According to the 2014 Gartner CEO and Senior Executive Survey, research found that when executive management ‘perceive(s) that risk is lower…they are prepared to invest in longer-term growth.” In other words, for organizations to take advantage of opportunities and drive growth, CEOs must be confident in the organization’s ability to address emerging and known risks to achieve positive outcomes. While the appetite is currently much more inclined to focus energy on taking good risks for their business, organizations still can struggle in building that required assurance to exploit opportunities.
Just a few months ago, EMC, Cisco and VCE announced that VCE will become an EMC business with the charter to focus on simplifying the deployment of hybrid clouds, including a full range of converged infrastructure offerings for enterprises and service providers. Today, VCE took another step to advance simplicity for customers as it launches a new architecture and solutions aimed to take it to new heights.
Simplicity.Next represents the next stage in VCE’s evolution, offering more hyper and hybrid innovation, more flexibility, more productivity, and the power to deliver more of what customers need most — simplicity, scalability and efficiency.
Channel partnerships have been instrumental on RSA’s path to becoming a $1 Billion organization. Given the channel’s integral role to RSA’s go-to-market strategy, RSA is constantly inspecting its channel partner offerings, modifying what needs improvement, and introducing new programs to drive more fruitful relationships. With that, RSA is excited to formally announce the launch of the RSA SecurWorld Delivery Services Program for its channel partners. This program is designed to enable channel partners to provide the implementation and installation services and support to their customers, ultimately maximizing their value as their customers’ “go-to” trusted advisor. One of RSA’s hottest technologies, RSA Identity Management and Governance (IMG), is the first solution available in this program, with RSA Security Analytics and RSA Archer GRC to follow later this year.
The trends of cloud, mobile, social media and Big Data are driving organizations in every industry to adapt to shifting competitive landscapes, new customer expectations, and disruptions in the economics of doing business. One of the industries that is arguably most affected by this massive transformation is the Communications Service Provider industry.
Today, EMC is pleased to announce the formation of a new EMC Network Functions Virtualization Technology (NFV) Group. Through the NFV Group, EMC aims to help providers of all types – regardless of their origin as fixed, mobile, cable or alternate communications service providers – to meet their unique opportunities and challenges. I encourage you to watch this video announcement from one of our Technology Evangelists, Anton Prenneis, about today’s announcement.
The adage that time is money is more than just a saying. Whether you’re using your credit card at rush hour, changing a flight minutes before take-off or buying a stock at the market’s opening bell, mere fractions of a second can make a significant financial difference – microseconds can equal millions. At EMC, we store and protect data associated with billions of mainframe transactions a day1 that serve-up your banking, insurance, reservation, investment and other data, and we’re making these transactions even faster with zBoost technology which can significantly improve performance.
zBoost is a free software-only enhancement for VMAX systems. It delivers up to a blazingly fast 60% performance improvement2 and up to 40% lower2 response time for mainframe workloads. zBoost also can improve the response time of VMAX across a wide variety of mainframe workloads.
zBoost achieves these significant improvements by leveraging VMAX’s multicore engines with SMT2 (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) technology as well as 100% zHPF (System z High Performance FICON) functionality. zBoost has the intelligence to reallocate cores of the of the processors within the VMAX’s engines to the FICON connection workloads, “boosting” FICON performance. As a result, compared to non-zBoost VMAX systems, VMAX 20K and 40K mainframe storage systems with zBoost can support significantly more I/O per processor engine or require less engines for same I/O workload, potentially saving physical space and energy.
In the graph below, we’ve compared the throughput of a single FICON channel with and without zBoost to illustrate just how dramatic this performance improvement can be:
zBoost’s I/O response rate benefits can be seen below in this graph of a VMAX 40K workload. Response time improvement varies by workload and can be significant.
zBoost technology does not require any application or hardware changes to your existing VMAX mainframe systems.
zBoost technology is a nocharge upgrade for existing and new VMAX 40K and 20K mainframe customers and is non-disruptively installable. zBoost complements the VMAX’s industry-leading reliability and availability as well, helping you leverage your investment in the world’s premier storage system for the enterprise.
For more detailed insight into the benefits of our latest FICON performance enhancements, download the zBoost whitepaper at: http://www.emc.com/collateral/white-papers/h14023-zboost-vmax-mainframe-performance-enhancements.pdf
1 estimate based on http://www.share.org/p/bl/et/blogaid=234
2 as compared to non-zBoost VMAX DASD performance