BackgroundWith significant, ongoing increase in data center workloads, the demands on IT managers to improve their operating efficiency marches on. To support growing workloads, maintaining an ongoing practice of maximizing server density within your existing data center footprint and fully utilizing the power and cooling available in existing servers are effective approaches to getting the most out of your data center. Server power management isn’t new. In a recent survey of data center administrators conducted by Dell, over half of IT administrators are already using some kind of power management solution.Fig. 1 – Power ManagementIn order to pursue the twin goals of increased density and power utilization, it’s important to utilize tools that provide extensive control and rapid, accurate monitoring of server power and thermal characteristics. With that in mind, consider that Dell OMPC is a powerful and practical tool designed to actively monitor, optimize, and control server power utilization and thermal limits. In addition to managing Dell PowerEdge servers, OMPC is also able to monitor third-party devices. With the most recent release of OMPC, version 3.2, support has been added for the latest generation of Dell PowerEdge servers, report templates have been enhanced, and this console now supports up to 6,000 devices.OMPC overviewPower Center is a powerful tool that instruments the datacenter and can support power management, static and dynamic power and thermal policies that include prioritization of server workload, collection and comparison of thermal and power information. OMPC was built to monitor both Dell and non-Dell servers and other devices in the datacenter. In addition, the most recent version, v3.2, supports pre-defined templates to create, customize, run and export reports – so you can manage and compare to previous reports and manage your way through tasks, with results that can be filtered to make them most relevant to the task at hand. OMPC supports multiple generations of Dell servers, giving customers full control over their current and future PowerEdge servers’ power consumption, utilization, and thermal profile through tight integration with the fine-grained instrumentation and embedded intelligence in each server’s integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC). This enables better visibility, improved control, greater rack density, faster power-capping, and greater accuracy, all of which leads to better decision-making for data center operators.UsageA recent case study of a Brazilian-based cloud service provider, Mandic Cloud Solutions, describes how they use Dell servers with OMPC to optimize their data center operations. In short, Mandic has been able to:Expand rack density by up to 40%Reduce electricity consumption by 30%Reduce overall environmental impactImprove datacenter space utilizationMonitoring and control server operating temperatureIncrease server availabilityMitigate risks of unplanned stoppages.OMPC gets immediate, precise power and thermal measurement information from monitored servers and can organize that information by row, rack, or individual server. You can utilize real time data to assess the amount of consumed power capacity and the capacity remaining. Knowing what you are really using versus a spreadsheet estimate, for example, means you can more easily identify if a given rack can support additional servers.Fig. 2 – Power & Cooling issue frequencyHow could you use the ability to control the maximum power of a group of servers? You can improve your business uptime and reduce possible power outage impact. By establishing an emergency power reduction policy, OMPC provides an additional, automated safety mechanism, which limits the power consumed by a group of servers and provides ongoing availability in the event of a power anomaly. OMPC policies provide a mechanism to allow critical servers to continue to do useful work during reduced power situations, while less critical systems are throttled back or shutdown in an orderly fashion.ScalabilityTo address the increasing scale associated with larger datacenters, the newest version of the OMPC supports up to 6000 managed devices from an individual console. Even for fairly large data centers, only one instance of OMPC would be needed to monitor all the servers.Putting OMPC to work for youMaking it even better, OMPC’s monitoring functions are part of the free, unlicensed version, so you’re just a quick download away from seeing how Dell can help you keep an eye on power utilization in your data center. With the purchase of an additional “power policy” license, IT administrators can tap into the full management capabilities of PowerEdge servers with an iDRAC Enterprise license. In this scenario, an IT admin can:Enable oversubscribed power supply configurationsSet power consumption limits individually or in groupsUtilize millisecond-fast power capping to avoid tripping breakersSet power limits at the rack/row/room levelImplement dynamic power capping for a group of serversBudget power by grouping servers in whatever manner makes sense – logical or physical and then set a power budgetInvoke pre-defined policies for power reduction in response to power events such as brown outs, loss of cooling, etc.Ensure workload performance by using policies that ensure highest priority servers maintain performance even when power thresholds for a group are reached. Download OMPC todayTo get started with a free download of OMPC click here. And be sure to check out the OMPC page on Dell TechCenter. For a free trial license of OMPC’s power management, please contact your Dell representative. Thanks for reading and keep your servers cool this summer with OpenManage Power Center.
