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Data Center Systems

Includes HyperConverged, Converged, Disaggregated, and Legacy Infrastructure.

This category focuses on modern, on-premises infrastructure-based architectural approaches at the datacenter level. All aspects of the necessary infrastructure are included such as network, compute and storage. Taneja Group treats these systems as a complete solution for a particular workload whether it be general-purpose IaaS or vertical solutions targeted at specific use cases such as workload consolidation or applications such as SAP. We regularly compare and contrast the various architectural approaches that IT buyers are considering, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and discuss which approaches are likely to work best for specific workloads and use cases. We are always looking for shifts in industry thinking or technology adoption that might lead to an evolution of existing data center architectures, and engage with startup and large vendors alike to understand and characterize newly emerging approaches. Where possible, our reports and opinions are backed by primary research, including direct conversations with different classes of IT decision makers and influencers.

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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
Report

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
Profile

HPE 3PAR Performance Insights: Bringing InfoSight Analytics to the Edge

In an era in which every tech company claims to have an AI offering, HPE InfoSight stands out as the genuine article. HPE InfoSight is a best-in-class AI solution that uses cloud-based machine learning to provide global insights into the status and health of infrastructure, removing much of the management burden and helping customers to solve some of their most challenging IT problems. In particular, HPE InfoSight delivers cross-stack insights into a storage array’s health, configuration, capacity and performance based on near-real time analytics and the knowledge gained from a vast treasure trove of field data collected over many years.

Among a seemingly endless set of over-hyped AI solutions, HPE InfoSight is delivering remarkable results and significantly enriching the customer experience. The solution has reduced support incidents across more than 50,000 connected HPE 3PAR storage systems by 85%, while lowering operating expenses by nearly 80%. With its unmatched track record, HPE InfoSight has become the leader in AI-driven operations for the Hybrid Cloud and an essential asset for HPE 3PAR customers.

Now InfoSight technology is being incorporated into a new solution at the edge, which is enabling HPE 3PAR customers to better understand, anticipate and improve array performance. As we’ll see, HPE Performance Insights for 3PAR Storage takes an innovative approach to helping IT managers track storage performance and deliver it when and where it’s needed most, based on the power and intelligence of InfoSight’s AI and machine learning technologies.

Publish date: 11/30/18
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Enterprises Realize Significant Value with Dell EMC Integrated DP for Converged Infrastructure

We talked to four organizations that have implemented Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection for Converged Infrastructure. The term Converged Infrastructure (CI) refers to an IT solution that groups storage, memory, compute, and networking components into a single, optimized package. When organizations evaluated Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection for CI, a key priority was improving data backup and recovery. To lower their operational costs, they also recognized the importance of having CI that would enable turnkey data protection and reduce their implementation, maintenance, and support costs, as well as improve reliability.

Prior to implementing Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection for CI, organizations we interviewed said they had significant cost, risk, and delay with implementations and upgrades. Several factors contributed to these issues including extensive time spent testing and doing research, compatibility and integration issues, and dealing with multiple support organizations.

All the companies we talked to also wanted better data protection. Many companies were struggling with slow backup speeds, poor storage efficiency, insufficient recovery times, and high operational overhead. To address these problems, companies needed better backup performance, instant data recovery, simplified management, and policy driven automation for both backup and data recovery.

Companies also wanted better vendor support, and they shared a common goal of placing “one-call” for all questions and issues they might have with any aspect of the solution. Success criteria included fast, no-hassle resolution and eliminating finger pointing between software and hardware vendors. Also expressed during the interviews, was the desire to have a vendor that would proactively monitor their system and a team that would partner with them and proactively address their ongoing needs.

Dell EMC customers found that the key to addressing their needs is Dell EMC’s CI, Vblock and VxBlock Systems (now consolidated as one turnkey product called VxBlock System 1000). Dell EMC is a CI pioneer and with Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection for CI, Dell EMC has gone a step further and delivered enterprise-class data protection that is tightly integrated with VxBlock Systems. The result is all-in-one, high performance, highly reliable data protection that is integrated with VxBlock Systems during manufacturing, pre-tested, pre-validated, and fully supported by a single vendor.

It’s an amazing value proposition. There are no point products, therefore less complexity and no compatibility issues. Every company we talked to stated that Dell EMC has exceeded their expectations, and helped them at every phase of their journey from implementation to support.

Publish date: 09/28/18
Free Reports

HPE and Micro Focus Data Protection for SAP HANA

These days the world operates in real-time all the time. Whether in making ticket purchases or getting the best deal from online retailers, data is expected to be up to date with the best information at your fingertips. Businesses are expected to meet this requirement, whether they sell products or services. Having this real-time, actionable information can dictate whether a business survives or dies. In-memory databases have become popular in these environments. The world's 24X7 real-time demands cannot wait for legacy ERP and CRM application rewrites. Companies such as SAP devised ways to integrate disparate databases by building a single, super-fast uber-database that could operate with legacy infrastructure while simultaneously creating a new environment where real-time analytics and applications can flourish.

SAP HANA is a growing and very popular example of an application environment that uses in-memory database technology and allows the processing of massive amounts of real-time data in a short time. The in-memory computing engine allows HANA to process data stored in RAM as opposed to reading it from a disk. At the heart of SAP HANA is a database that operates on both OLAP and OLTP database workloads simultaneously. To overcome the volatility of server DRAM, the HANA architecture requires persistent shared storage to enable greater scalability, disaster tolerance, and data protection.

SAP HANA is available on-premises as a dedicated appliance and/or via best-in-class components through the SAP Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI) program. The TDI environment has become the more popular HANA option as it provides the flexibility to leverage legacy resources such as data protection infrastructure and enables a greater level of scalability that was lacking in the appliance approach. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has long been the leader in providing mission-critical infrastructure for SAP environments. SUSE has long been the leader in providing the mission-critical Linux operating system for SAP environments. Micro Focus has long been a strategic partner of HPE, and together they have leveraged unique hardware and software integrations that enable a complete end-to-end, robust data protection environment for SAP. One of the key value propositions of SAP HANA is its ability to integrate with legacy databases. Therefore, it makes the most sense to leverage a flexible data protection solution from Micro Focus and HPE to cover both legacy database environments and modern in-memory HANA environments.

In this solution brief, Taneja Group will explore the data protection requirements for HANA TDI environments. Then we’ll briefly examine what makes Micro Focus Data Protector combined with HPE storage an ideal solution for protecting mission-critical SAP environments.

Publish date: 08/31/18
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