February 2021

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Updates Help You Taste the Sweet Life

first_imgWouldn’t it be nice if managing your IT infrastructure was as simple as using an app on a mobile device??  Whether it’s Google Home or the Amazon Echo, teching out your home is as simple as a voice activated command.  We don’t spend too much time thinking about where our phone contacts or music preferences reside. We trust that the cloud will deliver it to at the touch of a button.  We even get prompted by our devices when we take a picture to save it to the cloud. It’s disaster recovery gone mainstream!We long for the same simplicity at work. Technology complexity can make it challenging and time consuming to get different components working together.  When it finally works well it could be time to upgrade or phase out something.  The process starts again. It’s an endless cycle.This year at Microsoft Ignite, Dell EMC is announcing some exciting new advancements to Dell EMC XC Series powered by Nutanix to simplify ecosystem complexity. HCI promises IT simplicity, and we’re continuing to innovate and make advancements that continue to carry out this promise.Enhanced Data Protection for XC Series DeploymentsSimplified management console: First up is the XC Series Data Protection Management Console, which is a big step towards the simple life.  This latest advancement in the XC Series ecosystem is huge when integrating Dell EMC Data Protection Solutions like Avamar and Data Domain with the XC Series. Launched as an application from within Prism, the XC Series’ central management interface, the XC Series Data Protection Management Console offers users one click access to monitor and manage the back-up of multiple XC Series clusters. Sharing a common look and feel with Prism, this new addition will prove to be very intuitive for anyone.Simplified lifecycle management: We know your time is valuable, so we’ve streamlined processes at every stage.  Customers will receive solution level engagement from Dell EMC team members throughout the entire lifecycle…one quote, one order, one deployment to schedule, and one support number to call. Once deployed, new built in automation features, like VM detection, mean that you’ll spend less time managing backups and more time moving your business forward. Imagine automatically being asked if you want to create a backup when you create a new VM.Simplified and integrated data protection: Let’s also address cloud storage, considering that it’s on everyone’s mind. The Data Domain piece of the overall XC Series data protection solution includes native cloud tiering.  You don’t have to worry about the cost or complexity of adding a virtual appliance or cloud gateway. It also automates cloud storage and ensures that only new unique data is sent and stored to the cloud, saving you on backup times and cloud storage costs.Simple life for data protection – check.Microsoft Hyper-V 2016 and Azure Become Even SimplerImagine a world where your current expertise in Microsoft including Hyper-V could be combined effectively with a trusted HCI solution – one that is modern, affordable, scalable and has the flexibility to support Microsoft Hyper-V and additional industry leading hypervisors.New XC Series advances support the newest version of Nutanix 5.5, which builds on existing Hyper-V capabilities, including SCOM integration, by adding support for Hyper-V 2016. In keeping with the overall strategy of simplicity (one-click), the software includes unique capability to upgrade to Hyper-V extremely simply for customers still on older Hyper-V versions.Plus, we recognize Microsoft’s Azure cloud is important to many customers. To simplify a hybrid cloud environment with XC Series on premises working with Azure Cloud, we are introducing the XC Series Azure Log Analytics Solution. It provides integration of XC Series into customers’ OMS-based data center automation tools, enabling insights such as trend analysis and behavioral anomaly detection.Dell EMC has been approved by Microsoft to deliver Azure through the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) for both direct and indirect (channel) worldwide. Our trusted partners and we, Dell EMC, can facilitate purchases and on-going support.Simpler life for Microsoft environments – check.XC Series is extending the turnkey HCI experience across the full data center ecosystem, enabling you to completely and simply include this HCI solution into your environment using technologies you chose. Availability for these advancements is planned for Q4 of this year.  If you’re at Microsoft Ignite this week, please drop by our booth (#459) and talk with our experts! We hope to see you here.last_img read more

Dell EMC Forum: Realize Your Digital Future

first_imgTechnology is advancing at an exponential rate, changing how we live and work. We’re seeing customers, in every industry, fundamentally rethink their business models. IT is at the heart of this transformation and key to competitive advantage.Start having these conversations today. Join us at a Dell EMC Forum near you to discover new ways to use technology to better serve your customers. We’ve had over 30,000 attendees in over 60 cities around the world. The good news is that there are still a dozen events happening worldwide through 2017.In New York, Michael Dell talked about the approach Dell Technologies is taking to deliver a unified IoT strategy to customers. We also heard from AeroFarms, who is redefining agriculture by setting new standards for product quality and production.In Milan, I heard inspiring stories from customers who increased company efficiency and productivity by modernizing their IT infrastructure and workforce tools. There were also stories of companies putting data to work providing new and valuable business sights.There has never been a more important time to rethink what’s possible and accelerate your transformational journey. So, join us and let’s make your digital future a reality.last_img read more

