Tape Still Isn’t Dead…Yet…But Now You Can Finally Eliminate Tape for Mainframe

first_imgDell EMC has been a leader in mainframe storage for more than 26 years, starting with the introduction of the first Symmetrix disk array, and our legacy of innovation and enterprise storage market leadership[i] continues today with Dell EMC VMAX All Flash primary storage and Disk Library for mainframe (DLm) virtual tape, which has dramatically eliminated the need for physical tape.  Today at SHARE 2017, Dell EMC is announcing DLM release 4.5 for cloud-based physical tape replacement. We aim to put to rest any further arguments about whether physical tape should still be considered a go-forward long-term retention strategy.At Dell EMC, we recognize that the mainframe data center of today must become even more efficient by utilizing resources already in common use, like public and private clouds. Until today however, there has been no broadly supported way to move mainframe virtual tape data to the cloud.The Long-term Retention Problem Made Tape StickTape actually predates disk; however, the faster pace of innovation in disk and the “virtualization” of tape forced rapid decline in the use of physical tape. Yet, physical tape prevails for static data retention, otherwise known as long-term retention or archiving, to store data over a period of five to 10 years or more.Until Dell EMC invented the concept of 100% disk to replace tape, “virtual tape” actually relied on physical tape.  Led by Dell EMC, innovation with disk combined with de-duplication made what was physical, virtual, except for long-term retention. That use case still favored physical tape because of its “vault it and forget it” convenience, despite being much more difficult to use than a DLm virtual tape library.Fast forward to today, where public, private and hybrid cloud storage are becoming the go-to options of choice for long-term retention. Cloud storage has proven itself to be very low in cost, operationally efficient, secure, and able to sustain required data transfer rates for archiving. In non-mainframe datacenters, many companies today, rather than dealing with the complexity and overhead of physical tape, are moving archives and data that they know must be retained four a very long period of time, to the cloud. However, until today, very few mainframe virtual tape systems offered any cloud solution for the long-term retention problem.By placing our field proven, secure technology for connecting to any type of cloud, Dell EMC DLm enables mainframe data centers to take advantage of new or existing cloud infrastructures to eliminate the need for physical tape.See for yourself in this short video how DLm 4.5 works with the leading public and private cloud storage providers to allow storage administrators to move their data with DLm’s built-in policy engine while continuing to place tape data requiring faster access on Dell EMC Data Domain, Dell EMC VNX or VMAX.Additionally, we’ve added support for Data Domain DD6300, DD6800, DD9300 and DD9800 as well as support for Data Domain High Availability (HA). We’ve also added Dell EMC’s GDDR technology to DLm with a feature called GDDR Tape, which simplifies and automates DLm system failover, whether a DR test or actual data center failover.If you’re at SHARE this week, please visit our booth #301 to talk with our experts about VMAX primary storage or DLm virtual tape. If you’re unable able to attend, learn more about all of our mainframe solutions on the web and consider joining the Dell EMC Mainframe Community. We look forward to talking with you soon![i] IDC Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker – Q3 2016 Historical Release – Dec. 15, 2016last_img read more

Celebrity Dentist LEAPs to Give Back

first_imgFeeling bad about much of the news these days? Lucky for you it’s now the season of giving, and take it from this celebrity dentist, giving will help you feel better.“The greatest part about being successful is being able to give back and help. He who gives receives the greatest gift,” Dr. Bill Dorfman told HooplaHa earlier this year. “There’s nothing that makes me feel better than knowing I changed somebody’s life in a positive way.”Dorfman does that not only through his cosmetic dentistry practice which focuses on improving the appearance of people’s teeth, but also through his passion project LEAP Foundation.LEAP is a one-week leadership program for high school and college students from around the world. Its mentor workshop gives students the opportunity to meet accomplished mentors in a variety of fields and industries.A former participant in LEAP’s inaugural program at age 16, Charlie Gallagher went on to become the nonprofit’s executive director two years ago.“There are so many things from LEAP that I learned that I would have never had the opportunity to learn from a curriculum,” Gallagher told HooplaHa. Today, he’s using that knowledge to oversee everything from marketing to finances and communications for the LEAP organization, and leveraging Dell Inspiron desktops to do it.“When it was time to invest in technology for LEAP, there was only one choice,” said Dorfman, who uses a Dell XPS laptop for his dental practice which gained fame when he was featured on the television show “Extreme Makeover.” You may have also seen Dorfman on the daytime talk show “The Doctors.”You can hear more from him and Gallagher about how Dell technology helps them run these two very different businesses in this video:https://youtu.be/xel_V5co6XAAnd, you can learn more about how Dell Technology Advisors partner with small businesses at http://www.dell.com/smallbusinesspartnerlast_img read more

