Good news for vSAN users: Dell EMC’s industry-leading, 14th generation PowerEdge servers, the bedrock of the modern data center, now include models with AMD EPYC processors available as vSAN Ready Nodes.This incredible pairing takes storage optimization and cost cutting to a whole new level—critical factors for companies eager to deploy emerging workloads:Software-defined storage deploymentsThe highly configurable, 1U single-socket Dell EMC PowerEdge R6415, with up to 32 cores, offers ultra-dense, scale-out computing capabilities. Storage flexibility is enabled with up to 10 PCIe NVMe drives.Edge computing deploymentsThe 2U single-socket Dell EMC PowerEdge R7415 offers up to 20 percent better TCO per four-node cluster for vSAN deployments at the edge. With 128 PCIe lanes, it offers accelerated east/west bandwidth for cloud computing and virtualization. And with up to 2TB memory capacity and 12 NVMe drives it improves storage efficiency.High performance computingThe dual-socket Dell EMC PowerEdge R7425 delivers up to 25 percent absolute performance improvement for HPC workloads like computational fluid dynamics (CFD). With up to 64 cores, it offers high bandwidth with dense GPU/FPGA capability.Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes reduce your risk.New applications and exponential increases in data require the most simple, streamlined, and cost-effective storage approach possible. This is why many enterprises are drawn to VMware® vSAN,™ a software-defined storage (SDS) solution for hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI).The performance of this software—and your return on investment (ROI)—depends on the hardware you choose. Dell EMC’s long-term partnership with VMware ensures you get the most reliable infrastructure in easily purchased and deployed building blocks.Dell EMC’s new AMD EPYC-based PowerEdge servers—like all of our PowerEdge servers—have been pre-configured, tested and certified to reduce deployment risks, improve storage efficiency, and let you quickly and easily scale storage as needed. And each vSAN Ready Node includes the right amount of CPU, memory, network I/O controllers, HDDs and SSDs that are best suited for VMware vSAN.Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes are the easiest way to optimize your servers for vSAN. And Dell EMC is the first and only server provider to offer vSAN Ready Nodes in AMD EPYC-equipped servers.To learn more, contact your Dell EMC representative at 1-866-438-3622.
Well it’s that time of year again. When fall arrives, so do many of the storage vendors annual conferences. As some of you may be aware, Pure Storage will soon be holding their annual ‘Pure//Accelerate 2019’ conference in Austin, Texas, very close to where Dell Technologies started ~35 years ago. This fact got me thinking about the different paths Dell Technologies and Pure Storage have taken in the recent years and the decisions we’ve both made to better serve our customers.If I was a customer trying to decide which company would be a better technology partner for years to come, I would have several questions. So, I decided to write down some of the questions I think customers should be asking of Pure Storage at their conference:When will FlashArray be able to ‘scale out’?Pure Storage’s current FlashArray architecture uses a scale-up ONLY, dual controller, active-passive, design. Dell Technologies has storage platforms in our portfolio that can scale up and/or scale out to meet customers’ requirements. We believe that our portfolio provides more choice and a good opportunity for customers to match the right platform for the workload and use cases they need. I am interested in hearing Pure’s point of view on the benefits of a scale-up only architecture in the enterprise market when faster media types (like NVMe and now SCM) have started to shift the performance bottleneck back to the controller.Will Pure continue to use proprietary flash modules or adopt industry standard media?Pure has developed its own proprietary NVMe modules as part of their FlashArray architecture. If I were a FlashArray customer I would want to understand the risks of committing to a proprietary technology vs. leveraging industry standard NVMe drives. If you believe the past is a good guideline, then proprietary systems don’t have a good track record. Also, I’d like to understand how the innovation cycle of their NVMe modules will match the rest of the industry’s innovations. Last, but not least, what are the implications on supply chain management and availability in the long run for their proprietary components. If/when Pure decides to add SCM (Storage Class Memory) support, will that be a proprietary design also?When will Pure be adding intelligent storage tiering to their platforms?With new and faster media types coming to market – such as SCM (Storage Class Memory), QLC (Quad Level Cells) drives, etc – customers will be able to place their most critical data according to the media type IF the array has intelligent tiering, like we have today at Dell Technologies (as an example, PowerMax just launched full support for SCM media, see the launch video here). If Pure releases