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“New Dell EMC offerings to help organizations modernize IT infrastructure and unlock the value of their data capital”— Sri Seshadri, Consultant Product Manager, Dell EMC

Enterprises today are seeking powerful, next-generation unstructured data applications in areas such as data analytics, artificial intelligence and electronic design automation (EDA) to accelerate their business outcomes.

To run these workloads, organizations require extreme performance, but are mostly constrained in terms of budget and need reduced IT operating costs. In order to help organizations address this explosive growth of unstructured data, unlock their data capital cost-effectively and enable digital transformation, Dell EMC launched new Isilon and ClarityNow solutions.

Dell EMC Isilon F810 all-flash scale-out NAS provides extreme performance and efficiency to support demanding unstructured data workloads while significantly lowering the effective cost of all-flash storage solutions. And Dell EMC ClarityNow data management software enables businesses to locate, access and manage data quickly, no matter where it resides – across file and object storage, in the data center and in the cloud – and thereby accelerate business outcomes.

Read as we interview Sri Seshadri, Consultant Product Manager at Dell EMC to know more about these solutions.

1. Studies show that 80% of the data today is unstructured, and it is growing both in volume and variety. What are the main data management challenges organizations face in such a scenario?

In an environment where many IT budgets are tightly controlled, organizations with traditional IT infrastructure are increasingly challenged to keep pace with rapidly increasing data storage requirements and growing management complexity. Traditional IT environments typically have a heterogeneous storage infrastructure often with dedicated infrastructure for specific applications and workloads.

With rapid data growth, these growing “silos” of storage can sometimes be highly inefficient with poor storage utilization while some may have over capacity “hot spots” that are unable to meet required performance SLAs. With these operational challenges, the rapid growth of unstructured data represents a significant opportunity for businesses – in an increasingly digital world, unstructured data is becoming for many organizations, an enormously valuable asset – something we refer to as “data capital” – that can enable them to gain new insight, identify new opportunities and accelerate their business.

2. How can organizations tackle these challenges and unlock the power of unstructured data?

To increase efficiency, simplify management, and unlock the value of this “data capital”, organizations need a modern data storage infrastructure that can enable a digital transformation of their business and accelerate business outcomes. To achieve this, organizations can begin by consolidating their unstructured data onto a single storage infrastructure that can support a wide range of applications and workloads with varying performance requirements.

This will enable organizations to eliminate costly, inefficient storage silos and greatly simplify management. This approach also enables organizations to create a “data lake” that can be used for data analytics and business intelligence initiatives. Dell EMC Isilon scale-out NAS is an ideal choice for this type of infrastructure. Isilon storage solutions scale easily – from 10s of terabytes to 10s of petabytes – to easily keep pace with rapid data growth while remaining simple to manage no matter how large the data environment becomes.

With 80% storage utilization and a highly dense architecture that reduces the storage footprint in the data center, Isilon storage efficiency can help organizations dramatically lower costs. To meet varying performance requirements, Isilon offers All-Flash, Hybrid and Archive platforms that can be combined into a single cluster with automated storage tiering and simple cloud storage integration to further optimize storage resources. Isilon’s extensive multiprotocol capabilities allow organizations to consolidate data and support a wide range of workloads – including powerful data analytics technologies – on a single storage platform that can help organizations unlock the value of data capital.

3. Dell EMC recently announced a new addition to Isilon All-Flash storage system. Please tell us about this solution and the new Dell EMC Isilon F810.

The Isilon F810 combines the extreme performance of all-flash with all of the advantages of the #1 scale-out NAS platform and a new, inline data compression capability that expands effective storage capacity and density to enable customers to achieve new levels of efficiency while lowering costs. Isilon F810 expands effective storage capacity and density with a data compression ratio of up to 3:1 depending on the workloads.

With the high-speed hardware-based inline data compression, the Isilon F810 provides up to 3 times more effective storage capacity than the existing Isilon F800 all-flash platform and up to 33% more effective storage capacity per raw TB than major competitive all-flash offerings.

With an effective storage capacity of up to 2.2 PB per 4U chassis and up to 79.6 PB in a 144 node cluster, the Isilon F810 provides a highly dense storage solution that reduces datacenter footprint and related costs including floor space, power and cooling. Isilon F810 all-flash scale-out NAS is ideal for demanding unstructured data workloads including EDA, data analytics and artificial intelligence.

