Dell EMC DLm 5.1 Moves Tape and Disk Data Synchronously Into the Future

first_imgDell EMC has been a leader in mainframe storage for nearly 30 years, starting with the introduction of the first Symmetrix disk array. Our legacy of innovation and market leadership continues today at SHARE 2019 (booth #201) as we announce DLm release 5.1 for synchronous tape replication between data centers and Universal Data ConsistencyTM between tape & disk using our industry-leading, award-winning all-flash, PowerMax 8000.Additionally, we’re enhancing long-term retention of tape using cloud-based physical tape replacement powered by Dell EMC Cloud Object Storage (ECS), which ensures that your physical (or virtual) tape replacement requirements are exceeded, regardless of whether you need to stretch your tape to cover newer requirements, commit data to the cloud or simply,  finally, say goodbye to cumbersome, complex physical tape.Simplifying Cloud Data Migration and RestorationDell EMC recognizes that your mainframe storage strategy must include leveraging your organization’s cloud infrastructure to reduce costs. Ideally, this is done using capacity within an existing private cloud infrastructure and offloading physical tape or virtual tape data classified as requiring long-term retention.  In the years since DLm first wrote to the cloud, we have continued to simplify and expand users’ options for writing to, and, restoring data from private clouds. Today, DLM 5.1 makes cloud storage with Dell EMC ECS even easier by adding command options that enable moving data automatically or on demand to the cloud. A new, simple, single restore command can now recall data from ECS.Solving Data Consistency and Synchronous Tape ProblemsIntegral to most mission-critical applications, even basic Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM), is the notion that certain data has interdependencies that must be maintained to ensure data integrity. This is especially critical in recovery from a disaster event or even a recall of a dataset migrated to virtual tape! When data that depends on each other is not synchronized, it can result in lost data, and in the worst case, the failure of an application, requiring a lengthy recovery process. Consider HSM’s control data sets, the tape catalog, and tape data; physically separate structures, but, if they are not replicated in a consistent manner, as could be the case when independent remote replication mechanisms are deployed, it creates an out of sync condition between them that can cause HSM dataset recalls to fail, triggering a potentially lengthy process to restore data.Dell EMC recognized this problem years ago and created an ecosystem called Universal Data ConsistencyTM to ensure precise consistency between meta data and datasets written and replicated to multiple storage locations. With the introduction of the PowerMax 8000 attachment to DLm, customers can leverage Universal Data Consistency using all-flash storage. In a recovery situation, time is always critical, as is data consistency. PowerMax’s “end-to-end” NVME architecture combined with Universal Data Consistency can provide a significant assist in performance when the data is not cached, as is the case of a recovery situation.Another often overlooked consideration in using tape for data protection is the currency of the tape datasets between production and DR sites. When data is 100% in sync between primary and DR, your recovery Point objective = zero; that is, you can recover the exact point in time of your data (transactions) from your DR site. DLm R5.1 leverages PowerMax’s Symmetrix Remote Data Facility in synchronous mode (SRDF/S) for the ultimate in tape data synchronization. With PowerMax 8000, DLm can assure host applications that tape data is truly in sync with the disk data since the primary (production DLm) PowerMax array waits until the data is committed by the secondary site PowerMax before the next write is accepted by the host, ensuring that the replicated copy of the data is always as current as the primary. Are You Constantly Trying to Stretch Your Tape Investment?Since its introduction more than a decade ago, DLm continues to be designed for a multiplicity of environments, helping to leverage your investment in more than just tape replacement. Unlike other virtual tape systems, DLm’s multi-tenancy and shared storage capability enable your organization to use virtual tape to satisfy the simultaneous needs of multiple departments’ demand for their own “unique” tape, with their own set of specifications like Recovery Point Objective / Recovery Time Objective or tape addressing. Imagine installing one DLm8500 system and having several business units think that they have their own, unique dedicated system built just for their needs! Need to put a DLm into your organization’s rack or repurpose an existing rack? Release 5.1 makes that possible as well.Are the days of the mainframe silo, where every piece of storage equipment was dedicated to mainframe applications, long gone? Many organizations today are requiring (or at least asking) that storage capacity for mainframe data be “shared” with distributed systems capacity. Dell EMC recognized this trend nearly a decade ago, making it simple and easy to leverage Dell EMC PowerMax 8000, Data Domain or ECS cloud storage across both mainframe and distributed environments to better maximize your storage investment.If you’re at SHARE this week, please visit booth #201 to talk with our experts about our comprehensive set of mainframe storage solutions (DLm virtual tape, PowerMax primary storage, Connectix FICON directors and Automated failover of disk and tape using Dell EMC GDDR). If you’re unable able to attend, learn more about all of our mainframe solutions here. We look forward to helping you!last_img read more

