Looking at the world today, more and more applications are being published and pushed to clouds. The rate of growth for cloud native applications is in the double digits. Unfortunately, there are still misperceptions about cloud computing.The most significant one is that all clouds are created equal. People also seem to think that they save money by being in the public cloud – a painful experience if you have to move your data and discover that the public cloud infrastructure and services have locked you in. Another illusion is that their data is automatically safe and they don’t have to worry about backup or retention policies because “when I put it there, it’s always going to be there.”I see a future where EMC and our customers can deploy and manage all IT applications and services on any Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) stack easily and consistently with confidence that it meets all our business objectives.I even have a wish list for how we might get there.First, there is a paradox: elastic cloud infrastructure wants to be ephemeral, but the information that lives on that infrastructure needs to be persistent. What if we allowed persistent data stores to be deployed on ephemeral infrastructure and provided value-added data (micro) services on top? What if we also deployed these data services as software? I think cloud customers would sleep better at night.Also, what if we had one open industry marketplace for platform-as-a-service (PaaS) microservices and software? Today, marketplaces and service registries are fragmented and isolated. When I go to the grocery store, I like to see the chocolate next to the peanut butter. But if I also see marshmallows and graham crackers, I could do a lot more with all those ingredients. Having an option where any independent software vendor can publish into a shared marketplace would have exponential benefit for everyone. And what if that marketplace included not just PaaS, but IaaS too?Possibly the most important item on my wish list is: what if the Cloud Foundry and OpenStack communities worked better together? These open-source software communities are the industry heavy weights – OpenStack at the IaaS level and Cloud Foundry at the PaaS level. What if we worked together to provide a service catalog that does a better job of application workload placement? In other words, get the right application to the right cloud at the right time.These are just few of the questions the industry needs to tackle. If done successfully, I fundamentally believe we can change the world of IT.To help, EMC is opening a Cloud Foundry Dojo in Cambridge, Massachusetts during the summer of 2015 to train developers in paired programming and test-driven development.Answering these questions isn’t going to be easy, but it is an exciting time for our industry and we just might be able to make wishes come true.
Month: February 2021
The 2019 SAPPHIRE NOW theme, “Bringing the Intelligent Enterprise to Life” combined with a more detailed event description “this event delivers a practical path for companies to become an intelligent enterprise driving meaningful business outcomes that delight customers and support organization growth” is a perfect encapsulation of what Dell Technologies delivers for customers taking this journey with SAP.My comments reflect only a small, but important, discussion of the key areas where Dell Technologies can drive technology, performance and financial value for customers operating SAP landscapes today or those interested in the transformational value of SAP landscapes. To get the entire experience, please visit us at @DellTech booth #2230.The first step in the journey is reducing TCO and simplifying IT for SAP landscapes.Historically, IT has run SAP production and non-production systems on siloed infrastructure, whether by design — to protect production performance — or ad hoc as new projects get added. The result is well understood – higher TCO with strained IT budgets and valuable resources allocated to spending time maintaining, monitoring and managing SAP system landscapes.Dell EMC solutions provide a modern infrastructure foundation designed to invigorate legacy SAP ERP with reduced cost and ready to power the Intelligent Enterprise with S/4 HANA.An emerging area of great interest for simplifying IT operations is running SAP HANA on software defined infrastructure.Today we have great news! Our SAP HANA certified hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) portfolio has grown to include VxFlex to run SAP HANA in production.VxFlex creates a server-based SAN by combining virtualization software, known as VxFlex OS, with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and unified management to deliver flexible, scalable performance, and capacity on demand for SAP HANA.Dell EMC VxFlex HCI System for SAP HANAThe SAP HANA certification encompasses the HCI architecture with VMware vSphere hypervisor and VxFlex OS software defined storage. The certification supports VxFlex systems configured with Intel Xeon SP (Skylake) CPU based PowerEdge servers, including the dual-socket R640 and R740xd and the four-socket R840.Now let’s take a turn and look at the