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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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India’s Largest Search Engine Dials into Object Storage

Corey O'Connor

Senior Product Marketing Manager at Dell EMC² ETD

Welcome to another edition of the Emerging Technologies ECS blog series, where we take a look at issues related to cloud storage and ECS (Elastic Cloud Storage), Dell EMC’s cloud-scale storage platform. 

Navigating the World Wide Websearch

The World Wide Web was invented by an independent contractor at a nuclear research facility in Switzerland back in the late 80’s (who knew!) In its early stages, the web was extremely clumsy and had to be completely indexed by hand. It didn’t take long for the computer geeks of the world to create a very rudimentary search engine tool comprised of a searchable database of files that captured all public directory listings – the big problem here was the data they were able to ingest was limited and searching through it was a very manual and tedious task. After a few years of development, “all text” search engines were established (which is what we currently use today) providing users the ability to search for any word within the contents of any web page.

Up to this point, search engine tools were developed mostly by university researchers and small startups and although showing lots of promise, they had a difficult time monetizing them. Then one day a spinoff from a startup shop came up with the brilliant idea to sell search terms; a ‘pay-for-placement’ service to businesses which made search engines one of the most lucrative tech businesses almost overnight.     

Just Dial Limited

Like Google to the United States and Baidu Inc. to China, Just Dial Limited is the premier search engine provider in India. Just Dial also provides services to the US, UK, UAE, Canada and satisfies over 1.5 billion daily customer requests that come in from around the world.

The challenge: Just Dial had a strict retention policy of five years for their customer’s data with most of it being static and infrequently accessed. Their traditional SAN infrastructure was neither a cost effective nor scalable solution and like many other organizations, they had their concerns around putting sensitive customer data into the public cloud. There was also a constant demand for storage from their application developers and storage admins as capacity seemed to always be running thin.

The solution: Just Dial was in the market for an in-house, native object cloud-based solution that provided universal access, multi-site support, and easily integrated with their cloud services. They chose Dell EMC’s Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) and would see an 80% reduction in their overall storage management costs. Just Dial was able to easily provision unlimited capacity to their end-users, move all static archival data to ECS by policy, and experience true cloud-scale economics across their data centers. Watch the video below for the full story:

 

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EDA, Storage, and Gilligan’s Island

Lawrence Vivolo

Sr. Business Development Manager at EMC²

When I was a kid I used to watch Gilligan’s Island® a lot. For those of you who never had the pleasure, it was a show about a “3 hour tour” by boat that stranded passengers on a small desert isle, including the first mate, Gilligan.LakshadweepIsland

Turns out, this would be good training for managing an EDA project.  Why?  Well, managing an EDA project typically starts out straightforward; You allocate computers and storage to the project based on estimates, leverage your experience from other projects and use it to predict how many cores you will need to run simulation regressions (how many directory trees you’ll want for the ASIC, and how much space each will require). And then, months later, the storm hits. You realize the need to add a new test area and to allocate space for it. “No worries,” you think, “I’ve been paying for that space and I know it’s available.”

And that’s when you realize…you are stranded on an island and can’t get what you need. If only you had Gilligan to save the day.

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3 Ways Scalable Technology is Enabling Media & Broadcast Companies

Yasir Yousuff

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

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We want great content, 3 ways scalable techand we want it now. We are a generation used to instant gratification, and technology has only served to amplify the need to be constantly connected on the go. This has created a unique broadcasting market dynamic in many developing countries – particularly in the Asia Pacific—the era of the Connected Consumer. According to International Data Corporation (IDC) in an article from OnScreen Asia, mobility is crucial to the lives of many consumers and the survival of businesses in Asia Pacific region, due to the combination of a fast growing economy and a lack of fixed infrastructure in developing countries. Broadcast companies must adapt to suit changing consumer preferences or risk becoming irrelevant.

How can businesses leverage mobile device adoption and utilize it to engage a fragmented audience?

Future-proofing—Staying Three Steps Ahead
Multi-platform content delivery is an industry trend broadcast companies are starting to embrace as a new way to engage consumers, monetizing those engagements, and better managing the user experience. This is to be expected especially with the rise of on-demand video platforms, consumer mobility, and the proliferation of smartphones and tablets. New media services deliver web content to audiences through live streaming, as well as on-demand services via PCs and mobile devices.

This converged development of traditional and new media services has led to transmedia storytelling—the development of stories across multiple forms of media to deliver unique pieces of content across each channel. These pieces of sequential content work together to form a bigger picture, serving the purpose of reaching a wider target market. Therefore, the move to IP-based infrastructure becomes increasingly important as broadcast technology buyers continue to look for ways to make broadcast operational environments more efficient.

