Can you get the most out of your data storage in your cloud?
Chances are you have challenges delivering storage-as-service regardless of the make-up of your data center. Most likely these challenges are a result of exploding data growth, different user data demands driven by a variety of workloads spanning traditional enterprise and scale-out cloud applications, a heterogeneous storage environment (including multiple software management tools), and multiple locations spreading your data center infrastructure over great distances. Add to this scenario a hybrid cloud computing model and the challenges get compounded by the multiple arrays and multiple locations of your public cloud service providers.
The storage industry has been moving in the direction of addressing some if not all of these challenges for some time. NetApp ONTAP, IBM SVC, and others provide heterogeneous storage support but no offering preserves the value propositions of third-party storage. Additionally, no vendor provides the integrated management platform to coordinate the delivery of storage-as-a-service regardless of cloud model—though some startups do offer software and services to construct solutions. A closer look at the storage challenges gives a good indication of what is needed for effective solutions.
Well, if cloud architectures are not new, exactly how old are they? The title almost begs the question.
It may be the latest, hottest buzzword, but architecturally, the cloud is more than 20 years old. And, you are intimately familiar with it. It’s the Web. What makes it “the cloud” are the enterprise applications getting moved onto the Web. But, this move isn’t just a matter of deploying some application servers and offering HTTP-based interfaces to existing software. It is a marked change with the architecture of these software systems built on and for the Web, rather than for traditional enterprise infrastructure.
A key tenet that makes enterprise application deployment in the cloud possible over the Web is REST. Having emerged over the past few years as a predominant Web service design model, REST has increasingly displaced other design models such as SOAP because of its simpler style. Joining me in the development of this blog post to be published when I’m on vacation is EMC senior technologist Cornelia Davis. Continue reading
Are you a spreadsheet engineer or a mashup builder?
These monikers are colorful terms for sure. But, they are also descriptive of the choices you will soon have for constructing meaningful views into your IT infrastructure data.
Now that the EMC World hangover has subsided, I thought it might be timely to go deeper into one of the more interesting technology announcements made at this annual event. For this purpose, I enlisted the help of our crack product team and without much effort convinced the chief architect behind the EMC DataBridge enterprise software solution to explain some of the concepts herself.
Every IT organization needs to have visibility into their environment. And, there is no shortage of products and solutions that provide deep insights into your compute, network, and storage environments. However, when it comes to higher-level views and understandings of how services get consumed, DataBridge makes it easier than ever to assemble your existing infrastructure management data into meaningful information. Continue reading
Did you see any of the Hangover movies?
Well, EMC World is not like either of those movies. But, we do have pictures—and a video!
Unlike our heroes in Hangover, I know where I’ve been. It’s hard to forget a 16-hour workday spent in this whirlwind called EMC World. (Hope my boss is reading this part). From pushing out three blog posts at 6:00 AM pacific time, to product sessions, through a number of analyst meetings, to the Solutions Pavilion floor, it was a long, exhilarating day. With more than 13,000 people in attendance, you could feel the energy in the air.
EMC announced a staggering 42 new products and technologies yesterday to speed your journey to the cloud. These introductions spanned all key EMC areas including storage, backup, virtualization, and software management.
The customers I spoke with were impressed. Plus, the many breakout sessions and exhibit floor demonstrations helped put the announcements into perspective, which made for a great customer experience. Don’t want to keep them guessing. But, wait, there’s more. Continue reading
What if you could create your own view of your data center?
Well, you will soon be able to develop your own custom visualizations with EMC DataBridge which provides a new way of thinking about—and creating—a single-pane of glass.
As covered in a recent post, IT infrastructure management solutions go deep, providing detailed information of only part of your infrastructure to address very specific use cases with varying effectiveness, but that is not how data centers should be run. While these solutions are inter-related in what they provide, they often exist as rigid silos of data and functionality within the data center. To truly run IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS), these silos must be broken down and combined to provide better insight into infrastructure resource use, issue identification resolution, metering, resource planning, and more.
EMC DataBridge is an enterprise management software that enables you to transform how you consume and manage your IT operations data by providing tools you need to combine EMC infrastructure data sources along with non-EMC data sources with business logic from your organization in new, meaningful ways. Continue reading