SCM and/or QLC in their platforms, will they also be adding intelligent tiering, or any tiering at all, so customers can get the most from their investment without being bottlenecked by the slowest media installed?What is the future of FlashBlade given the recent acquisitions Pure has made (e.g. Compuverde)?It would be interesting to know how many customers are actually buying FlashBlade arrays and what the actual use cases are. I have seen it positioned as File and Object primary storage, but also as a backup target with fast restore. In addition, are there any plans to improve FlashArray file services capabilities with the acquisition of Compuverde? If so, what are the implications on the future of FlashBlade as a File and Object primary storage array?Does paying a premium for Evergreen Gold to get free controllers every three years ALSO provide a performance improvement guarantee from the new controllers?As other storage vendors have also noticed, Pure’s performance improvements from one controller generation to the next have not been as big as one might have expected. Keep in mind that if you bought into the Evergreen Gold messaging then, by the time you get your new controllers you have already paid for 6 years of Evergreen Gold, whether the performance benefit turns out to be 50% or only 5% (remember, you don’t get your ‘free’ controllers until you renew your 3-year Evergreen Gold contract for another 3 years). We feel this is something customers need to consider asking if they will be committing to a 6-year support program like Evergreen Gold.Enjoy your time in AustinWe hope you have a great time in our hometown of Austin. I want to take the opportunity to encourage you to reach out to your Dell Technologies representative if you would like to learn more about our solutions while you are in town, we will be happy to meet with you.If you are interested in learning more about Dell EMC storage vs. Pure you can go here.Have a great day.
Dell Technologies and partners Red Hat, Altiostar, and NEC and Netcracker have joined forces to accelerate open vRAN deploymentsTechnology is always evolving, which is exciting and frustrating for any organization trying to keep up with, adapt to, and anticipate new changes. Communication Service Providers (CSPs) have it particularly hard. A case in point: The evolution to 5G requires upgrading your radio access network (RAN), which is no small feat given the tens of thousands of cell towers you’re responsible for. Of course, it’s very likely that your existing RAN is built on proprietary technology, which means it’s inflexible and expensive.This is why many CSPs are recognizing the potential of open and virtualized radio access networks (vRAN). An open vRAN allows you to disaggregate hardware from software to choose your own components. This way, you aren’t locked into any one solution and have the freedom to modify your RAN based on specific needs.It also brings powerful automation to help you easily deploy and manage hardware and software across geographically distributed areas. Imagine the time saved from significantly fewer truck rolls to each of those cell towers. Instead, accelerate deployment and manage the entire lifecycle from a central location. At the same time, set yourself up for the future — beyond 5G — with a software-based solution that’s not going to require an exhaustive overhaul next time around.Open vRAN offers incredible potential. So, what’s holding you back?It’s true: A disaggregated model built with hardware and software from different vendors can add complexity and risk. How do you integrate all of them? What if they don’t work together?Fortunately for CSPs, industry leaders are coming together to help reap the benefits of an open, vRAN model. For instance, Dell Technologies has joined forces with three of its valued partners to design an open vRAN reference architecture (RA) — built on best-in-class components — that integrates the stack for you.It starts with a solid hardware foundation. Dell EMC PowerEdge 740xd servers with support for accelerator technologies such as the Intel® Programmable Acceleration Card (Intel® PAC) N3000, form the compute layer for your vRAN. Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform are added to automate and simplify hardware configuration and management while also supporting Altiostar’s Open vRAN software. Altiostar’s software opens up your RAN, making disaggregation possible, and radically speeds deployment to those tens of thousands of cell towers. And finally, NEC and Netcracker bring the entire RA together for you with systems integration and end-to-end orchestration. With expertise in both IT and radio networks, they have the keen knowledge and skill sets needed to deploy and manage your open vRAN.Get started now with a validated reference architecture that avoids vendor lock in, reduces risk and speeds your time to market.Dell Technologies, Red Hat, Altiostar, NEC and Netcracker have done the integration work for you to accelerate your network migration and simplify the evolution of your network.To learn more about this validated reference architecture for open vRAN, read our solution brief.
