Flickr Image by user odonata98We have landed squarely in the dog days of summer (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least), when many families escape their daily work for a fun-filled vacation and plenty of kids spend their time outdoors and in summer camps instead of learning in a classroom. At Dell, we haven’t collectively headed off to the beach, but the team here has been having our own fun with a range of announcements and research to share. Read on to hear all that we’ve been up to in the middle of summer.Dell and Microsoft Azure: A Winning CombinationAt the beginning of the month we expanded our Microsoft hybrid cloud solutions with the availability of Azure Backup and Azure TestDev Labs from Dell. Acquiring and using these services from Dell streamlines and speeds IT operations into the cloud with rapid provisioning, multiple integrated adoption choices, and a single point of contact for administration, billing, and support. We were also a Titanium sponsor at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference that took place in Ontario, Canada in mid-July. We had several executives give presentations on the future ready workforce, hybrid cloud and big data and showed off the Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS) by Dell and the Dell Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft. Dell Brazil also won the Software Asset Management (SAM) Award for Latin America and the Caribbean Region!Dell PowerEdge FX2 Bolsters Customer Success We announced updates to the systems management portfolio for the Dell PowerEdge FX2 modular infrastructure to help customers maximize IT productivity and business continuity. The new features enhance provisioning and infrastructure visibility, plus add support for Nagios users and open source applications. This includes OpenManage Power Center that was built to monitor both Dell and non-Dell servers and other devices in the datacenter and OpenManage Essentials 2.2 that enables fast provisioning of I/O aggregators with template-based processes that easily and uniformly replicate the assignment of vLANs during the blade port mapping process, which ensures simplicity and accuracy in network set-up. Our FX servers also received high praise from CRN on their top 10 coolest servers of 2016. Dell PowerEdge 13G with support for Intel’s latest Broadwell processor and Dell DSS 7000 object storage server were also on that list, meaning Dell Servers has three out of the 10 coolest servers on the block, now that’s pretty cool!HPC Drives InnovationDell is doubling down on the HPC opportunity. We’re taking what we’ve learned from the most sophisticated research institutions and government agency supercomputers, and making it easier for a broader set of customers to benefit from HPC systems in this digital world. For example, our Dell HPC Systems for healthcare offer fully tested and validated building block systems, backed by a single point of hardware support and service options across the solution lifecycle, making it faster and cheaper to perform genome sequencing for early signs of a disease for specific treatments that will be more effective for patients. And, these systems are even easier to design, configure and ship through the Dell HPC System Builder, which enables us to configure Dell HPC Systems to fit specific customer wants, needs and environments. The HPC team has also been busy with announcements and recent customer successes leading up to and at the ISC High Performance 2016 conference.IT Leaders and Business Decision Makers AgreeDell commissioned a Dell State of IT Trends 2016 global study to understand how business and IT leaders’ perceptions of technology have evolved as new technologies and delivery methods have entered the market. We wanted to understand these leaders’ point-of-view on key IT trends including compute-centric, software-defined data center, openness, cloud, data center management and digital transformation. The results were astounding. We found that there is an increasingly common understanding between the two groups. The results indicate that IT and business leadership are better collaborating on the same page about the latest in IT and how it can propel businesses forward. Check out the results by clicking on the image below: While we may still be in the dog days of summer, Dell World (October 18-20 in Austin) will be here before you know it. Advance registration is open now through October 17. We hope you can make it!
In today’s data centers, IT administrators and their customers are laser-focused on efficient operations because they need to get the best possible return on their investment. And efficiency is, naturally, one of the key design tenets of PowerEdge servers. From a range of highly efficient power supplies, innovative airflow management, liquid cooling, to the fine-grained power control of the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC), Dell EMC takes great care to ensure that your server infrastructure is highly efficient. A key tool then for data center operators in their quest to optimize, is OpenManage Power Center (OMPC), a software console that gives your IT staff the ability to easily monitor and manage power usage, create and implement power-related policies, reduce consumption during peak price and/or low-load hours, optimize compute resource allocation, simplify cost itemization, and mitigate power or thermal-related risks.And now, with the release of version 4.0 of OMPC, IT administrators have a new tool: Virtual Machine Power Mapping. This is the first power monitoring and management solution from a tier-one server maker that allows IT administrators to discover and monitor power consumption on a per-VM basis.