A familiar face can be found on this year’s list of the 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs. CRN’s list, which represents the most powerful leaders in the IT channel, includes VCE’s very own Chris Sullivan for the second year in a row. Chris also was named one of CRN’s 50 Most Influential channel chiefs.“Click to Tweet: Congratulations to VCE’s Chris Sullivan for being a 2015 @CRN Channel Chief! https://www.delltechnologies.com/a-channel-changer-chris-sullivan-named-a-crn-channel-chief/ShareThe honor is well deserved, as Chris continued to evolve VCE’s partnering strategy and led the team to a number of milestones in 2014. This year, VCE focused its investments on increasing engagement and deepening relationships with partners, which has been met with great success through the VCE Partner Program.With the introduction of VCE Specializations and the VCE Certified Professional Program, VCE has armed partners with enhanced capabilities, tools and skills to sell VCE converged infrastructure. The response has been tremendous: 60 partners have completed more than 140 specializations, and more than 5,000 IT professionals became VCE certified. This success has even driven VCE to create additional specializations for new service and solution categories.In addition, along with EMC and Cisco, VCE introduced the Cloud Infrastructure Solutions Accelerator, which has encouraged partners with new benefits and incentives. VCE also expanded its technology partnering initiatives with two new certification programs: VCE Vision Ready for partners integrating third-party software with VCE Vision Intelligent Operations, and VCE Validation Ready for enabling partners to test and validate software integrations with VCE converged infrastructure on a remote test bed.During the last 12 months, there was a 56 percent increase in partner-driven sales, including a record number of new customer acquisitions. VCE is committed to continuing this momentum through 2015 by matching technology innovation with channel innovation, and partners will see VCE continue to make selling VCE converged infrastructure solutions as profitable as possible for partners.This award is an honor for Chris and for VCE, but it is equally so for VCE partners, whose input and feedback are crucial to VCE’s success. We are incredibly appreciative of the work and effort our partners have made in growing the converged infrastructure market, and are constantly looking for ways to give back. In fact, stay tuned; VCE will soon announce the inaugural winners of the new VCE Global Partner Awards program, highlighting those partners that have committed to moving VCE and converged infrastructure forward.Here’s to a successful 2015!
In my last post, I looked into the emergence of ‘Bimodal IT’ as enterprises juggle traditional IT infrastructure with new, exploratory structures for the web-based, hyper-scale IT needed in the digital era.The real challenge for enterprises in this context is not simply in the delivery of these resources – many have managed that. Deploying PaaS or Hadoop is just the delivery of another platform for enterprise IT teams.The real challenge is in developing and delivering a plan that sees a more strategic migration of business applications to the ‘mode’ of IT that best suits its needs.What I mean by this is; if you take, for the sake of argument, a business that has 100 applications used both within the enterprise and directly by its customers. And all 100 of those live in ‘mode 1’ IT at the moment. An organisation embarking on a true transformation programme should look at those 100 applications; prioritise the ones that might be suited for migration to web scale, and within those, determine the features that should be migrated and those that should be deprecated.This challenge sounds enormous; but of course, only needs to be tackled one step at a time. Each application in turn, each function in turn, prioritised by different criteria based on urgency of need, age of the application or infrastructure, customer demands, etc.The key for establishing where to start, though, is the conversation we have with our customers when we embark on transformation programs. In a workshop, we get an understanding of how the customers’ IT is operating today and start building a tactical plan to give the business some control and understanding of its Bimodal IT context, moving the right applications and functions to the platform appropriate for its needs.The alternative? Businesses that don’t embark with a transformation programme here will get caught in the timid middle – neither committing to the new digital world order nor ignoring it. They will likely continue to live on in frustration with ‘mode 1’ IT, even as its staff put organisational data at risk in public cloud resources for their exploratory IT. And those businesses will not remain competitive for long.Do you run a Bimodal IT context? Do you have a strategy for managing it? Would be interested to read your thoughts in the comments.Originally posted on InFocus, the EMC Global Services blog.
Unlock Your Data Capital with New OneFS Updates That Provide 140% Greater Usable CapacityModern enterprises are handling more and more unstructured data every day thanks to the emergence of among other things, cloud-native applications. To manage the data explosion happening across industries, companies need storage infrastructure that’s massively scalable, highly flexible, efficient and future-ready.Dell EMC Isilon is a leader in the unstructured data storage market thanks to its laser-focus on innovation and today, we’re announcing an update to our OneFS operating system to help companies manage this explosion of data and unlock their Data Capital.OneFS 8.2.1 delivers hardware-based data reduction features of in-line compression and in-line deduplication on the F810 all-flash platform to enable customers to reduce data center footprint and optimize storage resources. With Isilon scale-out NAS solutions powered by OneFS 8.2.1, organizations can modernize their storage infrastructure to support their IT transformation.With hardware accelerated in-line compression and deduplication capabilities, Isilon solutions powered by OneFS 8.2.1 can provide up to 140% greater usable capacity, depending on the workload, compared to OneFS 8.2 based solutions.Additional benefits to running Isilon storage solutions with Isilon OneFS 8.2.1 include:Scale cluster capacity up to 139 PB of usable capacity up from 58 PB in OneFS 8.2.Deliver up to 3:1 compression and in-line deduplication on the F810 all-flash platform depending on the dataset.In-line compression and deduplication operations on the F810 seamlessly interoperate with all existing Isilon storage platforms and all OneFS software modules.Increased storage capacity and efficiency reduces data center footprint and resources consumed.Dell EMC’s 2:1 Data Reduction Guarantee eliminates risks and provides peace of mind to the customer.OneFS 8.2.1 will be available on September 6, 2019.“In today’s film production – data is our new negative. In the last 10 – 15 years, the film industry has seen exponential growth in unstructured data acquisition, storage and management. This rapid growth poses a slew of new challenges with respect to disk throughput, data security and storage capacities,” said Tim Bicio, Chief Technology Officer at Lightstorm Entertainment. “Dell/EMC’s Isilon product line has become our go-to solution for everything film production – from our in house VFX facility to our remote live action stages. Isilon’s inline compression and high speed deduplication capabilities will further allow us to consolidate more data in a smaller form-factor – at a lower cost.“To find out more about how Dell EMC Isilon can help you with your digital future, visit www.dellemc.com/isilon. Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage, October 2018 Effective capacity is based on an 80% storage utilization rate and a data compression ratio of 3:1. Actual storage utilization will vary by solution configuration and actual data compression ratio will vary by dataset. Effective capacity is based on an 80% storage utilization rate and a data compression ratio of 3:1. Actual storage utilization will vary by solution configuration and actual data compression ratio will vary by dataset.