Student Vision: The Importance of Engaging Students Early

first_imgIn late June I participated in EMC’s second annual University Day, which deepens the collaboration between EMC and its academic partners. (See the list of universities we partner with below.)EMC established University Day to foster an open dialogue between EMC, academic researchers, and students. It provides a perfect venue for us to strengthen existing relationships, discuss potential research engagements, and recruit top students.Held in Santa Clara, California, the agenda for this event included discussions on challenging high-tech issues in next-generation data centers, including new developments in solid state storage.My part in the agenda was to present how EMC uses data analytics to manage our global university research portfolio. University research is a component of our larger innovation analytics strategy. In addition to academic research, this strategy encompasses idea contests, innovation conference engagement, paper publication, and intellectual property.The highlight of the day was the student competition, in which nine students presented their research via posters and competed for first prize. What I found remarkable about their proposals—which explains why they were chosen!—is how well they align with current industry trends.The top three winners and the relevance of their ideas follow:First place: Vasily Tarasov, Stony Brook University – Effective Block Layer Deduplication via File System and Application Hints. Customers want IT features (e.g., deduplication, backup) to be seamlessly integrated into the applications they are using. This prevents them from having to use separate tools for separate features. Having the application layer provide “hints” to a deduplication tool is a great first step in this direction.Second place: Stan Park, University of Rochester – Flash-Oriented I/O Scheduling in Software Defined Network. The phenomenon of Application Nearness means that applications are getting further and further away for the final resting place (e.g., a storage device) of their data. Complex, multi-hop networks have inserted themselves in between applications and their data, and software-defined networks are becoming an important arbitration point to guarantee performance. Adding a flash layer to the network makes a lot of sense.Third place: Wenfei Wu, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Detecting Bottleneck Middleboxes in Virtual Networks. Along similar lines, bottleneck detection within virtual networks has been an area of recent innovation at EMC (e.g., RSA Security Analytics). Wenfei’s approach provides another mechanism for getting more intelligence and optimization between application and storage.The students, faculty, and EMC employees greatly enjoyed the dialogue that all of the student projects inspired. For further information on some of this work, feel free to browse the academic research portals of the universities EMC works with:Carnegie Mellon UniversityCase Western Reserve UniversityFlorida International UniversityHarvard UniversityNortheastern UniversityPrinceton UniversityStony Brook UniversityUC IrvineUC San DiegoUC Santa CruzUniversity of MinnesotaUniversity of RochesterUniversity of UtahUniversity of Wisconsinlast_img read more

DBA Role Elevates in the Cloud, New EMC Solutions There To Help

first_imgOracle Open World is an important time of year for Oracle customers to learn about everything Oracle. This year’s buzz is heavily focused on cloud computing. What is often overlooked is not all the cool tech, but how it will impact IT peoples’ day-jobs. DBAs are the nucleus around which all processes flow. As Oracle customers move to cloud computing, the DBAs’ role may change, but it won’t diminish. In fact, a recent IOUG survey of over 30,000 DBAs outlined their top weekly tasks including tuning performance, creating and maintaining copies of data, and managing uptime and availability.EMC invests heavily in providing Oracle DBAs tested solutions that filter out the fluff, document real-world results and provide technical guidance to help DBAs achieve outstanding results. Four new solutions have been published by EMC for Oracle DBAs.They include:Mixed Workloads With No Planning or Tuning – Historically, DBAs have frowned upon mixing non-production and production workloads on the same storage system. But with EMC XtremIO all-flash arrays (AFAs), it can now be done while maintaining SLAs and application performance. How is this possible? XtremIO’s unique architecture offers consistent and predictable performance at scale, including in-memory metadata and application copy services. These application copy services catalyze transformational levels of efficiency for DBAs, including:Providing development and QA teams with instant database copies with no space or SLA impact.Accelerating analytics workflows by delivering real-time and on-demand decision support extractions.Consolidating databases and scaling workload performance while — at less than half the cost of the current infrastructure.Database as a Service Without Production Impact – This new EMC solution shows DBAs how to use EMC AppSync to take control of database copy operations, including creating and restoring patch environments, creating test and development environments and using Oracle Snapshot Optimization to protect and restore production with or without Oracle hot backup mode. Creating copies is nearly instantaneous, so the timeframes shown are the actual times to click through the AppSync wizard to fully complete each process.Up to 20x Faster Oracle Backup and Complete DBA Control – Traditional backup solutions struggle to meet stringent SLAs for Oracle databases – especially the performance and efficiency required for databases stored on an all-flash array. In addition, many DBAs want full control of the RMAN backup process without involving the backup team. EMC Data Domain can offer the combination of performance, efficiency and control. Today, EMC announced ProtectPoint for XtremIO, which offers 20x faster backup and eliminates backup impact on Oracle servers – by empowering DBAs to backup directly from XtremIO to Data Domain via RMAN. For those organizations not ready for ProtectPoint, the EMC Solution here shows DBAs the steps to take full control of offloaded or online backups using DD Boost for Oracle RMAN. This includes showing how a 20 TB database can be backed up at 36 TB/hr. and also backed up while production runs online.The Next Evolution For DBAs: Self-Service Hybrid Cloud ComputingEMC solutions empower DBAs to handle their primary day jobs faster and easier, including cloud infrastructure management.This new EMC solution outlines step-by-step how DBAs can leverage EMC Hybrid Cloud to take control of database provisioning operations in a virtualized environment, including adding vCPU, memory and storage once provisioned. More EMC Hybrid Cloud Solutions for Oracle databases will be released soon!All of these solutions and others can be found on the DBA Society, where DBAs can engage other DBAs and EMC’s own database and analytics experts – we encourage all DBAs to join and become an agent of efficiency!last_img read more

