VPLEX Virtual Edition Is Software-Defined Coolness

Data center infrastructure is undergoing a massive shift. Virtualization in the data center has had a profound impact on customer expectations of flexibility and agility. Especially as customers get to 70+% virtualized, they have the potential to realize tremendous operational savings by consolidating management in their virtualization framework.

In this state, customers typically do not want to deploy physical appliances and want everything handled from their virtualization context. Similar changes in networking and storage have meant that the basic infrastructure is now completely in software running on generic hardware. This is the software-defined data center, and VPLEX is no stranger to this conversation. Continue reading

Ashish Palekar
I have been around the storage market all throughout my career. It started with learning Fibre Channel and iSCSI from the ground up and contributing to the standards body. My next gig was building processors at Trebia Networks to mediate between converting from FC to iSCSI. From there, I joined EMC. At EMC, I have focused on storage virtualization in various roles – developer, dev manager and product manager. My primary passion these days is helping our customers, partners and engineers understand why the products we are building are game changing. Equally importantly, I am focused on helping us build a business around our products and staying ahead of the market. And that means looking a little beyond the next curve and dreaming about all that can be. And you know what, it is a lot of fun!

Data Protection – Getting Dressed Up for Cisco Live Milan

Milan, famous for many things, but perhaps the most talked about is its position as a major world fashion and design capital…and of course acting as the host city to Cisco Live Europe 2014.

So it was suggested that our EMC booth staff should dress the part. Top designers were sought for this special assignment, many designs were inspected, and below you can see an example of just one of the finalists modeled by a collection of EMC System Engineer’s.

Milan Hi-Fashion

While we’re telling you now that we *might* have new shirts for the new season of events, you’ll have to wait until the show to hear what’s new with Data Protection and Availability at EMC.

Our EMC Booth (D1), located at the front of the Solution Hall, will be hard not to miss. Starting at 10:30am each day from Tuesday 28th Jan – Thursday 30th Jan we will have dedicated Data Protection and Availability staff available to help you with all your questions.

You can also catch our team presenting on two adjacent booths; Intel and VCE both will feature dedicated presentations on how Data Protection from EMC forms an integral part of joint solution offerings. Hear from our team in the VCE booth at 12:15 each day and at 11:30am each day in the Intel booth. What will you learn? Well I don’t want to spoil the announcement but it will involve a major upgrade from our side of the house, allowing you to meet your backup windows and speed up your recovery process in a converged infrastructure.

We must not forget our activity with Cisco – catch our joint presentation in the Main Hall at 11:30am on Thursday. We will be discussing how you can transform your data centre with EMC VSPEX and Cisco Technology. This will be followed by an online webcast at 15:00 CET where those of you not at the show can listen to Karl Connolly from EMC discuss a similar topic (Go Karl, Go Karl, it’s your birthday, have a party – we can hardly wait!).

Did someone say P-A-R-T-Y? Why yes – Cisco Live would not be the same without a party! You will have to stop by the EMC Booth on Tuesday and Wednesday to get your ticket to the party on Wednesday night. However it’s first come, first serve with a strict limit on the numbers.

As ever we’ll be covering all of these events on social media so follow us on Twitter @EMCBackup for all the latest updates and news, and tweet to us and let us know how we’re doing!…oh and look out to see if we changed our shirts. ;)

Mark Galpin

Mark Galpin

EMEA Product Marketing, Data Protection and Availability Division
As a product marketing lead based in Guildford, Surrey, I'm often seen presenting to EMC’s partners and end users at various events across Europe. I have over 20 years experience in the storage market, largely gained in the financial and legal sectors, including PaineWebber, part of UBS, and Clifford Chance, the international legal practice, where I was the storage manager for a number of years. But I've also held had product marketing stints at Quantum and previously at EMC. I'm married with two children and live in Guildford, Surrey.

11/22/2013: When Data Center Tech Entered The Living Room

Xbox One-AlmeidaThis will come as no surprise for those of you who have been following my twitter feed these past few weeks, I am obsessed with the launch of Microsoft’s Xbox One! The Video Game entertainment industry is exploding! Recent gaming releases have raked in revenue that rivals the biggest Hollywood blockbuster ticket sales. So, it’s no surprise that the level of investment entertainment companies continue to make in games is increasing.

While which gaming system to get is a religious war to a lot of folks, I think whether you go with Sony’s Playstation 4 or Microsoft’s Xbox One, you are walking into a world that quite frankly will raise the bar when it comes to the immersion level in these games. Case in point, the ability for game developers to leverage APIs that can talk to an app on your smartphone to actually call you. That’s right, your virtual smartphone rings in the game, and the smartphone sitting next to you rings!

So aside from resolution up-scaling controversies, and number of “pixel shader” unit debates, there are a lot more subtle aspects which I feel are crucial to making this new generation of video game entertainment great.

What excites me more about Xbox One, is what is under the covers, and where the underlying technology Microsoft is using originated. It came from Microsoft’s Windows Hyper-V and Windows Azure components. One can think of it this way, essentially there are pieces of enterprise data center technology sitting next to your television. I’ll even stretch the definition and say that it could be considered a mini Hybrid Cloud!

So what on earth am I talking about? Well, as demonstrated, the Xbox One can quickly and seamlessly switch between various entertainment modes. You can go from driving the Lotus E21 Formula One Car in Forza Motorsport 5, to watching ESPN live through your cable provider in seconds. Then, if you decide, you can switch to Netflix in seconds all while the video game and ESPN keep running in the background. So what is the enabling technology enabling this feature? It’s Hyper-V, arguably making the Xbox One a mini private cloud.