Software Defined Storage (SDS) is defined as: An approach to data storage in which programming the controls storage-related tasks is decoupled from the physical storage hardware, providing the ability to manage policy-based provisioning and management of data storage independent of the underlying hardware.Dell EMC ScaleIO is a scalable and performant Software-Defined Storage (SDS) Solution for block storage which delivers public cloud agility with private cloud resiliency. It creates a server SAN from local server storage to deliver flexible, elastic and scalable performance and capacity on demand. ScaleIO is software, software that has been available as a free download since EMC World, May 2015 without capacity restrictions. ScaleIO is an easy download for VMware, Linux and Windows here www.emc.com/getScaleIO.While ScaleIO software solutions have been helping Dell EMC Customers deliver scalable, flexible block storage for traditional and cloud native workloads, combining the power of Dell EMC Scale IO software and Dell PowerEdge Server platform is an obvious next step.The Dell EMC ScaleIO Ready Node is pre-configured and pre-qualified to run ScaleIO Software providing a software defined, all-flash storage foundation for your modern datacenter.I sat down with Jyothi Swaroop (@jswaroop) and Jason Brown (@FelixNU98), Principal Product Marketing Manager, ScaleIO to get the latest on ScaleIO and the newly released Dell EMC ScaleIO ready node.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)The Source Podcast: Episode #61: Software Defined Storage: ScaleIO and ScaleIO Ready NodeAudio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/EMC_The_Source_Episode_61_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
September marks the beginning of so many things. For Dell EMC, it marks one year since we came together to do more for our customers. For the Hybrid Cloud and Ready Solutions team, September also marks a month of traveling to speak with customers and partners, as well as announcing new innovations at conferences held by some of our strategic alliance partners.Doing More with DataAs I travel the world speaking to customers, one of the challenges I hear on a regular basis is around data. Organizations of all sizes need to understand the ever-increasing amount of data they’re collecting, what it is worth to the organization, and how they can securely use this data to drive business insights in revenues. A great example of this is the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) that looked to Dell EMC so they could analyze the massive amounts of data driven through their high-performance supercomputer. To address problems plaguing TACC and a wide variety of other organizations, we partner with select industry leaders, including Cloudera, Hortonworks, and Splunk.To that end, next week we will participate in conferences held by both Cloudera and Splunk, where we will highlight some of our Ready Solutions aimed at enabling customers to achieve more value from their data securely and in real time. At Splunk .conf, we’ll showcase our newest Ready Solution – the new Dell EMC Ready System for Splunk. This unique solution enables organizations of all sizes to do more with their machine data in real-time. At the same time, we’ll have a team in New York at the Strata Data Conference and Cloudera Americas Partnership Summit, where we’ll showcase the latest updates to our Ready Solutions for Cloudera and Hadoop.It’s a Converged World After AllAdmit it – when you read that subhead, the theme to a popular Disney World ride went through your mind. Well, we have Orlando on the brain, too, as we’ll be at the Microsoft Ignite Conference, talking to customers, partners, media and analysts about our continued work with Microsoft.Let’s face it – in most conversations about technology, the names “Microsoft” and “Dell EMC” will come up, and with good reason. We recognize the power and capabilities offered by Microsoft that continue to help organizations worldwide solve all manner of IT challenges. We’re proud to continue to work with them and continue to apply Dell EMC innovation to enabling our customers to do more with their Microsoft environments. For those of you attending Ignite, we will have some exciting news to share, so be sure to stop by our booth and keep your eye on this blog to learn more.What Happens In Vegas Happens at SAP TechEdThe conference action isn’t isolated to the East Coast – the team will be out in full force in Las Vegas at SAP TechEd. SAP continues to be one of our strategic alliance partners, and we’re committed to innovation that will help our customers do more with their SAP platforms. A case in point – as I’ve mentioned before, Dell EMC helps organizations contribute to critical achievements in human progress, like solving the genomic data puzzle. Working with SAP, we are able to bring together the combined capabilities of SAP Health, a Dell EMC Isilon data lake, the Cloudera distribution of Apache™ Hadoop® and SAP Vora into SAP Hana powered by our Dell EMC Ready Solutions. Together, these technologies aid researchers and physicians looking to understand genomic data alignment and develop personalized, patient-centered treatments and innovations, including drugs, therapies, devices and diagnostic tests.In Las Vegas, we’re looking forward to showcasing the great work we’re doing with SAP, specifically around the topic of “Powering the IoT Generation with SAP.” We will have speakers addressing this topic, as well as our Ready Solutions for SAP Hana demonstrated onsite, and look forward to meeting with a variety of customers and partners to learn more about their work with Dell EMC and SAP.As you see, we have a very busy month ahead of us, but it’s with purpose. We are excited to showcase the work we continue to do with recognized industry leaders to help our customers meet all manner of IT challenges, cope with new technological advances in areas like Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, and bring greater value to their businesses through IT innovations.The Hybrid Cloud & Ready Solutions team is excited to hit the road! We hope to see you at one of the many events we’re at and speak with you about our exciting new innovations and achievements.
