Month: February 2021

Data Lake: Platform for Business Transformation

first_imgWhen we engage with clients to help them identify where and how to leverage big data for business value, we frequently use the Big Data Business Model Maturity Index (BDBM). This helps organizations understand how effective they are at leveraging data and analytics to power their value creation processes.Big Data Business Model Maturity IndexApplying the BDBM can help an organization identify how it should enact changes to people, processes, and technologies to enable the creation of analytic insight that drives its top-level strategic initiatives.  Organizations that adopt this approach can utilize advanced analytics to couple new sources of customer, product and operational data, optimizing key business processes and uncovering new monetization opportunities.However from an IT perspective, what does this look like?  The traditional data warehouse just can’t support these new data and analytic capabilities.Well, the time is right for organizations to embrace a data lake as the data management platform for advanced analytics and predictive insight. A data lake not only provides a repository for the collection of all sorts of structured and unstructured data, both internal as well as external to the organization, but it also enables data science teams to self-provision an analytic sandbox where they can rapidly ingest new data sources, ascertain their value and uncover new, more accurate predictors of business performance.Modern Data Lake ArchitectureThe data science team needs an environment where they can quickly test new data sources and analytics models without having to go through the laborious, multi-month data warehouse integration process.And once the data is loaded into a data lake, think “load once and analyze multiple times” – across multiple analytic use cases.Mapping Data Sources to Analytic Use CasesThe above chart maps the data sources – and the relative value of those data sources – to the analytic use cases in order to prioritize the data loading roadmap.A data lake also provides a benefit to organizations that are looking to free up expensive data warehousing resources by offloading the ETL processes.  This allows those processes to take advantage of the inexpensive, scale-out, natively parallel Hadoop environment.And ultimately who knows how the data warehouse might be transformed as technologies such as HAWQ deliver more of the value of SQL and Business Intelligence (reports and dashboards) to the Hadoop data lake environment.With these systems in place, organizations can efficiently store and analyze their data to surface the insights that help them monetize data opportunities. These advancements through the phases of the BDBM enable the metamorphosis into a truly data-driven business.As more and more organizations embrace the data lake approach, I couldn’t be more excited to watch the results.last_img read more

