Today, we are excited to announce that ScaleIO 2.0 is generally available to our customers. This release marks a significant milestone for ScaleIO software running on commodity hardware. According to IDC, customer adoption of Software-Defined Storage is growing rapidly (75% Y/Y) and for use cases and workloads that ScaleIO is suited for.There’s a lot of new stuff under the hood of EMC ScaleIO 2.0! This release provides innovative features and enhanced functionality for organizations looking to achieve public cloud agility with private cloud resiliency. We’re bringing together the best of both worlds with new capabilities in three key areas:Enriched SecuritySecurity enhancements in ScaleIO 2.0 enable customers to utilize IPv6 addresses, integrate ScaleIO with their role-based user management platforms (AD/LDAP) as well as provide more granular access for those users. Additionally, customers gain confidence knowing that the system has internal logic to validate and ensure the security of ScaleIO components.Enhanced ResiliencyData and system integrity are critical requirements for EMC customers. New resiliency features in ScaleIO 2.0 help ensure data is always available and not corrupted using in-flight checksum. In addition, new tools provide customers with expanded support options, read flash cache capabilities, as well as efficiencies when performing maintenance on ScaleIO servers.Extended Platform SupportBuilt upon an agile infrastructure with support for many platforms, ScaleIO 2.0 provides additional support for new OS platforms and expanded OpenStack capabilities. ScaleIO 2.0 also streamlines customer operations and simplifies the user experience by expanding the functionality of ScaleIO’s active GUI.Today, customers desire on-demand, pay-as-you-grow storage without the extra frills they won’t use for months or years. They also want to be extremely agile – they can’t wait days or weeks to bring a new application or use case online – they need it now, while making sure their data is protected. That’s what ScaleIO brings: public cloud agility and private cloud resiliency.Check out the video below to learn more about ScaleIO’s ability to provide public cloud agility with private cloud resiliency!ScaleIO already provides massive scalability, extreme performance and compelling economics alongside the flexibility and elasticity ScaleIO is known for. Since ScaleIO is block storage, there are many use cases, and we’re seeing traction in three key areas:IaaS for traditional environments: ScaleIO is applicable to most block use cases but ScaleIO’s value resonates highly in private cloud due to its ability to start small and enable pay-as-you-grow, always-on functionality, customer choice, and multi-tenant support.IaaS for OpenStack environments: ScaleIO is fully integrated with, and contributed to OpenStack Liberty, with great partnerships to enable easier integration with OpenStack cloud infrastructure for modern applications.NoSQL: ScaleIO utilizes DAS architecture but adds enterprise SAN features and provides far better performance with the same underlying HW – saving customers CAPEX and OPEX costs while simplifying their operations for NoSQL environments.Want to learn more? Read about how Verizon is using ScaleIO to provide scalable virtualized block storage services. Read about ScaleIO’s performance in independent, third-party testing here.Learn more by checking out the ScaleIO homepage, follow @EMCScaleIO on Twitter, or try it out – for free!Click on the infographic below to take a closer look at EMC’s software-defined, scale-out, block storage.
Over the years, as data center complexity has increased to support the volume, variety, velocity and veracity of data in the enterprise, organizations often find it challenging to get a clear understanding of how infrastructure is performing. Visibility into data center performance is important to understand how resources are used and it provides an opportunity to improve capacity and resource planning. This enables storage admins to address growing business requirements with agility.Storage admins who love the data center visibility that they get with Dell EMC Storage Resource Manager (SRM) will be delighted to know that we are taking SRM further forward with our latest release – SRM 4.4.What is SRM?SRM is our on-premises storage monitoring and reporting tool that works with Dell EMC storage and supports many third-party data center products. With SRM, storage admins can monitor applications, servers, SAN and storage from a single pane of glass, enabling an enterprise wide view of their entire data center environment. SRM provides information on capacity planning, performance troubleshooting, workload placement, configuration compliance, charge-back, proactive alerting and newly simplified custom reporting. With the release of version 4.4, SRM now includes some exciting and innovative enhancements that make it easier to find and solve problems providing even more comprehensive support across your entire data center.Enhanced Troubleshooting and AlertingSRM’s Event Correlation feature helps identify the root cause of a performance issue by looking at related health/configuration events in the context of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). With SRM’s improved Performance Analysis Dashboard you can easily identify overloaded shared components and see details on bully consumers and impacted victims from the details of connected hosts. This will help to address the ‘noisy neighbors’ kind of scenarios. In addition to providing alerts for congestion issues and associated recommendations, the SRM SAN congestion troubleshooting feature is now enhanced to provide a report detailing ports affected with the slow drain condition.Even More Comprehensive Third-Party SupportSRM 4.4 now supports VMware vSAN which is a foundational component of VMware Cloud Foundation and it’s the storage component of VxRail and vSAN Ready Nodes. SRM Reports on vSAN enabled cluster resources, host systems and datastore objects. In addition, SRM monitors vSAN problems for health, capacity, configuration and performance. As a comprehensive reporting tool, SRM 4.4 has extended support of third-party storage arrays for discovery and monitoring with reports on inventory, capacity and performance metrics.New Cost-Savings DashboardSRM can help you optimize resource utilization by identifying cost-savings opportunities in the storage infrastructure from VMs powered offs to LUNs with no IOPS, including non-utilized switch ports and many other opportunities.SRM Potential Savings DashboardNew Simplified Customizable ReportingSRM now provides an easy-to-use wizard to build custom reports. The wizard provides:Easy to understand storage model by exposing data through Virtual TablesLess time in building custom reports by using metrics with pre-defined settingsSimplified workflows with drag-and-drop operationsIn addition, SRM 4.4 provides numerous other enhancements ranging from SRM REST APIs for changing device passwords to platform specific enhancements, and supports the latest platform versions. Check out Dell EMC Storage Resource Manager to learn more.
