Imagine being responsible for the management and tracking of 26 million vehicles, 22 million drivers, 93 million parking permits, and 42 million citations across hundreds of parking operations. The operational logistics are mindboggling, not to mention the associated data that needs to be stored, managed, and accessed reliably. T2 Systems Inc., a leader in cloud-based enterprise parking management solutions, does this flawlessly. With the help of some smart EMC technology, EMC VSPEX, T2 can ensure that its clients — spanning universities, municipalities, hospitals, airports, etc. across the U.S. — are able to easily manage their own parking facilities.
Jim Hutchins, T2′s CIO, compares the company’s customer requirements to what people expect from their utility providers. “People expect water from their faucet and don’t even think about the supporting systems and people behind it. It’s the same for us. We don’t want our customers to worry about the back-end technology that runs their parking operations.”
Today, I’m excited to share that Gartner has published a dedicated research note (“EMC’s Revitalized Strategy and Products to Address TCO and Deployment Challenges for Enterprise Content Management,” Kenneth Chin and Karen M. Shegda, March 27, 2013) evaluating EMC’s Information Intelligence Group (IIG) content management strategy and recent enhancements to the Documentum 7.0 portfolio.
A little history: In November 2012, IIG announced a major wave of new product and solution enhancements – the largest in IIG history – all around Documentum, improving the user experience, providing flexible deployment options, and transforming business with high-value industry solutions. We re-emphasized our commitment to delivering the most robust and trusted enterprise content management (ECM) platform in the market.
Traditional Identity and Access Management (IAM) systems are under enormous stress in large part due to the rampant use of mobile devices, software-as-a-service and the exponential growth in digital identities. Enterprises desperately seek a higher level of identity assurance to verify and authorize end user access to web and cloud-based applications. RSA’s vision for addressing this complex issue is embodied in a new RSA technology brief released this week called “Adaptive IAM: Defending the Borderless Enterprise”. The race is on, and the realization of this vision is expressed, in part, through new product integrations within RSA’s IAM solution portfolio.
EMC World 2013 is rocking and rolling out here in the desert—beyond record-breaking attendance for a value-packed show, we’ve unveiled game-changing product news. What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas, and the offerings we’ve announced are already being anticipated by customers worldwide.
We’ve raised the curtain on solutions one piece at a time, and are summing it up here so that our audiences can see, in one place, the big-picture impact of what we’ll be providing and how it will help customers today and down the road.
EMC is getting hip with a new approach to healthcare information systems integration. I certainly don’t mean trendy or stylish but rather current…Healthcare organizations worldwide are faced with the challenge of improving outcomes and managing costs, grappling with the vast amount of patient-related content produced in clinical and operational processes. To overcome this, it is critical to focus on information sharing and collaboration to enhance the Electronic Medical Record (EMR), thereby driving down costs and improving care. That’s why we’re announcing EMC Healthcare Integration Portfolio (HIP).
The EMC Information Intelligence Group’s (IIG) HIP is a new suite of products specifically designed to help simplify the management and sharing of all forms of patient-related content. HIP provides support for healthcare IT standards such as XDS, HL7 and DICOM, and enhances the value of an EMR, enabling the rich content management services of Documentum to be applied seamlessly to the management of patient-related content throughout its lifecycle, from capture to disposition or retention.
The life sciences industry is defined by its regulated content—massive volumes of regulated content.
With CRO, CMO, and HMO relationships extending the enterprise, information is multiplying faster than ever before. It’s being viewed on every mobile device imaginable and accessed from locations across the globe. So how should life sciences organizations find, control and maneuver through this flood of information? And still be compliant?
Over the past several years, EMC Information Intelligence Group (IIG) has been delivering solutions to help customers streamline their capital projects by enabling managers of complex design and construction projects to effectively create, share, maintain and secure the large volumes of engineering-related content across globally distributed network of vendors and contractors. Today, we announce the new EMC Documentum Asset Operations solution, part of the EMC Documentum Engineering, Plants, and Facilities Management (EPFM) solution suite. This solution enables customers to bring information together. It becomes the single source for standard operating procedures (SOPs), as-built specifications, training documents, and other technical and maintenance information.
We realize most companies have maintenance management and ERP systems in place to help better manage their businesses. With Documentum Asset Operations, we’ve made integration with these systems seamless to ensure the right documents are linked with the appropriate business processes.
