Three years ago, we created VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company, our joint venture with Cisco, supported by investments from VMware and Intel.Through VCE, we bring together best-of-breed networking and servers from Cisco, storage from EMC, and virtualization technologies from VMware to help customers transition from a traditional data center environment to an IT-as-a-Service/cloud-based environment. Transforming a data center takes steps. It is a journey. VCE helps customers accelerate this journey and receive the massive benefits of more agility, efficiency, control and choice along the way.How successful is this joint venture? VCE widened its lead in converged infrastructure in 2012, claiming a 57 percent share of its integrated infrastructure segment. That was more than twice the share of the next closest vendor, according to Gartner research.When we created VCE in November of 2009, our original goal was for demand for VCE Vblocks and related products and services to reach $1 billion on an annualized basis within three years. VCE achieved that goal last year, ahead of schedule, and we couldn’t be more excited about what’s next.VCE customers can expect more choice going forward. VCE will continue to build bigger Vblocks, and starting today will go down market, with the introduction of the Vblock System 100 and the Vblock System 200, for mid–market customers.I am also excited about the next steps VCE is taking to simplify data center operations with the introduction of VCE Vision Intelligent Operations. By implementing a ‘single-pane-of-glass’ management layer, customers can preserve the investments made in their existing framework and have a truly converged operations experience. I believe VCE is once again ahead of the pack in setting the future direction of IT.As VCE broadens its reach to extend the benefits of converged infrastructure to new customers, EMC will invest even more into the joint venture. No company can be an island unto itself, which is why partnerships are so important. Both Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers and I believe that viscerally. EMC, VMware and Cisco are committed to this strategic partnership and will continue investing to meet and exceed our customers’ objectives.Click here to watch a video from Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and Joe about VCE’s launch today.
While data protection technology has been my focus for over twenty years now, my tenure as an executive in EMC’s Backup Recovery Systems division is, comparably speaking, more akin to a nanosecond. But with just over a hundred days under my belt, I still feel I have some unique perspectives to contribute—much of which stems from being an outsider to EMC, yet someone who has been immersed in the data protection industry for so long. I’ve always known EMC as a competitor, and I’ve watched it evolve into the world’s largest data protection company. Now, here I am at the helm of its product development teams—and it’s already been a fabulous experience. Not without a few necessary adjustments to my thought processes, but fabulous none the less.In my short tenure here, one thing I’ve become convinced of is that only EMC is truly positioned to deliver the future of data protection, and part of the reason for that is that it’s such a prominent player in the enterprise storage industry. One of the first eye-openers I encountered upon joining the company is the level of synergy and collaboration that’s in place between the Backup Recovery Systems division and the primary storage divisions. It’s a bit of a double-edged sword in the sense that any major developmental initiatives we undertake have implications we must consider for the primary storage divisions—and vice versa. Complex? Yes, but it makes for better future products because, if we address all the complexities, it makes life simpler for our customers.Today, data protection requirements and technologies are changing at a faster pace than ever before and there are more challenges for customers—new challenges that go well beyond just data growth or meeting backup windows. In its day, data deduplication was a disruptive technology that up-ended the backup and recovery industry. It’s amazing to think that was over ten years ago. Today’s problems are much more complex, and require both a more strategic approach to data protection and solutions that are much less mono-dimensional in nature than the last wave of true innovation that deduplication spawned.We see a proliferation of distributed architectures fragmenting data protection at organizations everywhere you turn—both operationally