Access to technology is something that is so ever-present in today’s western world, that we often take it for granted. While I remember the first families on my street to get a home computer, my sons can’t remember a time when they couldn’t get online, first through laptops, then phones, and now an endless number of connected devices. They have had the benefit of using technology not only for entertainment and social networking, but to further their education and develop critical digital skills for their futures. But that’s not the case everywhere in the world.I truly believe that access to technology is not a luxury, but a necessity and is at the centre of human progress. And this is exactly what Dell’s Youth Learning program is designed to do – give underserved youth better access to technology, and therefore opportunities, by providing grant funding, volunteers and Dell products and solutions. Part of our wider 2020 Legacy of Good Plan, this program has a goal to help 4 million youth directly and support 12 million people indirectly by the year 2020. And last year, we also committed to donating over $14 million dollars globally to Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing (STEM) education for underserved children.Last week I had the opportunity to travel to South Africa and Ethiopia where I got to see first-hand the life-changing impact this program can have on young people and the communities they live in. Visiting one of our newest solar-powered Dell Learning Labs in Diepsloot, it was incredible to see how a humble shipping container could be transformed into an invaluable community technology resource using solar panels to power ten of our Wyse thin client workstations (that have the benefit of using only four percent of the energy required for traditional PCs) all of which are managed by one of our PowerEdge air cooled servers.I then went on to Addis Ababa where I joined Camara Education and the Ethiopian Ministry for Education along with more than 1,000 students and teachers from Shimelis Habte Secondary School at the opening of our newest computer technology lab.This computer lab is part of a much larger, $12 million dollar innovative project in partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry for Education, supported by Dell and Camara Education which will deliver over 30,000 PCs to more than 1,250 schools, benefiting 1.2 million students between 2016 and 2019. Uniquely, the Ethiopian government is investing over $9 million in the project to ensure its success, which is achieved through schools leveraging local government allocated budgets as well as parent and community contributions.The program seeks to incentivize and motivate students to focus on their learning through to further education to build successful employment opportunities and careers in STEM fields. This year, as part of the partnership with Camara Education, Dell donated a grant of $650,000 USD, benefiting more than 400,000 youth and over 3,000 educators in 422 locations.I was incredibly honored to have the opportunity to see both of these incredible projects in person and meet the inspiring young people who have benefitted from them. One of the best parts of my trip was meeting was meeting Haregeweine Ababu in Addis Ababa who had such a great story. Thanks to her experience with Camara Education she is now pursuing a career as a software engineer.For more information on Dell’s 2020 Legacy of Good plan visit: http://legacyofgood.dell.com
It’s nearing the end of the year and the IT vendor conferences are starting to wind down. Next week will be NetApp’s annual INSIGHT event in Las Vegas, and we’d like to share some thoughts on what you might want to ask NetApp if you happen to be attending their event.NetApp has been in the storage industry for a long time and has had its ups and downs. Given its recent earnings announcements and related media coverage, I think it’s safe to say that NetApp is trying to right the ship now.”A sharp slowdown in enterprise customers’ all-flash array purchases has sucker-punched NetApp,and though it is hiring more sales heads to fix this worry,things aren’t forecast to get better anytime soon.” Blocks & Files – See full article here.ShareBy comparison, Dell Technologies continues to grow while expanding our #1 position across multiple categories, including Storage, Server, Converged, and Hyper-Converged.With that said, NetApp does have a very loyal customer base, many of which will be attending their INSIGHT 2019 event next week. Here are a few key questions.What enhancements to NetApp’s All-Flash (AFF) and Hybrid (FAS) arrays are coming to make them both simpler to manage and more efficient?NetApp has done well over the years, with its all-flash (A-Series) and hybrid (FAS series) arrays, running their ONTAP storage operating system, but as the industry has matured and data storage solutions have gotten simpler and more efficient, the question is ‘will NetApp make the hard changes required to make their arrays simpler and more efficient for customers to use?’Within our Dell Technologies storage portfolio, we have storage platforms, as well as converged and hyper-converged solutions that can meet all the requirements mentioned below, and more. We believe that our portfolio provides more choice and the best opportunity for customers to match the right platform to the workloads and use cases they need without compromising simplicity or efficiency.Questions to ask:General Architecture:When will the siloed islands disappear? Meaning, when will their storage resources be truly shared across the array controllers? Is there still value in creating islands of storage that need to be manually configured, optimized and managed?When will deduplication be made global to provide optimal efficiency and value?When will you be able to provide ‘constant availability’? When will MetroCluster (for remote replication) be truly Active-Active, with volumes Read/Writable at both sites, and providing an RTO of zero instead of ‘near’ zero?SCM as persistent storage? What is their plan for Storage Class Memory (SCM) as a true persistent storage tier? And when they do adopt SCM, will they have intelligent and automated tiering to make the most of the SCM storage tier when mixed with NVMe