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Converged Infrastructure + Isilon: Better Together

David Noy

VP Product Management, Emerging Technologies Division at EMC

You can’t beat Isilon for simplicity, scalability, performance and savings. We’re talking  world-class scale-out NAS that stores, manages, protects and analyzes your unstructured data with a powerful platform that stays simple, no matter how large your data environment. And Dell EMC already has the #1 converged infrastructure with blocks and racks. So bringing these two superstars together into one converged system is truly a case of one plus one equals three.

This convergence—pairing Vblock/VxBlock/VxRack systems and the Technology Extension for Isilon— creates an unmatched combination that flexibly supports a wide range of workloads with ultra-high performance, multi-protocol NAS storage. And the benefits really add up, too:

As impressive as these numbers are, it all boils down to value and versatility. These converged solutions give you more value for your investment because, quite simply, they store more data for less. And their versatility allows you to optimally run both traditional and nontraditional workloads These include video surveillance, SAP/Oracle/Microsoft applications, mixed workloads that generate structured and unstructured data, Electronic Medical Records and Medical Imaging and more – on infrastructure built and supported as one product.

With a Dell EMC Converged System, you’ll see better, faster business outcomes through simpler IT across a wide range of application workloads. For more information on modernizing your data center with the industry’s broadest converged portfolio, visit emc.com/ci or call your Dell EMC representative today.

 

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Infrastructure Convergence Takes Off at Melbourne Airport

Yasir Yousuff

Sr. Director, Global Geo Marketing at EMC Emerging Technologies Division

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By air, by land, or by sea? Which do you reckon is the most demanding means of travel these days? In asking so, I’d like to steer your thoughts to the institutions and businesses that provide transportation in these myriad segments.

Melbourne Airport_resizedHands down, my pick would be aviation; out of which the heaviest burden falls on any international airport operating 24/7. Let’s take Melbourne Airport in Australia for example. In a typical year, some 32 million passengers transit through its doors – almost a third more than Australia’s entire population. If you think that’s a lot; that figure looks set to double to 64 million by 2033.

As the threat of terrorism grows, so will the criteria for stringent checks. And as travelers get more affluent, so will their expectations. Put the two together, you get somewhat of a paradoxical dilemma that needs to be addressed.

So how does Australia’s only major 24/7 airport cope with these present and future demands?

First Class Security Challenges

Beginning with security, airports have come to terms with the fact that sole passport checks in the immigration process isn’t sufficient. Thanks to Hollywood movies and their depictions of how easy it is to get hold of “fake” passports – think Jason Bourne but in the context of a “bad” guy out to harm innocents, a large majority of the public within the age of reasoning would have to agree that more detailed levels of screening are a necessity.

“Some of the things we need to look at are new technologies associated with biometrics, new methods of running through our security and our protocols. Biometrics will require significant compute power and significant storage ability,” says Paul Bunker, Melbourne Airport’s Business Systems & ICT Executive.

With biometrics, Bunker is referring to breakthroughs such as fingerprint and facial recognition. While these data dense technologies are typically developed in silos, airports like the Melbourne Airport need them to function coherently as part of its integrated security ecosystem and processed in near real-time to ensure authorities have ample time to respond to threats.

First Class Service Challenges

Then there are the all-important passengers who travel in and out for a plethora of reasons: some for business, some for leisure, and some on transit to other destinations.

Whichever the case, most, if not all of them, expect a seamless experience. In this regard, it means free from the hassles of waiting for long periods to clear immigration, picking up luggage at belts almost immediately after, and the list goes on.

With the airport’s IT systems increasingly strained in managing these operational outcomes, a more sustainable way forward is inevitable.

First Class Transformative Strategy

Melbourne Airport has historically been more reactive and focused heavily on maintenance but that has changed in recent times. Terminal 4, which opened in August 2015, became the airport’s first terminal to embrace digital innovation, boasting Asia-Pacific’s first end-to-end self-service model from check-in kiosks to automated bag drop facilities.

This comes against the backdrop of a new charter that aims to enable IT to take on a more strategic role and drive greater business value through technology platforms.