Watch Out! Edge Computing Is Sharper Than You Think: 3 Key Requirements to Consider

first_imgToday, IoT data is driving an explosion in computing located at the edge of the network. Gartner believes that by 2020, an astonishing ~50% of all enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside of a traditional centralized data center or cloud environment – up from just 10% today*. With a multitude of IoT-enabled applications and their requirements for low latency, autonomy, and security, it is becoming critical to get the compute function physically closer to where the data is being generated.The demands at the edge are driving three key requirements IT architects must consider for any effective edge computing solution.Requirement 1: Rapid Decision MakingMany modern IoT applications need to quickly make critical decisions as new data is created and/or arrives. Transporting data back to a central location with a distant compute device isn’t realistic. A round trip of data to the cloud and back does not meet the latency requirements of applications that are emerging at the edge. Decisions such as how to avoid traffic collisions to keeping factory equipment from failing need to be made rapidly in order to provide the type of outcomes these modern applications demand.Requirement 2: Fast Data Compression and CleansingIt’s believed that over 500 zettabytes (1 zettabyte = 1 trillion gigabytes) will be generated by 2019**. Managing, sifting through, and analyzing the massive datasets being created at sensors requires an efficient means for cleansing and aggregation. Not only will large volumes of data need to be analyzed close to the source but they will need to be aggregated and cleansed for transport back to the data center or the cloud. Providing effective data compression and cleansing near the data source reduces the cost of transport and compute in the cloud, ensuring the best use of compute resources across all points within the IT infrastructure.Requirement 3: Security for Local OperationsOne estimate states that the number of access points through IoT will grow from over 8 billion devices in 2017 to over 25 billion devices by 2021*. These devices span highly sensitive areas where tight security is essential such as in retail, banking, military, as well as other verticals. Each additional access point increases the surface area of attack and presents an additional opportunity for security intrusion. Edge computing demands compute nodes be designed from the ground up with integrated security in mind.Announcing Two New Server Solutions for the EdgeToday we’re announcing two new exciting PowerEdge servers uniquely suited for this new era of edge computing. The PowerEdge R6415 and R7415 exceed expectations in meeting the key requirements for edge computing. Both servers drive fast decision making with up to 2TB of in-line memory and up to 32 cores. For fast data compression and cleansing, both systems have up to 128 PCIe lanes enabling abundant amounts of low-latency storage. The 1U R6415 supports up to 10 NVMe drives and the 2U R7425 can provide up to 24 NVMe drives! Efficiency is an important criteria for edge computing and both of these servers are ideal – delivering outstanding TCO. Both are single socket servers yet are still able to support large amounts of storage, memory, and cores. With software such as vSAN licensing priced per socket, having single socket servers with rich storage, memory, and core counts provides the balance of performance and optimal cost for the life of the investment the edge demands.Finally when it comes to security – the R6415 and the R7415 offer the outstanding security capabilities found in all of our 14th generation PowerEdge servers. With the PowerEdge, security is not an afterthought but is built in and integrated into the entire solution. This includes a number of industry-leading features such as System Lockdown, drift detection, Boot Guard, BIOS recovery, Rapid OS Recovery, Silicon Root of Trust, and System Erase. PowerEdge servers are the only servers with an end-to-end security ecosystem and lifecycle – absolutely essential for any edge deployment.At Dell EMC, we’ve seen these three critical requirements consistently with our customers. We are really excited about these two new server solution offerings as an excellent combination of technologies to meet the challenge of the edge. For more information on compute at the edge listen to this conversation I had with Scott Aylor from AMD for our Luminaries podcast, where we discuss this emerging trend in depth. For more information on today’s launch of these new PowerEdge servers, check out this blog by Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, President and General Manager, Server Solutions Group.Join the conversation with me on Twitter at @Ravi_Pendekanti_______________________________________________________________________________________* Forecast Analysis: Internet of Things — Endpoints, Worldwide, 2017 Update, Dec 2017, Gartner**Business Insider, Edge Computing in the IoT: Forecasts, key benefits, and top industries adopting an analytics model that improves processing and cuts costs, Oct 2016last_img read more

Is it Time for NICs to get Smarter?