VMworld Europe: A Look Ahead to Simpler, Automated Disaster Recovery with Dell EMC PowerMax and VMware

first_imgThis week at VMworld Europe in Barcelona, Dell Technologies is pleased to preview our latest PowerMax technology integration with VMware, which brings together PowerMax SRDF, the gold standard for storage replication, with VMware vVols 2.0 and VMware SRM to simplify and automate Disaster Recovery for our customers.The integration of PowerMax SRDF with VMware SRM and vVols enhances the world’s most trusted high-performance storage replication solution to achieve unparalleled availability across virtualized environments. It helps customers transform their datacenter availability operations while protecting their current storage investments. This is the latest example of our close collaboration with VMware to accelerate our joint customers’ IT transformation journey.This technology preview combines the following three technologies:VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) – Automated orchestration software that integrates with underlying array replication technology to provide policy-based management and automated orchestration of recovery plans to minimize downtime in case of disasters.VMware vVols – An abstraction of physical disks through a virtual disk container (Virtual Volume) that is independent of the underlying physical storage. vVols removes the need to manage VMFS datastores, enabling easier storage access and delivery of appropriate storage service levels for individual VMs. vVols offloads storage data services onto storage arrays like PowerMax allowing VM applications to directly leverage data services such as PowerMax SnapVX, SRDF, and QoS.Dell EMC PowerMax – The undisputed leader in high-end storage with over 40% market shareŧ, nearly triple that of the next highest competitor. Dell EMC PowerMax delivers industry leading performance and uncompromising data services with simple operations and enables massive workload consolidation. Recently, PowerMax became the first storage system to ship with dual port Storage Class Memory (SCM) as persistent storage for extremely low latency I/O needs. PowerMax scales up to 64,000 volumes, ideal for supporting high growth applications, virtual volumes, and snapshots. Enterprise customers depend on PowerMax to run their business while reducing cost and complexity.Attendees at VMworld US received a technical preview of VMware SRM with vVols. At VMworld Europe, VMware and Dell Technologies will jointly showcase the integration of VMware SRM and vVols 2.0 with Dell EMC PowerMax in a breakout session. The preview is also available at our booth in the Solutions Expo at VMworld Europe.For folks who like to know the technical details, this demonstration used the following hardware and software:2 Dell EMC PowerMax 8000sPowerMaxOS and Unisphere for PowerMaxPre-GA builds of VMware vSphere ESXi, vCenter and SRM pre-GA buildsI can also give you a quick glance of the integration here itself. Figure 1 below is a vSphere screenshot of the Async policy for vVols replication with SRDF. This shows a replication policy with an RPO of 30 seconds.Figure 1 – SRM replication policy“We are thrilled to share that the Dell EMC PowerMax platform will fully support VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols),” said Lee Caswell, Vice President HCI BU, VMware. “We are seeing great interest for this deep level of integration from VMware customers who value the combination of VMware technology with Dell EMC Infrastructure. This is a remarkable example of how Dell Technologies leverages VMware vVols and the VMware Cloud Foundation to help customers meet the intense availability and capacity demands of today’s digital business.”Come see us at booth #D401 in the VMworld Solutions Exchange to see how these two leading companies are developing this solution to automate and simplify Disaster Recovery for our joint customers.For more information, visit and watch this space: dellemc.com/powermax.ŧSource: IDC Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, 2019Q2, September 5, 2019.last_img read more