business – it is all about fueling innovation with intelligence and visibility to actionable data.Emerging data-driven use cases mean combining SAP HANA business data with external big data, machine learning and AI to fuel intelligent application and business processes. This results in a proliferation of data being aggregated, pipelined, managed and stored from the edge to the core.Realizing a comprehensive IT framework to orchestrate data management across distributed complex IT landscapes on scale-out secure infrastructure is a key foundation, Dell EMC has partnered with SAP for one of the broadest portfolios of SAP certified infrastructure for SAP HANA and SAP Leonardo IoT.For managing diverse data sources and applications at the “core”We know that SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA is foundational for intelligent enterprise applications at the core (check certified infrastructure here), but not all data is stored in SAP HANA. What about big data located outside SAP HANA?Dell EMC and SAP have you covered;SAP Data Hub provides governance and orchestration for data refinement and enrichment by pipelining complex data operations.For storing IoT and big data outside SAP HANA, Dell EMC Isilon scale-out network-attached storage (NAS) provides a secure scale-out platform to build a data lake and persist enterprise files of all sizes that scale from terabytes to petabytes in a single cluster.What about accelerating decision making at the edge?Not all IoT data will be processed at the core data center in SAP HANA. IoT edge computing will include SAP applications and use cases supporting decisions that need to be made locally with smaller subsets of aggregated data being transmitted to the core.Dell Technologies and SAP have you covered;SAP Edge Services extends the Intelligent Enterprise to the Edge with capabilities for uninterrupted high-performance business processes, optimized data processing – locally or at the digital core, and real-time decision-making and agile responses.Dell Technologies sharply reduces time to value with decreased TCO of these Edge capabilities through pre-installation on our SAP certified Edge gateways, bundled with VMware Pulse management for optimized operations. IT Framework to Orchestrate Data ManagementSo now that we have introduced Dell EMC’s IT foundation from the edge to the core, the next step in this journey is deploying compelling use cases with our partners!One of most recent use case studies was develop in cooperation with Camelot ITLab (booth #444) and Intel (booth #1700), showing how blockchain technology is solving a huge challenge in the consumer goods industry: constantly keeping compliant with legally required labeling of regulated compounds, while leveraging a complex, global supply chain.Again, this was a small sample of the value that Dell Technologies can bring to customers on their SAP journey. Join us at @ DellTech Booth 2230 to see a theatre session with Dell EMC Global System Integrator (GSI) partners for Energy & Utilities, Retail and Energy Management. Also check out the Dell EMC portfolio of solutions, meet with our experts and see just how Dell Technologies and SAP are “Bringing the Intelligent Enterprise to Life.”
As data growth continues the opportunities for Dell Technologies and Splunk customers expand. To learn more about our joint offerings check the links below.Dell EMC ECS: Splunk SmartStore Configuration GuideDell EMC Ready Bundle for SplunkDell EMC ECS App for SplunkDell EMC Isilon App for SplunkDiscover how Splunk’s SmartStore running on Dell EMC ECS can help you manage large Splunk workloads! In the lead-up to Splunk .conf19 our friends from Big Data Beard set out on an epic roadtrip from Boston to Las Vegas driving an RV loaded with IOT sensors, collecting data and storing it on ECS via SmartStore. With the power of the combined offerings of Dell Technologies, Splunk and other sponsors, the Big Data Beard team captured data, spotted trends, predicted failures, and discovered more exciting ways to use Splunk to extract value from machine generated data. It was a great real time and real-world use case that generated a lot of excitement at the event.Dell Technologies had three sessions at Splunk .conf19 that are archived at the links below.“Splunk Apps for Infrastructure from Dell EMC”. In this session, you’ll hear from an experienced Site Reliability Engineer how Dell EMC’s investment in Splunk apps across their platforms makes it easier for Splunk users to monitor infrastructure and integrate these insights into an overall application performance monitoring strategy.“Cloud-scale On-Prem: SmartStore Best Practices with Dell EMC”. In this session learn how Dell EMC delivers cloud-scale object storage for on-premises deployments of SmartStore and how you can leverage best practices learned from some of the world’s largest global Splunk deployments.