Broadcast companies, such as Zhejiang Radio and Television Group (ZRTG) in China, are focusing on enhancing the customer experience using intelligent selection to enhance content delivery. Selecting IP storage with EMC Isilon was a forward-thinking decision ZRTG made because it met the long-term performance requirements to access and edit media assets for high quality broadcast content. According to Luo Leiyi, Sector Chief at ZRTG, “One of the most important features of the EMC Isilon solution is the modular scalability, because as a broadcaster we need storage capacity to be quickly added as our programming and content services expand across multiple formats.”

Going Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
In recent times, efficiency has been a key motivation of broadcast technology purchasing. Increased operational efficiency and cost savings have proven to be considerably more significant than cutting-edge technology, according to Devoncraft’s 2014 Big Broadcast Survey. We have seen this with production companies moving to file-based or tapeless workflows—choosing to entirely digitize their content, consolidate silos, as well as streamline processes. This centralized data management and retrieval lowers migration workloads between core online facilities and secondary storage. To put it simply, content is created faster and at a lower cost, thanks to improved management and application efficiency.

Post-production firm, Adnet Global prides itself on same-day delivery for most of their services with EMC Isilon. To achieve this speed, large file and dataset transfers are spread over the EMC Isilon nodes, enabling massive gigabit per second throughput and the exchange of files within a predictable time. Nivas Patil, Senior Manager of Technology at Adnet Global explains, “The files for production are immediately available, which means we have more time to complete each job. Due to the performance, scalability, and high availability of the EMC Isilon storage, we have definitely increased our productivity.”

Time is Money
We all know time is money, and this is even more pertinent in the fast paced broadcast industry. As rich-media file sizes continue to increase and deadlines get shorter, production companies need to evolve the workflow to decrease time-to-market as well as reduce media production costs. There can be no time for downtime, and high systems availability is crucial. Downtime can be very expensive when you are Rising Sun Pictures (RSP), an Australia-based visual effects company which has worked on high profile feature films such as Gravity and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Mark Day, Head of Systems at RSP comments, “If a single node goes offline, there’s an automatic failover to other nodes in the Isilon cluster. Every piece of work we do is complex. Our software is demanding on storage because we produce more than a terabyte of data per hour. But we’re very confident that our valuable creative work and intellectual property is protected by Isilon.”

 

InsightIQ® 2.5: Driving Storage Performance Metrics to the Next Level

Flexible deployment + powerful data export tools = the perfect time to upgrade your customers

It is no secret that viewing and analyzing storage performance data can bring infinite value to your customers, which is why we took performance metrics to the next level with our latest release of EMC Isilon InsightIQ® 2.5, which now includes integration with third-party tools and flexible deployment options.

Today’s update is a direct result of feedback we received from our partners and customers who requested a simpler, more integrated product. They realize that EMC Isilon InsightIQ software is the perfect complement to EMC Isilon scale-out storage systems, so we added tools and options that will maximize the performance of their storage systems, simplify the process, and forecast their future needs. Your customers will reap great benefits, such as improved performance and deeper insight into their data analytics.

New data export tool

Previously, customers had to use other products in conjunction with InsightIQ to extract end-to-end performance data. With InsightIQ 2.5, there’s no need for another product, thanks to an included data export tool. This new tool allows users to access InsightIQ data in two ways:

  1. By using ad-hoc data extraction by simply clicking on “download” from the user interface and exporting it into in a spreadsheet.
  2. By using the command line interface, which enables customers to define the data to extract, and set up a regular schedule of data exports into their own analytics tool, such as Splunk.

Multiple deployment options

In addition, customers now have a choice on how to deploy InsightIQ. Previously shipped as a plug-and-play virtual appliance, customers simply launched it, entered a password, and connected to clusters. However, the underlying operating system, Linux Ubuntu, did not fit well into some customers’ data centers. While retaining the option to install InsightIQ as a virtual appliance, InsightIQ 2.5 also provides a new native installation option that allows customers to install InsightIQ on Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS, and physical hardware. This not only improves performance, but also enables customers to run InsightIQ without configuring a virtualized environment.

Even easier upgrading

Previous upgrades to InsightIQ meant setting up a new virtual appliance, and then manually importing the configuration. But now, with InsightIQ 2.5, customers can simply apply the upgrade and retain all previous configurations—making upgrades non-disruptive.

As you can see, we listen to feedback that is given to us. If you’re an Isilon customer and have any questions or comments on InsightIQ, I encourage you to let me know.

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