or other media?Large Scale Unstructured Data:With a Dell Technologies Isilon solution, you get a global namespace that enables more efficient and flexible management. You need to manage just one volume—with no hierarchy of objects. You can easily and non-disruptively change policies that affect redundancy, retention, efficiency, performance, and security. See more details on Isilon here.When is NetApp going to bring true global namespace to large-scale file environments?Today, customers must provision and manage a hierarchy of storage objects that underpin its pseudo-global namespace capability, FlexGroup Volumes. This means that storage managers are faced with inflexible and labor-intensive processes needed to manage dynamic and growing storage for unstructured data. The hierarchy of objects inherent with NetApp’s physical RAID-based architecture requires many manual steps for allocating and assigning ONTAP volumes; for example, setting the protocol, assigning the server, assigning networking to the server, applying permissions. And all these steps must be completed before you can use the storage. Further, storage managers must configure and schedule retention and efficiency on a per-volume basis. Then, efficiency tuning is often required at the pool level. And finally, they must schedule changes to retention and efficiency settings.How about Hyper-Converged Infrastructure?With our Dell Technologies industry-leading HCI, VxRail, customers get a fully integrated, pre-configured, and pre-tested hyper-converged system. VxRail meets all the requirements mentioned below while also providing certified integration with VMware Cloud Foundation. VxRail delivers single upgrade packages every 30 days, all automated, tested and installed in the proper order. For more information on VxRail, click here.If you are like me, you have found NetApp’s HCI messaging a bit confusing recently. For years, NetApp’s HCI solution was sold as a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, then suddenly, they changed it to disaggregated Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure. Did anything change? Was it ever really Hyper-Converged to begin with?Questions to ask:LCM simple or difficult? How does Life Cycle Management work for NetApp HCI? Does NetApp HCI do automatic server, networking, storage, and VMware patching and upgrades, in the proper order, with the press of a button?Smallest building block available for the edge? What options does NetApp HCI provide for edge use cases when customers need smaller solutions for things like remote offices? Isn’t the smallest NetApp HCI 6 nodes?Software-Defined? Does NetApp HCI come in a version that doesn’t require their SolidFire storage?Is NetApp HCI available as a true op-ex (as-a-service) model – complete HCI stack (hypervisor, server, network, storage), fully managed, on-premise solution available 100% as-a-service?How successful has NetApp’s Data Fabric vision really been?At Dell Technologies, we believe in providing our customers with best-in-class cloud solutions that provide customers with flexibility and choice. You can choose from our turnkey Cloud Platforms, Cloud Validated Designs, Complete Op-ex Models for Datacenter-as-a-Service and Public Cloud support across Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Amazon AWS. Find all our cloud solution details here.NetApp has been pitching their Data Fabric for years, but when you look at their earnings announcements, the ‘Cloud Data Services’ represents less than 1% of their revenue. So, the obvious question is ‘how many customers are really adopting the Data Fabric?’Questions to ask:Based on a storage operating system? Data Fabric seems to be based on NetApp’s ONTAP so I can see why some existing NetApp customers may find it useful, but what about new customers? Ask NetApp to explain the benefit of Data Fabric if I’m not an existing NetApp customer using ONTAP?What about NPS? Is NetApp Private Storage (NPS) still a viable solution with a roadmap into the future?If you are attending NetApp’s INSIGHT event, please consider these questions and their importance to your infrastructure, and seek the answers you need. And I hope you have a great week!
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — American whiskey absorbed some setbacks but showed resilience despite pandemic-related clampdowns on bars and restaurants in 2020. A report from a distilled spirits trade group shows liquor sales benefited from enduring demand for a good stiff drink. Despite plunging sales from bars and restaurants, the American whiskey sector rang up increased revenues. Liquor store and online sales surged. Some restaurants offered new twists for thirsty customers, serving cocktails-to-go. As a result, combined U.S. sales for bourbon, Tennessee whiskey and rye whiskey rose 8.2% to $4.3 billion in 2020. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States issued the report Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has parted ways with his lead impeachment lawyers just over a week before his trial. That’s according to two people familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday. The change injects fresh uncertainty into the makeup and strategy of Trump’s defense team. The departing lawyers, Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, have left the defense team in what one person described as a “mutual decision” that reflected a difference of opinion on the direction of the case. Trump is set to stand trial on the week of Feb. 8 on a charge that he incited the riot inside the U.S. Capitol.
BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Dozens of immigrants from Massachusetts to Colorado who have taken sanctuary as a last resort to stay in the U.S. are newly hopeful under President Joe Biden. They’re trying to capitalize on the moment, even with setbacks like a Texas court ruling on deportations and uncertainty over whether Congress will pursue immigration reform. Those who have taken sanctuary have enlisted lawmakers to reach out to Biden for relief, pushing to cancel deportation orders and reviving the use of legislation to protect a person or group. Four sanctuary activists have sued the federal government. One woman in Chicago temporarily left her storefront church.