“Secrets from a Splunk Ninja: Deployment Architecture Best Practices”. In this session learn more about the best practices that power some of the largest, on-premises deployments of Splunk around the world. Determine if SmartStore is right for your environment and size it for maximum performance and benefit.Dell Technologies and Splunk offer a few ways to help customers tackle AI, ML, or DL challenges with prebuilt, pretested, preconfigured Ready Solutions or Reference Architectures, all with or without GPU’s. I’m a Business Development lead with the Dell Technologies Unstructured Data Solutions (UDS) team. In this role I drive go-to-market and enablement for enterprise data center storage offerings with many of our partners in the Data Analytics and AI Solutions space. One of our key partners in this area is Splunk and I’ve been working with them for quite a while now. In fact, I recently attended .conf19 in Las Vegas with over 11,000 Splunkers and it opened my eyes. Let me tell you why I’m so excited about the possibilities for customers working together with Dell Technologies and Splunk on their journey to AI.Splunk is already one of the largest data aggregators in the industry. I personally evaluated and deployed Splunk back in 2007 at a large media and entertainment company where we were using approximately 50,000 render cores with data coming in from numerous machine logs, applications, data bases, schedulers, render farms and many other sources. With this level of data consolidation there’s a need to apply machine learning for predictive learning and root cause analysis, a significant use case for Splunk.Data growth continues unabated at an exponential rate due to the number of connected devices talking to the network. Everything today has sensors, with all of them transmitting data to some central repository for analysis along with other related data sets. With these and other IOT devices being so prevalent and decentralized we need globally distributed storage repositories to be able to receive this data.Last year, Splunk announced availability of a new modern data path model called SmartStore. SmartStore allows you to decouple compute from storage and also supports the S3 protocol. You still have the hot/cache tier as tier 0 but now you can tier from it directly to a SmartStore target like Dell EMC’s Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) which has been certified by Splunk. In addition, Dell EMC also released an ECS Splunk plugin freely available for customers who have deployed ECS and want to monitor it via Splunk. There are links below for information and downloads.
Don’t Drink from the Fire Hose!I love the expression “drinking from the fire hose.” It paints such a vivid picture of an overwhelmed person totally in over their heads, inundated with information. You hear the term a lot in the business world, usually when somebody starts a new role or project and is under pressure to get up to speed as quickly as possible.Information overloadI think that at some stage, we’ve all experienced that feeling when there’s just too much stuff being hurtled at us from all angles. Our brains cannot process the information fast enough to make sense of it all. The result? Apart from stress, it makes decision making tough and can impact our productivity.As it’s not usually possible to switch off or turn down the firehose, we deal with it by developing good management strategies. For example, we prioritize, multi-task, delegate and attempt to optimize our learning so that we can get on top of work with minimum delay. In business, we develop organizational structures and functional units to manage workloads in parallel. In this way, we divide and conquer, breaking down big projects into manageable chunks to ensure that we deliver on our goals.Same story in enterprise infrastructureGuess what? It’s the same story in the world of IT Enterprise Infrastructure. We design systems that constantly need to process more and more information but in less time. When these systems become exposed to huge sets of data that need to be processed or manipulated in some way, bottlenecks are also likely to form. In turn, this can hinder the performance and output of any applications that are hosted on the hardware infrastructure.Parallelization rules Likewise, we have management strategies in place to deal with this potential overload. In the same way that different teams do project work in tandem, parallelization is important in software development. For example, applications are designed to be multi-threaded so as to maximize the work a single system can do at any one given time.In recent years, parallel processing hardware such as GPUs (Graphics Processing Unit) and FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Array) goes even further in addressing the need for parallelization. The result? Many more small processing tasks are handled efficiently by many more cores or logic gates simultaneously, often with exponential speed increases versus standard CPU architecture.Accelerator technologyWhere can you go to help manage your enterprise infrastructure overload? At Dell Technologies, we offer a broad portfolio of platforms that can integrate accelerator technology and support heavy workloads, where there is a critical need to process data as quickly as possible in parallel.Take the Dell PowerEdge C4140, a 1U server utilizing two second generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, with up to 24 cores per processor. As part of our special patented design, the server is also designed to house up to four full-length double-width PCIe accelerators at the front of the chassis.This location allows for superior thermal performance with maximized airflow, allowing these four cards to work as hard as possible and deliver return on your investment. As a result, this platform is ideally suited to machine learning training/inference, HPC applications and other large-scale, parallel processing workloads.