As Strata + Hadoop World kicks off in San Jose this week, the Dell EMC team will be there in full force. In addition to our long history supporting Cloudera Hadoop with Dell EMC solutions, we’re also broadening our support with a new, open-standards based Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Hortonworks Hadoop offering.
There is clearly growing interest in this area, but during my five years managing Hadoop products for Dell EMC, I frequently hear prospective customers say, “I understand the value of Hadoop, but I don’t know where to start.” They know Hadoop is an innovative technology that offers unique opportunities as a foundation for capitalizing on the untapped values of big data; however, customers say that one or more of the following blockers are getting in the way of a successful project launch:
We don’t have the skill set in my organization to pull it off
We’ve spent a lot of time and effort on the front-end work and don’t have much to show for it
We’re not sure what else we are going to need beside HDFS and MapReduce
During 2016, the “Year of All Flash”, Dell EMC shipped more than an Exabyte of all-flash array capacity[i]. As a market and innovation leader in enterprise storage for decades – Dell EMC ironically was considered to be a bit late to the ‘All Flash’ storage market. Today we’re taking share from our competitors and growing revenues faster than the all-flash storage market according to IDC. Dell Technologies’ all-flash revenue growth is 72.1%, versus the 61.2% growth for the overall all-flash storage market[ii].
In fact, this month marks the one-year anniversary of Dell EMC’s VMAX All Flash array. In 2016, we introduced the VMAX 450F and VMAX 850F then the VMAX 250F, inline compression and non-disruptive migration. During this transformative year, the VMAX business grew bookings of VMAX All Flash from 21% in Q1 2016 to approximately 70% in Q3, 2016 with continued progress in Q4.[iii]
As traditional enterprises shift investments to enable their Digital Transformation and cloud delivery models, they increasingly rely on modernized, flexible and agile service providers. When I say service providers, I mean all types: communications service providers; cable multiple system operators; hosting/co-location providers; public cloud providers; vertical market cloud specialists; and consumer webtech providers.
To adapt to this shift, most service providers already are embarking on a transformation journey requiring new architectures and technologies. They are building differentiation into how they manage and operate the cloud services sold to their customers and how they interface with upstream services, partners, advertisers and digital content. This change is rich with opportunity.
Communications Service Providers (CSPs) must adapt to a rapidly changing digital world. And many seek an architectural change away from proprietary and towards open systems to do so. Dell EMC has been leading the Open Networking charge, enabling this strategic shift by providing a path to greater service agility combined with break-through economics.
ACG Research published a report today validating a new breed of infrastructure rollouts and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) modernization projects.
Through its Connectrix brand, EMC delivers connectivity for the modern data center that enables a broad range of customer storage applications, from application environments like Oracle, SAP and Microsoft to backup, archiving, and disaster protection over distance. As customers move to all flash storage systems, it’s important to ensure that the storage network is updated to keep pace. Today we’re announcing the general availability of the new Connectrix MDS-9718, designed for the hyper consolidation requirements of the modern data center, which supports sixteen switching modules and 768 line rate 16Gb/s Fibre Channel ports. As the industry’s highest port density, “devops friendly” programmable director, it delivers both value and performance.
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