4. How does Isilon F810 guarantee satisfaction and investment protection for future technology changes?

In keeping with the longstanding Dell EMC commitment to providing future-proof Isilon storage solutions, the new Isilon F810 storage platform integrates easily into existing Isilon clusters without disruption and without the need to perform manual data migration. This is another example of how organizations can continue to rely on Isilon innovation for their future unstructured data storage needs.

The Isilon cluster scales easily in minutes with the addition of the F810 and keeps storage and data management simple, no matter how large the data environment becomes.

5. Can you please tell us more about Dell EMC Future-Proof Loyalty Program?

All Isilon storage systems are covered under the Dell EMC Future-Proof Loyalty Program, giving customers additional peace of mind with guaranteed satisfaction for three years and investment protection for future technology changes.

Included in the program benefits, Dell EMC guarantees that for any new purchase of an Isilon F810, for a period of one year from the date of delivery, the Isilon F810 will provide logical usable capacity, including all data, equivalent to at least two times (2x) the usable physical capacity.

6. Along with Isilon F810, the company also released the new Dell EMC ClarityNow software. What’s the role of the new software in data management?

Dell EMC ClarityNow software enables organizations to locate, access and manage data in seconds, no matter where it resides – across file and object storage, in the data center and in the cloud. ClarityNow data management software manages file-based workloads and is a highly complementary solution to Dell EMC Isilon and ECS, enabling a unified global file system view across heterogeneous distributed storage and the cloud.

The software allows IT to gain better insights into enterprise file data usage and storage capacity, while also empowering end users and content owners with self-service capabilities to find, use and move files anywhere within the unified global file system. These powerful features can help unlock the value of data capital and accelerate business outcomes by offering flexibility for users to index and gain visibility into billions of files and folders that would otherwise be trapped in storage silos based on their physical location.

Also read: Dell EMC Unity Midrange Storage advances data reduction, data protection, and management in latest OS update

7. Wrapping up, what are the 3 main benefits of these new solutions along with tackling data management challenges?

  • Dell EMC Isilon F810 all-flash scale-out NAS provides extreme performance and efficiency to support demanding unstructured data workloads while significantly lowering the effective cost of all-flash storage solutions.
  • Dell EMC ClarityNow data management software enables businesses to locate, access and manage data quickly, no matter where it resides – across file and object storage, in the data center and in the cloud – and thereby accelerate business outcomes.

Both of these new powerful Dell EMC offerings are designed to help organizations modernize their IT infrastructure, gain new levels of efficiency and unlock the value of data capital

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Dell EMC helps enterprises tame explosive growth of unstructured data with new Isilon and ClarityNow solutions

Dell EMC Isilon F810 Scale-Out NAS Platform Delivers Extreme Performance and Efficiency; Dell EMC ClarityNow Software Provides Visibility, Control and Mobility of Unstructured Data in the Data Center and in the Cloud

The explosion of unstructured data is demanding new approaches and capabilities for organizations to unlock their data capital and enable digital transformation. To tackle these challenges, Dell EMC today announced a new addition to its flagship Isilon All-Flash storage system, along with the release of new Dell EMC ClarityNow software to give organizations visibility, control and mobility of unstructured data both on-premises and in the cloud.

Many enterprises today are looking to accelerate business outcomes with powerful, next-generation unstructured data applications in areas such as data analytics, artificial intelligence and electronic design automation (EDA). These workloads often require the extreme performance of All-Flash storage. At the same time, many organizations are being pressured to tightly limit capital equipment purchases and reduce related IT operating costs.

It is in this environment that organizations also need to manage the growing volumes of unstructured data effectively so that their businesses can be more productive and efficient in their efforts to unlock the value of their enterprise data.

“Modernizing the IT infrastructure is an essential first step to driving digital business initiatives and managing all of their data more effectively,” said Jeff Boudreau, President, Storage, Dell EMC.

“The Dell EMC Isilon F810 scale-out NAS storage addresses these challenges by delivering extreme performance and efficiency to support demanding unstructured data workloads. And because nobody knows the value of data better than the people who create it, Dell EMC ClarityNow offers organizations a holistic data view across file and cloud storage, and allows end users to locate, use and extract value from their file-based data wherever it resides.”