As a company that is driven by innovation, Dell Technologies has a long history of engagement with the open source community. One of those areas that is particularly exciting to me is the open source network operating system SONiC—Software for Open Networking in the Cloud.Today we announced our Enterprise SONiC Distribution by Dell Technologies, taking the next step in our participation which extends back to the early stages of its design and development. As the momentum behind SONiC builds and more and more major players realize the value of being involved with the project, we are leading the industry by adding more features, leveraging the design of SONiC to apply it in use cases that were never before imagined or considered, and delivering unrivaled services and support to ease and speed deployment.SONiC is based on a disaggregated, containerized, micro-services architecture, a new trend in network operating systems that delivers seemingly unlimited opportunities to innovate and simplify the management of complex, massive-scale network environments.Dell Technologies’ contributions to the platform include:Linux kernel development support and contribution, including ongoing kernel updates and security patchesOnboarding multiple switch platforms and contributing driversPlatform command-based CLI code and utilitiesToday’s announcement of our Enterprise SONiC Distribution highlights our commitment to provide ongoing support for SONiC development and contributions to the SONiC open source community. Examples of that ongoing commitment include:A new management framework, contributed jointly with Broadcom, which will allow SONiC to support industry standard CLI, REST and other popular northbound interfacesAdditional platform onboarding and support to expand customer choicesImproving integration with the popular FRRouting stackImproving access security and AAA solutionsIn addition, we continue to innovate on SONiC in conjunction with other projects for distributed compute and networking. The flexible architecture of SONiC expands the deployment options significantly.And of course, Dell Technologies brings its industry-leading services and support to simplify even the most complex deployments. Our investment in SONiC bridges the known industry gap between the innovation of open source projects with community collaboration, and the enterprise-grade support that is essential for large-scale deployment of mission-critical applications. Our 24×7 global customer services and support covert all SONiC applications and services, from the platform and Switch Abstraction Interface, to northbound interfaces and DevOps/automation tools. All of this makes SONiC on Dell EMC PowerSwitch hardware the platform to choose for open source networking in the enterprise.At Dell Technologies, we see great potential for SONiC to play an increasingly important role in many of our next-generation technology solutions, and we are actively working to increase the adoption of SONiC in the technical communities. Learn more about Dell Technologies’ Enterprise Distribution of SONiC here.
The only thing predictable about the Golden Globe nominations are their unpredictability. And the Hollywood Foreign Press Association went overboard with the chaos in this very strange year in which the nominations were announced before the eligibility period was even up. From the Kate Hudson movie that no one has heard of to the very awkward shut out of Spike Lee, whose kids are serving as the Golden Globe Ambassadors, AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr details the most surprising nominations and exclusions. Technically they even snubbed an entire category when best supporting actress was skipped over by mistake.
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis and a top Sunni Muslim are reinforcing a message of human fraternity by pressing ahead with a broad-based Christian-Muslim peace initiative ahead of Francis’ planned trip to Iraq next month. Thursday marked the first-ever International Day of Human Fraternity. It’s a U.N.-designated celebration of interfaith and multicultural understanding that was inspired by a landmark document signed on Feb. 4, 2019 in Abu Dhabi by Francis and Sheikh Ahmad al-Tayyeb, the imam of the Al-Azhar center for Sunni learning in Cairo. The document called for greater mutual understanding and solidarity to confront the problems facing the world.