Today at Momentum @ EMC World 2013, IIG announced key enhancements across its Documentum portfolio including the availability of EMC® Documentum® Enterprise Migration Appliance(EMA), a fast and cost-effective solution to support migration projects. By utilizing EMA, customers can minimize the risk reduce migration costs by 50% and migration time by up to 90%!
Customers asked EMC’s Information Intelligence Group (IIG) to give them a clear path to the cloud which they can pursue with confidence. We’ve removed the inhibitors and delivered on that promise.
Following the release of the EMC Documentum 7.0 platform, IIG continues to empower its customers with the technologies and services needed to transition smoothly to the most trusted cloud-ready, content management platform.
At EMC World 2003, EMC and Cisco announced that together we were delivering the next generation of Storage Area Network technology. Since that time, tens of thousands of Cisco’s MDS family of Fibre Channel systems, sold and serviced by EMC under the Connectrix brand, have been deployed in some of the world’s most-business critical SAN environments at some of the world’s biggest companies.
Today EMC is announcing the availability of the EMC Connectrix® MDS-9710. This new 16Gb director demonstrates once again how EMC and Cisco are extending our commitment to storage networking and, more specifically, Fibre Channel. The Connectrix MDS Series enables customers to scale their EMC VMAX®, VNX® and VPLEX® storage networks with excellent performance, rich features and high availability.
This is a big moment for EMC Syncplicity. EMC World 2013 is the first anniversary of Syncplicity’s acquisition by EMC. A year ago this week a team from Syncplicity was on a plane to Vegas en route to their indoctrination into the EMC family, live on stage with Information Intelligence Group President, Rick Devenuti.
It was a whirlwind day, and it hasn’t let up since!
In March we introduced our hybrid cloud, giving customers the ability to choose public cloud or private cloud storage via EMC Isilon and EMC Atmos. This week we announced upcoming support for EMC VNX, giving our customers even more storage choice.
Now, storage is fantastic but what about the content you are storing? After all, not all content is created equal.
These days, all the buzz is around the Software-Defined Data Center. Since there is no one definition of what that means, a common theme is driving simplification and agility through automation & visibility. Today, we’re addressing visibility in the form of the new Service Assurance Suite and the updated Storage Resource Management Suite, which share a common presentation layer with EMC ViPR Software-Defined Storage.
IT teams responsible for managing operations face two big problems: volume of data collected and virtualization. Tracing application hot spots from VM’s down to storage LUNs takes hours and a few calls to identify the offending devices. On the flip side, performing any type of capacity trending and forecasting requires tedious spreadsheet management. Given that the very tenets of having a Software-Defined Data Center is to deliver cloud-like, on-demand services with predictable availability, it’s time to alert Houston: there is a problem, which is cross-domain visibility.
Today we are announcing the EMC Data Protection Suite, EMC’s market-leading backup and archive solution, available to customers as a suite that’s easy to purchase, implement and use. This approach unlocks the value of EMC solutions and can evolve with changing customer demands.
EMC has always believed that best-of-breed products satisfy specific customer requirements much better than multi-purpose products. Let’s face it — if you were out in the wild and you had to cut wood for a fire, you’d want the proper tools for the job. Would you rather have a Swiss Army knife, with its mini-saw and variety of miniature utensils, none of which are particularly efficient — or a full-fledged survival kit with well-made, dependable implements? Data protection needs to be effective and efficient…day after day, time after time.
Today’s IT pros are caught in “transformation squeeze” — trapped between the traditional expectations of building and maintaining robust technical infrastructures while needing to drive new business value through deployment of next-generation applications and workflows. To help enterprises cope with today’s scalability and operational challenges while preparing for future next-gen cloud, Big Data analytics and mobility challenges, EMC is simultaneously deepening the enterprise readiness of its core Isilon scale-out architecture AND facilitating customers’ transformation to next-generation applications.
The next version of Isilon’s industry-leading operating system (available toward the end of 2013) will include data deduplication capabilities and audit features, plus enhancements for object-oriented storage and Hadoop HDFS 2.0. Meeting the challenges of today while future-proofing storage investments for tomorrow — that’s EMC innovation at work.
As data centers grow to tens and hundreds of petabytes, the cost and complexity associated with managing them becomes untenable. IT leaders are asking themselves:
“What features can I sacrifice to make things easier to manage?”
“What can I live without to reduce costs?”
“What can I give up and still support mixed workloads?”