The continued growth of hyperscale networks and the increasing number of distributed and mobile workloads being supported by modern networks is driving the need for increased network speed for data centers and cloud services. While 100GbE ports have shipped for some time, Dell’Oro Group predicts 400GbE and higher speeds will account for more than 28% of port shipments by 2024¹.A number of additional factors are driving the rapid shift to 400GbE. Server densities and processor capabilities continue to increase, and organizations are adopting more hyperconverged systems. Data centers are adopting bandwidth hungry applications like HPC and virtualization, moving to cloud-based applications, and looking for ways to pack more capacity into the same space. In addition to providing greater bandwidth, 400GbE requires one-fourth the number of connections to the spine as 100GbE, reducing port density, simplifying cabling and allowing more room for expansion.Most organizations will still see significant value in 100GbE technology and will not rip and replace their 100GbE network backbones, instead looking to solutions that enable a smoother migration to 400GbE where port speeds can be increased via software.As modern data center networks increase in complexity, there is a growing demand for automation driving digital transformation within the network infrastructure. When the Dell EMC PowerSwitch Z9432F-ON is paired with SmartFabric OS10, the built-in SmartFabric Services features enable autonomous fabric deployment, expansion, and life-cycle management for software-defined infrastructures and can easily manage the entire infrastructure from a single pane of glass for a more agile, reliable, and simplified network. Similarly, with Dell EMC SmartFabric Director software, organizations can automate the configuration of data center networks using an intent-based approach, providing enhanced visibility of both the virtual overlay network (VMware NSX-T) and the physical underlay of Dell EMC PowerSwitches.The new Dell EMC PowerSwitch Z9432F-ON also supports multi-rate high-speed connections so that organizations can provision the appropriate port speeds as business needs require and ensure a smoother migration path. This flexibility can greatly help organizations to minimize the need for hardware upgrades as the network scales and traffic patterns change since the Z9432F-ON 400GbE ports can be configured to handle connection speeds of 10/25/100/400 GbE within one rack unit (RU).ESG’s initial review of the Dell EMC PowerSwitch Z9432F-ON reveals that organizations can facilitate high performance and low latency connectivity throughout their data center fabrics and into hybrid clouds.In this video, Bob Laliberte, senior analyst, discusses modern networks requirement for open, flexible solutions that enable rapid expansion, delivery high performance and maintain operational efficiency.¹ Source: Dell’Oro Group: Ethernet Switch – Data Center Five Year Forecast Report 2020 – 2024, July 2020
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Washington, D.C., judge has issued an emergency order preventing the release of a Georgia woman involved in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Lisa Eisenhart is accused of breaking into the Capitol with her son, Eric Munchel of Nashville, Tennessee. Both were arrested and are being held in Nashville. In separate hearings, a Nashville judge had ordered them released to home confinement. In an emergency order Tuesday, a federal judge in the District of Columbia blocked Eisenhart’s release and ordered her transported to D.C. The judge issued the same order for Munchel on Sunday.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has passed a bill that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state. The 30-13 vote Thursday overcomes years of hurdles thanks to Republican winning new seats in last year’s elections. The Senate vote is likely the final hurdle for the bill. It has passed the House easily in previous years and Gov. Henry McMaster has repeatedly said he will sign it as soon as he can. The measure requires doctors to use an ultrasound to try to detect a fetal heartbeat if they think pregnant women are at least eight weeks along. If a heartbeat is found, the abortion can’t take place.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Legal experts raised alarm when U.S. court officials confirmed that their electronic case files had been compromised as part of a sweeping attack on U.S. computer networks. Russian hackers seemingly gained access to a vast trove of private information hidden in sealed files, and that could include trade secrets, espionage targets, whistleblower reports and arrest warrants. Trial lawyers are now preparing to hand-deliver hard copies of highly sensitive documents to the courts instead of uploading them online. Some people worry that the new rules will reduce public access to court proceedings, but the rules could also make judges rethink whether a seal or paper filing is really necessary.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and a group of 10 Senate Republicans are offering competing proposals to help the United States respond to the coronavirus pandemic and provide economic relief to businesses and families. The president met with the senators on Monday at the White House. White House press secretary Jen Psaki is describing the meeting as “an exchange of ideas” and not a forum for Biden to “make or accept an offer.” The topline numbers are this: Biden’s plan calls for an additional $1.9 trillion in federal spending. The 10 GOP senators are calling for about $618 billion.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities say they plan to deport a British woman married to a slain Indonesian militant because of a visa violation and her alleged link to a hard-line religious group. Police said Tazneen Miriam Sailar was taken to Jakarta’s immigration detention center after she was linked to the religious group Islamic Defenders Front, which was outlawed on Dec. 30. A National Police spokesperson says Sailar, a charity fundraiser who grew up in Manchester, converted to Islam when she married a Indonesian militant in 2010 who died in a combat zone in Syria in 2014. An immigration official says Sailar’s visa expired two years ago.