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The Value of Dell EMC Storage, Data Protection, and Converged Infrastructure

In today’s enterprise, data is the lifeblood of business, lying at the heart of new initiatives driving growth and productivity. Whether it’s a financial services firm employing AI and machine learning to better target specific consumer segments, a manufacturing company collecting and crunching millions of IoT data inputs to improve process efficiency, or a retail business analyzing real-time sales trends, every organization relies on continuously harvesting value from multiple data sources to power growth and more effectively compete. In a world in which better, smarter or quicker assessments of data can make the difference between becoming a market leader or falling behind, the strategic value of a company’s data, or “data capital”, has never been greater.

But while rapidly advancing technology innovations are enabling new opportunities to capture and drive value from data, legacy storage infrastructure is by and large failing to keep up, preventing companies from realizing the full potential of their data capital. As the volume, velocity and complexity of data continue to grow, firms are finding it challenging to effectively store and protect that data, let alone analyze and extract value from it while it’s still fresh.

To get the most value out of their growing volume of data ― structured (Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, SAP HANA and other databases) and unstructured (text files, e-mail, videos, multi-media, web pages, etc.) ― firms must choose their storage and data protection solutions carefully. Strong data security and availability capabilities are table stakes, as are robust data protection features. Buyers are demanding storage platforms with proven stability and reliability, with automated data services that are easy to manage across public and private clouds. With many organizations now looking first to the cloud to deploy their new and even some existing workloads, IT managers must have a “data first” mindset to ensure they can fully benefit from the value of their data assets.

To better understand what has motivated companies to choose Dell EMC storage and data protection solutions, we spoke with IT professionals in four different organizations, representing a range of employee counts, IT budgets and industries. To learn about each organization’s story, we examined their business needs, data center environment, and top business and IT challenges. We then explored in detail the experience each customer has had in adopting, deploying and using Dell EMC storage and data protection solutions integrated with servers and networks in Dell EMC converged infrastructure systems, and how that experience has impacted the value they’ve realized from their data. Read on to learn about each customer’s experience.

Publish date: 10/31/19
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Executive Summary: The Value of Dell EMC Storage, Data Protection and Converged Infrastructure

In today’s enterprise, data is the lifeblood of business, lying at the heart of new initiatives driving growth and productivity. Whether it’s a financial services firm employing AI and machine learning to better target specific consumer segments, a manufacturing company collecting and crunching millions of IoT data inputs to improve process efficiency, or a retail business analyzing real-time sales trends, every organization relies on continuously harvesting value from multiple data sources to power growth and more effectively compete. In a world in which better, smarter or quicker assessments of data can make the difference between becoming a market leader or falling behind, the strategic value of a company’s data, or “data capital”, has never been greater.

To better understand what motivates companies to choose Dell EMC storage and data protection solutions within the context of their converged infrastructure, we spoke with five IT professionals in four different organizations, representing a range of employee counts, IT budgets and industries.

For more detailed insights on how Dell EMC customers view the value of strategic data and converged infrastructure solutions, read the full report here.

Publish date: 10/31/19
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Cloud Automation as a Service: Now Ready for Prime Time

As companies continue to develop private clouds and selectively adopt the public cloud for some of their business apps, the benefits of hybrid cloud are becoming increasingly clear. A hybrid cloud architecture brings together private and public clouds into a single platform, delivering not just well-known cloud benefits such as near-infinite scalability and consumption-based, pay-as-you-go services, but also a whole new level of agility and deployment flexibility.

While two-thirds of companies today are running a traditional datacenter or private cloud architecture, Taneja Group research indicates that more than half expect to move to a hybrid cloud within the next two to three years. This trend extends to business applications as well, which are being adapted to run in the public cloud. True hybrid architectures offer application portability and a compatible cross-cloud runtime environment, effectively enabling workloads to operate seamlessly across public and private clouds and allowing customers to choose to deploy workloads when and where they best fit.

One of the challenges companies face when moving to a hybrid cloud is how best to automate and manage their hybrid cloud infrastructure and applications. Self-service for users and developers is an essential attribute of a hybrid cloud, and the only way to effectively enable self-service capabilities is through cloud automation. Up until recently, management and automation have primarily been done using traditional on-premises IT toolsets, extended to accommodate the cloud. But this approach is often a compromise, since toolsets originally designed for an on-premises data center can be less than optimal in a new cloud-based paradigm.

To overcome the limitations of traditional IT infrastructure and application toolsets, many companies are looking to adopt an as-a-service approach to automation and management. This approach has some key advantages, especially in a hybrid cloud world.  For example, as companies move to a hybrid cloud, they will find a need for automation solutions that simply and transparently span private and public cloud boundaries and provide a consistent interface across their cloud environments. Cloud automation as-a-service solutions are ideally suited to meet this requirement, since they are not tied to any particular system, cloud or location.

In this paper, we’ll look at the growing market awareness of a services approach to cloud automation, and the factors that are motivating IT buyers to consider adopting an as-a-service approach in place of or in addition to traditional on-premises tools.

We’ll then examine the key characteristics and use cases buyers are looking for in cloud automation services and the benefits they expect to achieve. Finally, we’ll look at a specific example of a vendor-delivered cloud automation as-a-service offering: VMware vRealize Automation Cloud. We will show how such cloud automation services are being used and the advantages they are bringing to a growing number of companies.  

Publish date: 08/30/19
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End-to-End NVMe Storage: Is your enterprise ready?

In the past few years, flash technology has transformed the storage market forever. Today, flash-first arrays are the new normal. We believe the new NVMe-oF shared storage protocol combined with the advent of a broad range of NVMe-based devices including SCM will prove as disruptive to the external storage market over the next five years as NAND flash technology was in the recent past.

Read this Market Perspective to understand why now is the time to ask your storage vendors important questions about their array architectures, what questions to ask them, and how to interpret the answers. Arrays that efficiently read and write to SAS-based SSDs won’t see much gain from switching their backend to NVMe until the frontend also supports NVMe-oF. This report will explain why, when, and how this shift will take place.  

Publish date: 08/30/19
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