Isilon F810 Delivers Extreme Performance, Efficiency and Capacity

The Isilon F810 delivers up to 250,000 IOPS and 15 GB/s bandwidth per 4U chassis with predictable, linear scalability up to 9M IOPS and 540 GB/s of aggregate throughput in a single 144 node cluster to meet demanding performance requirements.

With an inline data compression ratio of up to 3:1, the Isilon F810 enables organizations to reduce raw all-flash storage requirements and provides up to 33% more effective storage capacity per raw TB than major competitive all-flash offerings.

With a corresponding increase in storage density, the F810 provides an effective storage capacity of up to 2.2 PB per 4U chassis and up to 79.6 PB in a 144-node cluster. The highly dense storage solution can help reduce datacenter footprint and related costs including floor space, power and cooling.

In keeping with the longstanding Dell EMC commitment to providing future-proof Isilon storage solutions, the new Isilon F810 storage platform integrates easily into existing Isilon clusters without disruption and without the need to perform manual data migration. This is another example of how organizations can continue to rely on Isilon innovation for their future unstructured data storage needs.

Powered by the Isilon OneFS operating system, the Isilon F810 and other Isilon all-flash, hybrid and archive platforms can be combined into a single Isilon cluster that provides powerful advantages for modern IT environments.

With Isilon OneFS and its extensive multi-protocol capabilities, organizations can consolidate data, eliminate inefficient storage silos, simplify management, and support a wide range of applications and workloads on a single storage platform.

This also enables organizations to leverage powerful data analytics technologies to unlock the value of their data capital. To optimize storage resources and further lower costs, Isilon also offers automated storage tiering and cloud integration with a choice of public and private cloud storage providers.

Isilon F810 All-Flash Data Reduction Guarantee

Isilon storage systems are covered under the Dell EMC Future-Proof Loyalty Program, giving customers additional peace of mind with guaranteed satisfaction and investment protection for future technology changes.

Included in the program benefits, Dell EMC guarantees that for any new purchase of an Isilon F810, for a period of one year from the date of delivery, the Isilon F810 will provide logical usable capacity, including all data, equivalent to at least two times (2x) the usable physical capacity.

Dell EMC ClarityNow Provides Data Management for IT and Business Users

New Dell EMC ClarityNow data management software is designed to help organizations efficiently manage their file-based workflows. ClarityNow is a highly complementary solution to Dell EMC Isilon and ECS, enabling a unified global file system view across heterogeneous distributed storage and the cloud.

The software allows IT to gain better insights into enterprise file data usage and storage capacity, while also empowering end users and content owners with self-service capabilities to find, use and move files anywhere within the unified global file system.

These powerful features can help unlock the value of data capital and accelerate business outcomes by offering flexibility for users to index and gain visibility into billions of files and folders that would otherwise be trapped in storage siloes based on their physical location.

Also read: Dell EMC Unity Midrange Storage advances data reduction, data protection, and management in latest OS update

Availability:

Dell EMC Isilon F810 and Dell EMC ClarityNow software are now available globally through Dell EMC and its authorized channel partner network.

“In today’s data-driven economy, business success increasingly depends on how well a company maximizes the value of its data, especially its file data. To support demanding, next-generation file workloads, file storage must combine massive scalability, performance and efficiency,” said Scott Sinclair, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group

“By offering the Isilon F810 NAS platform, Dell EMC is directly addressing the challenges of modern file storage demands, not only with its enormous capacity and all-flash performance, but also with its impressive efficiency that will serve to lower hardware storage costs.” 

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Dell EMC Unity Midrange Storage advances data reduction, data protection, and management in latest OS update

Dell EMC has announced that it is making Dell EMC Unity better with the newest Operating Environment 4.5 release including expanded software features such as advanced data reduction, data protection, and management functions.

For the customers who have invested in the cloud or those just starting out, Dell EMC Unity also expands its cloud presence with more cloud deployment options. Customers will also benefit from the quality advancements that come with every Dell EMC Unity release.

“We continue to be impressed with the enhancements that Dell EMC has made with the Unity platform. The new OE 4.5 release that includes advanced data reduction technology has allowed Arrow ECS to more efficiently manage our data,” said Seife Teklu, Senior Solutions Architect, Arrow ECS.