Billion Dollar Blast-off – Dell EMC Unity Rockets Past $1B in Just Over a Year

first_imgIn technology, having the right product, that provides the best capabilities, that solves a variety of business challenges, provides TRUE incremental value, and is timed to meet both customer and the market needs, are just some of the reasons that make products so successful.  On the other hand, there are countless products that fail to meet customer needs, do not provide the value required and/or are niche in scope, and do not succeed. In IT infrastructure, the tech highway is littered with products that have received generous VC investment, but never seem to achieve widespread adoption and/or simply fail for a variety of reasons.At Dell EMC we are committed to meet customer and market needs, through rigorous innovation, continuous feedback and constant evolution.  As a result, our products have the right combination of features, usability and support, and are backed by a world class and #1 leading IT company with thousands of employees that deliver on their commitments to our precious customers and partners.With that mind, at Dell EMC we are very proud of a significant milestone that validates our midrange storage products.  This week, our Dell EMC Unity midrange storage array family reached a major milestone – $1B in cumulative bookings revenue.  We’re very proud of this milestone for a variety of reasons.  First, we achieved this in a very short period of time; just over one year from the date of release on May 2, 2016, or 419 days for those who are curious. We achieved this milestone quickly, yet it’s a level that some products in just about every industry never achieve, let alone entire tech companies in their entire span of existence.  Our Dell EMC Unity family of All-Flash and hybrid storage arrays reached this measure in just over a year.  It’s an incredible accomplishment and puts this product family in elite company as one of the fastest-growing storage products in Dell EMC history (including pre-merger).Second, the milestone is significant from a team perspective. At Dell EMC we have engineers, developers and support teams located in various worldwide locations working diligently to develop compelling new features and support our existing and prospective customers. These teams have worked hard to add features that matter to our customers to solve their business challenges while modernizing their infrastructure for IT Transformation.  I personally want to thank our teams for their contributions to reach this milestone.Our sales teams and partners have an equal responsibility for this milestone based on driving the incredible momentum for Dell EMC Unity. They’ve worked tirelessly to help customers select and implement the right solutions for the right workloads in their data centers. To our delight, Dell EMC Unity has fit those needs for nearly 6,000 customers and growing!And speaking of customers, this is the fourth and MOST IMPORTANT reason for this milestone. They are the foundation for reaching this level of success.  As customers embark on their digital transformation journeys, they depend on midrange storage products that provide value, simplicity, and performance to power their demanding workloads and applications. Features alone are no longer sufficient. Customers request, and rightfully so demand, products that can deliver both great technology and great value that are naturally intuitive to use and support.  These ARE the things that matter to customers today!And our customers have spoken.  Shouted is probably a better description.  It is each and every customer that helped us reach this milestone so quickly.  Nearly 6,000 customers around the world have selected Dell EMC Unity, deploying it in ways we couldn’t have even imagined during the development phase.  Here are a few industry-specific examples:Colleges, universities and school districts that are looking for a unified and simpler approach to data storage, are turning to Dell EMC Unity to consolidate multiple disparate systems into a single system that is easier to install and manage.Non-profit organizations that utilize Dell EMC Unity to store digital archives to preserve cultural treasures.Supply chain companies that required significantly faster access to reports and data, have turned to Dell EMC Unity to achieve performance at least 10 times faster than their previous environment.Cyber security firms that demand high performance storage to store and process digital forensic evidence are deploying Dell EMC Unity because of its All-Flash performance and lower TCO than legacy hybrid storage products.Fortune 50 Financial company that dramatically lowered operational overhead based on the industry-leading simplicity of Dell EMC Unity, to allow focus on additional business value requirements, compared to their competitive offering. Dell EMC Unity All-Flash and hybrid storage array family – just over a year old and more than $1 billion strongThese are just a few of the many thousands of customer examples that have chosen Dell EMC Unity as their trusted platform of choice to modernize their data centers and embrace IT Transformation.  As they grow their businesses, we’ll continue to add more features to Dell EMC Unity to help solve the needs of more customers.  And along the way, we’ll share additional major milestones with you, our loyal customers, partners and employees.For now, I offer my thanks to our teams around the globe for their contributions and to our customers and partners for your endorsement, making it possible for Dell EMC Unity to achieve this important milestone.  Thank you for allowing us to earn your business, and stay tuned for even greater Midrange value coming soon!!!last_img read more

In the Future, Will You Instagram Your Medical Records?