Today we have the answer: EMC ViPR Software-Defined Storage. Using EMC ViPR, service providers and IT departments will be able to drive towards the operational model of web-scale data centers without hiring thousands of technical experts to build a custom environment. And those questions that IT has been asking itself and forced to compromise on are no longer an issue.
With EMC ViPR , customers will no longer have to choose between best-of-breed storage capabilities and operational simplicity. ViPR Software-Defined Storage brings to the table vastly simplified storage automation, management and delivery while maintaining and even extending the capabilities and inherent value of existing storage investments.
We’re always keeping our ear to the ground over here at VSPEX HQ — and by this I mean we keep a very strong and open dialogue with EMC’s VSPEX-enabled channel partners. They’ve been telling us lately that their customers are becoming interested in moving from high availability environments to Continuously Available environments for their mission-critical applications. Downtime means SLAs aren’t met, and that can mean lost revenue…and while high availability is good, Continuous Availability is better. But that means two different infrastructures are needed, maybe in two different data centers, both active, completely synchronized. There is effectively a zero RPO and RTO: Continuous Availability. The new VSPEX with EMC VPLEX (say that three times fast) that we’re announcing today does just this.
Last year at this time I delivered a strong message at our Global Partner Summit (GPS) that partners are mission-critical to EMC. Here we are one year later, back in Vegas, and I’m sharing the stage with Terry Breen, who leads our Service Provider and Global Alliance partner programs. This year, it’s all about EMC’s power and how we are helping partners harness it.
To bring this point front and center, we announced this morning that effective Jan. 1, 2014 we will retire the “Velocity” name that’s connected to many of our partner programs and introduce one EMC-centric brand that ALL partners – Velocity Solution Provider, Service Provider, Global Alliances, Services, IIG and Technology Partners – will use in going to market with their customers: EMC Business Partner.
As EMC’s Information Intelligence Group (IIG) marches toward its mission to transform business with cloud solutions that connect information to work, it is phenomenal to see what we believe to be validation from the analyst community. Just as Pivotal Initiative is focused on Big Data and Fast Data Apps, IIG is focused on what Forrester calls Smart Process Applications.
Receiving top scores for BPM, document capture and document output, analytics, mobility, and integrated platform, EMC leads in most functional categories of current offering and has numerous clients for cross-industry or vertical-specific smart process applications.
Where is the one place on the planet you can ride the data wave, lead the transformation of your business, enhance your career, rub elbows with the rockstars of IT, expand your IT knowledge, and network with 13,500 peers, technologists, vendors, bloggers, press and analysts? EMC World (May 6 – 9) in Las Vegas, of course.
Attendees from around the globe will join us to embrace this year’s theme, “Lead Your Transformation.” You can bet EMC World 2013 will be like no other. We’ve planned more than 600 technical sessions, 30+ hands-on labs with 200 seats, keynotes on every nuance vital to IT – focusing on what our customers and partners care about, right now. And if you’re interested in rocking out, check out the “out of this world” performer joining us at the Customer Appreciation Event on May 8.
As we finalize preparations for EMC World 2013 starting next Monday in Las Vegas, we cap an intense year of innovation at EMC’s Enterprise Storage Division by launching new VMAX and VPLEX features, with a powerful new RecoverPoint 4.0 (see my separate Pulse post).
Storage launches traditionally focus on bigger, faster, and the latest whizbang technology. In the past 12 months we have certainly announced faster VMAX platforms (twice), the biggest Tier 1 array (VMAX 40K) and the game-changing VMAX Cloud Edition.
But there’s another important area we’ve been working on: TRUST. For mission-critical storage, big and fast are not enough. Customers need Tier 1 Reliability with >99.999% uptime plus protection against disasters and data corruption. They want continuous availability and predictable, reliable, performance.
Today is a great day for the legions of customers around the world who love and rely on EMC RecoverPoint as their data protection solution of choice.
The new EMC RecoverPoint 4.0 provides EMC VNX unified storage customers’ savings up-to 60% on their replication investment. Now a growing number of mid-sized organizations can benefit from RecoverPoint’s DVR-like rollback capability and realize any point-in-time recovery for their most mission-critical applications. With EMC RecoverPoint, one solution protects any host, any application, on any array, physical or virtual.
RecoverPoint 4.0 introduces the virtual RecoverPoint Appliance (vRPA) option for EMC VNX unified storage. This software-only replication solution contains the advanced capabilities RecoverPoint customers depend on, but is packaged to run on a virtual machine.
