Achieving Public Cloud Agility with the Comfort of Private Cloud Resiliency and Security

first_imgChange is a constant and it is inevitable. This has never been more accurate than today with the movement towards the modern data center. The modern data center allows you to deploy architecture that delivers new services to businesses and customers alike. Inevitably, new applications arise and they demand changes in the infrastructure. For years people have called these changes disruptive, revolutionary or even evolutionary.IT transformational change is often a point of angst for many businesses. Aligning process and people with new technologies may appear to be a daunting task. We believe that software-defined data centers can offer IT organizations the means to transform at their own pace while not having to sacrifice the ability to advance their business.Last month in Jeremy Burton’s Reflections Blog, “The Pillars of the Modern Data Center”, he talked about the need for IT organizations to modernize their data center and how software-defined, one of the four pillars, can help organizations achieve this goal. Software-defined storage is an integral piece in this transformation. It offers a simpler, more agile and tailored data center, which can result in substantial cost savings.In the last few months, EMC has continued to expand and enhance our software-defined storage offerings – supporting all data types (block, object and file). In January, we announced the release of ECS 2.2, EMC’s software-defined cloud-scale object storage platform that simplifies storage for traditional as well as next-gen apps with global access and protection. More recently, we announced ScaleIO 2.0, a software-defined, scale-out, block storage server SAN solution. This release focused on enabling IT organizations with the powerful agility that comes with public clouds combined with the security and peace of mind expected from private clouds.So what does ScaleIO 2.0 release deliver?Enriched Security enabling IT organizations to utilize IPv6 addresses, integrate ScaleIO with their role-based user management platforms (AD/LDAP) as well as provide more granular access for those users.Enhanced Resiliency ensures data is always available and not corrupt using in-flight checksum. Expanded support options, read flash cache capabilities, as well as efficiencies when performing maintenance on ScaleIO servers are few others.Extended Platform Support for new OS platforms like Ubuntu and CoreOS in addition to Redhat, Windows and SUSE Linux and expanded OpenStack capabilities in addition to Mirantis, Docker and Mesosphere. By expanding the functionality of ScaleIO’s active GUI, IT organizations are able to streamline operations and simplify user experience.As a software-defined block storage solution, IT organizations have a wide range of choice in deploying ScaleIO – as a software, or as a storage-only or better still as a full turnkey VCE VxRack Flex 1000 hyper-converged system.Don’t take our word for it. Larry Lau, Director of Architecture and Infrastructure at Verizon Labs said, “With high performance and intelligent data management in mind, Verizon Labs turned to ScaleIO to help provide the resiliency and agility needed to serve Verizon customers.”These announcements are just the start. We firmly believe that software-defined storage will be at the heart of modern data center transformation in the coming years. At EMC World 2016, IT organizations will hear on topics ranging from flash, software-defined storage, converged infrastructure, and rack scale architectures to hybrid cloud and data lakes.While change is constant and inevitable, our mission is to empower you with the cutting-edge storage solutions needed to achieve your data center transformation.last_img read more

Did You Eat Your Vertical Veggies Today?

first_imgIn the past year we introduced you to the connected cows of Chitale Dairy, the Indian dairy company that monitors dairy cow habits and health using IoT sensors to automate and improve milk production through a high-speed, high-availability network.Now you’ll need to make room on your plate for vertical veggies!Dell Technologies customer AeroFarms is on mission to transform agriculture by building and operating environmentally responsible indoor vertical farms throughout the world to enable local food production at scale.So where does IoT come into play? AeroFarms uses a Connected Food Safety System to track the “growth story” of its products from seed to package – analyzing more than 130,000 data points per harvest! This allows the AeroFarms team to enhance food safety while minimizing the typical risks of traditional agriculture and enhancing their overall “plant IQ.”AeroFarms Co-founder and CEO David Rosenberg, was hand at the Dell Technologies IQT Day event in New York City this week, to share the company’s story and discuss how his team is working with Dell and VMware to implement intelligent IoT solutions – including Edge Gateways – as the company pursues its growth strategy. Tune into the recorded event to learn more and see how the gateways communicate with wired sensors on and off AeroFarms’ grow towers to process data and ensure the highest quality product.The AeroFarms team also hosted a group of media, analysts and Dell Technologies executives yesterday for a behind-the-scenes tour at the flagship facility in Newark, New Jersey. The things they are doing in reclaimed former factories and warehouses are nothing short of amazing. And the hair nets and protective outfits made me feel a bit like Matt Damon in his potato garden on Mars!Mother always said to eat your veggies and – thanks to IoT-connected vertical agriculture and AeroFarms – we can all have access to some of the greenest greens possible.last_img read more