first_imgSocial media platforms like Instagram, Twitter and the like are easy to learn and make it easy to share information with just a click of a mouse or your smartphone. Is it too far-off to consider that someday that it will be just as easy to access, manage and share our medical records and diagnostic history with our healthcare providers?After all, consumers are more informed and active than ever in terms of monitoring and tracking their fitness, diet and healthcare. IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker noted that companies shipped 24.7 million wearable devices such as Fitbits and Apple Watches in the first quarter of 2017 alone.If we are truly the stewards of our own medical data, what’s to stop us sharing our medical history and diagnostic information with our primary care physician or medical team via tools like Instagram, just as easily as you currently share your selfies from summer vacation?Okay, sure, when it comes to actually Instagramming private medical records, there are inevitable implications around HIPAA and other privacy considerations, but as people continue to take an active role in their healthcare, the demand for resources that help us – and our medical teams – make informed decisions about our care is on the rise.Indeed, this movement has far-reaching benefits for patients, their caregivers and their healthcare providers. Managing one’s own healthcare data and records is key for all consumers and patients. But the stakes are infinitely higher for those facing a diagnosis of cancer, Alzheimer’s or chronic conditions.If you’re a patient that’s been recently diagnosed with lung cancer (for example), your biggest priorities are likely to be around educating yourself about the type of cancer you have, what stage it’s at, your life expectancy, who the team is that will develop a roadmap for your care, and what the impact of that roadmap will be. You might have a primary care physician that will begin to coordinate with a team of specialists. Your treatment plan might include surgery, or radiation treatment, or chemotherapy or immunotherapy.It would be near impossible for even the most informed patient to share their medical history and records across those multiple specialists involved with their diagnosis and treatment plan. For diseases like cancer, and other high-profile, high-impact diseases, a precision medicine exchange is necessary that’s centered around the patient. This type of information hub – whether in the form of a 3-ring binder or a USB hard drive or a cloud-based secure portal – needs to be accessible not only to the patient (who owns the data), but to everyone on the patient’s treatment team.The good news is that the ability to access, manage and share your medical records and diagnostic histories is significantly easier than it was just five years ago. In many cases, a consumer-friendly approach has given patients the ability to not just request and manage their own medical data, but to investigate and propose treatment plans and clinical trials to their medical teams.Today, resources and innovative technologies are enabling patients to take that role a step further and shift from being a participant to an active marketer and advocate for new treatments. Being able to actively market yourself for new therapies and treatments is the next step in patient engagement.For example, the Yale School of Medicine launched a user-friendly health information technology platform called Hugo in 2016, which allows people to acquire their health-related data and use it to participate in studies. Hugo lets people access their electronic health records (EHRs) from disparate health care systems and synchronize them with a research database.In the press release announcing Hugo, Rick Kuntz, MD, MS, Chief Scientific, Clinical and Regulatory Officer of Medtronic noted that “there is a pressing need for new technologies that promote patient engagement and enhance data quality while reducing the cost and burden of data acquisition.”Additionally, online communities such as DNA.Land a free service run by geneticists from Columbia University and the New York Genome Center, allow members to learn more about their genome, which in turn enables scientists to make new genetic discoveries for the greater population. By contributing their genomes to the site, DNA.Land’s members help to enable non-profit researchers and advance basic and translational science. Getting onboarded to DNA.Land is easy – you just create an account and they point you to a service such as Ancestry or 23andMe as your source for the raw DNA data.Employers are also making it easier for employees to maintain data about their health. Dell EMC was the first employer in the world to sponsor an electronic and automatically updated Personal Health Record (PHR) program called HealthLink. Over 30% of our employees interact with a PHR on a regular basis. A chapter I co-authored about the program and technology was published in in the book Analytics in Healthcare and the Life Sciences, which stated that the need for patient-centric resources is clear:“Consumers are being empowered with information and choice. There’s no fighting the trend, so employers – indeed, all the players in the healthcare ecosystem – must embrace it.ShareWhether it will be through a familiar platform like Instagram, or an information hub of the future that will allow consumers to easily share what they want, when they want, to whomever they choose, about their medical and diagnostic history, how we access, manage and share our healthcare data changing day-by-day. For consumers like me who are passionate about researching and accessing information about my own health and medical history, these are exciting times indeed.  I look forward to learning more about my healthcare-self everyday.last_img read more

[The Source Podcast] Making it REAL: for our Partners

first_imgDuring the 2018 Global Partner Summit Keynote, our commitment to the channel was clear. Make it easier for our partners to do business with Dell Technologies is Priority #1.Part of that includes powerful new marketing tools, trainings and materials, created with you—our partners—in mind and based entirely on your feedback, as announced here on Direct2DellEMC by Cheryl Cook.“In today’s fast-changing world, your customers know they need to embrace Digital Transformation and evolve to stay competitive—it’s not a question of if, but when. IT Transformation is a key enabler of wider Digital Transformation,” Cook said. “And as Dell EMC partners with access to solutions across the Dell Technologies family, you are uniquely positioned to guide your customers through this transformation and become their “go-to” technology consultant.”One of the latest of those solutions partners can access is the new Dell EMC IDPA DP4400 which earned us a spot on CRN’s “5 Companies That Came To Win This Week” list, where they noted that nothing is being allowed to distract us “from delivering innovative products to its channel partners and customers.”Making our commitment to be easier to do business with real, however, often falls to the operations team behind the scenes, and they are all over that commitment.Darren Sullivan, senior vice president Global Partner Strategy and Business Operations, and Stephanie Mims, vice president Channel Operations are leading the way. Sullivan is a business transformation professional with a 25-year track record, and Mims is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years experience in strategic and operational line roles.They joined me in the Global Partner lounge at Dell Technologies World 2018 with some updates on what is happening, and how their four focus areas all tie to our #1 priority “Make it easier for our partners to do business with Dell Technologies.”Get Dell EMC The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