and in terms of the solutions organizations are applying. Application owners and virtual machine admins are insisting on using native backup utilities and having more control of the data protection process, often at the expense of disenfranchising backup admins and creating multiple siloed infrastructures to manage. Efforts by IT to standardize their organizations on single data protection products, which at face value would seem to streamline things, end up exacerbating the issues associated with protection of distributed architectures. The resulting silos of data protection are expensive, inefficient, unmanageable, and not readily scalable. The plain fact is that you cannot expect to funnel data protection for all these different architectures through a single backup application and expect to be able to sustain a logical and effective data protection process.Most data protection vendors have reacted to all this by pushing the same point products with new enhancements that are ultimately band-aids, when an entirely different approach is required to solve the problem and create a grounded approach to data protection that can evolve, scale, and accommodate the operational and technical realities that are today’s—and tomorrow’s—data protection requirements.Earlier, I stated that I believe that only EMC is positioned to deliver the future of data protection. Why? Because creating a new data protection platform and strategy that’s viable for the future takes an incredible amount of work, and only EMC has the assets, the linebacker-like agility, and the intention to make the future of data protection a functional reality. At this juncture our competitors are moving glacially—extending the life of outdated products and approaches for their own benefit—and at the expense of customers’ best interests. Ultimately, the solution to the overarching data protection challenge lies in highly integrated best-of-breed products combined with an open storage platform that protects all types of data and retains it in native format. My colleague Stephen Manley, our division’s CTO, does an excellent job in framing the attributes of this new infrastructure and strategy in his blog series “The Right Infrastructure is Priceless.”While I’m still new to EMC, fully understanding the value of EMC’s data protection vision and why a radical change in course is necessary for the data protection industry didn’t take me all that long. Now it’s my job to deliver the next generation of products to complete that vision.Needless to say … I’m looking forward to my next one hundred days.
Today EMC announced a new hybrid cloud solution and related services that aim to help move the industry further toward simplified hybrid cloud deployments. At VCE, we’ve already been working closely with EMC and our investor partners to ensure we can provide the ideal platform for customers progressing on their cloud journey, and today’s announcement is another step toward the hybrid cloud reality.Earlier this year at EMC World, VCE and EMC collaborated on the “Build a Hybrid Cloud Live!” demonstration highlighting how Vblock Systems provide the foundation for building hybrid cloud solutions, enabling the EMC team to build a completely functional hybrid cloud in only 48 hours.And in recent months, VCE introduced several new technology advancements to help customers build out their foundational private clouds, from which they can then add management and orchestration technologies that enable seamless connectivity to public cloud services.These advancements include new VCE Integrated Solutions for Cloud Management, which are Vblock Systems that include pre-integrated, pre-tested and pre-validated cloud management software to automate the provisioning and orchestration of private and hybrid clouds. VCE also introduced technology onramps for Cisco Intercloud and VMware vCloud Air, which will be factory-integrated as options for Vblock Systems to enable out-of-the-box hybrid cloud mobility and disaster recovery.All of this fits nicely into VCE’s charter of simplifying the deployment of hybrid clouds for enterprises and service providers. As a preferred infrastructure partner for customers building EMC’s new Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution, VCE welcomes this development as another step forward in how we can simplify IT for customers through agile converged infrastructure while helping them drive greater business value within their organizations.For more info on EMC’s announcement, check out EMC’s Pulse blog post Simplicity and Choice? EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solutions Deliver Both.
