Month: February 2021

EMC Continues Open Source Momentum with New RackHD Hardware M&O Layer

first_imgIT infrastructure architectures are evolving quickly, fueled by the rapid innovation of the specific hardware and software that provide infrastructure services. We are realizing the first generation of Software-Defined infrastructure services is still overly dependent on the underlying hardware, rendering it exceedingly difficult to fully automate and quickly leverage new functionality. We believe a new layer of abstraction between the hardware and infrastructure software is needed, which is why EMC has kicked off a new open source community project called RackHD™. This new layer of abstraction between the IT infrastructure hardware and software will enable both to evolve independently. In 2016 it is expected that hardware innovations will create new density and performance capabilities. Software innovation will increase the flexibility of services, and become even more automated. This will enable a whole new set of IT infrastructure services.Today we announced the RackHD project to provide this new layer of abstraction. RackHD allows configuration of heterogeneous hardware infrastructure as a fungible pool of resources that infrastructure software (storage, network, compute) will consume to provide services to multiple operating environments. RackHD is derived from the hardware M&O innovation initially developed and launched in the VCE VxRack product. We decided to open source this, as we believe this will accelerate the development of RackHD. Operating under the Apache 2.0 license, vendors can easily extend the functionality of RackHD and include support for their infrastructure products.This abstraction capability is incredibly important to next-generation data center architectures. Application workloads and the corresponding IT infrastructure requirements are becoming more diverse. The abstraction layer enabled by RackHD will allow pools of hardware resources to be able to support the growing diversity of traditional and next-generation application workloads. IT infrastructure software will be able to provide composable services for all types of workloads.The release of RackHD as an open source project is an important milestone for the industry. Next-generation data designs leveraging pools of industry-standard hardware presented as pools of compute, network, and storage capacity to next-generation infrastructure service software is dependent on an open abstraction layer that is supported by all industry vendors. This is why EMC made the decision to move our work into the open source community. We are committing development resources to extend the RackHD functionality. The EMC RackHD development team will work directly in the open, continuously committing code directly to the RackHD public GitHub repository. Our invitation is open for anyone to engage with the project through our developer advocate team EMC {code} and help the industry accelerate the introduction of next generation data center architectures.last_img read more

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Sweet On Dell Technologies: Innovation in the Data Era

