Welcome!

OpenStack Journal Authors: Michael Bushong, Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan, Ernest de Leon, Kevin Benedict

News Feed Item

Dell Workload-Specific and Converged Infrastructure Appliances and Integrated Systems Make Deploying and Managing Enterprise Applications Faster and Easier

Today at Dell User Forum, Dell introduced a series of new enterprise appliances and integrated systems to drive simplicity and ease of use across the data center, and help customers achieve quicker business insights and agility. The new workload-specific infrastructure appliances and integrated systems dramatically speed deployment, management and time to results for companies of all sizes.

Dell is teaming up with leading enterprise software companies to integrate and optimize Dell infrastructure and management capabilities, with some of the most widely deployed applications and workloads in enterprises today. Dell is moving quickly to deliver appliances to accelerate the value customers get from their technology by simplifying the deployment and management of large-scale enterprise applications, while at the same time ensuring best-in-class performance, response times, and insights to critical business data.

In a recent report industry analyst firm IDC noted, the integrated systems and appliances market is one of the fastest-growing segments of the IT industry. As enterprises look to simplify and streamline IT capabilities, they will turn more and more toward these solution sets to help reduce the burden on their IT departments and provide a better SLA to their corporate users. Vendors will continue to develop more sophisticated tools to manage these stacks more efficiently and integrate more software packages for customers to choose from. In addition, they will continue to partner with one another to help bring these solution sets to fruition1.

Dell Acceleration Appliance for Databases

Dell introduced the Dell Acceleration Appliance for Databases, a pre-built, pre-integrated appliance designed to accelerate leading database environments including MySQL, Sybase, Microsoft SQL and MongoDB. This solution includes Dell PowerEdge Servers, Dell Storage and Dell Networking, with application acceleration technology from Fusion-io to improve database performance, enabling large and midsize customers to cost-effectively respond to business needs rapidly and reliably.

Dell also is shipping Fluid Cache for SAN, which brings data closer to the server while improving application performance and reducing response times for scale-out workloads that require high levels of concurrent usage.

Dell Integrated Systems for Oracle 12c Database

In addition to the Dell Application Acceleration for Databases appliance, Dell today announced a purpose-built appliance designed specifically for Oracle 12c database deployments. The Dell Integrated Systems for Oracle 12c Database appliance helps customers migrate to and accelerate current Oracle 12c environments. Now customers from small businesses to large enterprises can quickly stand up new Oracle database deployments with a high-performance appliance that meets their database management needs today, and can easily scale in the future.

Extending the base configuration available in the Dell Application Acceleration for Databases appliance with Oracle 12c database pre-installed customers will experience significant performance gains and cost savings over similar pre-packaged appliance solutions available today. The Dell Database Acceleration Appliance for Oracle pre-bundles Dell infrastructure, with Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Fusion Applications removing from customers the hassle of hardware integration and fine-tuning of applications.

Dell In-Memory Appliances for Cloudera Enterprise

Dell is building on its deep expertise and relationship working with Cloudera and Intel to launch new Dell In-Memory Appliances for Cloudera Enterprise aimed at accelerating Hadoop deployments. The market for Hadoop is expected to grow to $50.2 billion by 20202, a compound annual growth rate of nearly 60 percent. Businesses of all sizes are using big data to inform and make business critical decisions, so they need access to effective real-time data analytics.

The appliances will bundle leading Dell technology with Cloudera Enterprise (Data Hub Edition including Apache Spark), and Intel’s performance and security optimized chipset, to help organizations capitalize on high-performance data analysis. The solution represents a unique collaboration within the big data ecosystem to collectively deliver a solution that no single vendor can provide.

The Dell In-Memory Appliances for Cloudera Enterprise simplify and speed up otherwise complex Hadoop cluster deployments, enabling customers to gain critical business insights faster. It is also massively scalable, using an enterprise data hub to store and analyze any amount or type of data in its original form and for as long as desired or required. This ease of deployment and scalability meet the needs of small and medium businesses, all the way up to the largest enterprises.

It includes leading Dell hardware, Cloudera Enterprise (Data Hub Edition including Apache Spark) for easier management and compatibility within existing data center environments, Intel Architecture for fast processing, and ScaleMP’s Versatile SMP (vSMP) architecture to aggregate multiple x86 servers into a single virtual machine to create large memory pools for in-memory processing. The Dell In-Memory Appliances for Cloudera Enterprise will be available in pre-sized, pre-configured options so customers can choose and quickly deploy the version that is right for their deployment.

Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances

Dell today also announced plans to deliver the Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances powered by Nutanix. With the announcement, Dell extends its software defined storage portfolio with plans to offer customers a new series of appliances, which combine compute, storage and networking into a single offering. These new appliances will benefit customers seeking an integrated IT approach, offering simple deployment, management and scale as needed.