The New Reality for Retailers: Science Fiction No More

first_imgHow Dell Technologies is empowering retail surveillance with best-in-class AI and computer vision to capture brand new customer opportunities and maximize value. I want to ask you what may seem like a simple question.Why is surveillance so important for retail?Most people would immediately assume preventing theft and saving money. And up until now, these have precisely been the major driving forces behind the development and adoption of security and surveillance technologies. According to the “2018 National Retail Security Survey,” inventory shrinkage accounted for an average loss of 1.33% of retail sales last year. That’s a total loss of $46.8 billion. The financial impact of theft is considerable, but here’s some very good news: that loss is steadily declining.With the help of leading security and data experts like Dell Technologies, improving strategies and technologies like computer vision has helped retailers lower the average dollar loss to about half of what it was in 2016—a massive decline in lost revenue and a steady improvement that has continued for the past three years.This brings me back to my original question about the relationship between surveillance and retail. What if I said that these new innovations were changing the way we view and use surveillance technology—pushing it into a new era where the benefits (and profits) go much further than simple security and where ideas from science fiction are becoming a new reality for both consumers and retailers?When it comes to discovering new ways to leverage AI and IoT with surveillance, there have been many incredible advancements lately. In many cases, faster and smarter algorithms, cameras, and sensors are being revealed almost every week, and at Dell Technologies we’re spearheading several of these exciting new avenues, not just helping our enterprise partners go above and beyond their retail security needs, but also helping them and their customers achieve a new reality of personalized shopping.Computer Vision Is Reshaping How Retailers Do BusinessThese developments in computer vision don’t just save money and enable real-time potential-theft evaluation. They also give retailers a brand-new opportunity to better understand their customers. New implementations of hardware and software provide our partners with the tools necessary to learn how to better engage their customers and improve their shopping experiences, resulting in longer times spent shopping and more dollars paid into the store.For example, understanding how customers flow through the store and at what times of the day can allow the retailer to put more important items directly in their paths where the products can be more visible. Understanding flow can also help reveal why certain items are being skipped over or potentially picked up and put back. Or perhaps there are specific repeat customers or even areas of the store that result in more revenue being generated, where staff can be strategically positioned to assist customers. These few implementations are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how computer vision is helping to obtain personalized customer insights and knowledge of real-time and previous behavior that will improve retail profits. Due to the popularity of online shopping, it can be weeks or months before a customer comes back through the doors, so capitalizing on these in-store interactions is more important than ever.Computer vision is changing everything. The purpose of surveillance up until now was focused on saving money by deterring theft, but these breakthrough developments are revealing how going forward, the new focus will instead be on revenue generation.Next Steps to Adopting a Computer Vision Solution Deciding to bring on an advanced surveillance solution, however, can be daunting and often riddled with complexities. That is precisely why Dell Technologies has taken the necessary steps to simplify and streamline the process with an open, holistic, and integrated platform for both surveillance and computer vision based retail insights. Our IoT Solution for Surveillance, including computer vision and AI, is specifically designed for ease of use and especially consistent quality and performance.Considerations for the Supporting InfrastructureFrom an architectural standpoint, we understand how most retailers want to make real-time decisions at the store level. Cloud infrastructure and years of metadata are a strong and highly useful foundation for deeper analysis when needed, but when it comes to practical real-time decision making and per-store or even per-customer customization, that cloud-to-edge connection may not be the best option, and it can even handicap an architecture that requires that constant connection during an event such as a hurricane. Consider, for example, those businesses that are critical in helping their communities when disaster strikes—like some of the large home improvement stores that require access to their digital systems in order to adequately respond to urgent customer needs in any situation. The better option for these types of retailers is a resilient, on-premises infrastructure. For this reason, Dell Technologies has worked with several partners to develop a robust, integrated, and scalable in-store appliance optimized for visualized streaming data with right-sized storage for analytics.See It Live at NRF 2019Surveillance continues to save retail more and more money when it comes to preventing theft, but our computer vision, AI capabilities, and best-in-class computer technologies are changing the way retailers are going about saving money and building revenue. With new capabilities and quickly evolving AI, Dell Technologies is able to provide retailers with more personalized insights and tools that don’t just make more profits but bridge the gap between the store and the customer.While you can already experience several of these living examples of our vision and computing in retail stores throughout the country, come experience a deeper look at Dell Technologies’ computer vision in action live at NRF (VMware booth, #1057) on January 13-15.last_img read more