“Using the new File Level Retention and quota management software has enabled us to improve the management of storage allocation and regulatory compliance requirements while Metrosync Manager will help our business reduce unplanned downtime by allowing file synchronous storage resources to failover to our destination site in the event of a disaster”.

Advanced Inline Deduplication

The company has included Advanced In-line Dynamic Pattern Detection that considers all data patterns enabling users to see increased efficiency over OE 4.4 with up to 2.7:1 data reduction savings applicable to both file and block data.

File management gets even better

Metrosync for Unity synchronous file replication that came with OE 4.4 is now enhanced with the addition of Metrosync Manager. Metrosync Manager will enhance orchestration, replication granularity and failover capabilities for the synchronous file replication.

New software to prevent file data loss

New file-level retention capabilities will protect files from modification or deletion until a specified retention date. This is especially useful, for example, when companies are bound by new regulations and compliance requirements for data that has extended life cycles and require longer maintenance and retention periods

Software-defined storage with HA

With Dell EMC Unity OE 4.5, the company has also added native high availability (HA) for the software-defined Dell EMC UnityVSA Professional Edition with 2-node, 2-core, and Tie Breaker Node for 10, 25, and 50TB capacity offerings.

The Dell EMC UnityVSA Tie Breaker Node or witness node is a lightweight third member of the cluster to arbitrate in the unlikely event all communication is lost between the two nodes to avoid data corruption. Users can always download and try Dell EMC UnityVSA Community Edition for free.

Additionally, Dell has also invested in advancing the ability of Dell EMC Unity to participate in hybrid cloud environments – and it’s all available now.

Dell EMC UnityVSA Cloud Edition runs in AWS cloud

With the new Dell EMC Unity Cloud Edition, users will be able to deploy fully-functional Dell EMC Unity storage as a VM in a VMware Cloud environment with initial qualification for VMware Cloud on AWS.

In this version, users will be able to deploy:

  • Comprehensive UFS64 file services for VM Cloud
  • Cloud-based DR capabilities with native asynchronous replication; and
  • Scalable test and development environments without additional Dell EMC Unity hardware.

Also read: Global modular data center market expected to touch $59 billion by 2023: KBV Research

Dell EMC Unity validated with VMware Cloud Foundation

Dell EMC Unity and VMware Cloud Foundation NFS qualification allows users to implement “Do It Yourself” Cloud Building Blocks to design and build a custom cloud platform using best-of-breed cloud-enabled infrastructure such as Dell EMC Unity. Dell EMC Unity is the first NFS-based (i.e. File) external storage array family to be validated with VMware Cloud Foundation. It further demonstrates tangible benefits of buying the complete Dell Technologies stack and highlights Dell EMC Unity engineering investments in VMware.

Source: https://blog.dellemc.com/en-us/dell-emc-unity-midrange-storage-advances-data-reduction-data-protection-management-latest-os-update/

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Cloud Event Hosting News

CloudFest – the mega cloud and hosting festival in full swing – fog, edge computing, latest processors and more

CloudFest, formerly WorldhostingDays, is the wonderland of cloud and hosting industry. The mega 7-day festival has kickstarted from 10th March in Europa-Park Rust, Germany, and is now in top form with over 6500+ enthusiasts from the cloud, hosting and service provider industries taking part from more than 80 countries.

The event is proving to be the ultimate platform for networking exchanges and sharing of the latest innovations and technologies in over 250 keynotes and panel discussions.

It is the most happening days for the cloud and hosting industry professionals who have come together to explore and analyze the future of the data center, cloud, internet and hosting industries.

Highlights till now

  • CloudFest Hackathon

The largest gathering and exchange of open source technology projects and knowledge – CloudFest Hackathon, just like its previous years, helped solve real-life open source problems.

  • Come2Gather Party on 12th

The perfect opening of the CloudFest – was the platform for attendees to network with each other in a calm and relaxed environment.

  • Speaker Line-up

This time the event is not only having speakers from the leading IT industries but also has some out-of-the-box lectures by various headliners like slackline world record holder Alexander Schulz, and technology futurist Ian Khan, to name a few.

  • Lords of Uptime Concert

In context of music, in 2017 the event had Royal Machines – rock band with music legends like Billy Morrison and Steve Stevens. This year, the president of CloudFest – Sören von Varchmin, is here with his own band, inviting his fellow colleagues from the cloud and hosting industries to form – the Lords of Uptime.