Pure Storage’s Evergreen Storage Program – A Marketing Solution to Engineering Problems

first_imgLet’s break down each Evergreen Gold ‘feature’ and see what it provides, why it’s needed and the hidden costs and issues you won’t hear about from Pure.Now let’s compare Pure’s Evergreen Gold approach to Dell EMC’s Future Proof approach for the most common customer scenarios.Find more details on Dell EMC’s full Future Proof customer loyalty program here!So, what have we learned about Pure’s Evergreen Gold?Free Every Three: Free Every Three is not ‘free’. We learned that you need to buy Evergreen Gold just to qualify and need to renew Evergreen Gold for another 3 years, 6 years total, to get the ‘free’ controllers. In many ways Free Every Three is really just a form of ‘pre-payment’ for the controllers you may need after 3 years.Upgrade Flex & Capacity Consolidation: At their essence, both Upgrade Flex and Capacity Consolidation are both REBUY programs.  You are buying newer controllers and capacity to replace what you have already purchased.  This is the very thing Pure says their Evergreen Storage avoids.  Just because Pure claims to provide ‘some’ credit for the replaced controllers and/or capacity doesn’t change the fact it is still a rebuy program.Our recommendation: do your homework and don’t be afraid to ask Pure some hard questions about their Evergreen Gold subscription…Questions to Ask PureCan you show me exactly how much Evergreen Gold’s Free Every Three will save me versus Evergreen Silver and simply buying new controllers IF I ever need them?Can you explain how I am not essentially ‘rebuying’ controllers and/or capacity, with trade-in credits, when I use Upgrade Flex or Capacity Consolidation?Can you explain why I need to purchase more capacity when I use Upgrade Flex to get faster controllers?Why do I need to purchase a new Evergreen Gold 3 year subscription to use Upgrade Flex?Watch for more detailed blogs de-mystifying Pure’s Evergreen Gold program and comparisons of how it stacks up to Dell EMC’s Future Proof Loyalty Program.For information on Dell EMC’s storage solutions click here.For details of Dell EMC’s Future Proof Data Storage Loyalty Program click here. Pure Storage (“Pure”) makes a lot of noise about their Evergreen Storage program.  With bold claims like “never rebuy a TB you’ve purchased, never do a data migration again and never do another forklift upgrade”, but the devil, and more importantly, the customer costs are in the details.  We think after reviewing the facts you will come to the same conclusions we have.  At its core Evergreen Storage – in our opinion –  is a marketing program with features designed to overlook architectural shortcomings by focusing on specific customer benefits, while netting Pure high profit margins and locking in customers!Why Did Pure Need to Invent the Evergreen Storage ProgramPure continuously markets that Evergreen isn’t just a program it’s also how they engineer their FlashArray product.  To keep their FlashArray product design simple to upgrade, while keeping data in place, they had to make some architectural choices that would enable that goal.  However, along with those architectural decisions came some inherent limitations that they needed to market and sell around.  This is where the Evergreen Storage comes into playSo, what are some of the architectural decisions Pure made a long time ago to enable their ‘evergreen’ storage, for the FlashArray product line, and what are some of the consequences of those decisions?Architectural DecisionsPure chose to use a dual controller active-passive architecture, which dramatically simplifies their design goal of being able to do Data-In-Place controller upgrades with no down time.  They simply upgrade the passive controller first, then make it the active controller so they can upgrade the other controller.To get around some of their inherent performance issues, Pure now uses their own proprietary NVMe flash modules (X50, X70, X90), instead of industry standard flash drives, which means that they now have to do all the flash memory management, which can further affect performance.Consequences of Those DecisionsPerformance is bottlenecked by how powerful the one active controller is. Remember, that single active controller must handle all normal controller activity as well as do all the management of their proprietary flash modules.  The only way to increase horsepower is by upgrading the controller.  Are you starting to see the need for the Evergreen Gold Program now (Free-Every-Three, Upgrade Flex)?Scaling capacity is limited by how much capacity a FlashArray’s single active controller can manage and the amount of flash modules its able to support.Once you max out the amount of capacity the FlashArray can handle, the only way to scale capacity any higher is by swapping higher capacity flash modules into the system to replace the lower capacity flash modules.So, how does Pure get around these limitations while trying to make money along the way?  Yep, you guessed it, Evergreen Gold and its 3 ‘pay-as-you-grow’ features – Free Every Three, Upgrade Flex and Capacity Consolidation.What Exactly are Pure’s Evergreen Storage Claimslast_img read more

