher velocity. Just being able to manage large data is no longer sufficient. It is about using all that data to answer questions that deliver insights into business operations, customer preferences or marketing opportunities. It is about performing insightful data analytics faster.Emerging workloads such as machine learning or data analytics require high computational capability combined with large capacity. This combination helps drive consistent but rapid results. However, traditional IT systems are struggling just to keep up, let alone deliver insights in an adequate amount of time. Business leaders are increasingly frustrated with these traditional systems that are not scalable with current business demands.Enter the “Zoom Zoom” box.Dell EMC has been working with customers for many years to help solve their pressing IT challenges and improve business outcomes. As enterprises drown in data, Dell EMC has come up with an innovative yet simple approach to this problem – Make faster servers with more capacity. Four sockets. And more accelerators. More zoom zoom!Today, Dell EMC is announcing the availability of two new four-socket servers – the PowerEdge R940xa and PowerEdge R840, part of the 14th generation Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio.The servers allow customers to:Rapidly transform data insights into business outcomes with the Dell EMC PowerEdge R940xa, which is designed to accelerate databases for business-critical applications.Drive faster insights to better engage with customers and accelerate innovation with the Dell EMC PowerEdge R840 server, which is designed for in-database analytics.With extensive performance density (up to 112 processing cores) and massive memory (up to 6TB of memory and NVDIMM options), these new servers deliver the necessary powerful performance. In fact, the PowerEdge R840 holds the four-socket world record for SAP SD standard benchmark of 65,900 users+.  The PowerEdge R940xa lets you accelerate critical workloads with a 1:1 CPU to GPU ratio and up to four double-width GPUs. The R840 offers up to two double-width GPUs in addition to up to 24 NVMe drives for some “serious” speed. Additionally, these servers also support field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), which excel on data-intensive computations. The R940xa offers up to eight FPGAs while the R840 offers up to two FPGAs, so you can tailor your workload acceleration requirements.Beyond offering accelerated performance and high capacity, both servers feature OpenManage Enterprise to monitor and manage the IT infrastructure. An agent-free Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) provides automated, efficient management to improve productivity. Additionally, Dell EMC PowerEdge’s Integrated Security features such as the Cyber Resilient Architecture come standard within every server.See how Richard Heyns, CEO of Brytlyt looks at these complex computational challenges and how his company is using PowerEdge R940xa to provide better business outcomes faster.Learn more about the complete PowerEdge portfolio at dellemc.com/Servers. Join the conversation at @DellEMCservers.+ Results of the Dell EMC PowerEdge R840 on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark 65,900 Users; SAP benchmark with enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0, SAP ASE 16; SLES12SP3: with Intel Xeon Platinum 8180M CPUs (4 CPUs, 112 cores and 224 threads) and 1536GB of memory. Certification number: 20180xx. Results as of April 2018. For more details see http://sap.com/benchmarkslast_img read more

Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions “Data Center of the Future”

first_imgThe data center is evolving. Data is being created at different locations outside of the traditional data center making it difficult to retrieve, store, and protect. To address these new challenges, Dell Technologies is building solutions with technology partners in emerging areas, including AI, edge, IoT, cloud and remote working.Join us on Monday, December 7, 2020, from 11 a.m.—12:30 p.m. CST for the Data Center of the Future webinar to explore how Dell Technologies solutions can help you ready your data center for future business needs.The webinar will feature solution stories from our Extended Technologies partners and Dell EMC Upgrades. Following the presentation, we invite you to visit our technology partner booths for a live chat with solutions experts to discuss how we can help you build unified solutions for Dell Technologies servers, storage, and networking.Participating Sponsors: Dell EMC Upgrades, APC, SonicWall and VertivRegister today here.last_img read more

Epstein’s ex-girlfriend seeks dismissal of charges she faces

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — A British socialite charged with recruiting girls for financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse in the 1990s is asking a judge to dismiss the case on multiple grounds. Lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell say the indictment against their client was obtained unjustly and doesn’t properly allege crimes. They said it also violates an agreement federal prosecutors made a dozen years ago not to charge Epstein or those who worked for him. Maxwell was arrested in July and has remained jailed on the grounds that she might flee. Federal prosecutors declined through a spokesperson to comment though they will later file arguments of their own in response. A trial is scheduled for July. Epstein killed himself in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.last_img read more

Judge blocks Trump rule to limit health studies in EPA regs

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a last-minute rule issued by the Trump administration to limit what evidence the Environmental Protection Agency may consider as it regulates pollutants to protect public health. Former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler called the Jan. 6 rule an attempt to boost transparency about government decision-making, but critics said it was hastily imposed and would threaten patient confidentiality and the privacy of individuals in public health studies that underlie federal regulations. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana ruled the EPA had unlawfully rushed the regulation and delayed its effect until at least Feb. 5. The EPA says it will review all agency actions under the previous administration.last_img read more

AP-NORC poll: Americans are split on Trump’s impeachment

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans say former President Donald Trump bears at least some blame for the Capitol insurrection. And about half say the Senate should vote to convict Trump at the end of his impeachment trial. That’s according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll also finds many Republicans continue to believe — contrary to all evidence — that President Joe Biden’s election was illegitimate. It’s the latest sign that Trump’s monthslong disinformation campaign will have long-lasting ramifications for Biden as he tries to govern a fractured country.last_img read more