In a previous blog posting, we discussed how scale-out storage has to actually scale out, and how Isilon scales over an order of magnitude greater than Pure Storage FlashBlade. Storage capacity, however, is only half the battle, as performance also needs to scale to make effective use of that capacity for consolidation and next generation workflows. So, this week, we’ll discuss how scalability differences between storage platforms impact usable performance.Recently, Pure Storage discussed FlashBlade at their Accelerate conference, promising new functionality in an attempt to mitigate its many shortcomings. Significantly, Pure has promised to raise the currently small limit of two FlashBlade chassis to five in the fourth quarter of 2017. Like so many Pure announcements, it’s about getting customers to commit to purchases today based on tomorrow’s promises — if they ever come.At Pure Accelerate, FlashBlade performance was quoted as delivering 7.5 million IOPS and an 8PB namespace from currently unavailable five chassis interconnected with a currently unavailable 100 GB/s fabric. What is nominally available today is a system limited to 3.2PB — counting compression — using a maximum of two chassis and a 40GbE fabric. Not only is capacity limited, but bandwidth is limited as well, as each Pure blade has only two 10GbE ports for all I/O.Dell EMC doesn’t need to make constantly changing claims about the future of Isilon. Check out the ESG Lab Validation of Isilon F800’s performance. Today, Isilon F800 scales to 144 nodes, 9M IOPS, 540 GB/s of aggregate throughput and 68 PB of capacity in a single Isilon cluster. Each Isilon node has two dedicated 40GbE ports just for the front end with another pair of 40GbE Ethernet or InfiniBand ports for the back end. No I/O bottlenecks with Isilon. All in all, that’s more IOPS, more throughput, greater capacity and more nodes today than what Pure FlashBlade promises to deliver in the future.While Isilon can scale much further in performance today, the modular flexibility of our new generation platform allows CPUs, networking, and storage to be upgraded independently for whatever comes next. When faster/larger new media types, CPUs or networks (100GbE) become available, they can be incorporated without having to buy new nodes. Let’s also not forget that Isilon offers several node types with a range of performance and capacity. While Isilon can meet and exceed your needs for a super-fast flash tier, our flexibility allows you to also include hybrid nodes – H series for performance and value and/or A series for cost-effective dense archiving. Isilon allows you highly-scalable nearly-all-flash performance without the all-flash price.With Isilon, you are empowered to take on a wide range of new, more demanding unstructured data applications; achieve faster business outcomes; store, manage and protect massively large data sets with ease; and gain new levels of efficiency.Some vendors try to sell you on future promises, but Isilon delivers the promise of scale-out, flash-based NAS today because the only future you should be preparing for is yours.
This is the third in a series of blogs by Dell Ambassadors competing in the Clipper Race, a 40,000 nautical mile race around the world in 70-foot racing yachts. You can find the first post from Samantha Harper, and the second post from Marek Omilian, here on Direct2Dell. For more background on Dell’s involvement, read our initial blog about this exciting race here.The South Atlantic Challenge Leg 2 : Punta del Este, Uruguay to Cape Town, South Africa: 3,560 nautical miles : 14 daysGreetings from sunny Cape Town! Another Leg down, and what a rollercoaster ride it was. It’s hard to imagine the next Leg will be even more challenging and so Team Dare To Lead is busy repairing and restocking in order to be as prepared as we can be.While on the Atlantic Trade Winds Leg 1, Mother Nature gave us every possible combination of heat and weather, the South Atlantic Leg 2 was a steady slog through wind, cold and rain. The wind was howling right from the start line, and the conditions left a large swath of the crew reeling from seasickness early on. Fortunately, while the seasickness abated, the weather did not and so the ‘Race to the Cape of Storms’ (as Leg 2 is known) certainly lived up to its name. We set a new speed record of 27.6 knots on this leg, with the surf and swells helping us get those extra surges of power.When the wind is strong and the boat is moving fast, our yachts are designed to heel over. The twin rudder/twin helm design means even at an angle, the boat is easily steered. Life at 45 degrees, however, means chaos below deck. Even the simplest of tasks become a feat of superhuman strength when the boat is lurching over. Crawling into your bunk suddenly becomes a mountain climbing expedition and the fear of flying out of it leaves many sleeping with one eye open. Mystery bruises appear and multiply, from incessant and inevitable bumping into bolts, door handles and other humans. Food in the galley is often catapulted onto the floor (alas the dishes aren’t skid-proof!) and trying to relax while using the toilet is nearly impossible when you have a death grip on the only grab bar in the compartment!The only feat of engineering on board which seems to allow for the boat heeling is the stove, which is on a gimbal (i.e. on a horizontal swivel). On a dark and cloudy night, when the horizon is completely obliterated, one only needs to look down the hatch to see the warm glow of the swiveling gas stove, with its kettle perched precariously on top, to have a sense on how heeled over we are.