Dell Workload and Application Emphasis

Today’s announcements of new engineered solutions from Dell represent the next step in the company’s ongoing efforts to help businesses of all sizes realize greater returns on their investments in enterprise applications, and accelerate value from their technology. Dell recently introduced joint partner solutions, reference architectures and certifications with Oracle, SAP, Red Hat and Microsoft, and Scale Up Certifications for SAP HANA, for easy scaling of server memory capacity in deployments and helps reduce the need to “rip and replace” when systems are upgraded. And Dell has partnered with Red Hat to offer private cloud solutions based on OpenStack to help customers move to and deploy highly scalable cloud computing models.

Quotes:

“Dell is focused on making it easier for businesses to solve their IT challenges so they can spend more time thinking about their customers and less on operations. We do this in part by helping businesses quickly, reliably and cost-effectively stand up tier-1 applications, and the appliances and integrated systems announced today help accelerate the value customers can get from their technology,” said Marius Haas, chief commercial officer and president of enterprise solutions, Dell. “The new solutions we have announced today with Oracle, Cloudera and Nutanix are first of many new workload-specific solutions Dell will introduce in the coming quarters.”

"Dell Acceleration Appliance for Databases combines industry-leading Dell servers and proven Fusion-io flash memory to maximize data-intensive application performance,” said Fusion-io CEO and Chairman of the Board Shane Robison. “Our technology collaboration enables enterprises to gain business insight from real time information by improving application performance and shortening application response times, ultimately increasing competitive advantage.”

“Data systems of the ‘80s and ‘90s were never designed for what is known as big data. It’s not that the world was never data-driven before – it’s that we are amassing more data today than systems are able to consume,” said Mike Olson, co-founder and chief strategy officer, Cloudera. “Traditional systems isolate data and create silos that make exploration and collaboration hard. By putting that data into a modern enterprise data hub, customers can combine it and analyze it in powerful new ways. The collaboration among Dell, Intel and Cloudera to build this new engineered system makes it easier than ever before for enterprises to deploy an enterprise data hub that’s fast, scalable and affordable.”

Availability

  • Dell Application Acceleration for Databases will be available worldwide in 2H 2014.
  • Dell Integrated Systems for Oracle 12c Database will be available worldwide in 2H 2014.
  • Dell In-Memory Appliance for Cloudera Enterprise will be available worldwide in 2H 2014.
  • Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances will be available worldwide in 4Q 2014.
  • The new appliances will be available via Dell channel partners and directly from Dell.

About Dell

Dell Inc. listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. For more information, visit www.dell.com.

Dell, PowerEdge are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.

1 IDC "Converged and Integrated Datacenter Systems: Creating Operational Efficiencies" Doc # 246611 Feb 2014

2 “Hadoop Market to Reach $50 Billion by 2020 – Allied Market Research.” StorageNewsletter.com, 3 Jun. 2014

