Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Goes Mainstream

first_imgThe Opportunity to Help Customers Adopt HCI for Business-Critical ApplicationsIn an environment of industry-changing innovation and disruptive business models, embracing new technology is more important than ever. Customers need to accelerate the pace of digital business activity, but how can they drive changes in data center infrastructure while also improving IT’s ability to meet business needs?IT transformation can be challenging for organizations as they balance the reality of today’s business needs with tomorrow’s demands. That’s why many customers are looking to hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) to dramatically lower costs, improve customer experience, and increase productivity and efficiency. In fact, according to IDG 85% of IT leaders confirm that their companies are already using or planning to use hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) to achieve the benefits of IT transformation and modernization. [1]The HCI Opportunity for PartnersWhy are companies moving toward HCI and away from traditional server refreshes? Unlike the traditional three-tier model of compute, virtualization and storage, the all-in-one model of HCI enables significant cost savings while also freeing up resources to focus on innovation that further supports the business. According to IDC, 50% of companies are already running or planning to run finance, ERP and other critical applications on HCI.[2] And that means that now is the time for partners to engage with customers to take advantage of the fast-growing, margin-rich HCI opportunity.IT leaders are confident in the ability of hyper-converged infrastructure to not only meet business needs, but to support even its most critical applications. The lower cost of ownership associated with HCI creates opportunities for partners to deliver value-added services that ensure the uptime and protection of these business-critical applications, such as backup, archiving and recovery services.Because customers can start small and scale out with HCI, sales cycles than classic storage – and that means faster time to revenue for partners as well as opportunities to create loyal customer relationships that grow over time. , and the flexible scale-out design of HCI can also minimize misconfiguration and a partner’s cost of delivering support.How Dell EMC Accelerates IT Transformation with HCI Dell EMC VxRail runs even the most demanding applications on HCI, delivering up to . VxRail is helping organizations realize the benefits of HCI today while providing a flexible platform for future technologies with for increased graphics acceleration.Companies are demonstrating real business value from HCI deployments with use cases that include:Cost reduction with server consolidationIncreased flexibility and accelerated deployment of virtual machinesHighly scalable, cost-effective disaster recoveryAdministrative and cost reduction by replacing aging VDI infrastructureLeveraging on-premises infrastructure to support application performance in the cloudThe results and business impact are clear: Hyper-converged infrastructure is now a mainstream technology for the data center. Partners can help IT organizations realize the benefits of simplified infrastructure deployment and management, the ability to leverage cloud services, and the scale needed to support an increasing volume of data and business applications – all while positively impacting the bottom line.Start Talking to Customers About HCI TodayTake advantage of Dell EMC partner resources to learn how to take advantage of the HCI opportunity. View the complete IDC paper to see how hyper-converged infrastructure is delivering value as it goes mainstream. Then engage with customers on social media with content from Dell EMC’s new social media toolkit. You can also share this snapshot of the IDC paper with customers today.[1] Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Delivers Value as it Goes Mainstream in the Data Center, February 2018.[2]last_img read more

Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection – Cloud-Ready, Simpler & More Powerful

