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Architecting a Data Lake: Matching Technology with Your Harvesting Needs

Darryl Smith

Darryl Smith

Chief Database Architect, EMC IT
Darryl Smith an EMC Distinguished Engineer and the Chief Database Architect in EMC's IT organization. He is responsible for all databases at EMC, including one of the largest Oracle eBusiness Suites and Database Grid deployments in the world. He has been working with Oracle Databases since 1988 starting with version 4 and Oracle clustered databases since version 7. Over the past 7 years, he has helped EMC capture and document the best practices learned from managing a global deployment of Oracle Applications, Middleware and Database Grids and actively engage with EMC and Oracle customers to share EMC's experience and perform knowledge transfer.

It takes many different best-of-breed technologies to effectively harvest “game-changing” analytics value from the data lake. Getting the right architecture to navigate your data lake requires a deep understanding of both the needs of Big Data and the available technologies in order to match analytics use cases with the appropriate platforms to get results.

Do you need to analyze large amounts of data fast or process many queries simultaneously? Is the data you are using organized in columns and rows, customer records perhaps? Or are you searching document files?

Let’s look at the basics of data lake architecture, some of the technologies and tools you should consider, and how EMC IT is approaching this crucial process.

Data Lake: Core Architectures

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Building a Software Defined Data Center: Automation, Orchestration and Agility

Rock Whitney

Rock Whitney

Consultant Systems Architect, EMC IT
Rock Whitney

Despite the emergence of IT as a Service and the rise of self-service catalogues, most IT operations—including EMC’s—have remained largely manual when it comes to filling users’ requests for networking, storage and compute, struggling to keep pace with growing demand. Until now, that is.

EMC IT is in the process of rolling out a new set of tools, based on a combined approach to infrastructure and automation that will reduce the time it takes to fill customers’ infrastructure demands from months to days or even hours.

The new production environment uses EMC’s Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (FEHC) management platform on VCE Vblock™ converged and hyper-converged infrastructure to provide the abstraction of hardware through software. Translation: IT clients will no longer have to come to the IT infrastructure team every time they need a new environment or an additional server. They can self-provision these services using a truly automated portal and with a standardized set of components.

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Your Data Protection Strategy: An Evolving Business/IT Conversation

Paul Gogan

Paul Gogan

Manager, Cloud Platform Protection and Storage, EMC IT

Creating a data protection strategy for your organization is a little bit like selecting the right insurance policy for your home. It isn’t the most flashy of endeavors and nobody likes paying those insurance premiums, but when a hurricane rips the roof off your house, you’re glad that you took the time to do it right.

Structuring your data protection strategy is not exclusively an IT decision. It’s primarily a business decision involving a range of stakeholders (not just IT) which provides the products, solutions and processes to execute that strategy based on the value of the data and the objectives of the business.

Data protection is not a one-size-fits-all process, as we in EMC IT, have come to learn. The following are best practices and lessons learned that EMC IT uses to create and maintain our data protection strategy.
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EMC IT Proven Going Social at EMC World 2015

EMC IT Proven

EMC IT Proven

EMC IT
IT Proven allows you to leverage EMC IT’s first-hand knowledge and best practices to accelerate your own IT transformation journeys, transforming operations and delivering IT as a Service through the power of cloud computing. IT Proven highlights how EMC IT transformed into an agile, innovative, and competitive service provider.

Transforming an IT organization is a complex, multi-faceted journey that requires new ways of thinking, analysis and structure. With the industry changing at a break-neck pace, the need has never been greater to assume an IT as a Service (ITaaS) model and become a true service provider to the business. To help organizations with their transformations, EMC IT Proven engages customers so they may leverage EMC IT’s first-hand experience to accelerate their own IT transformation journeys.

That is why EMC IT experts will be hosting five LIVE Virtual CrowdChat events during EMC World this year which can be attended virtually from anywhere in the world!
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Flash Comes Down to Earth: High-performance Storage Goes Mainstream

KK Krishnakumar

KK Krishnakumar

Senior Vice President & Chief IT Architect

Flash storage is getting decidedly more flashy these days. The once exclusive and expensive, high-performance storage technology is staking out an increasingly mainstream storage footprint across the current data environment.

Typically, flash has been the Formula 1 of storage technology, used to meet workloads requiring high-intensity IO with low-latency needs for applications like high-performance computing, database acceleration and data mining support. While it is still used to meet these demands, we find that due to both technology and business model changes, we are able to use flash in a variety of general purpose storage situations, and, in fact, that’s how we are putting it to use in EMC IT.

There are several factors that have made flash a more viable option for a wider array of storage needs:

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A Glimpse Behind the Cloud: Tour the EMC Durham Data Center

David Scheffler

David Scheffler

Director, Data Center Services

Today, everyone is talking about IT in the cloud, but there still has to be a physical infrastructure on the back end on which to run the cloud. Welcome to EMC’s Durham Data Center.

