The Pit and the Podium: EMC Puts Converged Infrastructure into High Gear for Lotus F1 Team

first_imgA winning Formula 1 car is built with 80,000 parts and components that must perform together at speeds of over 200 mph. To support the success of such a technologically advanced racing car, a wealth of compute, storage and network technologies are required to analyze data, aid design, support manufacturing, monitor on-track performance, and more. Smaller, lighter and faster are the driving forces behind IT as much as they are in Formula 1 racing.To accomplish all that, it takes an IT infrastructure that’s as streamlined, sleek and powerful as the car itself. Today, with a converged infrastructure from EMC, Lotus F1 Team has achieved that goal.It wasn’t always that way. Before making the transition to a converged infrastructure and the private cloud, Lotus F1 Team used a single data center, with all its infrastructure contained there. It was built on a client-server, multilayer-switched network architecture. The infrastructure was complex and hard to scale, making it impractical to maintain efficient operations.Performance was acceptable, but not good enough. This architecture also demanded significant attention from IT—especially when it came to managing data. For example, manual storage tiering limited the volume and speed of data that could be analyzed.Today their IT profile is sleeker, faster and far more powerful with a VCE Vblock System as the foundation of Lotus F1 Team’s converged infrastructure. An EMC VNX platform with Fast Suite, EMC VPLEX and EMC Data Domain provides federated storage across data centers, automated tiering, continuous availability and data deduplication. Together, these systems eliminate most of the manual administration that stretched the team’s IT resources.On the track, Lotus F1 Team maintains what amounts to a mini mobile data center made possible by their EMC converged infrastructure. Throughout the race, the team’s strategy and performance engineers are collecting, analyzing and responding to billions of points of data about the car’s overall performance and about its component parts. That information is then relayed to the pit crew and modifications are made during the race.For its trackside data center, Lotus F1 Team provisions 50 virtual servers to support the race. With 250 sensors on the car, that trackside data center can take in 50 TB over the course of the race. Lotus F1 Team uses that data for many purposes such as to make car adjustments during the race, to track tire wear, monitor and adjust fuel consumption, and many other factors that can mean the difference between a win and a loss.Convergence and the cloud brought additional benefits to the trackside team and their mobile data center. Since deploying the converged infrastructure, Lotus F1 Team has shrunk its trackside footprint, and tripled performance. With Vblock, the time to receive analytics of real-time performance data has been reduced to less than one minute per lap. Weight isn’t important only with the car; it’s critical when it comes to the cost of maintaining and moving that trackside data center. The almost 20 percent reduction in weight of the equipment saves Lotus F1 Team upwards of $150,000 per season in raw transportation costs.It takes a lot of people, working together, to put a competitive car on a Formula 1 track. And it takes special IT partners like EMC, working together, to help keep it there.last_img read more

How IoT Changes the World Of Data

first_imgThe Internet of Things (IoT) brings the promise of new possibilities, but to unlock them, organizations must change how they think about data. With the emergence of the IoT, we are seeing a new class of applications that deal with streaming data coming in from a wide array of sensors and devices across the globe. In essence, the world of IoT involves a paradigm shift from today’s static and finite data to the world of real-time applications consuming continuous and infinite data streams.  With this new model comes new demands that quickly overwhelm today’s legacy infrastructure stacks.New Demands in the Streaming World of IoTTaming the data stream: IoT data coming from a sea of global devices takes the form of streams, which are inherently different from the static data that we are used to. Streaming data is continuous and infinite, and it comes fast. It has a state, but arrives out of order, transmits multiple times, and may have large chunks missing. To take advantage of the insights contained in streaming IoT data, next-gen solutions will need to be able to navigate these distinctive characteristics to make streaming data analytics reliable, durable and consistent.Volatility to the max: The volatility challenge of big data is exponentially greater with streaming. Gone are the days of consistent, nightly batch loads. IoT data is always in motion, and its volume is in flux at any given time. Therefore, the need to auto-sense and elastically scale up and down to react to dramatic peaks and valleys within the streaming workload is critical.Infinite scale – The sheer volume of devices and exponential speed at which data is created brings an exabyte-level data scaling challenge. Before IoT, most of this data was just thrown away, but now you need a plan to process and a cost-effective way to persist, enrich and feed all of this data to your data science teams.Challenge of securing accurate real-time insights: In the world of IoT, time is the difference between acting on an insight to add business value or missing a critical opportunity. Moving to true streaming analytics engines can cut valuable minutes and seconds off of traditional mini-batch analytics approaches. Taken a step further, moving these analytics out of the cloud and onto powerful servers in the fog (the edge in some cases) can provide even more timely and accurate insights.Today’s Do-It-Yourself SolutionsIoT represents a huge opportunity for businesses, but putting it all together has been a challenge for organizations due to the demands detailed above, which traditional solutions were not designed for.  In order to achieve a semblance of ‘stream-like’ capabilities, today’s solutions resemble a patchwork quilt with disparate technologies stitched across a myriad of software venders and hardware stacks.  Early adopters have struggled with these DIY solutions which are costly, complex, and offer limited applicability.  The solutions have redundant siloes for each separate function and then complicate it further with individual data pipelines for real-time, batch, and disaster recovery.  And at the end of the day, they still don’t fully achieve their goal: actionable real-time insights. Delivering the Platform Necessary for IoT: Project NautilusAt Dell EMC, we see an opportunity to radically simplify the DIY infrastructure stack that has come to dominate IoT related platforms. That is why we engineered Project Nautilus, a real-time analytics and streaming storage solution, built from the ground up to provide the foundation for reliable streaming applications. This project combines innovative open source streaming software (Pravega), stream analytics (Apache Flink), plus Dell PowerEdge servers which seamlessly tier into our nearly bottomless unstructured data portfolio featuring Isilon & Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS). It’s not available yet—but stay tuned for this to move from project to reality as the world of IoT continues to become increasingly complex.Check out Project Nautilus here:  Dell EMC IQT Keynote.last_img read more