first_imgToday, we’re delivering the next evolution in integrated data protection for mid-size and enterprise organizations—with more cloud options and faster restore performance for the Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA). IDPAs deliver the perfect mix of simplicity and power—simply powerful data protection at a lower cost-to-protect, and is guaranteed.Dell EMC IDPA: Simply Powerful Data ProtectionOrganizations need to efficiently protect an ever-increasing amount of data in a growing ecosystem of applications — all while improving time-to-value, reducing overall cost and complexity, and planning for growth. Organizations also need to seamlessly incorporate cloud into data protection strategies.All of this is not easy to accomplish with many of today’s data protection solutions which require multiple products and multiple vendors — resulting in lengthy and time-consuming deployment and complex and expensive management of fragmented data protection environments.IDPAs solve these complex problems. They are integrated, turnkey appliances that reduce the complexity of managing multiple data silos, point solutions, and vendor relationships. IDPAs simplify deployment and management — while delivering powerful, enterprise-class data protection capabilities for mid-size and enterprise organizations at a lower cost-to-protect1 than competing solutions.  They offer a converged solution that offers complete backup, replication, recovery, deduplication, instant access and restore, search & analytics, tight VMware integration — plus, cloud readiness with disaster recovery and long-term retention to the cloud — all in a single appliance.With IDPAs, customers reduce time-to-protect with up to 10X faster deployment2 than traditional solutions. Organizations become more agile with a solution that’s fast — data is protected more efficiently and can be recovered more quickly — and that is reliable.New! Expanded Cloud Ecosystem and Efficient Capacity ManagementNative Cloud Disaster Recovery is now available across the entire IDPA family, enabling customers to cost-effectively failover to the cloud with end-to-end orchestration—for 3 clicks to failover and 2 clicks to failback.  Plus, support for Azure and VMware Cloud on AWS has been added in addition to AWS, which was previously supported.Cloud Tier, which has been natively integrated on all IDPA configurations since the introduction of IDPA, provides long-term retention to the cloud, enabling customers to backup up to 2x the usable capacity of their on-premises IDPA to the public cloud.  The Cloud Tier ecosystem has been expanded to include Google Cloud Platform and Alibaba Cloud – which is in addition to AWS, Microsoft Azure, Dell EMC Virtustream, Dell EMC ECS Cloud, IBM Cloud and CEPH, which were previously supported.In addition, Cloud Tier enables more efficient cloud capacity management for long-term retention with its new, free-space estimator tool. This free utility shows the amount of on-premises IDPA storage that will be saved if data is moved to Cloud Tier for long-term retention, enabling efficient capacity management between on-premises and cloud that helps reduce storage costs.New! Enhanced PerformanceInstant access and restore provides faster restore performance by temporarily running a workload directly from the IDPA as a virtual machine (VM) while it is migrated back to the ESXi cluster instead of waiting for the backed up data to be restored to the cluster before it can be used. In addition to not having to wait for data to be copied before bringing an application back online and restoring business operations, this capability is also ideal for backup validation and test/dev use cases. IDPAs now offer significant improvements to this capability with an enhanced data cache that results in up to four times more inputs/outputs per second (IOPS), providing up to 40,000 IOPS.In addition, IDPAs also provide support for multiple streams for improved recovery of large backup files when compared to single stream restores and improved network utilization. The result is significantly faster restores from an IDPA to production storage.Guaranteed.Finally, we stand by our product and claims. IDPAs are guaranteed under our Future Proof Loyalty Program—featuring a guarantee of data protection deduplication up to 55:1. This is on top of the 3-year satisfaction guarantee, flexible cloud-enabled consumption, hardware investment protection and predictable support pricing that, in total, provide for additional peace of mind and investment protection for future technology changes.See what our customers have to saySecurity Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) leverages Dell EMC’s IDPA to ensure they are compliant with new rules and regulationsSSFCU grew from a $25mm organization to the largest credit union in Texas, and one of the largest in the nation, with $9.5B in deposits and more than 750,000 members. As SSFCU approaches the $10B mark, they will be under even tighter scrutiny from regulators. Therefore, Dell EMC’s IDPA is critical to their operations. With the IDPA, implementation was quick, and backups ran almost immediately. Managing IDPAs was simple and took much less time than previous competitive solutions, thus freeing up their IT staff’s time. SSFCU was able to consolidate all backup workloads into an integrated platform with a single pane of glass. SSFCU achieves continuous account access, 100 percent faster backups of disparate databases and 60:1 deduplication using the IDPA. SSFCU’s use of IDPA gives them peace of mind knowing they can have their business up and running in just a few minutes in case of an emergency.“Our long-standing relationship with Dell EMC has resulted in numerous successes for our business. We’re experiencing cost savings, greater efficiency and faster backup and recovery times with Dell EMC IDPA and Data Domain,” said John McFall Senior Vice President, Enterprise Technology Group, Security Service Federal Credit Union. “These results combined with the fact that our data is safe and secure allows me to sleep well at night.”Melanson Heath wins with Dell EMC data protectionMelanson Heath is a full-service accounting firm based in New England. Their previous backup solution was unreliable, time consuming, and hard to manage. Switching to the IDPA DP4400 was an easy decision for Melanson Heath. Installation was completed in less than a day compared to months with their previous solution. Management was a breeze with the IDPA DP4400 because of its single point of management. In addition, the IDPA DP4400 came pre-installed with all the correct hardware and software, saving Melanson Heath thousands of dollars on consultants. Finally, the IDPA DP4400 has offered granular insight into Melanson Heath’s backups, ensuring a successful end-to-end solution. Melanson Heath saved time, money, and most importantly now has a smoothly running backup solution, so they can focus on their core business.“The IDPA DP4400 is a great product because it’s all in one. It’s highly scalable so you know that you’ve got great expansion capabilities. Because it’s Dell EMC, it’s ready to go and I can trust that I don’t have to do a lot of research and vetting to make sure it’s going to work for me. That’s peace of mind.” – Brian Linden, IT Director, Melanson HeathLearn more about IDPAsIDPAs are simply powerful, at a lower cost-to-protect. Guaranteed.To learn more about the Dell EMC IDPA, check out the Dell EMC IDPA home page and follow @DellEMCProtect on Twitter for our latest announcements and content.If interested in learning about the Dell EMC Data Protection appliance launch, please check out our announcement blog.———————————————————————————————————————1 Based on third party testing conducted by ESG to validate the cost efficiency of Dell EMC IDPA, in a white paper titled “The Economic Value of Data Domain and IntegratedData Protection Appliances (IDPA)”, June 2018.2 Based on Dell EMC internal testing, May 2018, compared to traditional deployments. Actual results will vary.last_img read more

New Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition Desktop: Designed for Gamers That Create

first_imgAlienware has always prided itself on being a force that introduces new ways for gamers to experience the joys of gaming, PC tweaks, upgrades, and pure high-performance hardware that makes people’s heads turn in awe and amazement. When I first joined Alienware in May of 2004, the brand consistently delivered this kind of experience for gamers and today we are continuing to beat that drum – loud and proud.At the start of my 15 year tour, we had two main desktops, Area-51 and Aurora.  At the time, they were identified by what CPU they carried.  Auroras were AMD CPU-exclusive while Area-51’s were Intel CPU-exclusive. Alienware’s AMD-based flagship was the Aurora ALX and it featured the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 processor, a CPU that made big waves throughout the PC gaming and computer technology worlds. Despite its single core, single thread, 2.4Ghz core speed and 1MB of L3 cache it was a champion of its time. We offered and shipped it liquid cooled and overclocked with your very own top three games installed, out of the factory, which was a service that very few, if any, PC gaming manufacturers offered.In 2009, our naming strategy shifted from processor to form-factor-based and the Area-51 became the full-tower and Aurora became the mid-tower. Fast forward to 2019, Alienware unveiled the Legend industrial design which is heavily based on Alienware’s earlier designs combined with countless sci-fi stories and movies over the years.Today, we are introducing the new Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition desktop which is not only an ode to the past design but also the first time in more than a decade where Aurora and AMD processors are reunited. The new platform introduces the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X –  AMD’s flagship 3rd generation Ryzen processor featuring a 16-core processor, offering a gargantuan 64MB of cache, and a max boost speed of 4.7GHz. If you want to go above stock performance, download AMD’s Ryzen Master overclocking utility for the most hardcore CPU tweaks and keep using Aliewnare Command Center for graphics overclocking and tweaks.This is the first Alienware (and Dell desktop) supporting PCI-Express 4.0 technology. It is also the first Aurora, or Alienware mid-tower, supporting 16-cores. Gamers who use core-hungry applications will love an Aurora Ryzen Edition with a 3950X proc. Typically creative applications for video editing, content creation, streaming, and megatasking are perfect use cases for CPUs with really high core counts. In fact, according to AMD, the Ryzen 9 3950X is a star performer on applications like Handbrake encode, Photoshop RBD filter, DaVinci Resolve, Vray benchmark, Corona Render Benchmark and Keyshot FPS.Despite there being very few applications today that take advantage of the bandwidth offered by PCI-Express 4.0, Aurora Ryzen Edition owners will be happy to know they have the latest technology and their system is enabled for high performance graphics upgrades in the future.On that point, if you have ideas or examples where an AMD Ryzen Edition 16-cores processor and PCI-Express 4.0 offer unique advantage over everything else out there, I’d love to hear about it. Please tweet your examples to me, @EddyGoyanes, and tag #AWARE-DT19, and if you’re lucky, we’ll feature this kind of demo in one of our upcoming events where the Aurora Ryzen Edition desktop is featured. Alternatively, if you happen to be at Dreamhack Atlanta 2019 come by and say hi so we can talk about it! We will be taking over the HyperX Esports truck booth #403 and hosting 5v5 gaming action for attendees to check out the new Aurora Ryzen Edition desktops in live matches while playing Rainbow Six Siege.The Aurora Ryzen Edition desktops are available for sale today in North America at $1,199 USD with an AMD Ryzen 5 3500 (6 core, 16MB L3 Cache), AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB GDDR6, 8GB HyperX FURY DDR4, 1TB HDD, and 850W power supply. The entry point including the new 16-core technology starts at $2,349.99 USD with CPU liquid cooling, AMD Ryzen 9 3950X (16 core, 64MB L3 Cache), AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB GDDR6 and 8GB HyperX Fury DDR4 and 1TB SATA. China and Europe plan to launch the Aurora Ryzen Edition desktop in the first half of 2020.I’m thrilled to share this news with everyone and proud of Alienware’s ability to continue ushering incredible technology with different choices that span the needs of different types of gamers.last_img read more