He has also tattooed the name of the event and has reportedly promised each imitator a free VIP ticket as part of the #nofake Tattoo Challenge, worth € 999.

  • Business, fun and rollercoasters

The 7-day festival is the perfect blend of technology meet fun. Hosted in Germany’s most popular theme park, participants are feeling awestruck with amazing roller coaster rides, side events and parties.

Some interesting sessions so far

  • Das Kamhout – Sr. Principal Engineer and Global Director, Cloud Solution Architecture at Intel Data Center Group talked about the evolving cloud computing landscape in his session – Defining what’s possible: Cloud Services Built on Intel.

He explained how Intel’s latest cloud infrastructure innovations are exclusively designed to help CSPs accelerate and differentiate their services and define new possibilities. At this occasion, he also introduced Intel’s latest generation Xeon scalable processors, accelerators and technologies to meet the demand of fast growing cloud workload.

  • Scott Schnell – senior vice president of Marketing and Channels at Verisign, talked about the latest trends that have an impact over the demand for domain names and how they are connected to cloud hosting in his session – Domain Name Industry Drivers.
  • Daniel Bounds – Sr. Director, Datacenter Products at AMD, launched new EPYC processor that is ideal for the scale and density requirements for both physical and virtual hosting environments.
  • Jacques Boschung – SVP Global Alliances and Telco at Dell EMC talked about the artificial intelligence (AI) world and how Dell which is at the forefront of AI can help their partners by offering latest high performance, edge computing and real time predictive technologies.
  • Igor Lebedev – CTO at SONM in his session Decentralized Fog Computing: A step into the future with SONM talked about how fog computing solutions can become a complementary technology which can eliminate cloud computing limitations.
  • Ebrahim Keshavarz – the senior vice president at Verisign, showcased their latest NameStudio API – a sophisticated domain name suggestion service that will deliver .net and .com domain names.
  • Lindsay Leonard, the enterprise territory sales manager of Seagate talked about the company’s updated portfolio of new technologies and products fueled by the cloud.
  • Jan Loeffler – CTO of Plesk in his session explained the importance of selling bundled solutions and how by selling infrastructure combined with Plesk technology will help solution providers win in the market era.

RackNap’s Senior Vice President, Sabarinathan Sampath told DHN about how their cloud platform helps CSPs manage their provisioning, billing, support, inventory, partner and customer lifecycle from a single platform.

Not-to-be missed

  • NGD Systems, Inc. showcase of computational storage. They are using FAISS (Facebook Artificial Intelligence Similarity Search) in a POC (Proof of concept) around the distributed implementation of ANN (Approximate Nearest Neighbor) search. NGD’s Cataline-2 (CAT-2) In-Situ Processing NVMe SSDs will be used for faster and scalable search of nearest neighbors.
  • Leaseweb, which is a Gold partner at the CloudFest’s session about digital transformation with the motto Not your average cloud – We empower your digital transformation with our hybrid cloud solutions.
  • Super Micro Computer, Inc. exhibition of SuperBlade, MicroBlade, and 2U BigTwins.
  • ASRock Rack’s latest 4U100-C612 storage server that features 4U 100-bay high performing and high-density storage capacity for the hosting businesses.
  • CloudLinux – leading manufacturers of web security and stability solutions. The CEO Igor Seletskiy session about the role of big data in securing cloud servers.
  • StackPath’s Michael Marques discussion on the business of internet privacy, showcasing a white-labelled VPN service (WLVPN) to protect user privacy and security.

Free tickets for DHN readers

If you are a DHN reader, you get standard pass worth € 349 euros, without any cost, by simply registering using the code CF18JUJ, as we are the official media partners of the event. Only two more days left, so, register today.

Stay tuned, to get exclusive updates from the event.

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Dell EMC, HPE and IBM continue their dominance in global server market 

The global server market witnessed a significant growth in 2017, with revenue going up by 10.4% and shipments growing by 3.1%, as compared to an year before, according to Gartner’s latest report.

The growth was highest in the final quarter of 2017, where server revenue increased by 25.7% and shipment grew by 8.8% YoY.

