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Big Data Game Changer: Federation Business Data Lake

Josh Kahn

SVP, Global Solutions at EMC

Today, the world thrives on data.  Analytics can build competitive advantage, accelerate revenue growth, and even create entirely new industries. But it’s one thing to generate and store a lot of data; it’s another thing altogether to turn it into the kind of actionable insight that can change the game for your company. This is a challenge that EMC Federation members EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal, VMware and VCE have undertaken with today’s announcement of the Federation Business Data Lake.

Watch the Federation Business Data Lake Virtual Launch Event.


Fortifying Protection of the World’s Most Critical Data with New EMC DLm Enhancements

Paul O'Connor

Director of Product Management, EMC Data Protection & Availability Division at EMC

As more mainframe data travels on mobile and cloud platforms and back to the datacenter, mainframe data protection and recoverability are more critical than ever.  The traditional protection afforded by physical tape is no longer practical. EMC Disk Library for mainframe (DLm) revolutionized traditional tape data protection for the mainframe, and today we’re extending its value proposition even further with DLm release 4.1.

With the release of DLm 4.1, DLm 8100 and DLm 2100 users benefit from:

  • Simplification of D/R testing for EMC VNX based DLms
  • Single drive performance improvements
  • Deeper operational insights
  • IPv6 Compliance

Mainframe data protection is a critical part of the “data protection continuum,” which is the full range of data protection requirements that must be met.   Mainframe data exists at the core of almost every critical financial transaction in the world. As chronicled,  “96 of the world’s top 100 banks, 23 of the 25 top US retailers, and 9 out of 10 of the world’s largest insurance companies run System z Mainframes, processing roughly 30 billion business transactions per day, including most major credit card transactions and stock trades, money transfers…”

Effective mainframe data protection must be optimized around four use cases for best-in-class ROI:  1) Backup / Restore 2) Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) 3) Long Term Data Retention and 4) “General Work Tapes.” DLm was specifically designed for these cases.

Resolving Key Disaster Recovery Testing, Usability and Performance Issues

Storage administrators have to perform Disaster Recovery (D/R) tests under tight time constraints. With Release 4.1, EMC has uniquely automated what can be rather complex D/R test configurations for our popular VNX storage within DLm, simplifying D/R set-up with menus executed on the mainframe.

Administrators are constantly optimizing their tape storage, so this release gives storage personnel more operational insight with new GUI options to view storage usage, performance and system health.

As customers continue to migrate off physical tape, they asked EMC for performance enhancements to match that of streaming tape.  Some datacenters run thousands of jobs, sequentially to a few or even one tape drive.  Ironically, this can be a daunting task even for a high performance virtual tape system like DLm. With this update, DLm can achieve up to 80% performance improvement for such environments.

DLm Pulse slide

Release 4.1 is a significant step forward in the committed evolution of DLm for protecting critical mainframe data, delivering with what really matters: performance, ease of use, storage choice and compliance.

Want to hear more?

Join us at EMC World where, once again, EMC is sponsoring a dedicated track of mainframe sessions detailing all of our latest innovations.  Join us in Las Vegas May 5th – 8th.  To register, click here.

Introducing RSA Silver Tail 4.0

Jason Sloderbeck

Director of Product Management at RSA, the Security Division of EMC

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A little more than 7 months ago, Silver Tail Systems became a part of EMC and our innovative solution for web session intelligence helped to round out the already-robust RSA enterprise security portfolio. We are incredibly proud of our accomplishments and, as a part of RSA, we have been able to focus our efforts on continued innovation to help customers combat online threats such as business logic abuse and the latest generation of DDoS attacks. Today is particularly exciting for me because we are launching a major update to our RSA Silver Tail web threat detection solution.  The RSA Silver Tail 4.0 solution is designed to leverage the power of Big Data to help security and fraud teams visualize and quickly analyze millions of user web-session activities to identify fraud, security threats and business logic abuse in real-time.

The release is a culmination of 18 months of efforts on two fronts, analytics and user experience. On one front, our analytics team of statisticians, threat researchers, and software engineers has taken our population-based modeling to an entirely new level by building it into a real-time analytics engine, Streaming Analytics. On the second front, we made a large investment in the user interface, employing UX research and visual designers to build a UI that applies successful concepts from consumer UIs to the world of enterprise security software.

We had a significant challenge ahead of us in engineering the RSA Silver Tail 4.0 solution to not only live up to the innovative heritage of Silver Tail Systems, but also to take full advantage of the opportunity to deliver on a global stage — and RSA Silver Tail 4.0 technology hits the mark at every level.

Our goal was to set a new bar for the Web session intelligence market and radically change the way security and fraud teams conduct their jobs. Building on RSA’s focus on risk-based intelligence, RSA Silver Tail technology takes a Big Data approach to combat the most sophisticated online attacks. The intelligent user interface is engineered to include dynamic visualizations that empower investigators to quickly view and analyze the activities of millions of concurrent Web sessions. We designed the new “Incidents” functionality to give security and fraud teams one-click investigation capabilities, as well as efficient visibility into activity on their website. Finally, we’ve added Streaming Analytics — featuring in-memory click-by-click threat scoring — to deliver advanced real-time attack discovery and mitigation.

We are extremely excited to launch RSA Silver Tail 4.0 technology. It’s been an incredible experience for the team to execute on a vision that directly addresses customer feedback and real-world customer needs – like combating the most prevalent and advanced web threats including Denial-of-Service and business logic abuse. As we continue to widen the gap between RSA Silver Tail and potential competitors, we realize that we’re just unearthing the abundant possibilities as we begin to leverage the profound power and reach of RSA and our collective product families.

Hey Mr. Data Center, Are You Available?

Mat Allen

Senior Director, Security & Risk Management, EMC Global Services at EMC

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When EMC develops its products and services, we endeavor to do our best to take a bite out of our customers’ spend, ease their minds about building trust and enable greater visibility into their IT infrastructures.

We’ve cleared the fences once again with our new Continuous Availability Advisory Services based on EMC VPLEX. This game-changing approach to continuous availability helps organizations mitigate downtime, transform their IT infrastructures and enables cost savings.

Just how do EMC’s new services and VPLEX virtual storage prepare organizations to better mitigate outages (be they human error, natural phenomena, etc.) and improve business continuity? Glad you asked.

Delivered by EMC Global Services, Continuous Availability Advisory Services helps enable customers to shift their focus from recovery time and recovery point objectives to improved availability. The coolest part? This can be done using off-the-shelf products, like VPLEX. Deliverables include:



Getting back to cost savings (while recouping valuable data center space), Continuous Availability Advisory Services enables organizations to reduce server count by combining existing production, high availability and disaster recovery compute platforms into a single solution. That’s sweet music to any CIO’s ears, and wallets.


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