Data Management: Design Principals

first_imgData Protection EvolutionAccess methods: The platform supports a variety of access methods, including full data restore, application-directed recovery, and API access for third-party integrations. The API architecture enables the full power of the platform through published, stable and well-documented APIs.Consumption methods: It provides the ability to consume capabilities either as a platform managed by the end user or as a SaaS offering, which is managed by the provider.Automation: The platform embeds and leverages artificial intelligence and/or machine learning techniques to automate commonly executed workflows to place data on the correct tier and media type, detect and mitigate system and security issues, provide access through NLP channels, etc.Multi-Dimensional AppliancesThe second foundational tenet required to complement a software-defined platform is multi-dimensional appliances, and those core elements are:Scale: The appliance must have the ability to scale in place, and to scale up and scale out, while starting with a small size and adding additional capacity either through more disks or flash drives or enabled through licensing in the same form factor. It can scale up by adding more disk or flash trays behind an existing controller. And, it can scale out by adding additional appliance capacity units.Media: The type of storage can be traditional spinning disk media, all flash, or emerging media such as Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe) and next-generation Storage Class Memory (SCM). A traditional backup storage scenario may leverage all HDDs, possibly complemented with small amount of flash. Alternatively, the high-performance of all-flash media may be optimal for dev/test and analytics use cases.Deployment: The same appliance configuration can be deployed on-premises in an integrated form factor, or in a software-only form factor writing to commodity protection storage. It can also be deployed in the cloud as a software-only appliance writing to object storage or offered as SaaS by a service provider.Use cases: The appliance is designed to support a full range of software-defined platform use cases, ranging from traditional, capacity-oriented use cases (archive, long-term retention, backup, restore) to performance-oriented use cases (replication, disaster recovery, dev/test, analytics).Security and integrity: The appliance supports security capabilities such as encryption in place and in flight plus key management. It also supports data resilience and integrity through the data invulnerability architecture.Management: The multi-dimensional appliance can be managed through traditional on-board system management techniques. It can also be managed through a SaaS-based management portal that can manage large, multi-site environments. Additionally, the platform provides rich APIs for third-party integrations and custom, end user workflows.Resiliency: The appliance auto-discovers component and system failures, as well as security intrusions and anomalies. In addition to alerting the administrator, it attempts to remediate the fault through a self-healing architecture or block out suspicious activity and data sets.High availability and non-disruptive operations: The system provides high availability and non-disruptive operations (NDO) through component-level redundancy and heuristic-based predictive software that proactively discovers, isolates and remediates failure. The system provides the ability to upgrade different software and firmware in the system non-disruptively and with minimal operator interventionSearch and Analytics: The multi-dimensional appliance provides rich search and analytics functionality. It provides predictive search capabilities at the VM level, files within the VM and even content within those files. It provides detailed analytics on the nature of the stored data from the type of files, to their age, to the sensitivity of the content.Efficiency: Efficiency is applied in the form of data reduction techniques such as deduplication and compression, which consequently reduces bandwidth use when sent over the wire. It is also cloud aware – so, for example, when searching a data set stored in the cloud it only displays the catalog and only selectively downloads the files needed to reduce cloud egress costs.Performance: The appliance supports a wide range of performance characteristics in support of a broad range of RPOs and change rates. It supports a sufficient number of ingest streams and ingest rates even to support zero RPO (i.e. no data loss) on a rapidly changing workload.Hear more about Dell EMC’s perspective regarding data management in a CUBE Conversation with Beth Phalen (President, Data Protection Division) and Sharad Rastogi (SVP, Product Management) during Dell Technologies World 2019.Beth Phalen and Sharad Rastogi share the Dell EMC perspective at theCUBE in Las VegasModernizing IT should be a priority for all organizations as data continues to power the future of business. Effectively and efficiently protecting AND managing that data to drive business outcomes may determine who wins and who loses in the race toward data insights. The design principles above provide guidance toward identifying the appropriate data management solution attributes for your company.Want to learn more about how Dell EMC is delivering data management? Stay tuned to Dell and check out our announcement from Dell Technologies World. In the recent blog “Redefining Data Protection,” Sharad Rastogi discusses unlocking the value of data capital by evolving data protection to that of a leverageable service to help drive business outcomes. In this context, data protection transitions to data management.Sharad describes key aspects of a data management solution, including use of any data source, target, service level objective, location, use case, consumption model and business model. With those considerations in mind, the next question is, what are the design principles for a data management solution?At the highest level there are two primary design principles: a Software-Defined Platform and Multi-Dimensional Appliances. Let’s unpack both.Software Defined PlatformIn order to support the wide range of capabilities required, a robust data management solution requires a significant amount of flexibility. The most efficient method of delivering that flexibility is through a software-defined, API-based platform. Below are some of the core tenets of the software-defined platform:Form factor: While the software-defined data platform can be delivered as an integrated appliance, the same capabilities can be obtained in a software-only form factor, installed on a software-defined hardware platform on-premises or in the cloud.Data services: Software-defined applies beyond form factor — it also pertains to the platform’s ability to provide flexible data services. A single software-defined platform provides the full suite of data protection capabilities from archive, long-term retention and backup / recovery to disaster recovery and business continuity spanning the entire RTO / RPO spectrum.Cyber recovery: It supports the ability to recover your data on-premises or in the cloud, and the capability to recover data in the event of a ransomware attack by providing secure air-gapped solutions.Efficiency, security and integrity: The solution should support data reduction techniques such as compression and deduplication while ensuring the safety of the data through encryption and its integrity through a data invulnerability architecture.Data management: The software-defined platform supports a wide range of data management use cases from fast, lightweight copies for dev / test, analytics, etc. to various compliance use cases, including HIPAA, SEC and GDPR.Flexible architecture: The solution is architected using a flexible and scalable modern, services-based platform, enabling support for a full spectrum of workloads ranging from traditional enterprise applications to modern cloud native applications.last_img read more