Dell Technologies’ PolicyHacks: The Vision

first_imgIn 2015, Dell Technologies hosted its first PolicyHack in Austin, Texas to provide a platform for an interactive, competitive, hackathon that tasked participants to design solutions for pressing public policy challenges. Held alongside that year’s SXSW conference, we used the platform to connect local technology and entrepreneurship communities with policymakers, where participants pitched their solutions for building a stronger and more inclusive framework of tech policies to a panel of judges comprising of policymakers, think tanks, industry champions, and others. Though in its nascent form, it helped shine a spotlight on how new ideas could be generated and implemented to address some of the most pressing public policy challenges that we face around the world. With the transformations we are witnessing today, we plan to use these hacks to help inform and guide our efforts to tackle economic and social disparities.Since our first Dell PolicyHack, we have conducted over 30 hackathons across eight countries. Each PolicyHack is tailored by our colleagues and partners in each country to reflect on the most relevant local issues. Over the last five years, we have seen brilliant minds come together and propose creative solutions to wide-ranging challenges such as enabling digital education in India, encouraging more women to study STEM subjects in Brazil, and fostering entrepreneurship in Mexico and Australia. Winning solutions have included: customized curriculae to enable digital learning, multi-platform awareness campaigns to integrate more women into STEM, and management training programs to support female entrepreneurship. In each case, we have pledged to work with officials to implement the winning ideas.In today’s world, we are increasingly seeing the importance of people coming together to solve societal, economic and political challenges. At Dell Technologies, we are committed to harnessing the power of technology to transform human lives – and we view this mission as central to our PolicyHack initiatives.We recognize that these multifaceted challenges require sweeping solutions that are bigger than one government or company. This is why we work with a wide network of stakeholders from government, academia, business, and civil society for each PolicyHack to ensure an inclusive and collaborative approach. For instance, in November 2019, our PolicyHack in Mexico City convened over 800 participants from various sectors, including all 32 Digital Inclusion Centers across the country that are run by the Mexican Government’s Secretary of Communications and Transport. Participants created over 180 proposals on key issues affecting their region, such as expanding digital access. Our expert panel of judges narrowed down the three best solutions, where the PolicyHack team worked with winning team to implement their proposals.Most importantly, we’re committed to transforming winning proposals into actionable policy recommendations and reforms. For instance, our series of PolicyHacks for teachers in India highlighted the importance of working with educators and investing in their capacity to build digital classrooms. The deliberations were well received by local stakeholders and we continue to build on these collaborations. With teacher capacity building reflected as a priority in India’s Draft National Education Policy, we will continue to work in this ecosystem to insert new proposals generated from our PolicyHacks.  Today, it is important to bring people closer together and leverage the power of technology for social good.We look forward to bringing our PolicyHacks to new geographies and partnering with an even wider community of innovators and changemakers, even if it’s conducted virtually. Aligned with our Social Impact 2030 goals and our plan to implement them via public policy, we are inspired by what the future holds as we continue to push the boundaries on innovation and leverage new technologies to achieve human progress.If you’d like to host a PolicyHack along with us at Dell Technologies, we’d be delighted to hear from you – [email protected] You can also read more about individual PolicyHacks here.last_img read more

AP Analysis: Racial disparity seen in US vaccination drive

first_imgA racial gap has opened up in the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination drive, with Black Americans in many places lagging behind whites in receiving shots. That’s according to an Associated Press analysis. An early look at the 17 states and two cities that have released racial breakdowns finds that Black people are getting inoculated at levels below their share of the general population. Among the reasons given: deep mistrust of the medical establishment among Black Americans because of a history of discriminatory treatment. The gap is deeply troubling to some, given that the coronavirus has taken a disproportionate toll in severe sickness and death on Black people in the U.S.last_img