“Bump in the wire” traffic processingOf course, there are also applications in this HPC/AI world that are heavily latency dependent, where data needs to be processed as close to wire speed as software architects can achieve. For example, picture “bump in the wire” type network traffic processing or systems that are processing financial transactions.In these scenarios, latency matters big time. Ingesting data into these accelerators in the most efficient way possible is an important way to control the “firehose.” When considering the entire application structure, it’s important to remember that as latency is a cumulative issue, minimizing it at the lower layers of the stack makes sense.Specially redesigned for OEM customersWith all of this in mind, Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions has now modified the existing, high-performing Dell PowerEdge C4140 platform to specifically meet the needs of OEM customers dealing with latency-sensitive workloads.High-bandwidth IO ports on the FPGA accelerators, located at the front of the unit, operate as the main source of data ingest versus relying on the server’s own IO and CPUs to manage the transmission. The result? You can now design solutions with significantly reduced latency. Remember, this design is unique – there are no other Tier 1 providers in the industry with a similar product.Reduce bottlenecks and accelerate processingThe good news is that this innovative architecture significantly reduces bottlenecks and provides accelerated processing of streaming/dynamic data. And of course, our OEM customers can customize and rebrand the platform to build dedicated appliance solutions for customers across multiple verticals, for example, Finance, Energy, Healthcare/Life Sciences, Telecom and the Defense sector to name a few.Multi-disciplined engineering teamAnd don’t forget that if you’re designing applications and building infrastructure for latency sensitive HPC/AI/Network processing workloads, a multi-disciplined engineering group is ready to help with your design so that you can spend more time innovating and managing your business.The bottom line is that there’s no need to feel alone or drink from the firehose! We’re here to help you accelerate your processing power with the OEM-ready Dell PowerEdge C4140.If you’d like to speak to our sales team, contact us here. And of course, I’d love to hear your reactions, questions or comments. Do join the conversation!Learn more about the OEM-ready Dell PowerEdge C4140.Learn more about Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions.Follow us on Twitter @delltechoem.Follow our LinkedIn Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Showcase page.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska department plans to investigate the issuance of license plates in the state that were personalized to read “3REICH.” The issue drew attention after a former newspaper editor posted a picture of the plate on social media. Debate over the plates gained traction on social media and blogs over the weekend. Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka on Monday announced that she was ordering a review of Division of Motor Vehicles’ processes to determine how the plates were issued. Her statement did not indicate when the plates were issued.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says another 400 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been secured for the continent through the Serum Institute of India. The Africa CDC director says “I think we’re beginning to make very good progress.” An Africa CDC spokesman says the 400 million doses are of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The news follows 270 million doses announced earlier this month. As with many vaccine deals, there are no immediate details on cost or how much people might pay per dose. Parts of Africa are seeing a strong second surge in coronavirus infections, which Nkengasong calls “very aggressive.”
Dartmouth College says its reinstating five sports that it eliminated last year and will do an external review of the athletic department’s policies, practices, and governance, after being accused of not offering equal intercollegiate participation opportunities to women as compared to men. The school announced in July that it was getting rid of women’s and men’s swimming and diving, women’s and men’s golf, and men’s lightweight rowing to help address a projected $150 million financial deficit because of the coronavirus and give them more flexibility in admissions. Dartmouth on Friday released a joint statement with members of the women’s golf, swimming and diving teams as part of a resolution of threatened legal action.