EMC and VMware – Sharpening the Hyperconverged Edge

Developing enterprise-class computing solutions for use by small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) and similar use cases has been common for years among enterprise IT vendors. But there are bad and good ways to approach the process. In the former case, products are little more than stripped-down versions of the originals – smaller in size, of course, but utilizing software and management tools that are often missing key components and functionalities. A far better strategy requires fundamentally rethinking solutions and reworking them to accommodate the business requirements and IT skills of smaller organizations. There are fewer of this class of solution than there should be, though the market is considerably better today than it was just a few years ago. But by nearly any measure, the new VCE VxRail appliance family announced by EMC and VMware is the sort of solution that many SMBs are looking for and that more vendors should be trying to build. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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EMC: Bringing Hyperconvergence To The Masses
Feb16

EMC: Bringing Hyperconvergence To The Masses

EMC may be busy figuring out its pending future with Dell, but you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that while the overall IT market is inching along at 0.6% growth this year (albeit to $3.54 trillion), the converged infrastructure (CI) market is growing at 10X — 6.2% year-over-year (to $2.5 billion), and the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) market is growing at 258X, with sales shooting up 155.3% (to $278.8 million) for the last reported quarter. It’s still early days for HCI, but EMC would love to see the kinds of results VMware achieved in the server virtualization space with its latest additions, the VCE VxRail hyper-converged infrastructure appliances (HCIA) for VMware environments. The economic benefits of VxRail are very clear, said Gil Shneorson, VP and GM VxRail, EMC. You can start very small and grow as you need. “That’s very appealing,” he told IT Trends & Analysis. Customers also don’t have to worry about planning ahead. “You don’t have the upgrade event in the future… or have to face issues when you buy a new solution”. EMC has taken all the guesswork out of it, with the integration and automation (and aggressive pricing), said Shneorson. “We think we are the only ones who are doing this.” Integrating the hardware and software together, and supporting it, “that is very important and a very enticing value proposition.” They may be the only ones ‘doing this’, but there are a lot of companies buzzing around the CI/HCI market. IDC estimates that total worldwide spending on converged infrastructure will hit $17.8 billion in 2016, up from $4.6 billion in 2012. It breaks the market down into three segments: -Integrated systems are pre-integrated, vendor-certified systems containing server hardware, disk storage systems, networking equipment, and basic element/systems management software; –Certified reference systems are pre-integrated, vendor-certified systems containing server hardware, disk storage systems, networking equipment, and basic element/systems management software; however, they are designed with systems from multiple technology vendors; and, -Hyperconverged systems collapse core storage and compute functionality into a single, highly virtualized solution. A key characteristic of hyperconverged systems that differentiate these solutions from other integrated systems is their ability to provide all compute and storage functions through the same server-based resources. Gartner also divides the integrated systems market into three broad categories: –Integrated stack system (ISS) — Server, storage and network hardware integrated with application software to provide appliance or appliancelike functionality. Examples include IBM PureApplication System, Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Teradata; –Integrated infrastructure system (IIS) — Server, storage and network hardware integrated to provide shared compute infrastructure. Examples include VCE Vblock, HP ConvergedSystem and Lenovo Converged System (formerly...

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EMC’s ECS 2.2: Cloud With Benefits
Jan27