“We wanted to create a new terminal that was effectively as much as possible a fully automated terminal where each passenger had more control over the environment,” Bunker explained. “Technical challenges associated with storing massive amounts of data generated not only by our core systems but particularly by our CCTV and access control solutions is a major problem we had.”

First Class Solution

In response, Melbourne Airport implemented two VCE Vblock System 340 with a VNX5600 converged infrastructure solution featuring 250 virtual servers and 2.5 petabytes of storage capacity. Two EMC Isilon NL series clusters were further deployed at two sites for production and disaster recovery.

Business People Rushing Walking Plane Travel Concept

The new converged infrastructure has allowed Melbourne Airport to simplify its IT operations by great leaps, creating a comfortable buffer that is able to support future growth as the business matures. It has also guaranteed high availability on key applications like baggage handling and check-in, crucial in the development of Terminal 4 as a fully automated self-service terminal.

While key decision-makers may have a rational gauge on where technological trends are headed, it is far from 100%. These sweeping reforms have effectively laid the foundations to enable flexibility in adopting new technologies across the board – biometrics for security and analytics for customer experience enhancement – whenever the need calls for it. Furthermore, the airport can now do away with separate IT vendors to reduce management complexity.

Yet all these come pale in comparison to the long-term collaborative working relationship Melbourne Airport has forged with EMC to support its bid to become an industry-leading innovation driver of the future.

Read the Melbourne Airport Case Study to learn more.

 

Rack-Scale Flash Converged Infrastructure

Rahul Pradhan

Product Management, Emerging Technologies at EMC² DSSD

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These are exciting times to be part of EMC and DSSD for anyone who is passionate about working on cutting-edge, innovative technologies that deliver real business value to customers. Earlier this year – on leap day – DSSD launched an innovative Rack-Scale Flash product that broke all storage performance records and led to the creation of a new product category of Rack-Scale Flash for addressing ultra high-performance low latency use cases. With an innovative co-design of hardware and software, DSSD blurs the distinction between memory and persistent storage. This represents a new class of storage that offers the best of networked storage (shared access, enterprise reliability, and availability) and direct attached server storage (high performance, low latency) without the drawbacks of either approach. Applications can now have access to extremely large data sets at near memory speeds. This will significantly accelerate existing applications while opening up the possibilities for real-time analytics on larger in-flight data sets which weren’t previously possible.

Rack Scale Flash

Since the DSSD product launch, one of the top requests we hear from a lot of our customers as they start deploying Rack-scale Flash in production – is to consume it as a converged infrastructure that is engineered, validated, tested, managed and supported as an integrated system. This isn’t a surprise to us here at EMC since we have the leading converged infrastructure brand (VCE) in the world as part of EMC’s Converged Platform Division. Analysts predict that Converged Infrastructure is the direction that the majority of  IT infrastructure will be consumed as in the future.

In response to the customer demand and market trends, the teams at VCE and DSSD came together to engineer the industry’s first Rack-Scale Flash (RSF) converged infrastructure product on the market and today we announced a VxRack System with DSSD built for high-performance databases and data warehouses. As with all VCE converged systems, it will be engineered, manufactured, managed and supported as a single product.

Some of the highlights of the system include –

  • Industry’s first Rack-Scale Flash converged infrastructure system that delivers near memory like performance for dense shared flash that can be pooled and consumed by a rack of servers.
  • The world’s fastest all-flash converged system comprising of industry standard dense compute and high-performance networking connected to DSSD’s Rack-Scale Flash platform.
  • The system offers an aggregate of up to 288 compute cores with 2TB of RAM, up to 3.2 Tb/s of network switching capacity and up to 144TB of ultra-dense flash storage that delivers 10 Million IOPS, 100 GB/s of bandwidth at less than 100 microseconds of latency all in less than 20 RU which is less than half the size of other competitive all-flash solutions. The ability to stripe two DSSD D5 systems together for increased performance (2X the IOPS, bandwidth, and capacity) will also be available as part of the converged infrastructure offering.