Our 20,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility illustrates the most efficient way to implement the hardware your organization needs to run the cloud. It features one of the largest Vblock environments in existence. Its leading-edge green features demonstrate the savings that can be gained with a creative approach to environmental technology. And finally, our Data Center serves to showcase the full array of EMC’s products and solutions in the real world as we “drink our own champagne” in virtualizing, automating, and backing up some 12 petabytes of data.

Our virtual tour of the Durham Data Center gives you a high level understanding of how our data center works and a glimpse of EMC Cloud computing using Vblock architecture. It features purpose-built Vblocks which run our SAP-based, enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and Exchange environment, as well as 100 percent tapeless backup environments built on our Data Domain and Avamar technologies. With tens of thousands of VMs in our data center, our sales staff can tap in to Durham to demonstrate products and services in a real-life lab setting.

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Automated Storage: The Final Piece of IT Optimization

Srini Maguluri

Srini Maguluri

Consultant Architect — Office of Architecture and Innovation

While today’s business organizations have gained tremendous IT agility and efficiency with technology that automates the management of their computer and network resources, handling growing data storage demands across multiple environments has remained a time-consuming challenge—until now.  Software defined storage opens the door for enterprises to achieve automated and on-demand management of their data storage resources to provide the final piece of IT optimization in the cloud.

I am part of a team at EMC IT that is currently incorporating a groundbreaking software defined storage platform into our IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) model.

Amid the ongoing explosion of data creation and the demand to access and analyze such information quickly, enterprises have been struggling to manage their multi-vendor storage environments. Software defined storage turns physical storage arrays into pools of virtual shared storage resources so that users don’t have to care which platform their data is on. After all, business organizations are interested in data modeling and getting the data storage services they need, and not whether that information is in box A, box B or box C.

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The Era of Protecting By Enabling: Securing Enterprise File Sync

Dave Martin

Dave Martin

Vice President and Chief Security Officer at EMC

IT managers today are on the forefront of information delivery services. Users are demanding highly available and secure data transfers that are flexible enough to serve them on the road and multiple devices. The days of traveling physically to a secure location to access a file are fast becoming extinct.

Technology transformation has a major impact on how and where we share information, so it’s natural to expect it to also impact how we provide trust for that information. We stay connected across more devices than ever, in more places. It no longer makes sense to apply old methods of static controls and expensive locks, which mimicked our approach to security of physical locations, in a fast-paced, widespread environment. Traditional methods applied to modern data flows ultimately hinder even authorized processes and builds bottlenecks, which prompts users to seek out other service providers.

That is why new and more complete enterprise solutions have been developed to meet the requirements of the end-user as well as IT and Security; they are flexible enough to enhance whatever users have, wherever they are, and make enterprise file sync and sharing (EFSS) easy yet trusted. Better service means more visibility and control while delivering automated and safe EFSS. Users gain the access they demand and IT reduces risk, once the following three key elements are present:

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The EMC Durham Data Center Migration: Lessons in Solidifying Configuration Management First

Stephen Doherty

Stephen Doherty

Consultant IT Project Manager, EMC IT

This is the third part in a series on EMC’s new Durham Cloud Data Center by Stephen. Click here to read part two.

Many organizations these days are facing the substantial task of migrating their traditional data centers to new, cloud-enabled data environments to improve efficiency and provide for growing space needs.

As you strategize to migrate your data center into the cloud, you should be ready to spend as much as 80 percent of your effort sorting out interdependencies between all your applications, databases and servers, which have probably become more and more entangled over time. (Read EMC Durham Cloud Data Center: Migration Planning and Program Management.)

As EMC IT learned in our recent migration of six petabytes of data and hundreds of mission critical applications to our new cloud data center, there is something you should do before you even begin the discovery process—invest in a streamlined configuration management system.

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Big Data Takes On Security

EMC IT Proven

EMC IT Proven

EMC IT
IT Proven allows you to leverage EMC IT’s first-hand knowledge and best practices to accelerate your own IT transformation journeys, transforming operations and delivering IT as a Service through the power of cloud computing. IT Proven highlights how EMC IT transformed into an agile, innovative, and competitive service provider.

When it comes to IT security, we are at an opportunistic intersection.  Each and every day, we hear more and more about how the increasingly complex and aggressive threat landscape is impacting the security of companies around the globe.  However, Big Data strategies and technologies are rapidly approaching the intersection and arming us with the analytics we need to more proactively assess risk and identify threats.

As a leading global technology company, EMC has wholeheartedly embraced Big Data to get ahead of this.  If you’re interested in learning more, EMC is also hosting a webinar on “Using Greenplum to Deliver Big Data Analytics” on Tuesday, Sept. 18th @ 11am PT.  Sign up here:  http://bit.ly/SyLwWV