“I have never looked forward to pumping out the bilges or cleaning the bathroom as much as I did on this leg!ShareObviously, between the wind, waves and lean of the boat, safety on deck becomes paramount. We are tethered onto the boat 90 percent of the time – only in calm daylight is it safe to unclip. Many of us resorted to breaking out our drysuits after getting drenched by waves, which would frequently turn the cockpit into a temporary bathtub. Unlike Leg 1, which left the accommodations below deck feeling like Dante’s Inferno for weeks at a time, there was no shortage of volunteers to go down below for a few minutes and do chores. I admit I have never looked forward to pumping out the bilges or cleaning the bathroom as much as I did on this leg!Leg 2 covered over 3,400 nautical miles in 14 days, ended for us in a painfully close finish with our friends (now rivals!) on Team Greenings. For the last three days, they were within eyesight of us, just two nautical miles ahead. We tried every trick in the book to make gains but ultimately, they crossed 18 minutes in front. Any disappointment on our second-place finish, however, was short-lived as we entered harbour to a raucous crowd who came out despite the dark and rain to see us in. Cape Town is the hometown of our Skipper Dale Smyth and South Africa is home to the Sapinda Rainbow Ambassador program, which supported our crew member Nqoba Mswazi on this race, with the hope that the leadership and confidence developed over a Clipper Race can be brought home to promote positive change.Tomorrow is ‘Open Boat’ Day and Dare to Lead is looking forward to showing the public what life on a racing yacht is like. Skipper Dale’s family have made us a banner saying “Welcome home Dale’s Dark Horses!” which is proudly hanging on our guardrails. Friends and family support are what make this type of race possible and nowhere have we felt the love more than Cape Town!On a final note – many wonder where the Dark Horse moniker has come from. Skipper Dale was a last-minute replacement when our previous skipper stepped down pre-race for personal reasons. With only a few weeks to go before Liverpool, there was a lot of apprehension in the team. In a team email, Dale encouraged us to embrace the idea of having a ‘Dark Horse’ as a skipper and reassured us that his experience teaching amateurs and his extensive sailing record would put us in good stead. He hasn’t let us down and we look forward to more podium finishes in the future!Thanks again to Dell for outfitting us with technology rugged enough to withstand the rigours of life at 45 degrees. Fortunately, I never had to field-test its drop-proof abilities but the rubber feet on my 12” laptop certainly kept it anchored when everything around it was flying.Onward to Australia! Stay tuned for my Southern Ocean Leg 3 blog coming soon, and thanks to all who have sent messages of support on our Team Dare To Lead Supporters Facebook page! About Samantha Harper, crew member, Dare To LeadSamantha is a 37-year-old doctor from Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The Dell Latitude Rugged laptop was made for people like Samantha; when she is not sailing 40,000 nautical miles around the world on board Dare To Lead, Samantha splits her time between working in remote communities as a GP, and pushing herself to the limits mountaineering and running ultra-marathons (she has done the infamous Marathon des Sables, a 250 kilometre race in the Sahara Desert, five times). However, the Clipper Race is Samantha’s first sailing experience, and after initially considering only doing three legs, she signed up for the whole circumnavigation, knowing that once she started, she wouldn’t be able to stop until she completed and experienced the entire thing.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Justice Department says a member of the Proud Boys has been arrested in Washington state in connection with the breach of the nation’s Capitol. Ethan Nordean, also known as Rufio Panman, appeared in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Wednesday afternoon, after he was charged in Washington, D.C., with obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds. The Justice Department says the 30-year-old Nordean was among those who entered the Capitol and that he had been near the front of the crowd of rioters as the confronted Capitol Police. Nordean’s father said in an email that his son “will be held accountable for his actions.”
BOSTON (AP) — A prominent Jewish organization is cutting ties with a Massachusetts rabbi for his vocal opposition to the coronavirus vaccine and other public health efforts to rein in the pandemic. Central Massachusetts Chabad, the regional organization overseeing local Jewish community centers, says it dismissed Rabbi Michoel Green, who runs Chabad of Westborough, on Jan. 27. Rabbi Mendel Fogelman, director of the Central Massachusetts Chabad, said Green’s commentary during the pandemic is “contrary to the organization’s mission.” Green says the decision is “ill-advised” and says he expects it will be reversed. Studies have shown the vaccines are safe.