* By using this new functionality, an administrator can discover the hypervisors installed on a given server, enumerate the virtual machines, and measure CPU utilization percentage by each virtual machine, and then create reports showing the amount of power consumed by each VM. This can then be used to bill the appropriate user or department for compute services, something not so easy to do when so many workloads are running in virtual machines scattered across multiple physical servers. This new ability will better enable IT administrators to allocate the fixed and variable costs of workloads and applications running on VMs in their data center. In addition, this functionality can help evaluate VM workload placement and analyze power spikes over a period of time.In addition to VM Power Mapping, as mentioned previously, OMPC administrators can set policies that limit power consumption by row, rack, or individual server, making it easy to increase density. An administrator can set a policy such that servers will throttle up or down, depending on variables such as power rates, thermal conditions, or even power availability. OMPC is even useful for finding available power. Finally, in the event of loss of power to your data center, set actions will be taken, either driven by a pre-defined power policy or with an emergency power reduction command, so that specific servers will throttle back to a bare minimum or shutdown.OMPC is a proven part of the OpenManage portfolio, and an essential tool for data center administrators. Unleash the full potential of virtualization in your data center with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with OpenManage Power Center, now with VM Power Mapping.To learn more about OMPC and VM Power Mapping, please visit these resources:Direct from Dell paper – VM Power Mapping with OpenManage Power Center (OMPC) 4.0Download OpenManage PowerCenterOpenManage Power Center on Dell TechCenterClaim: Dell OpenManage Power Center, version 4.0 is the first power monitoring and management solution from a tier-one server maker that has Virtual Machine Power Mapping, a feature that allows IT administrators to discover and monitor power consumption on a per-VM basis.Disclosure: *Based on Dell internal analysis, August 2017
New Software Update to Dell EMC Unity Blends Midrange Vision with Innovative Enterprise FeaturesInnovation plays a significant role in Dell EMC’s midrange product strategy as we solve customer problems, lower costs, and drive customer satisfaction. Innovation is the reason customers helped grow Dell EMC Unity to more than $2B in sales and officially shipping over ONE Exabyte of raw flash capacity since its debut in May 2016[i]. Customers recognize Dell EMC Unity helps their businesses grow in today’s competitive markets.At Dell EMC, we understand that product quality, reliability and investment protection are critical attributes to our customers and partners. We remain committed to address these attributes and help customers accelerate their IT Transformation goals. The technology capabilities in Dell EMC Unity consistently enable businesses to rapidly respond to change and grow without interruption. Whether your company is coping with availability, performance, data protection, security, multi-cloud agility, or a variety of other challenging business demands, Dell EMC Unity is built to address all of these and more!Complete Array-based Replication Solutions With the new Operating Environment (OE) 4.4 software release, Dell EMC Unity provides a complete complement of array-based replication with MetroSync for File. All synchronous and asynchronous block & file replication options are now included with every Hybrid and All-Flash configuration. Nothing else is needed to ensure continuous operations of applications with rapid recovery and automated failover for both planned and unplanned events. These replication options combine to improve transactional application data RPO and RTO. Whether the operational need is for file or block, synchronous, or asynchronous replication, Dell EMC Unity supports it.Complete Data Services & Data EfficiencyHow much data services software is needed to store, manage, and protect data, or move data to the cloud? Dell EMC Unity’s all-inclusive software provides everything you’ll need – at no additional cost. While some vendors have expensive add-on software licenses, Dell EMC Unity includes all software, including RecoverPoint for VMs and AppSync. Inline compression and deduplication are included too, providing maximum data efficiency.Cloud-based Storage AnalyticsDell EMC Unity includes CloudIQ, a native cloud-based application that uses predictive analytics and machine learning to proactively provide a comprehensive health score for each array. This helps customers identify and understand potential issues in their storage environment. We know that array element managers are essential for routine operations such as configuring and managing your storage. Unisphere for example provides deeper layers of information that support the daily management of data and physical infrastructure. CloudIQ can take proactive array monitoring to new heights, and is updated monthly to bring you a regular cadence of new capabilities.CloudIQ collects performance, capacity, system, configuration, and array protection data to instantly analyze and provide information about the health and status of the array. Information such as performance anomalies, capacity planning statistics and efficiency ratios are just a few of the insights you’ll get from this zero footprint, highly intuitive, browser-based application. CloudIQ provides administrators technical details about what is happening in their storage environments and how they can optimize for the best return on their investment.Of Course, Architecture MattersYour Dell EMC Unity investment is architected to always work 24×7 for your business. Being a a true active-active architecture means both controllers are active and serving IOs and accessing the drives concurrently from each controller. This simply means continuous access and optimizing your investment while you access the data without concern for availability or performance. As a customer, we’ve even made it easy to upgrade your Dell EMC Unity fully online when you need more capacity and performance through data-in-place upgrade support. After all, architecture matters!What Else is New in Dell EMC Unity OE 4.4?Midrange customers have evolved to a point where they need much of the same sophisticated and innovative solutions that large global enterprises use to store and manage data. Dell EMC Unity has been designed to be a complete enterprise-class solution with exceptional economics and flexibility to help our customers modernize their data centers and transform IT.Our product development is focused on solving your business challenges, and we’ll provide solutions that are automated, intelligent, flexible, and economical. Unrelenting attention to our customers keeps us #1, guides our development, and ultimately unleashes a product portfolio that’s hard to beat. Based on Dell internal sales data May 2016-April 2018