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Dell EMC VxRail Just Derailed the Competition

first_imgNo matter when you hopped on the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) train, one thing is certain – it hasn’t slowed down. The rate and pace of growth in this space is picking up steam as organizations continue to look for ways to modernize their data center, cut infrastructure expenses and drive innovation.Mind the gap The gap between Dell EMC’s HCI systems portfolio and the rest of the industry is widening. IDC recently released its Q1 2019 Worldwide Converged Systems Tracker, and once again, Dell EMC is No. 1 in HCI system sales with 32% share. We’ve held this position for the last eight consecutive quarters. That’s right—two years! According to IDC’s research, we’ve experienced 64% revenue growth year over year, which is out pacing the rest of the industry. What’s more, is that VMware is doing the same as No. 1  in the HCI software category with 41% share.[1]The common denominator? Dell EMC VxRail. And VxRail is flying by our competitors like a runaway train. In this same IDC tracker, Dell EMC VxRail has taken over the No, 1 spot in hyperconverged systems!We could not have gotten here without our thousands of customers, who trust us to help solve their business challenges. We hear from our customers every day how VxRail plays an instrumental role in making your business work better. Here are a few things you told us you like most about VxRail:Configurability – VxRail is the foundation for data center modernization plus a whole lot more. You can do just about anything with VxRail wherever you are in your IT journey.Integrated lifecycle management – VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail makes operating the data center fundamentally simpler by bringing the ease and automation of the public cloud in-house by deploying a standardized and validated network flexible architecture with built in lifecycle automation for the entire cloud infrastructure stack including hardware.Serviceability – With VxRail, you get secure remote support, proactive monitoring and parts replacement and built-in knowledge articles.Support – You have a single point of support for both the hardware and software with a 95% CSAT score.On behalf of our entire VxRail family, thank you!We are beyond excited about this latest news. Since the inception of VxRail just a few short years ago, we have prided ourselves in our ability to help our customers innovate their business faster and easier, across core data centers, at the edge and public clouds.Our fuel is innovation – taking you to your destination of choiceWhile some others have started to decelerate, we’re still shoveling more coal on the fire. VxRail, with over a $1B annual run rate, is still the fastest growing HCI system among top 3 product brands. And we don’t plan on putting on the brakes anytime soon as we continue to advance our HCI systems portfolio with enhancements like machine learning based monitoring and analysis with VxRail Analytical Consulting Engine (ACE) that we announced at Dell Technologies World a couple of months ago.Plus, we are further increasing our leadership position by continuing the innovation behind VxRail, jointly with VMware, to be better together. In core data centers, the majority of our VxRail customers run enterprise applications powered by vSAN. At the edge, we offer a wide range of solutions depending on what the edge means to you. This spans easily managed end-to-end VDI solutions using VxRail and VMware Horizon 7 to VMware Cloud on Dell EMC, which offers a data center-as-a-service at the edge or the core data center. And, for connecting with public clouds, VxRail is the ideal hybrid cloud infrastructure foundation for the Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms with VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail. This is a game changer! VxRail is the only jointly engineered HCI system with VMware Cloud Foundation offering full stack integration and automated SDDC infrastructure deployment. You have a one stop shop with Dell Technologies.Hop on boardIf you have been thinking about hyperconverged but haven’t yet punched your ticket…there is no better time than now to grab a seat! The No. 1 Dell EMC VxRail is built on principles that deliver turnkey simplicity, automated end-to-end lifecycle management, and a highly differentiated experience for the fastest and simplest path to IT outcomes.So, whether you’re looking to modernize your data center, deploy a hybrid cloud environment, innovate at the edge or looking to accelerate your application transformation, hop on board, get comfortable and enjoy your transformation ride with VxRail.1 IDC Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, June 25, 2019last_img read more

