Dell EMC knows that the cloud is a key element of any modern data protection solution. That’s why our best-in-breed protection storage platforms enable users to easily extend to the cloud to benefit from the economics & agility that it can provide.For modern disaster recovery, Dell EMC offers Data Domain Cloud Disaster Recovery (DD CDR) to copy backed-up VMs to the public cloud. And for long-term retention, Dell EMC offers Data Domain Cloud Tier (DD Cloud Tier) – which now supports additional cloud service providers as well as new support for highly-requested workloads. In this blog, we will focus on DD Cloud Tier.DD Cloud Tier helps simplify and automate an organization’s path to the cloud with automated and efficient movement of long-term retention data, thanks to its seamless integration and API extensibility. DD Cloud Tier sets Data Domain apart as the only protection storage offering that can natively-tier deduplicated data to the public, private or hybrid cloud for long-term retention.1 No separate cloud gateway or virtual appliance is required – which means that customers do not have to worry about any additional physical footprint or management overhead, and will see the benefits from Dell EMC’s advanced deduplication in their cloud environment.DD Cloud Tier helps enterprises ensure that long-term retention data is protected with modern efficiency no matter what happens. For a complete Dell Technologies solution, Virustream Storage Cloud & Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) are both supported options for your long-term cloud retention needs. A number of third-party cloud service providers are supported as well, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.Now with DD OS 6.1.1, Dell EMC is expanding cloud provider support for DD Cloud Tier to include Azure Government Cloud, IBM Cloud Object Storage (Standard), and Ceph Object Storage. With the ability to native-tier deduplicated long-term retention data to these new options, Dell EMC continues to deliver flexible protection with a wide ecosystem of both enterprise & homegrown applications as well as cloud service providers. You can even tier to two separate clouds from the same Data Domain system if you desire, allowing you to create the modern long-term cloud retention solution that is best for your organization’s needs.Furthermore, DD OS 6.1.1 expands on the existing DD Cloud Tier support for IBM’s TSM Virtual Tape Library (VTL) workloads with support for Dell EMC Networker and IBMi VTL workloads. This means that Data Domain VTL users will now be able to extend their TSM, IBMi and Networker VTL workloads to the cloud for long-term cloud retention along with the rest of their data ready to be held for retention. With minimal changes to workflow, you can quickly & easily replace your Physical Tape Library infrastructure with the Data Domain VTL supported long-term retention to Cloud workflow. This year is the ideal time to finally retire any remaining tape infrastructure with this expanded VTL support via DD Cloud Tier.To learn more about Dell EMC Data Domain and DD Cloud Tier, please visit the Dell EMC Store to compare products and follow @DellEMCProtect on Twitter for the latest announcements, customer case studies and topical content.1 Based on internal analysis, November 2016
Dell EMC set the standard of Life Cycle Assurance for IT Transformation way back in 2009 with the release of the original Vblock. With the Vblock, we created the converged infrastructure (CI) category with the basic premise to simplify IT. Later we extended IT simplification with our hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) systems, and continued innovating on this idea all the way through the release in February of our VxBlock 1000, the industry’s premier all-in-one CI system.Now we are taking life cycle assurance in a new, innovative direction as we release our Dell EMC Release Certification Matrix Portal (RCM Portal), a new, searchable online database aimed at quickly and easily providing the latest and greatest proactive system upgrade options for our customers.I’ll give you the full story in this blog, and you can visit us at Dell Technologies World Booth 325 for a live RCM Portal demo.A Little History about Life Cycle AssuranceThe RCM provides a trusted life cycle assurance process: a systematic, certified and tested upgrade path documentation and codes (i.e., component firmware and hypervisor software releases) for our CI and HCI systems.Since the RCM’s inception, we have delivered RCM updates and patches on a regular basis to our customers via emailed notifications and alerts. Leveraging RCM information from our online Technical Resource Center — as well as our Vision Intelligent Operations software — customers determine the level of RCM compliance and optimization across their CI or HCI systems. Customers directly download new releases and patches from the Technical Resource Center and then confidently apply the upgrades based on guidance from the RCM documentation.In a lab review, the ESG analyst firm found that the entire upgrade process (Audit, Research, Plan, Download/Stage, Update and Validate) for an RCM-based system was 6 times faster than “do it yourself” and reference architecture based infrastructure upgrades. This can spare IT staff hundreds of hours of system administration per year, freeing them for more strategic IT priorities.New Online Portal for Life Cycle AssuranceThe RCM Portal, a new feature in the Technical Resource Center, simplifies the infrastructure upgrade process even more. It is a new proactive, database-driven, online tool for our customers to interact with the RCM, allowing them to dramatically cut the time to research and plan their systems’ upgrades and patches.Using the portal, our customers will:Gain visibility into their entire RCM compliance environment – including primary and expansion components – from a dynamic central database Receive ongoing, proactive update recommendations customized for a specific system and RCM combinationsReceive filtered security alerts, technical alerts and feature updates that apply to their specific, watched systems – no more manually filtering through alert emails and browsing and downloading dozens of irrelevant alert-related documents to find right patchesQuickly compare RCMs (with deltas highlighted) and receive regular notifications of changes in watched RCMsReceive inclusion of RCM release updates within the primary RCM view making security and defect updates easier to consumeThe following figures illustrate some of the capabilities.Figure 1: RCM compare functionality allows users to display two RCMs and highlight changes quickly.Figure 2: RCM Watch Lists allow users to select a system type and RCM combination to follow allowing them to get notified with information important to them.Figure 3: Users can now quickly search for and drill down on Technical Alerts, Security Alerts, and Common Vulnerability and Exposures (CVE)Figure 4: Quickly display, watch/follow, export system RCMs including any relevant addendums.Life Cycle Assurance Innovation Yields IT SimplicityOur customers will register their CI/HCI systems and RCM combinations in the RCM Portal and then receive proactive RCM updates and alerts filtered for their selected, watched systems. Once a profile is created and activated, the IT administration efficiencies will be even more dramatic than before, so customers can redirect significantly more time to more strategic projects.But we won’t stop there. Stay tuned for more innovations with the combination of the new RCM Portal and our Vision Intelligent Operations software. This all adds up to Dell EMC offering new paths to making IT Transformation real.To learn more check these links:https://www.dellemc.com/en-us/converged-infrastructure/benefits.htmhttps://cpsdocs.dellemc.com/
Networks are the modern data center’s foundation. Rapid information growth and evolving applications require real-time responses. This has led businesses of all sizes to build up their corporate data centers by including a growing number of modern compute and storage platforms. These modern data centers require high-performance interconnections between all of the various server and storage devices via a high-speed information superhighway, both within the rack and between the racks.Unfortunately, a bottleneck exists within the data center network infrastructure that prohibits organizations from reaching optimum application performance. That bottleneck is the 10GbE I/O connection from the server/storage devices to the top-of-rack (ToR) Ethernet switch (See Figure 1).This problem is exacerbated when there is an abundance of virtualization and cloud-based traffic occurring in real time. The rapid growth of server virtualization introduced significantly more east-west Virtual Machine (VM) network traffic between servers and the chassis to accommodate the real-time mapping of resources and led to a migration to 10GbE connections.However, along with increased use of server virtualization, many organizations are also implementing multi-processor servers, all-flash storage systems and cloud-based technologies that require even higher-speed I/O communications. These transformations are described in the IDC study “Accelerate Business Agility with Faster Server Refresh Cycles,” where businesses must keep infrastructures up to date in order to support the scale and complexity of a changing application landscape. So, now as companies consider and plan their server refreshes as part of IT Transformation, they need to consider upgrading their network – by upgrading to 25GbE.Figure 1 – 10GbE In-rack connectivityBased on the projected rapid growth of 25GbE adoption in a 2017 Ethernet Switch market update by the Dell’Oro group, server and storage vendors are now shipping 25GbE I/O on their platforms (See Figure 2). These new 25GbE I/Os utilize more efficient chip technology and provide 2.5x the bandwidth over existing 10GbE connections. That’s like taking an existing 4-lane highway and expanding it to a 10-lane highway.There are also some added benefits when using 25GbE including a more efficient use of valuable switching ASIC I/Os (1 instead of 4 used by 10GbE and 40GbE) and the ability not having to replace existing 10GbE fiber optic cabling when upgrading to 25GbE. This expanded 25GbE connectivity will greatly enhance traffic flows between devices in the rack as well as enhance traffic up into the data center fabric and to other racks connected to the fabric.Figure 2 – Data Center switching speeds (Dell-Oro Group 2017)There are a number of switch vendors in the market, including Dell EMC, who are shipping 25GbE switches to ensure their servers are operating at peak performance and achieve transformational SLAs. These new switches offer ports that can provide native 25GbE connections as well as multi-rate speeds that include 10/25/50/100GbE connections. The best news is that both enhancements in 25GbE chip technology and higher levels of customer demand are helping to bring the cost of 25GbE technology to almost the same price of existing 10GbE platforms.When going through a server refresh campaign within the data center, it now makes sense to take a closer look at incorporating 25GbE I/Os in those new servers. Also coordinate with the networking team to take a look at the ToR Ethernet switches within the racks and see if they can efficiently handle 25GbE switching connectivity within