Turin mayor convicted in 2017 soccer final stampede

first_imgMILAN (AP) — The Turin mayor and four others were convicted and sentenced to a year and six months in jail in connection with a stampede during a public viewing of the 2017 Champions League final. The soccer game was projected on a maxi-screen in one of the city’s main piazzas. More than 1,600 people were injured, including two women who later died as a result. Mayor Chiara Appendino expressed “bitterness” over Wednesday’s verdict in a Facebook post, and said that the decision should open a discussion on a mayor’s role. She said she would appeal the decision.last_img

Mom of pepper-sprayed 9-year-old speaks out against police

first_imgROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The mother of a 9-year-old girl who was handcuffed and pepper-sprayed by Rochester police said the officers involved should be fired. Public outrage has been high since body camera footage released Sunday showed officers restraining and scolding the girl, who was screaming for her father. The city of Rochester suspended the officers on Monday pending the completion of an internal investigation. Elba Pope’s attorneys have filed a notice of claim with the city, which maintains her right to sue. New York Attorney General Letitia James said Monday her office was “looking into” what happened. She called the incident “deeply disturbing and wholly unacceptable.”last_img

Biden strikes tough tone on Russia in diplomatic push

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says the days of the U.S. “rolling over” to Russian President Vladimir Putin are over and he is calling for the immediate release of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. During his first visit to the State Department as president, Biden offered his strongest condemnation of Putin as large protests have broken out throughout Russia following the jailing of Navalny. Biden was also seeking to make clear to the world that he’s making a dramatic turn away from Putin following the presidency of Republican Donald Trump, who avoided direct confrontation and often sought to downplay the Russian leader’s malign actions.last_img