EMC’s ECS 2.2: Cloud With Benefits

EMC has introduced an updated version of its object storage offering  — which Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) defines as a storage architecture that manages data as objects, as opposed to other storage architectures like file systems, which manage data as a file hierarchy, and block storage, which manages data as blocks within sectors and tracks — Elastic Cloud Storage (v2.2). EMC defines ECS as a software-defined, cloud scale object and HDFS storage platform which has the ability to store billions of objects, while delivering data anywhere to any device (a comprehensive, on-premise object storage platform that delivers a 65% lower TCO than public cloud providers). In other news, EMC also announced the results of a hybrid cloud study. Starting life as Project Nile, ECS was unveiled in May 2014, offering a mere 9-28% TCO advantage over public cloud. New and enhanced features in v2.2 include: -Software Defined Storage: deploy ECS on certified hardware, or as a turnkey appliance; -a multipurpose platform: native support for multiple protocols (like AWS S3, OpenStack, Swift, HDFS), and native NFS to support file data without the need of a gateway; -smart storage: you can search metadata across petabytes of data without a dedicated database; -low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO): this release further lowers the storage overhead for cold archive scenarios; a new single pane of glass view provides complete system health to help reduce operational costs; and, -data at rest encryption support to protect business-critical data; ECS also fully complies with SEC 17 a-4(f) and CFTC 1.31(b)-(c) regulations. “The main thing to know: as far as object storage systems go… we have every kind of feature that every one of the object systems might have,” Manuvir Das, SVP, Advance Software Division, EMC’s Emerging Technologies Division, told IT Trends & Analysis. Then there are the capabilities like NFS that are unique and raise the bar for the competition… “you get all the benefits of object storage for free.” Cloud spending is dominating most of the current research headlines, and with numbers like these, it’s easy to understand why: -worldwide public cloud services market is projected to grow 16.5% in 2016 to total $204 billion, up from $175 billion in 2015; -the highest growth will come from cloud system infrastructure services (infrastructure as a service [IaaS]), which is projected to grow 38.4%; -cloud advertising, the largest segment of the global cloud services market, is expected to grow 13.6% to reach $90.3 billion; -public cloud services will grow at a 19.4% annual rate over the next five years, from nearly $70 billion in 2015 to more than $141 billion in 2019 (six times the growth rate...

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Dell Wants To Make VDI More Accessible

While waiting for the (IT) world as we know it to change — Dell buys EMC (expected to close in the next 4-6 months) — it’s business as usual for the former, making things easier for the mass market. In this case, it’s making VDI more attactive to the SMB market, while bringing Lync and Skype to millions of Wyse thin clients, all announced at this week’s Citrix Summit. The announcements span a number of products and markets, Dan O’Farrell, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Dell Cloud Client-Computing, told IT Trends & Analysis. For the SMB market, the key is it’s now simpler to get started with VDI. “Instead of dipping the toe in the water, they can jump right in.” Dell already plays in the mid to large segments, but these announcements enable it to play in the small to mid markets, “allows us and our partners to address a broader market”, he said. “The easy scale out we now have, that’s the main news.” The company also unveiled Wyse ThinOS 8.2, which now offers Lync 2010, Lync 2013 and the Skype for Business client for Lync 2015 (UI mode) via the Citrix HDX RealTime Optimization Pack. It also released a new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) appliance for Wyse – Citrix that  simplifies and merges the server, storage and networking components required to deploy a Citrix environment into an 2U module that starts small and provides scale-out capabilities for up to 5,000 users with Citrix XenDesktop. “With offerings like the Dell Appliance for Wyse – Citrix and ThinOS 8.2 for Wyse thin clients, Dell continues to expand the reach of desktop virtualization to small and medium-sized organizations that are starting small and scaling fast, up to 5,000 users with a single appliance architecture with Citrix XenDesktop,” said Calvin Hsu, VP Product Marketing, Windows App Delivery, Citrix, in a prepared statement. “These new solutions from Dell enable organizations to grow their business and reap the security and productivity benefits of Citrix VDI while controlling costs.” Last summer Dell targeted the Windows 10-based VDI market with a number of hardware and software announcements. At the time O’Farrell divided the market into two segments: those that really need VDI, for security and management requirements, and “others that are happy to discover it”, including healthcare, retail, finance, government and education. At the time, Dell was solidly in the lead in the thin and terminal client segment, with 29.7% share of shipments in Q1, followed by HP (25.3%) and NComputing (8.8%). More recent numbers paint a bleaker picture, with sales declining -6.7% year over year in the third quarter (HP with 26.9% market,...

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How to Protect an EVO RAIL (Video Series)

VMware’s EVO RAIL is an architecture for a hyper-converged, software-defined data center in a single appliance form-factor … to be delivered by various hardware partners.  But how do you protect that all-in-one solution? For the next several weeks, ESG will be releasing a seven-part series of ESG Capsules, 2 minute video segments, where I’ll talk more about some of the protection possibilities and caveats in an EVO world. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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