Rack Scale CI System

The Rack Scale Flash Converged Infrastructure system is built to address customer challenges with current infrastructure for high-performance databases and data warehouses. We are experiencing an unprecedented growth in the number of users, devices and data due to trends in social, mobile and the Internet of Things. This is offering businesses a unique opportunity to gain insights and customer intimacy by analyzing this variety and volume of data from disparate data sources in real-time. However, this also puts a significant burden on the underlying infrastructure. Today, customers employ several workarounds in order to analyze the data – ranging from analyzing a smaller data set to reducing the scope of the analysis to splitting data across multiple data marts – all of which results in suboptimal processing and impacts decision making.

With EMC’s Rack Scale Flash Converged Infrastructure customers can significantly accelerate transactional workloads, shorten the Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) process and make Data Warehouses run faster while reducing operational expenses by consolidating different analytical and transactional workloads on one storage device. The high performance of the system across all vectors (Bandwidth, IOPS, Latency) and its density (compute and storage) makes it the best platform available for both transactional and data warehousing workloads.  It will enable customers to analyze more data in real-time, produce faster results to drive business decisions while providing consistent service levels at all times.  Some example use cases include – real-time business dashboards, large order processing systems, risk analytics and fraud detection, credit card transaction processing etc.

Rack Scale Converged Infrastructure

The product will be generally available later this year, in multiple configurations offering customers the flexibility to start small and grow as needed. It can be deployed as a standalone converged infrastructure or as an extension to existing VCE systems and will be managed by the same management software that VCE customers love and are familiar with. All components of the system will be tested, pre-installed, cabled and racked ready to be deployed in the customer environment. This will result in a faster time to deployment while dramatically reducing time to analysis and results. All databases and applications can be deployed as is on the RSF CI system and will run faster without any need for modifications of the application or rewrites of queries and stored procedures.

With this announcement, EMC customers now have a choice of deploying their Rack-Scale Flash platform either as a ‘do-it-yourself’ system based on our published server and network compatibility matrix or as an engineered Rack-Scale Flash converged infrastructure that will combine the unprecedented performance, reliability and flexibility of the DSSD Rack-Scale Flash architecture with VCE’s integrated management and support portfolio for increased system availability, reliability, and productivity.

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A New Blueprint for Success: EMC VSPEX with Isilon

Carl Washington

Sr. Business Development Manager at EMC

It’s been two years since EMC’s VCE and Isilon teams joined forces to begin offering converged infrastructure (CI) solutions that combine VCE Vblock Systems with Isilon scale-out NAS in support of a range of applications and workloads. And we couldn’t be more excited about the results. It’s extremely gratifying to hear about the many customers who are now realizing the significant advantages that these CI solutions deliver: accelerated time to value, management simplicity, increased efficiency, single point of contact for support and the knowledge that they are getting a tested and proven solution.

Enablement VSPEX Proven Infrastructures are modular, virtualized solutions validated by EMC and delivered by EMC VSPEX partners. They include virtualization, server, network, storage, and backup layers.

Enablement VSPEX Proven Infrastructures are modular, virtualized solutions validated by EMC and delivered by EMC VSPEX partners. They include virtualization, server, network, storage, and backup layers.

Building on this success, EMC converged infrastructure solutions that incorporate EMC Isilon scale-out NAS have recently been extended to include integration with EMC’s VSPEX program. As a result, Isilon storage is now featured in a new VSPEX reference architecture:  EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure with Isilon Scale-Out NAS.

VSPEX Proven Infrastructure with EMC Isilon combines the simplicity, efficiency, and flexibility of VSPEX coupled with Isilon to deliver improved storage utilization, IT productivity, and increased end-user productivity. This new VSPEX reference architecture provides a blueprint for building a proven converged infrastructure that can support a number of use cases that most medium to large organizations are likely to need including:

  • File Shares
  • Home Directories for End-User Computing
  • Active Archiving

The VSPEX reference architecture also includes the necessary details for building a proven converged infrastructure for businesses in the Media & Entertainment sector.

With this new VSPEX and Isilon reference architecture, organizations can gain the following advantages:

  • Application-specific workload sizing, design and implementation guidance
  • Accelerated time to value
  • Leverage of VSPEX ecosystem partners for application flexibility and support

Built for virtualized environments, VSPEX enables faster deployment, more simplicity, greater choice, higher efficiency, and lower risk. VSPEX with Isilon can be added to existing VSPEX environments or be deployed as a stand-alone solution to consolidate storage to lower costs and optimize today’s 2nd Platform applications while providing a foundation for next-generation 3rd Platform applications. This is also a great first step in building a highly versatile data lake foundation to store, manage, and protect Big Data.