“Server growth was driven by relatively strong economies for the quarter across the globe,” said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. “This was a somewhat surprising quarter because the strength was exhibited in a variety of positive server shipment and revenue mixes in almost all geographies.”

  • By server revenue:

Based on revenue, Dell EMC dominated the global server market in the fourth quarter of 2017, holding 19.4% share of the total market. It witnessed growth of around 40% as compared to an year ago.

HPE closely followed Dell EMC, holding 19.3% of the total market, and showing a growth of 5.5%. In the third quarter of 2017, HPE had ranked first in the server revenue, but the position has now been taken by Dell EMC.

The other leaders in the server market were IBM, Inspur Electronics, and Huawei.

Inspur Electronics, the leading cloud computing and big data service provider, saw the largest growth (127.8%) in the server revenue and jumped in the list of top five server vendors.

  • By server shipments:

In Q4 2016, Dell EMC had dominated the market in server shipments, and continued its dominance in 2017, holding 18.2% share of the total market.

HPE witnessed a decline of 12.8% in the server shipments, but still ranked second in the list with 13.8% market share.

Lenovo failed to cut place among the server revenue market leaders, but ranked fifth in the server shipments market with 5.7% share.

“Both enterprises and hyperscale data centers produced positive results globally for the year as end users seek to implement more digital business solutions,” said Mr. Hewitt. “The outlook for 2018 suggests that modest growth will continue, with enterprise end users taking an ongoing hybrid approach to both on-premises and public cloud choices based on their server application objectives.”

  • By regions: 

North America and Asia Pacific region represented the largest market share in terms of revenue (27.6% and 35.1%, respectively). Both the regions witnessed significant growth in shipments as well, growing 9.7% (North America) and 21.2% (APAC).

EMEA and Japan saw robust revenue growth in 2017, but declined in terms of shipments.

Latin America witnessed decline in both the terms in final quarter of 2017.

Also read: Gartner recognized Microsoft a leader in OPDBMS market for third time

Gartner will discuss the server market trends and infrastructure and operations at Gartner Global Infrastructure & Operations events in April, May and June.

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Dell EMC uses AMD EPYC processors for new PowerEdge servers  

Dell EMC announced new PowerEdge servers, powered by AMD EPYC 700 series processors, for software-defined environments, and high-performance computing.

The new PowerEdge servers─ PowerEdge R6415, PowerEdge R7415, and PowerEdge R7425, are highly scalable and flexible to support today’s modern data centers. The R6415 and R7415 platforms are single-socket servers, while R7425 is a dual-socket server.

“As the bedrock of the modern data center, customers expect us to push server innovation further and faster,” said Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, president, Server and Infrastructure Systems at Dell EMC. “As customers deploy more IoT solutions, they need highly capable and flexible compute at the edge to turn data into real-time insights; these new servers that are engineered to deliver that while lowering TCO.”

The single-socket capabilities of AMD EPYC will help the new PowerEdge platforms to provide up to 20% total cost of ownership in a single-socket. AMD EPYC processors empower Dell EMC servers to handle usual high-performance workloads, including hybrid-cloud applications, virtualized storage area networks (vSAN), big data analytics, and dense virtualization.

The design features include EPYC processors, ranging from 32 to 64 cores, up to 4TB memory capacity, 8 memory channels, and 128 PCI-e (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) lanes. The PowerEdge servers also include NVM-e (Non-volatile Memory Express) drives, which are optimized for database and analytics workloads.

“We are pleased to partner again with Dell EMC and integrate our AMD EPYC processors into the latest generation of PowerEdge servers to deliver enhanced scalability and outstanding total cost of ownership,” said Forrest Norrod, senior VP and general manager of the Datacenter and Embedded Solutions Business Group, AMD. “Dell EMC servers are purpose built for emerging workloads like software-defined storage and heterogeneous compute and fully utilize the power of AMD EPYC. Dell EMC always keeps the server ecosystem and customer requirements top of mind, this partnership is just the beginning as we work together to create solutions that unlock the next chapter of data center growth and capability.”

EPYC processors enable support for high bandwidth and dense GPU and FPGA in these PowerEdge servers, for HPC applications.

The PowerEdge R6415, PowerEdge R7415, and PowerEdge R7425, are new additions to 14th generation of the Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio. All the existing servers in PowerEdge server portfolio offer intelligent automation with iDRAC9 and Quick Sync 2 management support. The new servers too will offer these services.