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Cloud Expo Latest Stories
14th International Cloud Expo, held on June 10–12, 2014 at the Javits Center in New York City, featured three content-packed days with a rich array of sessions about the business and technical value of cloud computing, Internet of Things, Big Data, and DevOps led by exceptional speakers from every sector of the IT ecosystem. The Cloud Expo series is the fastest-growing Enterprise IT event in the past 10 years, devoted to every aspect of delivering massively scalable enterprise IT as a service.
As more applications and services move "to the cloud" (public or on-premise) cloud environments are increasingly adopting and building out traditional enterprise features. This in turn is enabling and encouraging cloud adoption from enterprise users. In many ways the definition is blurring as features like continuous operation, geo-distribution or on-demand capacity become the norm. NuoDB is involved in both building enterprise software and using enterprise cloud capabilities. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Seth Proctor, CTO at NuoDB, Inc., will discuss the experiences from building, deploying and using enterprise services and suggest some ways to approach moving enterprise applications into a cloud model.
Until recently, many organizations required specialized departments to perform mapping and geospatial analysis, and they used Esri on-premise solutions for that work. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Dave Peters, author of the Esri Press book Building a GIS, System Architecture Design Strategies for Managers, will discuss how Esri has successfully included the cloud as a fully integrated SaaS expansion of the ArcGIS mapping platform. Organizations that have incorporated Esri cloud-based applications and content within their business models are reaping huge benefits by directly leveraging cloud-based mapping and analysis capabilities within their existing enterprise investments. The ArcGIS mapping platform includes cloud-based content management and information resources to more widely, efficiently, and affordably deliver real-time actionable information and analysis capabilities to your organization.
In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Mark Hinkle, Senior Director, Open Source Solutions at Citrix Systems Inc., will provide overview of the open source software that can be used to deploy and manage a cloud computing environment. He will include information on storage, networking(e.g., OpenDaylight) and compute virtualization (Xen, KVM, LXC) and the orchestration(Apache CloudStack, OpenStack) of the three to build their own cloud services. Speaker Bio: Mark Hinkle is the Senior Director, Open Source Solutions, at Citrix Systems Inc. He joined Citrix as a result of their July 2011 acquisition of Cloud.com where he was their Vice President of Community. He is currently responsible for Citrix open source efforts around the open source cloud computing platform, Apache CloudStack and the Xen Hypervisor. Previously he was the VP of Community at Zenoss Inc., a producer of the open source application, server, and network management software, where he grew the Zenoss Core project to over 10...
Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Mac Devine, Distinguished Engineer at IBM, will discuss bringing these three elements together via Systems of Discover.
Cloud and Big Data present unique dilemmas: embracing the benefits of these new technologies while maintaining the security of your organization’s assets. When an outside party owns, controls and manages your infrastructure and computational resources, how can you be assured that sensitive data remains private and secure? How do you best protect data in mixed use cloud and big data infrastructure sets? Can you still satisfy the full range of reporting, compliance and regulatory requirements? In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Derek Tumulak, Vice President of Product Management at Vormetric, will discuss how to address data security in cloud and Big Data environments so that your organization isn’t next week’s data breach headline.
The cloud is everywhere and growing, and with it SaaS has become an accepted means for software delivery. SaaS is more than just a technology, it is a thriving business model estimated to be worth around $53 billion dollars by 2015, according to IDC. The question is – how do you build and scale a profitable SaaS business model? In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Jason Cumberland, Vice President, SaaS Solutions at Dimension Data, will give the audience an understanding of common mistakes businesses make when transitioning to SaaS; how to avoid them; and how to build a profitable and scalable SaaS business.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in software-defined storage (SDS) purpose-built for Windows Servers and Hyper-V, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Gridstore™ is the leader in software-defined storage purpose built for virtualization that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect and accelerate applications Gridstore delivers vmOptimized™ Storage that self-optimizes to each application or VM across both virtual and physical environments. Leveraging a grid architecture, Gridstore delivers the first end-to-end storage QoS to ensure the most important App or VM performance is never compromised. The storage grid, that uses Gridstore’s performance optimized nodes or capacity optimized nodes, starts with as few a...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Solgenia, the global market leader in Cloud Collaboration and Cloud Infrastructure software solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Solgenia is the global market leader in Cloud Collaboration and Cloud Infrastructure software solutions. Designed to “Bridge the Gap” between personal and professional social, mobile and cloud user experiences, our solutions help large and medium-sized organizations dramatically improve productivity, reduce collaboration costs, and increase the overall enterprise value by bringing collaboration and infrastructure solutions to the cloud.
Cloud computing started a technology revolution; now DevOps is driving that revolution forward. By enabling new approaches to service delivery, cloud and DevOps together are delivering even greater speed, agility, and efficiency. No wonder leading innovators are adopting DevOps and cloud together! In his session at DevOps Summit, Andi Mann, Vice President of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies, will explore the synergies in these two approaches, with practical tips, techniques, research data, war stories, case studies, and recommendations.
Enterprises require the performance, agility and on-demand access of the public cloud, and the management, security and compatibility of the private cloud. The solution? In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Simone Brunozzi, VP and Chief Technologist(global role) for VMware, will explore how to unlock the power of the hybrid cloud and the steps to get there. He'll discuss the challenges that conventional approaches to both public and private cloud computing, and outline the tough decisions that must be made to accelerate the journey to the hybrid cloud. As part of the transition, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service model will enable enterprise IT to build services beyond their data center while owning what gets moved, when to move it, and for how long. IT can then move forward on what matters most to the organization that it supports – availability, agility and efficiency.
Every healthy ecosystem is diverse. This is especially true in cloud ecosystems, where portability and interoperability are more important than old enterprise models of proprietary ownership. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Mark Baker, Server Product Manager at Canonical/Ubuntu, will discuss how single vendors used to take the lead in creating and delivering technology, but in a cloud economy, where users want tools of their preference, when and where they need them, it makes no sense.
The 15th International Cloud Expo has just expanded its conference program, to bring together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC at one location. Cloud Expo is the single show where delegates and technology vendors can meet to experience and discuss the entire world of the cloud. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to learn about the latest technology developments and solutions.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Bsquare Corporation, a leading enabler of smart connected systems, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's Internet of @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Bsquare is a global leader of embedded software solutions. We enable smart connected systems at the device level and beyond that millions use every day and provide actionable data solutions for the growing Internet of Things (IoT) market. We empower our world-class customers with our products, services and solutions to achieve innovation and success.
SYS-CON Events announced today that NuoDB, Inc., the leader in webscale distributed database technology, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. NuoDB was launched in 2010 by industry-renowned database architect Jim Starkey and accomplished software CEO Barry Morris to deliver a webscale distributed database management system that is specifically designed for the cloud and the modern datacenter.