Pompeii’s museum comes back to life to display amazing finds

first_imgPOMPEII, Italy (AP) — Decades after suffering bombing and earthquake damage, Pompeii’s museum is back in business, showing off exquisite finds from excavations of the ancient Roman city. Officials at the archeological park of the ruins of the city destroyed in 79 A.D. by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius inaugurated the museum on Monday. Known as the Antiquarium, the museum gives Pompeii a permanent exhibition space. Visitors can see some of the frescoes and chunks of wall graffiti unearthed by archaeologists as well as objects of the everyday life that was snuffed out by the volcanic explosion. Due to pandemic travel restrictions, only visitors from Italy’s Campania region can currently visit but officials eagerly await the return of all visitors.last_img read more

UK passes 100,000 coronavirus deaths as outbreak still rages

first_imgLONDON (AP) — More than 100,000 people have died in the United Kingdom after contracting the coronavirus. The health department said 100,162 people have died after testing positive, including 1,631 new deaths reported Tuesday. Britain is the fifth country in the world to pass that mark, after the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico, and by far the smallest. The U.S. has recorded more than 400,000 COVID-19 deaths, the world’s highest total, but its population of about 330 million is about five times Britain’s. The U.K. toll is 30,000 more than the total number of British civilians killed during the six years of World War II. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says a public inquiry will study the U.K. response and learn lessons “in due course.”last_img read more

With many hungry for content, Sundance market heats up

first_imgLike so many in the past year, the Sundance Film Festival has had to reinvent itself as a mostly virtual experience. Still, the 2021 Festival, which kicks off Thursday, could also prove to be a robust market for companies looking for content. More than 72 feature films are debuting over the seven days. It’s a slimmed-down lineup from the previous years’ 118. Some films already have ways to get to audiences, like Robin Wright’s “Land” and “Judas and the Black Messiah,” which will both be available to the masses in the coming weeks. But many this year are acquisition titles seeking distribution deals.last_img read more

Belgium fears spread of Dutch riots over virus restrictions

first_imgBRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden is warning that riots in the Netherlands over coronavirus restrictions risk spreading across the border. The ministry said Wednesday that she’s instructed Belgian mayors about measures to take to limit the spread of the disease among protesters. The Netherlands has seen been rocked by three successive nights of rioting. Belgium on Wednesday introduced a new ban on nonessential travel until at least March. That’s on top of compulsory mask wearing and a nighttime curfew that have been in place since November. Some calls for protests this Sunday against the measures are circulating on social media in Belgium.last_img read more

Ex-Rep. Kennedy launches group targeting ‘unwinnable’ races

first_imgBOSTON (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III says he has no plans to run for office anytime soon and has launched a new project aimed in part at supporting political races considered “unwinnable” by the Democratic Party. Kennedy had opted not to seek reelection last year to pursue an unsuccessful challenge to his fellow Democrat, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey. Kennedy unveiled what he called the Groundwork Project in an email to supporters Wednesday. Kennedy said after he lost he weighed what to do with his network of supporters and decided to channel that energy toward people and causes that need it.last_img read more