Testing and validation, outlined in a VSPEX Proven Infrastructure Guide, coupled with the VSPEX Sizing Tool, simplifies solution sizing and eliminates the risk and expense of over-provisioning. VSPEX with Isilon further simplifies and refines the sizing process by leveraging Isilon’s Predictive Performance Planning (P3) sizing tool functionality to enable efficient solution sizing for a broad range of file data workloads.

Of course, all these solutions are based on Isilon storage which provides a number of important benefits:

  • Simple management – with Isilon’s single file system, single volume architecture
  • Massive scalability – easily expands up to 50 PB in a single cluster
  • Operational flexibility – multi-protocol support for a wide range of applications and workloads on one platform
  • Unmatched efficiency – with over 80% storage utilization
  • Robust data protection and security options

By leveraging the advantages of EMC VSPEX Proven Infrastructure with EMC Isilon scale-out NAS, organizations do indeed have a new blueprint for success!

For more information on how this solution may benefit your organization, I suggest that you contact your authorized EMC reseller or local representative.

Converged Infrastructure for Big Data Storage and Analytics

Michael Noble

Sr. Product Marketing Manager

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It’s no secret that unstructured data is growing rapidly and poses significant challenges to organizations across virtually every industry segment to store, manage, secure and protect their data. According to IDC, the total amount of data storage world-wide will reach 133 exabytes by the year 2017, of which 80 percent will be required for unstructured data.

Unstructured Data Growth

To meet this challenge, VCE has just introduced a compelling new converged infrastructure (CI) platform – VCE™ Technology Extension for EMC® Isilon® – for organizations looking to consolidate and modernize their big data environment. With this technology extension, existing VCE Vblock® Systems can leverage Isilon’s massive scalability and built-in multi-protocol data access capabilities to easily expand capacity to address large-scale data storage needs while supporting a wide range of applications and traditional and next-gen workloads including Hadoop data analytics.

Isilon Scale Out Data Lake

With VCE technology extension for EMC Isilon as a foundational element of a scale-out data lake infrastructure, organizations can eliminate costly storage silos, streamline management, increase data protection and gain more value from their big data assets. A great example of this is in the area of big data analytics and Hadoop. As the first and only scale-out NAS platform that natively integrates with the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), Isilon is a game-changing big data storage and analytics platform.

Before Isilon came into the picture, Hadoop deployments have largely been implemented on a dedicated infrastructure, not integrated with any other applications, and based on direct attached storage (DAS) that is typically mirrored up to three times or more. In addition to requiring a separate capital investment and added management resources, this approach poses a number of other inefficiencies. By leveraging Isilon’s native HDFS support and in-place analytics capabilities, organizations can avoid capital expenditures and related risks and costs associated with a separate, dedicated Hadoop infrastructure by extending the Vblock System-based environments.

Isilon’s in-place analytics approach also eliminates the time and resources required to replicate big data into a separate infrastructure. For example, it can take over 24 hours to copy 100 TB of data over a 10GE line. Instead, with VCE technology extension for EMC Isilon, data analytics projects can be initiated immediately to get results in a matter of minutes. And when data changes, analytics jobs can quickly be re-run with no need to re-ingest updated data.

VCE technology extension for EMC Isilon also leverages Isilon’s ability to support multiple instances of Apache Hadoop distributions from different vendors simultaneously including Pivotal HD, Cloudera Enterprise and Hortonworks Data Platform. These same data sets on EMC Isilon can be extended to other analytics such as SAS and Splunk. This means that organizations gain the flexibility to use whichever tools they need for their analytics projects.

Along with these powerful big data storage and analytics capabilities, VCE technology extension for EMC Isilon brings the convenience and assurance of proven VCE engineering expertise. VCE’s technology extensions are tightly integrated and fully tested and validated. This allows organizations to quickly increase processing power or add storage capacity, without typical technology risks.

All-in-all, VCE technology extension for EMC Isilon does indeed look like a compelling approach to help tame the big data storage challenge and unlock the value of big data assets. Please let us know what you think.

 

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