The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities which affected all computing and mobile devices with Intel processors, made vendors look for other options to Intel processors. AMD’s exposure to vulnerabilities were minimal and not as pronounced as Intel, but whether this will give it some benefits in the long run or not, remains to be seen.

Also read: Dell contemplating ‘reverse merger’ with VMware to go public  

Dell EMC’s new PowerEdge servers are now globally available.

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Dell contemplating ‘reverse merger’ with VMware to go public  

Dell Technologies, the company which currently owns 80% share of VMware, might sell itself to VMware in a massive reverse-merger deal, and could emerge out as a public company.

According to the sources, the deal is not yet finalized. But if it happens, this reverse merger will supposedly be the biggest deal in tech industry ever. The plan of reverse-merging will help Dell to raise cash and reduce its substantial debt of around $50 billion, as per Bloomberg.

Dell had gone private in 2013, when it partnered with Silver Lake on a leveraged buyout. The partnership had helped Dell become a bigger hardware and software supplier for corporate data centers, avoiding the investor scrutiny that a public company has to face.

In 2015, Dell acquired EMC, the storage-technology provider, for $67 billion, but business model of Dell went under threat because enterprises started moving to cloud, like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.

Dell could follow a more traditional initial public offering, but the reverse merger may help the company avoid a new public offering. However, the reverse merger is not the only option for Dell. It might also buy the remaining 20% stake of VMware.

When the word about reverse merger deal spread, VMware’s stock fell sharply by 8.5%.

“Dell is also considering a public share sale for its Pivotal Software Inc. cloud-computing venture. Dell met with bankers last year to discuss that possibility and was told the company could fetch a valuation of $5 billion to $7 billion” said one of the people to Bloomberg, who asked not to be identified.

Also read: New Gartner report identifies HPE and Dell EMC leaders in the server revenue and shipment market

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New Gartner report identifies HPE and Dell EMC leaders in the server revenue and shipment market 

Worldwide server revenue recorded a huge rise in the third quarter of 2017, reaching 16 percent year-over-year (YoY), while the server shipment grew to 5.1 percent, according to a new Gartner report

Building of infrastructure to support cloud and hybrid cloud implementation was considered as the major driving force behind the growth of server market, per the report.

x86 servers increased 5.3 percent in shipments for the year and 16.7 percent in revenue in the third quarter of 2017. RISC/Itanium Unix servers declined globally, down 23.5 percent in shipments and 18.3 percent in vendor revenue compared with the same quarter last year. The ‘other’ CPU category, which is primarily mainframes, showed a decline/increase of 54.5 percent,” – said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner.

Amongst the companies offering server solutions, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) was recognized as the market leader in terms of revenue. The company earned $3.1 billion in revenue and thus claimed 21 percent market share for Q3, even though the company experienced a negative growth of 3.2 percent.

Source: Gartner

Dell EMC occupied the second position with 37.9 percent growth and 20.8 percent market share, followed by IBM with 7.7 percent growth.

One of the noteworthy mentions is of Inspur Electronics which recorded the highest growth in server revenue (16.6 percent). A possible reason is the rising demand of cloud in the Chinese market along with company’s global expansion plans.

Apart from the top five individual players, others also contributed to a large extent with $5.3 billion.

Source: Gartner

In server shipments, Dell EMC was the leader in the third quarter of 2017 with 17.8 percent market share, followed by HPE with 16.4 percent market share. Here also, Inspur Electronics was the only vendor with a positive growth of 69.5 percent.

Other vendors like Lenovo and Huawei also recorded decent numbers in terms of server shipments with 151,575 and 145,441 shipped units, respectively.

Companies other than the top five, also made impactful contribution to the overall market with 1,362,727 shipped units and contributed 48 percent to the market share collectively.

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Dell EMC’s new Machine and Deep Learning solutions to bring power of HPC and data analytics to enterprises

Dell EMC at SuperComputing conference 2017, announced its new machine learning and deep learning solutions to bring the power of HPC (high performance computing) and data analytics to the mainstream enterprises.

The new solutions combine HPC and data analytics to empower enterprises with opportunities in image processing, fraud detection, financial investment analysis and other similar areas through ready bundles for easier deployment.