first_imgThis is the fifth installment of an ongoing series “Sweet on Dell Technologies.” Co-authored with Jeff Clarke, Vice Chairman, Products and Operations, Dell Technologies.A few weeks ago, I was in New York for our Dell Technologies 2019 Business Update. It’s a given that we reviewed our company strategy and financials, but what we also wanted attendees to take away is the depth of our innovation. Innovation is nothing new for our business – it’s what our customers expect from us. And, the speed and scale at which we’re innovating and integrating across the Dell Technologies family to create the technology infrastructure of the future is what’s truly impressive.As we head into 2020, I look across our expansive Dell Technologies’ portfolio – one that has evolved alongside the needs of our customers with a company-wide vision to drive human progress. This vision has inspired us to develop solutions for customers that allow them to evolve their entire IT strategy to meet the demands of the Data Era. And true to the core of our beginnings, we build solutions to remove the complexity our customers face every day in a world where IT touches almost all aspects of business, from PCs, apps, services, clouds, the edge, security, AI and Machine Learning.So, with this in mind, for today’s episode of the ‘Sweet On’ blog, I’ve invited Dell Technologies’ Vice Chairman Jeff Clarke to provide his insights into how we approach innovation to deliver holistic solutions for our customers across Dell Technologies. Jeff has been immersed in Dell’s innovation evolution for more than 30 years – his perspective is one that I always enjoy, having had both a front-row seat to all the action – while also being right in the middle of it all.Dell Technologies recently held its annual Business Update for financial analysts and media in New York, where Michael Dell, Dennis Hoffman (our Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy), Tom and I provided an overview of just how large our opportunity is in the market given the depth and breadth or our portfolio and capabilities.One thing I hope we made crystal clear to our guests at the event and those listening over the web – this is not the Dell of years’ past. This is a new, powerhouse Dell Technologies delivering innovation at the scale and speed of the Data Era.We are uniquely positioned in a world where data is driving insights and action, and as a result – customers are making big investments in their IT infrastructure in order to stay competitive. Our customers are investing in physical and virtual hardware, digital workspace solutions, applications, AI-enabled systems and services. These investments are borne out of the need to mobilize, analyze and utilize data as their greatest asset – and inspire and enable their workforce to deliver game-changing outcomes with the most potent tools, applications and resources.While I could spend more time on growth and revenue numbers behind that portfolio – I want to hover on how we’re investing in innovation in ways that are truly unique to Dell Technologies.In just the last five years, we invested more than $20 billion in R&D, with more than 25,000 patents and applications. And while hardware is our roots – we’re innovating across our portfolio to deliver infrastructure solutions and PCs that are fueled by intelligent software. Dell Technologies is home to more than 20,000 engineers, data scientists and PhDs – and 85 percent of them are writing software.The focus of all that innovation driven by ingenuity? Our customers. That’s never changed in my 32 years with the organization. We’ve long partnered with our customers to deliver solutions that don’t just stun and excite in a lab – they make a difference when applied to the real world. We take advantage of Open Innovation and Experience Innovation to deliver powerful systems and customer experiences that tackle the most poignant challenges our customers face today and what they expect to face in the next three to five years.However, what always changes are the needs of our customers – and man are they evolving at a pace they, and we, are working hard to keep up with. The rate of data growth is not slowing – and currently many organizations are managing upwards of five disparate IT systems to mobilize, analyze, protect and secure their data – creating complexity and a lack of data visibility. That’s all compounded when you consider the amount of data that will come from the edge in the next five years – and the need to drive your data management strategy across both the edge and the cloud.It’s that complexity that has our CTO and engineering teams fired up to deliver holistic solutions that simplify it all. And what’s even more exciting is that given the breadth of the Dell Technologies estate – we’re able to do just that. We have the unique ability to bring together the brightest minds and leading innovation across IT infrastructure, PCs, services, security, application development. We have the solutions to enable a hybrid-cloud strategy while at the same time extending compute for AI and Machine Learning workloads out to the edge. We have the partnerships throughout the broader ecosystem to extend innovation into vertical markets and continue to make investments into the next amazing breakthroughs in IT through our venture arm, Dell Technologies Capital.Take all of this and support it with the world’s leading technology supply chain and global finance arm, and our customers get unparalleled solutions and services to power their business. That’s Dell Technologies today – leading from the front in the Data Era.Editor’s note: To go deeper, check out Tom’s and Jeff’s recent presentations and transcript from the Business Update in New York at: https://investors.delltechnologies.com/events/event-details/dell-technologies-2019-business-updatelast_img read more

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Dell Technologies Achieves Top Ranking in SQL Server TPC-H Benchmark