Just last month, Data Domain – and dedupe technology – officially crossed the 10-year mark. It’s not often that a product or a technology completely reinvents an industry, but with over 33 million tapes replaced and 26 exabytes of data now protected by Data Domain systems, that’s just what Data Domain and EMC did to backup. In fact, last year Data Domain systems shipped with more capacity than in the first eight years combined, proving that customers are finding more value in these systems than ever before.
In early 2006, there were still only two vendors shipping deduplication products: Data Domain and, interestingly enough, Avamar. Just a year later, over 20 vendors had jumped on the bandwagon offering various iterations of “deduplication” products. Some were, in fact, just data compression or “Single Instance Storage” (SIS) products, but the fact that everyone hung the deduplication label on their products showed how hot the technology had become. Even if you really didn’t have a deduplication product to sell—you still at least had to have a deduplication story(sometimes it was just an explanation of why you couldn’t do it). Customer adoption rates reflect exactly what was happening.
When you talk to as many customers as we do, you start to realize that IT infrastructures typically either thwart or propel business expansion – meaning that the right or wrong business decision can be a game changer for a business. Take Esprinet’s story, one of Europe’s largest distributors of IT and consumer electronics. After years of steady growth, the company found itself with a hodgepodge of HP, IBM and EMC storage systems, each supporting different aspects of the business and bringing a level of IT complexity that made growth challenging.
We spoke with Esprinet’s Chief Technology Officer, Cesare Pedrazzini, who explained that managing such a complex storage infrastructure was time-consuming and costly. Cesare said: “Despite having a slew of storage equipment, we needed more capacity as Esprinet continued to grow, and this meant a new storage solution that could grow along with us.”
Esprinet decided to trade-in their multi-vendor storage solution and consolidate to a single vendor. They immediately eliminated HP from contention, after experiencing significant performance issues with their current HP system. After evaluating IBM and EMC, Esprinet selected EMC VNX unified storage to consolidate their Oracle and SQL Server databases and applications. Why? Cesare said: “We chose VNX because it offered the ideal balance of performance, scalability and price. Comparable technology from IBM would have been significantly more expensive.”
A skills gap exists among business leaders—specifically, in cloud and IT as a Service (ITaaS), and data science and Big Data analytics. Today, I’m happy to announce that EMC is helping to fill this skills gap through new courses that will give business leaders the knowledge and tools needed to successfully implement cloud or Big Data analytics strategies within their organizations:
Cloud and ITaaS for Business Transformation Courses
One-day course and 90+ minute Executive Module
Provides definitions, concepts, skills and strategies to leverage cloud and ITaaS for agility and efficiency within an organization
Addresses governance, finance, organization, and technology to be more competitive, innovative and efficient
Data Science and Big Data Analytics for Business Transformation Courses
One-day course and 90+ minute Executive Module
Provides the skills and knowledge to implement a Big Data strategy and lead an analytics team to success
Unlocks the power of Big Data to drive incremental business value
Today, EMC announced updates to EMC Data Domain deduplication storage systems and EMC SourceOne archiving software, changing the data protection game by delivering enhanced backup and archiving performance and efficiency, an expanded partner ecosystem, and reduced cost and complexity.
There is no more important job for an IT department than protecting its company’s data. But IT faces the Herculean task of ensuring that data is both RECOVERABLE and ACCESSIBLE for as long as needed, all while dealing with limited resources and flat budgets. That’s why EMC delivers data protection solutions for backup AND archiving, helping organizations address their recoverability and accessibility requirements while reducing cost and complexity through consolidation.
A year ago we introduced VSPEX Proven Infrastructure, a simple, efficient and flexible reference architecture-based cloud infrastructure — and today, we extended this infrastructure to Microsoft apps. With 1,300+ VSPEX systems sold by our channel partners in 2012 alone, it’s safe to say customers like what they see, but that was just our first act. Since then, we’ve worked hard with our partners and their customers to shape the next wave of VSPEX solutions focused on key business applications. Since applications are what power customers’ businesses – our newest solutions make it simpler and faster to deploy them.
Today, we’re extending the simplicity, efficiency and flexibility of VSPEX to Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle with new solutions that dramatically reduce the complexity of planning, sizing, and deploying environments supporting these critical applications. In addition, we’ve scaled VSPEX up from 250 virtual machines to 500.