Customers Want Dell EMC VMAX 950F for Enterprise Storage

first_imgThis month, CRN announced their 2017 Products of the Year, with the judging being done by those who work directly with the offerings to solve customers’ problems – the IT channel.  At Dell EMC we are always first and foremost focused on the customer, which is why we are especially excited to share that Dell EMC’s newest flagship All-Flash enterprise storage array, the VMAX 950F, is the winner in Enterprise Storage for customer demand.Dell EMC has set the industry’s benchmark for enterprise storage for years and continued this tradition with the release of the VMAX 950F earlier this year, which delivers up to 4x faster performance than the nearest competitor1.  This All-Flash array offers up to 4 PB of effective capacity, up to 6.7M IOPS – 68% faster than the previous generation, 150 GB/s of sustained bandwidth2 and response times of 350 microseconds for OLTP databases – 30% better than the previous generation3.  It is the ultimate platform to consolidate with confidence – ideal for mixed workloads, it supports mixing mainframe and open systems and offers a 25% smaller footprint than its predecessor.  Plus, customers gain greater levels of security, reliability and data protection with the latest version of the HYPERMAX operating system.It is no wonder that customers are demanding VMAX 950F for their enterprise storage. A recent Total Economic Impact study done by Forrester found that the customers interviewed using Dell EMC All-Flash storage experienced key benefits such as increased IT productivity, increased end user productivity, storage hardware and management savings, and a reduction in power and cooling costs resulting in $4.2M of benefits and an ROI of 126% over a three year period4.Home Furnishings retailer RC Wiley chose VMAX All Flash for its entire virtualized VMware environment as well as for its business-critical database because of its six-nines availability and proven track record.  “We have a high amount of confidence in the VMAX line of arrays…They’re absolutely rock solid” said Richard Sheridan, IT Manager at RC Wiley.Plus, the VMAX 950F is now part of Dell EMC’s Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program providing customers additional peace of mind through investment protection with no hidden costs. The Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program for VMAX consists of the following benefits: 3 Year Satisfaction Guarantee, 4:1 All Flash Storage Efficiency Guarantee, Never Worry Data Migrations, Hardware Investment Protection, All-Inclusive Software and Clear Price Maintenance. Just another reason why VMAX All Flash gives customers the best value for their investment.At Dell EMC, our customers are our highest priority and it’s a great testament that our channel partners have chosen VMAX 950F as the leader in customer demand for enterprise storage.______________________________________________________________________1March 2017 Dell EMC internal testing compared to competitive array for OLTP with compression and encryption.2 Based on Dell EMC internal testing compared to VMAX 850F, March 2017. Actual performance may vary.3 Based on Dell EMC internal testing compared to VMAX 850F, March 2017. Actual performance may vary.4Source: Forrester Research, The Total Economic Impact of the Dell EMC All-Flash Storage Portfolio, September 2017last_img read more

