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Brett Roberts

Data Analytics Systems Engineer at Dell EMC
Brett is the Technical Lead for Dell EMC’s Data Analytics Technology Alliances, focused on developing solutions that help customers solve their data challenges. You can find him on social media at @Broberts2261

Get even more choice with the Ready Bundle for Hortonworks with Isilon

Earlier this month marked the 1 year anniversary of Dell Technologies and the coming together of Dell and EMC. Looking back, it has truly been a great year with a lot of bright spots to reflect on. I am most excited about how we have been able to bring together two powerful product portfolios to create choice and value through unique solutions we now build for our customers. This can be seen across the company as our new portfolio drives increased opportunities to meet specific customer needs like creating more value add solutions for specific workloads. As a data analytics junkie, one that is near and dear to my heart is the recently released Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Hortonworks with Isilon Shared Storage.

You might ask “Why is this so important”? First, this is a Ready Bundle and a part of the Ready Solutions family meaning you reduce your deployment risks and speed up your time in value. If you aren’t sure what Ready Solutions are then here is a Whitepaper from IDG.  Secondly, this new Ready Bundle with Isilon extends flexibility for the user more than ever before. As a heritage Dell offering, the Dell EMC Ready Bundles for Hadoop have been around for years but traditionally they have been designed on PowerEdge servers. When you needed to scale your environment you would need to scale both compute and storage together; not a bad thing for many customers and deployments of these Ready Bundles have been outstanding. Now however, with heritage EMC’s Isilon added to the Ready Solution cadre of technologies, we offer organization the choice to decouple storage from compute and scale independently these two distinct components while delivering world class data services that have earned Isilon the top spot on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Scale-Out File and Object storage. We generally find this is a great option for Hadoop deployments where capacity requirements are growing much more rapidly than processing requirements.

In addition to the increased choice and data services that you get with Isilon, you still enjoy all of the benefits of the other Ready Solutions for Hortonworks Hadoop. This solution has been tested and validated for Hortonworks HDP by both Dell EMC and Hortonworks. Dell EMC and Hortonworks
have continued to strengthen their partnership over the years and this is yet another example of how we have come together to provide a unique, integrated solution to meet customers’
needs. Both Dell EMC and Hortonworks are excited about how this new Ready Bundle will help drive even more business outcomes with customers achieving success with Hadoop much more quickly. Jeff Schmitt, Hortonworks’ Sr. Director of Channels and Alliances had this to say about the Ready Bundle “The Ready Bundle for Hortonworks is yet another example of joint Dell EMC and Hortonworks investment bringing increased value to customers. As HDP deployments continue to grow in scale, offering customers choice in their infrastructure deployments is critical. The Ready Bundle for Hortonworks provides a customer simplified deployment while allowing storage and compute to scale independently.”

This new Ready Bundle release is the epitome of the value that this merger has created. If you find yourself having to scale your Hadoop environment to meet capacity needs or are looking where to start on your Hadoop journey, the Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Hortonworks Hadoop with Isilon is a great fit. Here is the Ready Bundle Solution Overview for you to learn more about this great solution.

 

 

Dell EMC extends its portfolio for Splunk to VxRack FLEX

Operational Intelligence and machine generated data have been very hot topics lately as organizations are beginning to realize how valuable this data is for the business. For the last few years, Splunk has been the leader in this space with their all-encompassing platform that enables the ability to collect, search and analyze machine generated data. (Not up to speed on this yet? Check out my other blog on getting started with machine generated data) Dell EMC and Splunk have had a tremendous partnership over the past couple years that is based on the premise that we offer market leading infrastructure that is optimal for Splunk’s world class analytics platform for machine generated data. A couple weeks ago, we took this one step further… I’m excited to announce the release of the Solution Guide for Machine Analytics with Splunk Enterprise on VxRack Flex 1000! With this, Dell EMC now has a validated rack scale, hyper-converged infrastructure solution for Splunk that has been jointly validated by Splunk & Dell EMC.

Why is this important?

Having this solution that has been jointly validated by both Splunk and Dell EMC to “meet or exceed Splunk’s performance benchmarks” gives users a higher degree of confidence in the environment. With this solution the performance needed to run Splunk effectively and gain the valuable insights to make critical IT and business decisions will be there. Our solutions engineering team along with Splunk put hundreds of engineering hours into designing specific configurations based on a variety of different deployment scenarios and rigorously tested them to ensure performance. The solutions guide gives you not only those configurations but also implementation guidelines and deployment practices. All of this equals lower risk, quicker time to value and validated for performance…can’t ask for anything better.

How is VxRack Optimal for Splunk?

VxRack provides flexible, rack scale, hyper-converged infrastructure that allows you to use the hypervisor of your choice or bare metal as well as the ability to start small but scale-out to thousands of nodes. With VxRack you are given the flexibility to optimize your tiering for Splunk by putting Hot and Warm buckets in SSD while using HHD or even Isilon scale-out NAS for your cold bucket needs (Solution guide shows how to use Isilon for cold tiering). You also get to enjoy the benefits of Software Defined Storage and data services that are essential in today’s data center. The best part is that VxRack gives a turnkey experience that is engineered and designed to be ready to run, giving you a quicker time to insight and value. Additionally, with single support and life-cycle management for your infrastructure you lower complexity and reduce risk and costs. All of this equals great performance, economical tiering structure & easy to deploy and manage infrastructure that is validated to run Splunk.

Getting started with machine-generated data

By Brett Roberts with Debra Slapak

We are literally surrounded by data generated from devices and other machines—things like the phones in our pockets, vehicle sensors, the ATM at our favorite spot, cameras on the street, even the thermostats and appliances in our homes. As consumers, we benefit from insights generated when this data is analyzed and put to work for us. This, ideally, protects us or makes us more loyal to the companies that provide better experiences or outcomes for us.

Increasingly, business, government and non-profit organizations alike are generating, capturing, and analyzing massive amounts of machine-generated data to help them (more…)

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