Save $88.2M in costs – Check. 140,000 hours of developer productivity saved – Check. 20 million+ IOPS – Check. 5X improvement in deployment time – Check. Data migration – Every 25 Years…Check!Dell EMC commissioned Forrester to interview a large, global financial institution – a long standing Dell EMC ScaleIO customer – to create a Forrester Total Economic Impact report. Forrester TEI reports are well regarded throughout the industry as objective, impartial studies of products’ and technologies’ economic impact on a business. The results were simply outstanding. Forrester estimates that the customer enjoyed $186.7 million in total benefits, a savings of $88.2 million after deploying ScaleIO over a period of four years with an outstanding ROI of 89% and a payback period of only 10 months. This includes categories such as CapEx savings from storage hardware and software, savings from power cooling and facilities, OpEx savings from management and support and substantial savings from avoiding disruptions from migrations by the application team. The customer expanded their ScaleIO deployment from a single datacenter to 8 data centers in a short period of 18 months and estimates that 72 PBs of storage will be managed by ScaleIO within the next four years.Before ScaleIOPrior to using ScaleIO, the interviewed customer embarked on a strategy initiative to transform into a digital organization, shifting over $1 billion from the IT infrastructure budget to application development areas to fuel client innovation. At the same time, the financial crisis forced the bank to invest more heavily in IT to increase collaboration and reduce costs. These drivers led to increased growth in storage and infrastructure requirements to support these projects. At a 30% annual growth rate of the organization’s SAN storage environment, the pace of growth was offsetting the benefits from traditional storage as the cost of managing storage in silos got bigger each year. The organization realized that it needed a cost-efficient storage solution that could scale with the enterprise.After ScaleIOToday the customer has thousands of developers on the ScaleIO platform managing thousands of applications and their number keeps on expanding rapidly. For example the customer expects to have 40% of databases running on ScaleIO by 2019. The typical storage pod has anywhere between 90 to 110 servers in a single ScaleIO cluster which, though a big number, is only a fraction of the total number of servers that CAN be managed in a single ScaleIO cluster. ScaleIO’s outstanding performance has won many fans in the customer’s organization as each all-flash configured pod can easily provide 20 million IOPS. Capex SavingsThe customer’s total CAPEX savings of $111 million is generated by large savings from mainly three categories.From massively consolidating multiple silos of underutilized storage. With ScaleIO’s excellent performance, scalability, flexibility and reliability, the customer is able to pool storage resources much more efficiently and significantly consolidate multiple islands of traditional storage down to an optimal footprint.All features are included in the ScaleIO pricing. There is no separately charged feature license.Avoiding Fiber Channel. By not having to deploy Fiber Channel SAN hardware and software which include Fiber Channel switches, directors, software licenses, cables, racks and HBAs.In order to reap these savings over four years, the customer invested $71.7 million in ScaleIO software and hardware.Opex SavingsThis organization reported that “from a labor support perspective, the operating costs of ScaleIO are one-tenth the operating costs of traditional storage.” Part of this cost reduction was due to the elimination of “big lift and shift” storage array upgrades.Management and support cost savings came from easier deployment activities such as bidding, capacity planning, and faster provisioning of storage. For example, they were able to stand up a pod in 31 days with ScaleIO when compared to six months in a traditional block storage environment. This translates to a 5X improvement or 83% reduction in deployment time. Further, they were able to eliminate forklift upgrades and data migration costs resulting in 140,000 hours saved from approximately 3,500 developers saving 40 hours on an average. Lastly, the IT infrastructure team was also able to reduce management effort with virtualization and consolidation. In total, the customer saves an estimated $55.7 million over four years.In order to reap these savings the customer invested $19.6 million in operating expenses for ScaleIO. These included Implementation costs, Labor costs and Ongoing Management costs.Data Center CostsFinally, the organization provided estimates from 30% to 98% reduction in power, cooling and facilities costs across the organization. One interviewee noted that with the efficiency brought by its ScaleIO investment, the organization now had more space in the data center to run other hardware. This is a valuable benefit as the cost of building a new data center when an organization runs out of space can run into millions of dollars.In aggregate the customer is estimated to save about $20 million over four years. The data center costs for ScaleIO over the same period of time are expected to be about $7 million.In SummaryScaleIO is a transformational technology. As validated in the TEI report, a customer can completely redefine their IT processes – add agility, accelerate deployment, completely eliminate migrations altogether and reduce costs significantly through massive consolidation by adopting ScaleIO. As we move towards a new era in IT where software defined infrastructure is the NEW norm, ScaleIO is the perfect enterprise grade software defined storage for ALL enterprise applications.ResourcesFull Study: The Total Economic Impact Of Dell EMC ScaleIOInfographics: 1 Pager