the rack. If not, it might be a good time to investigate the implementation of a new generation of 25GbE Ethernet switches that support IT Transformation initiatives and additional OPEX savings by using less power, requiring less cooling and taking up less space as compared to existing switches in the rack.When you’re making the switch over, remember that not all infrastructure is the same. It must be modernized. You don’t have to use the same vendor you’ve always used. In fact, being vendor indifferent is preferred for modern networking. Rather than just upgrading to yet another proprietary switching solution, take the time to investigate Dell EMC 25GbE open networking solutions that can provide you with open, standards-based technology disaggregation that embraces choice, flexibility and innovation within the network infrastructure. For example, when adopting an open networking solution with a choice of operating system (OS) software running on the switch hardware, Linux-savvy server administrators can take advantage of a Linux-based OS running on their switches and adopt a more common interface across both server and networking resources (see Figure 3). They will also be able to leverage the large talent pool available in Linux and open source standards-based communities for data center automation and orchestration tools that help accelerate rapid innovation and organizational agility.Figure 3 – Empowering Linux in the data center with 25GbE Open NetworkingAs applications and their respective server platforms continue to evolve, adoption of 25GbE into the data center networking infrastructure is a necessity for all organizations. Including a 25GbE upgrade to the network when going through a server refresh ensures the elimination of bottlenecks that rob modern infrastructures of their performance and agility gains. Let Dell EMC help transform your IT with modern data center 25GbE solutions.For additional information on Dell EMC Networking solutions, please refer to dell.com/networking and dell.com/poweredge.
Alienware is excited to announce the new Alienware Area-51 with the 2nd Generation Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processors. Designed for PC gaming, game streaming, megatasking and content creation, the 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper Edition of Alienware’s award-winning flagship desktop goes on sale November 8, starting at $2,199.99 USD1, direct from Alienware.com.The 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper comes in two powerful options: 16-core (2950X) and 12-core (2920X). In addition, the current Area-51 AMD portfolio will be upgraded to include the 8-core (1900X). For our community of content creators, the 2nd Gen chips are ideal for running CPU-taxing applications that require high core counts, delivering the muscle to fulfill your vision. For game streamers, it’s equally suited to the most immersive PC titles, offering fluid gaming experiences in 4K, 8K, and VR environments, while delivering dynamic gameplay footage to their community of followers.Instantly recognizable with its iconic triad-shaped chassis, the Alienware Area-51 2nd Gen Threadripper Edition comes with the latest tech, and an effortlessly upgradeable, tool-less design. Equipped with our most powerful liquid-cooling unit to date, it’s engineered for thermal management which includes headroom for the next generation upgrades. The Area-51 supports our highest-performance configurations including support for NVIDIA SLI with the latest GeForce RTX graphics and AMD Radeon Crossfire graphics technology, which enables up to triple and quad graphics configurations thanks to a chipset that enables up to 64 PCIe Gen 3 lanes. While the shape enables great thermal advantages over a traditional rectangle, it also enables great user ergonomics. No longer are you getting down on your hands and knees to see the front panel ports or the rear cables.Lastly, included with all Alienware systems, the Area-51 2nd Gen Threadripper Edition comes with the award-winning Alienware Command Center. Back in January, Alienware Command Center was completely redesigned from the ground up to give the user control over both, their hardware and their software environment. Users can customize the software with light and dark themes, background animations, and select from different viewing modes to encourage ultimate personalization. Create a custom game and system themes, manage all your game content through the game library, monitor and control thermal and power management setting, and dial in the perfect audio settings with Sound Center. Command Center was designed to be the center of your gaming environment.Whether you’re rendering a 3D model, editing photography, video or sound, or playing graphic-intensive PC games, you can be sure that with the new Alienware Area-51 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper Edition, your only limit is your imagination. Click here to learn more.1Please note, regional availability and configurations will vary
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The public and private jockeying to be California’s next attorney general is intensifying as Gov. Gavin Newsom says he’s close to deciding who he’ll name to the coveted job. Newsom spoke Wednesday about the job, which will open if current Attorney General Xavier Becerra wins confirmation as President Joe Biden’s health and human services secretary. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is backing Congressman Adam Schiff for the job, according to a person close to Newsom who spoke to one of her allies. Other candidates under consideration include Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and state Assemblyman Rob Bonta.