Enterprise Hadoop with VCE and Isilon

What happens when you combine two field-proven, widely-adopted technologies from tech power houses? You get a super flexible, scalable Hadoop platform to address your big data analytic needs. And the best part is that it really doesn’t matter where you currently fall on the Hadoop adoption spectrum. Deploying a traditional Hadoop distribution? Expanding one that’s already deployed?  Starting a brand new Hadoop implementation to merge with your existing IT infrastructure? VCE and Isilon have come together to make your life easier.

Topics: EMC Big Data NAS Hadoop VMware Isilon VCE ESG Lab Big Data Analytics Scale-out

EMC’s MegaLaunch: Storage Specifics (Includes Video)

It might seem incongruous to be talking ‘storage specifics’ when discussing EMC – after all, isn’t it a storage company? Well, I mean this in two ways: Firstly, as we move to a more integrated world, so EMC is spending plenty of energy on discussing things other than storage per se; that’s all well and good, but it’s not the focus of this blog. Second, even storage now gets broader by the day; again, that’s all great but this blog is all about delving a little deeper into the ‘vanilla’ storage announcements at EMC’s MegaLaunch earlier this month. One final point here – ‘vanilla’ is neither a pejorative nor a comment on what EMC delivered, it is merely a statement that here I’m focused on the basics. So, to get a summary of the key points for the three main product areas (in this case VMAX, Isilon, and XtremIO) I pointed my video camera at three of EMC’s finest. Take a look at the video and then my comments follow.

Topics: Storage EMC IT Infrastructure Mark Peters Terri McClure Isilon VMAX

EMC’s 2014 MegaLaunch - a Tour de Force? (Includes Video)

Last week EMC held the fourth of what it has now established as its “MegaLaunches.” The scale of the events that surround these launches is consistent with the range of announcements that are included. EMC has never been a company that can be accused of being backwards about coming forwards, but even its most vociferous critics and ardent competitors would – albeit no doubt reluctantly! – have to concede that the substance that was delivered to the market last week had some real weight and value. Of course with so much to cover and comment upon it’s hard to do justice in one blog: however, with the help of my colleagues Terri McClure and Jason Buffington, I hope that this video blog will do a darned fine job of not only covering the announcement highlights but also giving you a flavor of the event. While the video itself is longer than we usually produce, I would – with all due humility – commend it to you as a great overview, as I think it feels way shorter than its 8 minute run time.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Data Protection Mark Peters Jason Buffington ProtectPoint Terri McClure Isilon VMAX

Time for an EMC Update - Includes Video

Recently EMC held an event for analysts; while a lot of what is covered in such events is designed to prepare us and not yet to be shared, there are nonetheless thematic notes that can be mentioned. The video report included in this blog includes my 50,000 foot commentary; I also took the opportunity to conduct some brief update/highlight-type interviews with EMC execs that cover the main storage elements – VNX, Isilon, Enterprise, and the ‘newer stuff’ (in this case ScaleIO).

Topics: Storage EMC IT Infrastructure Enterprise Isilon ScaleIO

Market Dynamics - Understanding The World We Live In

Whether you are a buyer of IT stuff or a vendor trying to build and sell IT stuff, you should pay attention to this lesson. Understanding "market" state and function will help you better understand what you can expect to deal with in your quest - regardless of what that quest is.

Topics: Storage IT Infrastructure Data Domain CommVault Isilon Compellent