Lights, Camera, Action! The new OEM PowerEdge R740xd2 Makes its Debut

first_imgWhen we say that we listen to our customers, it’s not empty marketing hype. In fact, we generally do way more than listen – we follow through. Let me share a great example. A few months ago, a large OEM customer told the team that it needed a customized solution to bridge the gap between compute and storage. Unfortunately, none of our existing products fit the exact bill. We listened, got together all the right people within Dell EMC and effectively designed a brand-new product to meet the customer’s needs.Responding to customer needsAnd so, hot off the press, I’m delighted to present the PowerEdge R740xd2, one of my favorite products of all time! What’s so special about the latest addition to our server range? How does it address that customer’s needs and what other customers is this product likely to appeal to?Data never sleepsBefore I answer, look around! Data is everywhere. In the last few years, more data has been created than in the previous 5,000 years of humanity put together. It’s mind-blowing but apparently we now create more than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day. Get this – every three days, the amount of data we produce is equivalent to the number of grains of sand on planet earth. By 2020, it’s estimated that for every person on earth, 1.7Mb of data will be produced every single second.Our world continues to transformWe’re all witnesses and players in this dynamic. Just think of our own lives. You don’t have to be old to remember when photos were hard copy and stored in albums that sat on the shelf in your living room. That was the case less than 20 years ago. Compare that to the present. Just think of the huge volume of photos taken now, all day, every day, via mobile phones. Not only has the volume increased dramatically – so too has the resolution. We used to watch DVDs – now it’s HD TV on demand. Instead of being a content consumer, many of us now create our own videos to post on YouTube. Video surveillance used to feature analog cameras – increasingly, the world is using IP digital cameras with different, higher resolutions and various aspect ratios.A continual loopThe list goes on but you get my point. The way that pictures and video are now being created, managed, distributed and viewed is causing a seismic shift in the industry. 3D rendering and video content creation, including acquisition, transcoding and distribution, are hungry and need huge amounts of server processing power. Multi-device consumption and ultra-high definition are driving increased demand and generating even more data, which, guess what, needs to be stored!Customer expectations are highMeanwhile, user experience has taken central stage – we expect delivery to be instantaneous, anywhere, anytime, on any device. The big take-away is these data-heavy workloads demand huge computing power plus vast, vast amounts of storage. Looking ahead, I believe that demand will ramp even higher with trends like AI, 5G networks, 8K, HDR,IPv6 protocols, virtual and augmented reality plus, of course, IoT.The bridge between compute and storageThe good news is that the PowerEdge R740xd2 has been designed to deal with this data deluge. It’s all about bringing compute closer to storage in order to deliver high performance results. Let me give a flavor of what you can expect.Up to 364TB of storagePicture, flexible storage and performance resources in a space-saving 2U rack server. Capacity wise, the PowerEdge R740xd2 can accommodate 24 x 3.5 inch front-serviceable, hot-swappable drives, delivering an amazing 364TB of storage with fast connection and response times. Of course, you can also add flash and 2S performance as your workload requirements evolve.Eliminate bottlenecksIn terms of power, this little beauty packs a punch, delivering two-socket performance with up to two Intel® Xeon® scalable processors and up to 44 cores. With fast networking options and up to 16 DIMMS of memory, you can kiss bottlenecks goodbye. And of course, a cyber-resilient architecture ensures your data stays safe and available.Inspired by our OEM customersTo all our OEM partners and customers in the video surveillance and media and entertainment markets – the PowerEdge R740xd2 is for you! During the test phase, OEM customers in these vertical industries told us they loved this product, describing it as “perfect for purpose”, “flexible”, “reliable”, “high quality”, and “rock solid.”And, of course, from our perspective, the PowerEdge 740xd2 rounds out our already extensive OEM server and storage portfolio, allowing us to address the needs of our video surveillance customers plus enter and disrupt new markets, like media and entertainment.What’s your reaction? I would love to hear your comments and questions. Remember, we’re listening and will continue to expand our portfolio to allow you get to market faster!Learn more about the PowerEdge R740Xd2 here. Learn more about Dell EMC OEM visit: www.dellemc.com/oemJoin our LinkedIn OEM & IoT Solutions Showcase page here.Keep in touch. Follow us on Twitter @dellemcoem and @ronatdelllast_img read more

Governor offers help to Alabama towns hit by killer tornado

first_imgFULTONDALE, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey is promising help to families and businesses impacted by the tornado that tore up some of Birmingham’s suburbs. She said the people of Alabama are praying for them and will help them rebuild. The terrifying tornado trapped entire families in the wreckage of their homes Monday night, killing a teenager and injuring 30 people. Some survived in bathtubs and basements. The weather service says the twister was an EF- 3 with 150 mph winds. The governor says “homes and businesses can be rebuilt, but losing a young soul to a heart like this is beyond heartbreaking.”last_img read more

Atlanta Falcons owner donating $17M to civil rights museum

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — The billionaire owner of the Atlanta Falcons is donating $17 million to help a civil rights museum expand and offer new programming. Arthur Blank’s family foundation announced the gift to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on Thursday. The vast majority of the money will fund a new, three-story west wing at the downtown Atlanta museum that will include space to educate visitors about lynching. The remaining $2 million will be used to fund storytelling and other projects that connect the history of racial injustice to contemporary challenges. Blank co-founded Home Depot Inc. He bought the Falcons in 2002 and also owns the Atlanta United soccer team.last_img read more