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Leading Innovation in the Data Era – Dell EMC Takes Another Step Forward

first_imgI’m a numbers guy – stats, facts – real data. Maybe it’s the engineer in me – but I also know that there’s a story behind data. It’ll reveal what’s really working well and often, what’s not working so well. You apply that information as you move forward to make decisions, realize new insights – drive better outcomes. And man do we have more data than ever right now in the Data Era, driving both opportunity and complexity for our customers. Data growth projected at 26% per annum through 2023. Further, 75% of infrastructure decision makers use three or more platforms – that means different tools, SLAs – almost little consistency in operations or automation. Complexity.When we brought our Client Solutions, Infrastructure Solutions and Global Operations together as a single Products and Operations organization – there was a lot of data that told me there would be a huge opportunity for our company and our customers to simplify that complexity. Afterall, it was – and is – the only organization of its kind spanning the end-to-end IT infrastructure continuum – supported by the world’s most powerful supply chain in technology.We knew that if we had the ability to create holistic solutions across Dell and Dell EMC – while driving greater integration with our aligned businesses like VMware – we could drive significant value for our customers, take share and continue win in the markets we play. Notably in our ISG business where we had an opportunity to deliver a powerful IT infrastructure spanning edge, core data center and multi-cloud environments.But the data also told us we had work to do – we needed to remove the complexity from our portfolio and drive forward on innovation across fewer, stronger products. We needed to put more of our talented team of engineers and data scientists on the development of that winning roadmap. We needed to accelerate our innovation cadence – which meant new methodologies like Agile for software and hardware development.Two years later – we’ve made significant progress in ISG.We’ve simplified our portfolio – PowerMax, PowerVault, PowerProtect, PowerSwitch – we’ve launched them all. By Dell Technologies World this coming Spring, we’ll have announced the full Power portfolio.We’ve tripled the number of engineers working on new products, leading to new features and enhancements…in fact, PowerMax, which launched last year – the world’s fastest storage array, is first to market with Storage Class Memory and persistent storage…full end-to-end NVMe.We took share again in H1: for the 8th consecutive quarter, Dell Technologies is #1 x86 server and Mainstream[1] provider in the world for both revenue and units.[2]We’ve extended our leadership across products: leader in HCI, CI, External Storage, and Server.These results and progress make it clear to me that we can accelerate our growth and mission to be the essential IT infrastructure provide with an extended leadership of the business.With that in mind, I’ve asked Jeff Boudreau to assume leadership of the ISG business, overseeing Storage, Servers, Data Protection and Networking.Jeff Boudreau has played a leading role in the evolution of our Storage business, working across the ISG organization and Dell Technologies to simplify our portfolio and drive share gain and growth. PowerMax, Isilon and Unity XT are clear examples of Jeff’s leadership in the business – pulling together teams across various product lines to share processes, IP, ideas and inspiration.We’re continuing to make important investments in our core IT infrastructure capabilities that enable us to build and deliver the Dell Technologies solutions that solve the complexities of Cloud, AI/ML, Edge, Security and ultimately, Data Management. Jeff Boudreau’s leadership and partnership with the ISG leadership team and Dell Tech businesses will undoubtedly ensure that we continue to build the foundation of the IT architecture of the future – and deliver the simplicity and power our customers need in the Data Era.We have an advantaged position in the market – and what lies ahead has me optimistic and excited for the possibilities our teams will make very real for our customers today and into the future.Please join me in congratulating Jeff Boudreau in his new role.[1] Mainstream servers include the following product types: blade, large system, standard rack optimization, tower[2] IDC, WW Server Tracker Q2 2019, September 4, 2019last_img read more

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In ‘Long Song,’ ‘Small Axe,’ British actor makes her mark

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Tamara Lawrance is a busy young British actor. In the first few years of her career, she played a fictional girlfriend to Prince Harry in the 2017 TV movie “King Charles III,” and was in an episode of filmmaker Steve McQueen’s 2020 “Small Axe” anthology. Glowing reviews met each performance, as they have for the three-part miniseries called “The Long Song,” airing Sunday on PBS. The drama is set in the final days of slavery in 19th-century Jamaica and stars Lawrance as July, from her early years working in a plantation owner’s house to liberated later life.last_img read more

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Desperation grows as Mexico runs out of vaccines

first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP) — Desperation is mounting as Mexico runs out of vaccines, a government registration website crashes for a third straight day and restaurant workers protest virus restrictions driving them into poverty. Mexico is scrambling to line up shipments of Russia’s Sputnik vaccine, but no new doses are expected to arrive until mid-month. And millions who tried to register for vaccines when they do arrive were met Thursday with a completely non-functional website. Even to find out it wasn’t working, Mexicans had to pass a “I am not a robot” test in English, asking them to pick out photos of objects that don’t exist in Mexico.last_img read more

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