Better Together: The Combined Power of EMC Storage Analytics with VMware vRealize Operations Insight

Paul Manning

Paul Manning

Senior Technical Alliance Manager at EMC

VMware and EMC have partnered to create a storage analytics offering that improves the virtual administrator’s ability to view, troubleshoot and most importantly, avoid storage infrastructure performance issues.  EMC Storage Analytics (ESA), released by EMC over a year ago, is a storage-centric version of vRealize Operations Manager (vROPs) that addresses the need for greater storage analytic capabilities than offered in vROPs.  Ever since, ESA technology adoption has been increasing at a tremendous rate with over 2,000 installs to date.

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This week at VMworld in Barcelona, VMware announced version 6.0 of vROPs and the new vRealize Operations Insight (vROI) solution, which adds real-time log management for VMware environments. Lo and behold, EMC also announced EMC Storage Analytics version 3.0. Go figure. The ESA 3.0 and vROI tag team turns out improved performance service levels and higher uptimes through improved troubleshooting and health management for storage in the virtual environment.  The ability to peer into real-time log collection and then monitor, search and run diagnostics on a collection of logs, creates a fast track to problem resolution.  The quicker the turn, the more likely key applications remain available.

ESA 3.0 helps drive costs down by increasing resource utilization through automated capacity planning and optimization. Things like proactive analytics and smart alerts manifest themselves as faster identification and remediation of potential issues that can degrade performance and, if avoided, cripple their impact.

Increased efficiencies can be gained by leveraging ESA policy-driven capacity models (for allocation and demand) and deeper levels of reporting on performance risks and capacity utilization. ESA analytics help customers make more intelligent business decisions. Based on allocation and demand statistics and various business needs, ESA helps manage proactively instead of reacting to shortages or dealing with downtime that could otherwise be avoided. Scenario-based capacity modeling for future projects helps reduce risks and costs by eliminating the need for spreadsheets and home-grown modeling tools.

Another new Storage Analytics capability planned for release in version 3.0 when it becomes available later this Quarter is support for EMC XtremIO platforms. This will be in addition to existing support of the EMC VMAX, VNX and VPLEX product families.

This, in conjunction with the new features of vROI, provides best-in-class analytics for virtual and physical environments. Together, EMC Storage Analytics and vRealize Operations Insight maximize performance and optimization of storage resources.

Better Together!

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Mainframe – Still going Strong!!! EMC VMAX Turbo Charges Mainframe Performance for Traditional and Next-Gen Workloads

Fidelma Russo

Fidelma Russo

Senior Vice President, VMAX, Enterprise and Midrange Systems Division at EMC

IT is driving explosive business growth and opportunity fueled by the mega trends of cloud, mobile, social and big data. However, businesses can’t neglect their foundation, the applications that continue to run some of the world’s most mission critical applications such as credit card processing, flight reservation systems, and banking systems  – their mainframe systems!

That’s why we’re announcing the Mainframe Performance Accelerator (MPA).  Immediately available, the MPA is a no-charge, non-disruptive software update to the VMAX 40K that significantly improves mainframe performance. This latest innovation improves VMAX FICON connectivity throughput by up to 60% and decreases response time by up to 30%.

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Introducing the Federation Software-Defined Data Center Solution

Peter Cutts

Peter Cutts

Vice President, Cloud Solutions at EMC

As part of the EMC Federation of businesses, EMC and VMware have teamed up to deliver the new Federation Software-Defined Data Center solution. EMC provides the storage platforms and data protection side of the solution and VMware provides the virtual infrastructure platform, management and automation. The powerful combined force of EMC Information Infrastructure (II), Pivotal, RSA and VMware, together invested in a Joint Engineering Lab for solution validation as well as unified customer service experience for single point of contact and accountability.

Today’s Federation Software-Defined Data Center announcement is focused on helping data centers fully virtualize.  This goal well beyond servers — it’s about virtualizing everything from compute to network to storage, all managed with a common set of tools.  The solution is about supporting traditional enterprise applications and operating them at the lowest possible cost. Combined with management and automation, it provides a starting point for deploying next-gen cloud applications that can help transform businesses so they stay competitive.

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Good as Gold: EMC Introduces Syncplicity Customer Success Program

Jeetu Patel

Jeetu Patel

General Manager, EMC Syncplicity

Today marks EMC’s Total Customer Experience Day, a special occasion to reinforce EMC’s commitment to providing customers and partners the very best experience in the industry.  Focusing on the Total Customer Experience is rooted in EMC’s DNA.  Staying closely engaged with customers and partners is not only a finely-honed blend of art and science, but also key to the success of our customers, and helping them not only anticipate, but also tackle both challenges and opportunities.

From that cloth emerges today’s news … today we introduce the EMC Syncplicity Customer Success Program, a gold standard service available to all Syncplicity enterprise customers. In fact, enterprise customers are automatically enrolled – there are no contracts to negotiate or fees to pay. Why? The value of user engagement is priceless. More importantly, it’s our most critical metric of success.

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Unpacking the Gems in VCE’s Vblock Launch

Aaron Chaisson

Aaron Chaisson

Senior Director, XBU, Product Marketing at EMC

As one of the industry’s most successful joint ventures of all time, the speed and scale of VCE’s success in pioneering and validating the converged infrastructure market has been unprecedented and established CI as a mainstream market segment, with VCE as the clear leader.  With today’s announcement from VCE, EMC is proud to provide further integration with VCE solutions to accelerate customers’ journey to the cloud, and to continue delivering innovative world-class technology solutions with VCE that will help our customers transform the way they deliver IT services.

OK, I admit it. I’m a true techy to the core. So this all excites me, not only for the technology advancements, but for what they enable customers to achieve. There is so much in today’s announcement, including multiple innovations straight from EMC, I thought it might be helpful to unpack the key highlights:

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