first_imgIf you want to find a list of the 20 best electric toothbrushes for 2020, you have plenty of options. But where do you go when you want to see a list of the top 10 data warehouse technologies?—probably not your regular social media channels. For those of you who don’t follow database benchmarking news, it’s the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) that provides the most trusted source of independently audited database performance benchmarks. Two of TPC’s primary activities are creating good benchmarks and creating a process for auditing those benchmarks.Dell Technologies recently achieved the top position on the TPC (tpc.org) leaderboard for the decision support workload benchmark (TPC-H) price/performance results for a 10,000 GB database. This benchmark tests decision support systems that are designed to examine large volumes of data, run highly complex queries, and provide answers to critical business questions. The TPC-H top-ranked system for price/performance was the Dell EMC PowerEdge R940xa server running Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Enterprise Edition with the Windows Server 2019 operating system.1The performance metric reported for TPC-H is the Composite Query-per-Hour Performance Metric ([email protected]). Most database benchmarks for high-transaction workloads are stated in transactions per second (TPS). The queries-per-hour calculation for the decision support benchmark is the result of the queries being far more complex than most OLTP transactions. The decision support queries include a rich combination of transformation operators and selectivity constraints that generates intense activity on the database server being tested.When it comes to choosing servers that will perform well with many concurrent decision support requests, the configuration is critically important. In our Dell labs, we worked on a configuration that provided a balance between price and performance. The PowerEdge R940xa server used for this benchmark was configured with four Intel Xeon Platinum 8280L processors supplying 112 cores (224 logical cores with Intel Hyper-Threading) plus 6 TB of memory. Storage for the benchmark system was supplied by ten 1.6 TB Mix Use SAS SSDs capable of 12 Gbps plus four 6.4 TB Mixed Use Express Flash NVMe small form factor 2.5-inch drives. The Dell engineers achieved 1,420,550.7 TPC-H Composite Query-per-Hour ([email protected],000 GB) with price/performance of $0.67 USD/[email protected],000 GB. The TPC Benchmark H Full Disclosure Report is available on the TPC website.1Benchmarks that rank database systems using real-world workloads typical of decision support environments provide insights to IT professionals by providing a comparison of both price and performance. Perhaps the most important advantage of considering benchmarks when evaluating technology options is the value added by having an independent analysis of test results. The independent analysis means the benchmark results have integrity and show where a system stands compared with other systems. Anyone can then look at the system configuration in the TPC Full Disclosure Report to understand how the system was configured to achieve a top price/performance result. For IT professionals, the report results mean that PowerEdge R940ax servers are among the top price/performance systems for accelerating decision support and similar systems for a 10 TB SQL Server 2019 database.1SQL Server, along with other RDBMS products from leading vendors, is quite efficient at using memory and solid-state-drive technology. More memory and faster disk drives can usually improve database performance for many types of workloads. With its multiple configuration options, the PowerEdge R940xa can accelerate many databases workloads, such as decision support, online transaction processing, data warehouses, and more.More information about this testing is available on the PowerEdge R940xa TPC-H Benchmark Data Sheet. For technical information, see the PowerEdge R940xa rack server page for specifications, customizations, and details. In addition, Dell Technologies offers a portfolio of other rack servers, tower servers, and modular infrastructure that can be configured to accelerate most any business workload.Learn more about Microsoft SQL Server Solutions:We welcome you to join us at Microsoft Ignite this week. Registration for this virtual event is open to all and will be an excellent opportunity to learn how Microsoft and Dell Technologies’ solutions are helping to shape the data landscape. More information can be found on our Ignite Partnership Page.Dell Technologies has a broad portfolio of solutions for Microsoft SQL Server. Our Info Hub for SQL Server solutions is a technical library for researching and learning about these solutions. It includes white papers about SQL Server Big Data Clusters, SQL Server 2019 in containers, and running SQL Server on vSAN Ready Nodes, among many other resources.Are you more interested in an overview of the many solutions for SQL Server? For a business overview of how Dell Technologies and Microsoft can enable your company with modern infrastructure and agile operations, see the Dell Technologies solutions page for Microsoft SQL Server.¹ Based on TPC Benchmark H (TPC-H), Sept 2020, the Dell EMC PowerEdge R940xa server has a TPC-H Composite Query-per-Hour metric of 1,420,550 when run against a 10,000GB Microsoft SQL Server 2019 database in a non-clustered environment yielding a TPC-H Price/Performance of $0.67 USD per query-per-hour. Actual results may vary based on operating environment. Full results on tpc.org.last_img read more

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Germany’s Commerzbank to cut 10,000 jobs, slash branches

first_imgFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany’s Commerzbank says a proposed restructuring would mean dropping 10,000 full-time jobs. That amounts to one in every three jobs at the bank in Germany. The bank is cutting costs and moving more business online through use of digital technology. That means it plans to cut its branch network from 790 to 450. The goal is to increase profitability by 2024. The news came in a statement to investors that says the drastic restructuring will be discussed by the board of directors Feb. 3. Commerzbank said the restructuring will mean expenses of 1.8 billion euros, some of which has already been set aside from earnings.last_img read more

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WVa man arrested near Capitol; gun, ammunition found in car

first_imgAuthorities say a West Virginia man concerned about the presidential election outcome has been arrested near the U.S. Capitol. Police said they found a pistol and ammunition in the man’s car Wednesday. Seventy-one-year-old Dennis Warren Westover of South Charleston was charged with carrying a pistol without a license and other offenses. U.S. Capitol police say they found the car parked Wednesday in the middle of a Washington intersection and the driver walking in the road close to the Capitol. Police say Westover was animated and shouting at National Guard members inside a fence line. Authorities said they found a pistol and 20 bullets in Westover’s vehicle.last_img read more

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Japan extends emergency amid vaccine, Olympic uncertainty

first_imgTOKYO (AP) — Japan is extending a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and nine other areas through March 7. The announcement by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of the one-month extension comes amid growing uncertainty over the national rollout of vaccines and the hosting of the Tokyo Olympics this summer. Under the state of emergency, the government has issued non-binding requests for people to avoid crowds and eating out in groups, and for restaurants and bars to close by 8 p.m. New cases have declined in Tokyo and nationwide since early January, but experts say hospitals remain flooded with serious cases and that preventive measures should remain in place.last_img read more

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