Dell EMC extends its portfolio for Splunk to VxRack FLEX

Brett Roberts

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

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.

Everything You Need to Know About Data Analytics at Dell EMC World 2017

Erin K. Banks

Erin K. Banks

Portfolio Marketing Director at Dell EMC
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
Erin K. Banks

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Erin K. Banks

Erin K. Banks

Portfolio Marketing Director at Dell EMC
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
Erin K. Banks

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Anthony Dina

Anthony Dina

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.
Anthony Dina

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