first_imgThere has been a lot of talk in the industry in last couple of years around SMART-NICs. In this blog, we share our perspective on this new class of network accelerators and the role they play in the future of compute platforms. SMART-NICs are expected to play a key role in compute platforms for large Data Centers, Edge and Telco 5G environments.There is a general trend in the industry around building compute platforms that consist of general purpose CPUs coupled with dedicated accelerators (SOCs and ASICs). The industry also refers to these as Domain Specific Architectures, where a host processor is used to set things up and accelerators do the compute processing for the specific problem domain. A number of factors are driving the adoption of this hybrid computing architecture:The increasing number of cores in the CPUs have improved the CPU performance, but memory and I/O bandwidth improvements haven’t kept up with it. Combining CPUs with accelerators moves some of the processing to accelerator cards without transferring the data back and forth between memory, IO and CPU.As network speeds and disk performance are increasing, some of the associated processing (network services and data processing / analytics) is moving closer to network in the form of FPGAs to avoid sending un-necessary data to host memory.Telcos are moving towards virtualizing the network edge with evolution to 5G. Hardware acceleration will play a key role in the 5G architecture for network services offload, 5G network slicing and real time data processing.SMART-NICs are a class of accelerators which consist of a standard NIC (Network Interface Controller) combined with FPGA and CPU cores (ARM or x86 cores), as shown in Fig 1. These are expected to play a key role in future system architecture because most of the infrastructure services and applications are or will be network connected. Some examples of infrastructure services are network services (virtual switches, firewalls, load balancers, Telco virtual network functions, SD-WAN), storage services (SDS software for block, file, object storage), analytics, and machine learning. These infrastructure services moved to software defined architectures with SDN (Software Defined Networking), SDS (Software Defined Storage) and distributed data analytics (Hadoop, Spark).As network speeds are increasing, there is a need to move the associated network processing from host CPU to network adapters in order to keep up with data rates and reduce the amount of data sent to IO bus and host memory for processing. Hypervisor resident virtual switches provide a number of functions including data movement, virtual switching overlay, encryption, deep packet inspection, load balancing and firewall. It is hard to scale these features to future network speeds of 50/100/200G. FPGA and NIC on the SMART-NIC (Fig 1) enable this data plane offload to scale to higher throughput, lower latency and higher packets per second (pps) performance. Other higher level network services and Telco virtual network functions (VNFs) are also starting to leverage the FPGA and NIC ASIC to offload data plane processing and new features like network slicing for 5G.Some of the data plane functions also benefit from moving associated control plane closer to the data plane, leading to embedded CPU cores on SMART-NICs. What are the benefits of doing this?Support of any OS running on the host CPU and enablement of bare-metal containers.Stronger security – embedded signed images can be delivered for software on SMART-NIC and it is independent of any security attack on the OS or applications running on host CPU.Software running on the SMART-NIC can isolate a server from rest of the network if a security threat is detected.The offload of network functions via SMART-NIC enables opportunity to further optimize the data-flows in overall compute system as shown in Fig 2. Software running on SMART-NIC can enable direct data transfers to server storage and GPUs without using host memory as a staging area for data transfer, thus improving performance, reducing latency and freeing up host CPU cycles.A number of industry level standardization efforts are needed to develop open APIs so that a SMART-NIC from any vendor can be used to accelerate any workload such as:Standardization of data plane interface for applications to offload data plane processing.Standardization of interfaces for software life cycle management of SMART-NICs.Standardization of hardware management and monitoring of SMART-NICs via DMTF Redfish interfaces.These SMART-NICs will play a key role in compute platforms for both Data Center and Edge. In data centers, SMART-NICs enable workloads to scale to higher network speeds. They also free up the host CPU cores and reduce memory consumption and IO bus utilization by moving CPU and data intensive computing to hardware. In Edge deployments, SMART-NICs enable movement towards single socket servers instead of current dual socket platforms, and new features like network slicing for 5G, Telco VNF Acceleration, content distribution, image processing and Machine Learning Inferencing.Due to importance of this hybrid architecture for next generation workloads, CPU vendors, namely Intel, has also evolved from processor point of view to a system point of view with investments in FPGAs, SMART-NICs, GPUs and Co-processors. This change will enable next generation of highly optimized Edge and 5G deployments to be based on x86 compute platforms and SMART-NICs coupled with high speed persistent memory and storage.Dell Technologies is leading the innovation in future hybrid system architectures with FPGAs, SMART-NICs, GPUs and other SoC based multi-core accelerators while working on standardization of APIs and frameworks. Dell Technologies is partnering with Telecommunication Service Providers bringing leading technology on our journey to 5G.last_img read more

NCAA, Power Five play defense with Dems controlling Congress

first_imgThe NCAA and the Power Five conferences will have to work harder to prevent major changes to college sports now that Democrats control Congress and the White House. The NCAA and the Power Five collectively spent more than $2 million last year to lobby Congress for a bill that would allow athletes to earn money from endorsements.The lobbyists got most of their wish list into a Republican-backed Senate bill last year. But Democrats are pushing for broader reforms, including guaranteed health care for athletes and revenue sharing. They see college sports reform as a racial and economic justice issue.last_img

‘CODA,’ ‘Summer of Soul’ win top prizes at Sundance Awards

first_imgSian Heder’s portrait of a deaf family with a hearing child “CODA” won the top awards at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, including the grand jury prize, the directing award and the audience award. The festival announced its winners virtually Tuesday night in a ceremony hosted by Patton Oswalt. Questlove’s debut film “Summer of Soul” swept the documentary awards winning both the grand jury prize and the audience award. The musician was caught off guard, accepting the prizes from his car on the way to work. Other winners included “Cryptozoo,” “Hive” and “Flee.” The 2021 Sundance Film Festival ends on Feb. 3.last_img

Things to Know: State vaccination talks being held privately

first_imgAs the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign accelerates, governors, public health directors and committees advising them are holding key discussions behind closed doors, including debates about who should be eligible for the shots and how best to distribute them. An Associated Press review found that advisory committees created to help determine how to prioritize vaccine doses have been holding private meetings in at least 13 states that are home to more than 70 million people. In at least 15 other states, such meetings are open to the public. But even in those states, governors and health officials can modify or override committee recommendations with little or no public explanation.last_img