Aerospace Giant’s Business Takes Off—Along With its Data

Jim Gross

Jim Gross

Vice President of IT Operations at AAR Corp.

As a provider of supply chain management, logistics and inventory support to commercial, government and defense aviation customers in 100 countries, we at AAR focus on tip-to-tail aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul. Our data is the very definition of mission critical: its use literally keeps planes in the sky for customers, such as the U.S. Department of Defense. We manage fleets of passenger planes and military aircraft, and it’s just not possible to go a single minute without access to our data.

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According to The Motley Fool, the aerospace sector is teed up for ongoing success due to aging commercial fleets, steady airborne military, and the opportunity to put more fuel-efficient planes into use. This represents a huge opportunity for companies like ours, as long as we can protect and leverage our data to help our customers evolve into the new market landscape. We were successfully riding the industry’s growth wave—until our aging IT began slowing us down.

Our legacy HP storage solutions were struggling to process the increasing volume of data, which limited expansion of our business intelligence capabilities and hampered employee productivity. And the hard numbers showed that the cost of leasing and maintaining our previous storage was directly cutting into our profits.

We needed to capitalize on the boom instead of struggle under its weight, and the key was data availability. To keep business buzzing along, we needed at least six-nines availability at a low cost, and we needed to implement a new disaster recovery solution. This was a top priority for 2013, and we were determined to find the best technology to keep us running as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

We looked at solutions from EMC, NetApp, HP and Dell – but EMC’s broad portfolio won out on both better performance and lower costs versus the competition. We’re an enterprise-class company. We required enterprise-class solutions…and EMC delivered.

With EMC we were able to:

  • Move our environment from 100% physical to 85% virtualized, while giving us the ability to become 100% virtualized. This move included Exchange, file server, print and Oracle, with VMAX 10K;
  • Boost performance by 33% over our legacy HP infrastructure with VMAX 10K;
  • Restore our VMware environment much more quickly in a disaster recovery scenario—RPO is now less than 20 seconds—than our former replication solution with RecoverPoint;
  • Use VNX as our storage workhorse, replicating from our core data center for disaster recovery purposes, providing peace of mind that our DR is environment is current, intact and reliable;
  • Add more capacity to our environment for less money with FAST VP, reducing monthly costs by 20%.

Individually, these are fantastic solutions—but together, they’re a quadruple threat, enabling us not only to handle the business we have today, but prepare for the business we’ll have tomorrow. Our partnership with EMC translates to success, plain and simple.

Happy Birthday EMC Pulse!

Jeremy Burton

Jeremy Burton

EVP, Product Operations and Marketing at EMC

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Blow out some candles— our baby, EMC Pulse, is turning one year old. This time last year, we introduced Pulse as the go-to source for EMC technology and product news. And what a year it’s been! Since birth, it has served as a launching pad for major product news such as ViPR and the new VNX, hosted announcements from shows around the world and featured customer success stories, many told by the customers themselves.

If you watch closely, Pulse is not only a time capsule, showcasing our successes, but a window for glimpses of what’s to come in 2014.

With that in mind, I wanted to recap the year’s top five Pulse posts, countdown-style.

Here we go!

In Milan, Italy last August, the next-generation VNX touched down to rave reviews. The new VNX Series of unified storage solutions is designed to deliver up to thousands of VMs per array, support mixed application workloads and keep costs down. It’s also optimized for Flash, meaning that it is engineered to provide the midrange market with high performance, low latency and lower cost per GB. No wonder this is one of the most popular posts!

Being named a leader in Gartner’s new General Purpose Disk Array Magic Quadrant allowed us to showcase the changing storage landscape, the importance of a consolidated portfolio and why strategy is king.

We announced the acquisition of Scale IO scalable server-side storage software last July . A hot product in a hot market, ScaleIO takes a software-only approach to managing SSDs, PCIe Flash cards, HDDs within the server. Bottom line: software is secret sauce that makes both hardware and apps sing.

  • RecoverPoint + VNX bring all the savings to the yard in our #2 post:

This release of EMC RecoverPoint 4.0 brought up to 60% savings on replication investments for EMC VNX unified storage customers. While RecoverPoint remains enterprise class, this announcement opened the door for mid-sized organizations to capitalize on flawless, any-point-in-time recovery for mission critical applications.

  • And without further ado, clocking in at #1, we took a bite out of Software-Defined Storage with the introduction of ViPR:

We lifted the curtain on ViPR at EMC World last year, and the response has been astounding. With the most hits of any Pulse post since the inception of the blog, this announcement put EMC’s stake in the ground for Software-Defined Storage. Almost 10 months later, EMC is a recognized leader in this space. Via Pulse, we’ve unveiled updates to ViPR, enhancements to the Service Resource Management Suite and a sneak peek at Project Nile, coming this year.

Thanks for looking back on a groundbreaking year of innovation with us—here’s to many more! Below is the inaugural video for EMC Pulse, re-posted for our readers. Enjoy!

It’s Getting Better All the Time: EMC and Teradata Deliver Better Backup and Disaster Recovery

Anselmo Barrero

Anselmo Barrero

Director of Business Development, Data Protection & Availability Division at EMC

Teradata has unveiled new certified solutions that dramatically enhance backup, recovery and DR capabilities for Teradata Database users.  The new certifications are with EMC’s latest industry-leading Data Domain deduplication storage systems and Teradata’s latest Data Stream Architecture (DSA), delivering new data protection options through Teradata’s Backup Archive and Recovery (BAR) solution for its database customers.

