Nicholas Wakou is a Senior Principal Performance Engineer with the Dell EMC Open Source Solutions team. Nicholas's role, interest and activity is focused on the characterization and optimization of the performance of Dell EMC Cloud and Big Data solutions.
Nicholas has been involved and is engaged with Industry efforts to define performance benchmark specifications. He is active on the SPEC (www.spec.org) Cloud committee and several committees of the TPC (www.tpc.org). Nicholas represents Dell Technologies on the Board of Directors of the TPC and on its Technical Advisory Board (TAB). Previously, he was Chair of the TPC Public Relations standing committee.
Nicholas has an MS. Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, MS. Microelectronics Technology from Middlesex University, London and a BSc. Electrical Engineering from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
Dell EMC is focused on providing information that helps customers make the most of their big data technology investment. The failure rate for Hadoop big data projects is still too high given the maturity of the technology. Customers can’t afford to guess when designing and sizing a solution; they need to deliver optimal performance for their business use cases and to scale as needed. Dell EMC recently completed and published a new TPCx-BigBench (TPCx-BB) result that will help customers make the right choices for Hadoop performance and scalability. Today we are happy to announce that
Dell EMC is the industry leading supplier of hyper-converged, converged and “Ready” Solutions by many standards. Dell EMC’s tested and validated Ready Bundle for Cloudera Hadoop, together with the right performance benchmark results, takes the guess work out of Hadoop implementations.
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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
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.
Erin K. Banks has been in the IT industry for almost 20 years. She is the Portfolio Marketing Director for Big Data and Data Analytics at Dell EMC. Previously she worked at Juniper Networks in Technical Marketing for the Security Business Unit. She has also worked at VMware and EMC as an SE in the Federal Division, focused on Virtualization and Security. She holds both CISSP and CISA accreditations. Erin has a BS in Electrical Engineering and is an author, blogger, and avid runner. You can find her on social media at @banksek
Director of Data Analytics across North America at Dell EMC
With twenty years in the IT industry, Anthony Dina serves as the North America Director of Data Analytics at Dell EMC. He leads a team of solutions architects that synthesize the tsunami of new data types (machine, application, person-driven) with traditional systems of record. Their expertise in big data, data warehouse modernization and analytic modeling helps customers succeed in the era of Digital Transformation. This work not only involves intellectual property from Dell EMC but also from partners like Cloudera, HortonWorks, Splunk, and SAP. Prior to this, he served as executive director of strategy and director of solutions marketing. He has earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas and a Masters of Fine Art from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His technical certifications include ITIL v3 Foundation and ITIL Services Strategy.
Data analytics is rapidly emerging as a key to success in the new digital economy. To capitalize on this opportunity, organizations need to rethink the status quo and invest accordingly.
When it comes to organizations and their data analytics journeys, a quote often attributed to Mark Twain seems especially appropriate: “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”
While data analytics is rapidly emerging as a key to business success in the new digitally driven economy, many organizations are just exploring or in the early stages of their data analytics journeys. Basically, many people are just kicking the tires of the data analytics vehicle. And that’s a problem, because you can’t get anywhere with data analytics until you are actively using data analytics.
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