DTW18 & Connecting The DoTs (Part 3 of 3)

LAS VEGAS: Of all the leading IT vendors, Dell has done the best job of ‘keeping it simple’, and ruthlessly embracing that mantra in everything it does, and the product launches at last week’s Dell Technologies World 2018 were no exception. Given its major brands — Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream, and VMware — and leadership in 22 product categories, the opportunity was there to release a flood of new and enhanced products and services, but KISS prevailed. Here’s the abbreviated version of the product — and company — news just announced by Dell Technologies: –Dell Technologies Capital emerged from stealth, and announced that it has completed 24 investments in the last year, with one third of new investments focused on AI/ML and the remaining focused on security, next-gen infrastructure and developer ecosystem, including DocuSign, MongoDB and Zscaler; -updated VDI portfolio includes adding the Dell EMC PowerEdge 14th generation infrastructure and simplified configuration options to the Dell EMC VDI Complete Solutions, and the Dell Wyse 5070 thin client, the company’s most versatile and scalable thin client platform; -AI (artificial intelligence) and ML (machine learning) initiatives, including expanding the Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio to accelerate AI-driven workloads, analytics, deployment and efficiency, deeper relationships with Intel, and Dell Precision Optimizer 5.0 enhanced with machine learning algorithms, intelligently tunes the speed and productivity of Dell Precision workstations; -additions to the Hyper-Converged Infrastructure portfolio, including a simplified path to VMware-based clouds, and enhancements to VxRail and VxRack SDDC; –Dell EMC PowerMax, engineered with end-to-end NVMe, ready for Storage Class Memory (SCM) and NVMe over Fabrics, making it the world’s fastest storage array built for mission-critical applications of today and tomorrow, as well as Dell EMC VxBlock System 1000 support for end-to-end NVMe with PowerMax, native replication and a new entry point X-Brick system Dell EMC XtremIO, and a sneak peak at Dell EMC PowerEdge MX infrastructure, which is scheduled to be released later this year; -collaboration with Microsoft to build a secure, intelligent edge-to-cloud IoT solution featuring Dell Edge Gateways, VMware Pulse IoT Center and Microsoft Azure IoT Edge; and, -the next generation of Virtustream Viewtrust, its risk management and continuous compliance monitoring solution that offers enhanced scalability, performance, and serviceability to enterprises and public sector organizations with new SaaS capabilities. For more information on DTW18, check out Connecting The DoTs Part 1-Dell and digital transformation and Part 2-analysts’ insights. DISCLAIMER: I hold shares in many of the companies referenced in this article, and Dell looked after airfare and hotel while I was at Dell Technologies World....

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EMC Unveils RackHD, Open-Source Version of OnRack
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EMC Unveils RackHD, Open-Source Version of OnRack

EMC may be just a little bit preoccupied with figuring out its future with Dell, but the storage giant still has to carry on in standalone — or federation — mode until the deal closes next year, which now includes its latest open source initiative, RackHD. Originally unveiled in May as Project OnRack, the company calls it an open source physical hardware management and orchestration (M&O) layer that automates discovery, description, provisioning and programming across a broad range of hardware – servers, switches and storage. RackHD  (Rack Hardware Director) is a new hardware administration level, said Brad Maltz, Sr. Director of Converged Infrastructure, EMC, that got a big boost with the Renasar Technologies acquisition earlier this year. He told IT Trends & Analysis EMC is “trying to build an agnostic programmatic layer to control server and storage hardware going forward”. According to the company, the technology stack provides cohesive APIs to enable automated infrastructure. Developers can use the APIs as a component in a larger orchestration system or to create a user interface for managing hardware services regardless of the underlying hardware in place. We`re trying to solve the hardest problem, breaking software away from hardware, said Maltz. There are a number of stackups — like OpenStack — and they’re all dependent on hardware at some level but none of them have any level of maturity to solve this problem. EMC has worked with multiple vendors, like HP and Dell, he added. “We have tons of experience in this space.” The company said RackHD makes it simple to update firmware and BIOS and install OSs like KVM, vSphere, ScaleIO and CoreOS. It’s secure, scalable, platform-agnostic and programmable via API, and “doesn’t step on the toes” of higher-level infrastructure M&O or software like Puppet, Chef and Ansibl, but can be integrated or even incorporated by them. RackHD offers a new layer of hardware-software abstraction, said EMC CTO John Roese, on today`s YouTube video. That abstraction capability is incredibly important to next-generation data center architecture, allowing pools of hardware resources to be able to support the growing diversity of traditional and next-generation application workloads. IT infrastructure software will be able to provide composable services for all types of workloads. RackHD is already playing a key role at EMC in things like VxRack, which runs on industry standard servers, enclosures and switches at massive scale. Virtustream and Pivotal are making use of it, as well. “OnRack is the EMC version of RackHD, but all of the development efforts will happen in the open source world,” said Maltz. Given that this is an industry-wide challenge, EMC believes RackHD will have broad appeal to...

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EMC Redefines Opportunity, Storage and Itself (3of3)

Like most other vendors, EMC uses its annual analyst summit (held last week in Boston) to provide IT industry analysts an overview of the company’s business, its performance during the previous calendar year and its view of the road ahead. But the company also does some things quite differently than its peers, particularly as regards the participation of senior executives. For example: To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Non-Disruptive Flash – How Important Is It?

Recently EMC announced that they were upgrading the storage software that drives their XtremIO to be able to compress and deduplicate data. This is an important addition, since not all data benefits from deduplication, databases being a good example. But often environments that don’t benefit from deduplication do derive a benefit from compression. As a result, having both is very beneficial. The downside to this announcement was that current XtremIO customers would have to experience a disruptive upgrade. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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EMC’s 2014 MegaLaunch – a Tour de Force? (Includes Video)

Last week EMC held the fourth of what it has now established as its “MegaLaunches.” The scale of the events that surround these launches is consistent with the range of announcements that are included. EMC has never been a company that can be accused of being backwards about coming forwards, but even its most vociferous critics and ardent competitors would – albeit no doubt reluctantly! – have to concede that the substance that was delivered to the market last week had some real weight and value. Of course with so much to cover and comment upon it’s hard to do justice in one blog: however, with the help of my colleagues Terri McClure and Jason Buffington, I hope that this video blog will do a darned fine job of not only covering the announcement highlights but also giving you a flavor of the event. While the video itself is longer than we usually produce, I would – with all due humility – commend it to you as a great overview, as I think it feels way shorter than its 8 minute run time. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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