Now, you aren’t running a full blown implementation of Windows Server 2012 R2 with Windows Azure Pack inside of the box, but rather through intelligent code re-use, the ability to run 3 different OSes simultaneously on the Xbox One hardware is clearly where using Hyper-V technology makes sense.

Xbox-live-logo-2013

So where is the “public cloud” component of my hybrid cloud statement? Well it’s essentially Xbox Live, Microsoft’s online gaming platform.  It isn’t a secret that Xbox Live is leveraging Microsoft’s Azure public cloud infrastructure. According to Microsoft Xbox Live utilizes 300,000 servers globally deployed in Azure. Leveraging Xbox Live services in the cloud, compute power of the Xbox One doesn’t stop at the console hardware.

Windows Azure LogoJust like in an enterprise data center, you can augment the processing power available to you by leveraging public cloud resources. In the case of Xbox game developers coding to the Azure Development Platform, they now have the power of programming in-game capabilities that can off-load certain compute functions to the public cloud. This is where the possibilities can be limitless.

Launches like this only come around every 7=10 years. But this particular console refresh cycle to me is different and more exciting since I am seeing enterprise technology that I directly work with in my day job not simply making people productive, but bring fun and joy to life as well.

Happy Gaming!

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Alex Almeida

Alex Almeida

Technology Evangelist, Data Protection and Availability Division
My passion for technology started at an early age and has never stopped. Today, I find myself immersed in data protection. Yep, I live, breathe and tweet backup, availability and archive. In fact, nothing short of fully understanding how things work will keep me from digging deeper. But when I’m not evangelizing on the benefits of backup or technology in general, I can be spotted at a New England Revolution game, behind the lens of a camera or listening to my favorite albums on vinyl. In addition to blogging for The Protection Continuum, you can find me on the EMC Community Network. Also, I'm a member of EMC Elect 2014, and I'm active in the New England VMware User Group (NEVMUG) and the Virtualization Technology User Group (VTUG). Let's get technical!

EMCBackup Falls Forward with Microsoft

VTUG Panoramic

Daylight savings is upon us and we are preparing to “fall back” in a few weeks, the VTUG is helping us “fall forward” at Gillette Stadium towards next-generation virtualization technologies.

Dan Stolts kicked off the first keynote for the day with a talk on the new Windows Server , which is the heart of the Cloud OS. You can check out his blog here. Kudos also to Sean Thulin and Luigi Danakos for their great photos around the event – you can check out the full album here.

Dan Stolts Presents at VTUG

Dan Stolts Presents at VTUG

With Microsoft’s latest release of Windows Server 2012 R2, unveiled at the keynote during the event, all businesses now have access to an enterprise-class cloud platform.

Here are some of the highlights.

  1. Powerful Cloud computing revolving around:
    • New social and app patterns
    • Consumerization of IT
    • Data explosion
  2. Data center transformation with the Cloud OS – a modern platform for the world’s apps with Windows Azure:
    • High performance storage on industry standard hardware
    • Software defined networking: Hyper-V network virtualization with multi-tenant, site to site gateway network QoS
    • Multi tenancy environments with isolation
    • Policy based automation
    • Application and web
  3. Opportunities with Microsoft Data center solutions:
    • Lower infrastructure costs and OPEX savings from increased operational efficiencies
    • Support for modern self-service applications and automation of repeatable tasks
    • High-level of cross platform interoperability
  4. And of course…Server virtualization. Microsoft has a new version of Hyper-v packed with new technology enabling scalability and performance.

Microsoft Server 2012 R2

These new capabilities will also help you with:

Workload mobility benefits

  • Increase flexibility of virtual machine placement
  • Increase administrator efficiency
  • Reduce downtime for migrations across cluster boundaries

Dynamic Memory Benefits

  • Higher consolidation numbers
  • Improved reliability of Hyper-V operations
  • Ability to increase maximum memory configuration with nominal downtime

Storage Benefits

  • High performance storage on industry standard hardware
  • Continuous application availability and robust recovery
  • SMB transparent failover for <25 ms failover time
  • Fine-grained per share SMB scale-out

You may be wondering…”all these Microsoft cloud capabilities are great, but will my EMC products still be able to protect them?” The answer may be closer than you think ;)

Data Protection Suite and Microsoft Azure

Chandra Jacobs
I love creative and challenging projects in the emerging technology product space. I have a background in tech, innovation, and product development, especially as applied to web and mobile apps in the entrepreneurship arena, but have recently moved into marketing. In my role as a product marketer, I have gravitated toward digital marketing as well as analytics/data mining. It fits well with my techie geek bent as well as my cloud angle on The Backup Window. (Be sure to catch my posts on Innovation Station too!) Outside of work at EMC, I enjoy exploring Boston’s culinary and jazz scene (often in combination), and travel as much as I can (35 countries and counting).

Purdue Pharma and EMC Backup Recovery Systems Transform IT

Chandra Jacobs
I love creative and challenging projects in the emerging technology product space. I have a background in tech, innovation, and product development, especially as applied to web and mobile apps in the entrepreneurship arena, but have recently moved into marketing. In my role as a product marketer, I have gravitated toward digital marketing as well as analytics/data mining. It fits well with my techie geek bent as well as my cloud angle on The Backup Window. (Be sure to catch my posts on Innovation Station too!) Outside of work at EMC, I enjoy exploring Boston’s culinary and jazz scene (often in combination), and travel as much as I can (35 countries and counting).