The Teradata/EMC relationship itself is not entirely new.  Teradata already incorporates Data Domain systems as part of its Advocated BAR data protection offering. That said, the relationship is much deeper as Teradata also sells, optimizes and takes Level 1 support for Data Domain when it is sold as part of its BAR solution.

Teradata’s certification of the new Data Domain DD7200 is the latest in a series of recent advances by Teradata and EMC– specifically geared to deliver better data protection for Teradata Database customers.

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Things got better for Teradata customers in October 2013 when Teradata announced its Data Stream Architecture (DSA), a new architecture designed to optimize data streaming from Teradata databases and increase performance of its BAR solution.  The DSA introduces features such as new stream layout and larger data blocks that improve Data Domain deduplication. Through close collaboration with EMC, Teradata also certified the Data Domain Operating System 5.4 in October 2013, and now the DD7200, bringing enormous backup performances improvements to customers.  The combination of the DSA architecture, the latest DD OS and the DD7200 protection storage system results in up to a 101% performance improvement over previous Data Domain-based Teradata BAR solution offerings.

As Chris Twogood, Vice President, Product and Services Marketing from Teradata, said, “Teradata and EMC are committed to providing the best backup solutions to our mutual customers.  This is why both companies engaged early on to complete certification of our latest respective technologies in concert with the release of Teradata’s new Data Stream Architecture. The combination of Teradata DSA with Data Domain is an effective and reliable backup and recovery solution for Teradata Databases and offers a fully automated and highly effective DR solution with network efficient replication.”Slide 1 JPG for Blog FF

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Today, Teradata supports both the DD890 and the new DD7200.  To date, many petabytes of data from Teradata Databases are being protected by Data Domain systems sold by Teradata as part of BAR.

For more information about Teradata BAR and Data Domain please:

  • Visit the Teradata BAR webpage, and
  • Read the Teradata Magazine article “Too Much of the Same” on leveraging data deduplication technologies for better Teradata Database protection
  • Read more about how Teradata’s Data Stream Architecture supercharges database backup and recovery in the Teradata Magazine article Bionic Backup

For additional insights into transformational data protection technologies and techniques, please visit the EMC backup and archive community.

RSA & Pivotal: Big Data and Security Done Right

Paul Stamp

Paul Stamp

Director, Product Marketing at RSA

You can’t move  these days without some vendor or another talking about Big Data and security. It’s often pretty meaningless stuff, with very little practical advice  or insight into actual benefits. Today, though, RSA and Pivotal released a reference architecture for Big Data analytics to detect and investigate advanced threats. It’s an example of the deployment of RSA Security Analytics and Pivotal working together and a guide to organizations trying to do security analytics in a way that ties in IT and Enterprise analytics in an enterprise “IT  Data Lake”.

The refence architecture addresses the fact that customers need:

  • Greater Visibility through full network packet capture, log collection and contextual data enrichment to spot threats designed to evade detection by common security tools
  • Enhanced Analytics at the time of packet capture and throughout its lifecycle to its archival and retirement, to spot anomalies and reveal indicators of attack and compromise.
  • Actionable intelligence through data visualization, feeds of suspicious activity, and prioritization of alerts that allow analysts to respond appropriately to threats.
  • Enterprise deployability and scale, using distributed, high availability, scale-out architectures that allow for expansion and flexibility to scale to the largest of environments.
  • Flexibility and Agility through the ability to take advantage of new analytics modules and new data sources as they are developed or integrated, ensuring security operations are ‘future—proofed’ as threats and business processes evolve.

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A New Generation of Managed Security Services for Advanced Cyber Defense

David Mitchell

David Mitchell

Senior Marketing Manager at RSA

Enterprises in nearly every industry are becoming more aware that their basic perimeter- and signature-based security tools aren’t doing enough to keep malware and sophisticated attackers at bay. Some have learned the hard way through cyber breaches that have not just compromised their defenses, but also their faith in the capabilities of their own security programs. Smaller organizations with fewer resources especially, are realizing they can no longer go it alone in defending their extended enterprises from attack.

RSA and several partners including marquee global services partner Verizon Enterprise Solutions, believe they have an answer, based on a newly announced program to deliver a new generation of advanced security monitoring solutions – as fully managed services. These new services tap into RSA’s advanced intelligence-driven Security Operations Center (SOC) capabilities for enterprises to accelerate the detection, investigation, remediation, and management of security incidents and vulnerabilities.

Verizon, along with MSSPs Foreground Security and DataShield Consulting in the U.S. and Communication Valley Reply in Europe, will be the first to offer RSA’s advanced SOC capabilities to enterprise customers around the world.

Everybody knows that today’s advanced threats are not slowing down.  Organizations are realizing that getting to that next level of incident detection and management to help address evolving threats is far from trivial.  Implementing the right resources, tools, and people is a big hurdle and big investment to overcome.  Up until now, managed security services have been limited, mostly by technology capabilities, in the kind of threat visibility that’s required to spot the faint signals of an advanced attacker that quietly attempts to gain a foothold into a vigilant, yet unprepared enterprise.

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