Artificial Intelligence techniques like machine and deep learning have been increasingly deployed and used by enterprises but not many have the required skill set and expertise to manage such systems effectively. Here, Dell EMC’s new solutions built around its expertise in HPC and data analytics, offer customers the ability to leverage maximum insights from their collected data for faster and better performances.

Our customers consistently tell us that one of their biggest challenges is how to best manage and learn from the ever-increasing amount of data they collect daily. With Dell EMC’s high-performance computing experience, we’ve seen how our artificial intelligence solutions can deliver critical insights from this data, faster than ever before possible. Working with our strategic technology partners, we’re able to bring these powerful capabilities to all enterprises. When you think about what this means for industries like financial services or personalized medicine, the possibilities are endless and exciting.Armughan Ahmad, senior vice president/general manager, Hybrid Cloud and Ready Solutions, Dell EMC.

The new solution bring together optimized pre-tested and validated servers, storage and networking for machine and deep learning applications. Simplified identification, analysis and automation of data patterns will help customers use data insights in a variety of applications from facial recognition in security to studying human behavior in retail industry.

Customers will also be benefitting from the introduction of new Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 server – supporting NVIDIA latest generation technology.

The Dell EMC Ready Bundles will be available in the first innings of 2018 via Dell EMC and its efficient channel partners, while Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 will be available by December 2017.

With AI going mainstream, technology vendors like IBM, HPE and Dell EMC are pushing their services to be HPC and AI capable, and help developers and enterprises deploy HPC applications. While, HPE has been a leading name in HPC and supercomputing for years, other vendors are also increasing their efforts in the realm. This include IBM integrating its deep learning PowerAI enterprise software with its Data Science Experience.

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Nutanix enhances its Enterprise Cloud OS platform with new developer-oriented services

The hyper-converged infrastructure appliances and software-defined storage provider Nutanix, announced the addition of a new set of developer-oriented services to its Enterprise Cloud OS software.

Nutanix’s new services are designed to address the challenges that developers face while building application on multi-cloud. The additions combine the storage, compute, and network capabilities into a single platform.

The new services include Acropolis Object Storage Service, Acropolis Compute Cloud (AC2), Nutanix App Marketplace services and Intel Skylake Support.

“IT managers are being pushed to deploy datacenter infrastructure that not only runs their business applications efficiently, but also provides cloud-like services that can be consumed by internal application development teams,” said Sunil Potti, Chief Product and Development Officer, Nutanix. “With these new offerings, targeted at developers and workload expansion, Nutanix is the only company that is offering a true public cloud-like experience in the enterprise, which helps customers realize the promise of the multi-cloud era.”

Developers can now easily develop, test and run both enterprise and cloud-native apps across enterprise cloud, and deliver the apps to market in lesser time. They can now use large unstructured datasets, including big data analytics, data warehouse applications and large-scale IoT deployments, so that they get enhanced support for applications.

The Acropolis Object Storage Service collect, store and manage billions of objects into a single namespace with an efficient storage fabric. AWS is the most familiar platform to developers and Nutanix made its enterprise cloud compatible with AWS S3, which enables developers to more easily use storage along with high performance.

Nutanix Compute Cloud (AC2) is for delivering the CPU-intensive apps like distributed analytics workloads, large scale front-end web services, etc., on Enterprise Cloud OS. Enterprises can scale the virtualization software as per the consumption needs, hence reducing the costs.

Nutanix is adding Nutanix App Marketplace services to its multi-cloud application platform Nutanix Calm, with which developers can define apps through standards-based blueprints, further publishing them to market. It will also streamline the adoption of essential developer tools, like Kubernetes, Hadoop, MySQL, Jenkins, and Puppet. Application teams can quickly apply these blueprints, and develop and deploy the workloads into multi-clouds.

Along with these features, Nutanix also added AHV capabilities for its upcoming v5.5 software, which will make its hypervisor a default choice for customers. The v5.5 includes support for Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS), and virtual Graphics Processing Units (vGPU), which will accelerate the graphics.

Enterprise Cloud OS software will now run on new Skylake architecture-based Intel CPUs for accelerated performance and higher scalability. It will now also be available to third-party appliances from Nutanix’s partners including Dell EMC and Lenovo, and qualified servers from HPE and Cisco.

All the new features are currently under development. Nutanix will announce the pricing details once the applications are ready.

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