Beauty and the Box: How One Company Found a Perfect Fit with PowerEdge MX Modular Platform

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:13Loaded: 7.42%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:13 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.This is a modal window.RestartShare I recently spent a day at the Great Little Box Company (GLBC) company headquarters in Vancouver, Canada for an illuminating, first-hand look into how the Dell EMC PowerEdge MX can have a profound effect on a medium-sized business. This award-winning, family-owned and operated company provides customers with a single source for all packaging and shipping supplies—from corrugated boxes to folding cartons and protective packaging. GLBC customers range from consumer goods producers to aerospace manufacturers.The company is growing rapidly and needed a better way to respond to customer demands, create innovative designs, improve production efficiency, and precisely manage inventory and deliveries. To meet these needs, GLBC turned to their long-time partner, Dell EMC. The Dell EMC team spent time with the company leaders to better understand the group’s unique challenges and requirements and develop a solution to meet their needs now and into the future. The teams realized that in order to support the company’s growth requirements, GLBC needed major performance enhancements to the existing multi-vendor IT infrastructure.The manufacturer looked at various options including HPE and IBM before choosing the PowerEdge MX platform. This integrated, modular solution enabled GLBC to upgrade not only its computing, but also other critical data center assets including storage and networking resources in the same chassis.“Dell EMC PowerEdge MX was the best fit for us,” said IT Manager, Sorel Apreutesei. “PowerEdge MX has delivered performance increases of up to 100 percent—for both our ERP implementation and other key applications. We rely on it day to day to streamline our business processes from sales to the factory floor.  We’re excited that we can grow into the solution and stay with it over the next five to seven years.”With its previous infrastructure consisting of standalone servers and storage, GLBC also faced increasing power and cooling demands. “With everything in the same box, PowerEdge MX substantially decreases our power and cooling costs and enhances our commitment to sustainability,” adds Apreutesei.With Dell EMC OpenManage Modular and iDRAC, the rollout was greatly simplified, providing E2E visibility from a single pane of glass“Our entire focus is to provide customers with absolutely the best packaging products that support their vision and business,” says Doree Quayle, Vice President of Sales. “We have to make sure that we’re evolving alongside our customers. That’s where our new ERP system and PowerEdge MX come into play—ensuring that our people have the tools needed to do their jobs.”Check out the Great Little Box Company case study for complete details on their upgraded IT infrastructure, and the crucial role the PowerEdge MX plays in it.To learn more about the PowerEdge MX modular platform, and our breakthrough kinetic architecture, visit dellemc.com and follow @DellEMCservers.last_img read more

Florida’s Trump Plaza residents move to change name

first_imgWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The residents of a South Florida condo complex want former President Donald Trump’s name officially removed from their home following the siege at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. The Palm Beach Post reports that the board of the Trump Plaza condominium voted unanimously last week to change the legal name of the 32-story complex in West Palm Beach. Residents still have to vote on a new name. Signs with Trump’s name have been gone for months, and legally changing the name will sever the final connection to the former president. The complex sits on the Intracoastal Waterway, just a few miles away from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club.last_img