Whenever I get the chance, I talk to customers about what excites them about technology. The conversation often leads back to how they can use data in a meaningful way across their organization.This is not surprising since data is now collected everywhere. Fifty billion intelligent devices have created a flood of edge data. Data analysis has advanced with different flavors of artificial intelligence to provide significant impact on your business. It is natural to assume that data is the critical factor in meeting your customers’ requirements.But in truth we have been collecting and assimilating data throughout history from libraries of papyrus rolls to the first computers. It just took us a long time to find it, understand it and see a pattern. So, while these additional access points are driving analysis today, they require fast processing to bring value to your business and customers. When you stop and consider it, the need for edge devices is related to speed as well as data. For example, one use case at the edge may be reporting weather at various locations. Quick analysis would not only ensure accuracy but also peoples’ safety.Our customers have told us the speed that they deliver, and process information is critical to their business. Last year, we introduced 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors with Intel Deep Learning Boost to our PowerEdge portfolio and saw large performance leaps in a variety of workloads. Intel Optane™ Persistent Memory enhanced these benefits by placing large memory capacity right next to the processors. Our customers have already expressed excitement about the performance results from these new technologies.“Not only are we excited about 2nd Gen Intel Xeon processors and the performance improvements, but adding persistent memory in large capacities offers a full array of benefits. We can definitely see space and cost savings potential by supporting more databases or VMs per Dell EMC PowerEdge server with Intel Optane Persistent Memory. We have already seen faster transactions per second with SQL Server 2019 and Intel Optane Persistent Memory and having the ability to recover quickly is critical for our business,” said Antony Messerli, Principal Engineer of Global Infrastructure Engineering at Rackspace.Of course, the nature of modern business demands more and more rapid results. So just this week we are adding the latest 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors to select PowerEdge servers. These enhanced processors drive everyday workloads to AI, with up to 33 percent improved performance with a less than three percent price increase. They include Intel Xeon Gold, Silver or Bronze processor options that let you balance energy-efficiency and cost while delivering improved speed to meet increasing demands. Service customers more quickly with up to 33 percent more cores, up to 28 percent faster frequencies and up to 62 percent more memory cache. Plus, faster data analysis can help you deliver benefits for your customers and business more effectively.“Building upon decades of close collaboration with Dell Technologies, it’s exciting to deliver these latest innovations and the foundation for our customers’ AI-infused, data-centric infrastructure. Dell EMC PowerEdge systems fueled by the latest 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors extend customer value through workload-optimized performance enhancements, built-in AI acceleration, hardened security and other unique platform capabilities including Intel Optane persistent memory, enabling unprecedented results and amazing digital experiences,” according to Lisa Spelman, corporate vice president and general manager of the Xeon and Memory Group, Intel.Essentially, the speed of the data processing and transmitting is what is changing our world — not the just the data itself. We need to be able to process data in any location — in a way that it is instantly useful while making it secure and easy to manage. Talk to your Dell representative about how to improve performance for your workloads and get more value from your data. And feel free to reach out on Twitter to tell us about your journey from the edge to the core and the cloud.—- Preliminary results are based on Dell EMC internal testing January 2020 comparing a PowerEdge R740 with 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable Gold 6242R processor vs PowerEdge R740 with 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable Gold 6242 processor running SPECcpu2017 int_rate_base. Actual results will vary. Dell internal analysis Feb 2020 based on Dell US list price comparisons of 6242R and 6242 CPUs, does not include variables like heatsinks or PSUs, pricing subject to change and may vary by region. Based on published data from Intel® for the Intel® Xeon® Gold 6246R vs. the Intel® Xeon® Gold 6246 processor. Based on published data from Intel® for the Intel® Xeon® Bronze 4215R vs. the Intel® Xeon® Bronze 4215 processor. Based on published data from Intel® for the Intel® Xeon® Gold 6242R vs. the Intel® Xeon® Gold 6242 processor.
BERLIN (AP) — A survivor of the Holocaust and a young Jewish immigrant have spoken about their lives in Germany at a special parliamentary session commemorating the victims of the Holocaust 76 years after the Soviet army liberated the Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland. Eighty-eight-year-old Charlotte Knobloch and 33-year-old Marina Weisband told lawmakers on International Holocaust Remembrance Day how their lives as Jews in Germany are still far from normal almost eight decades after the Nazis murdered 6 million European Jews in the Shoah. Following their speeches, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others bore witness in the parliament’s prayer room on Wednesday as a rabbi put the final touches on a restored Thora scroll.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Three Turkish sailors who were on board a cargo ship attacked by pirates off the West African coast have returned home. Fifteen kidnapped sailors remain missing and one Azerbaijani crew member was killed during the attack. The Liberian-flagged M/V Mozart was sailing from Lagos Nigeria, to Cape Town in South Africa when it was attacked on Jan. 23, some 100 nautical miles (185 kilometers) northwest of the island nation of Sao Tome and Principe. Fourth captain Furkan Yaren told state-run Anadolu news agency he hoped the kidnapped sailors would rejoin their families soon. He said he was wounded from a fall while trying to avoid capture. The pirates left him behind along with two other wounded sailors.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — As the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign accelerates, governors, public health directors and committees advising them are holding key discussions behind closed doors, including debates about who should be eligible for the shots and how best to distribute them. A review by The Associated Press finds that advisory committees created to help determine how to prioritize vaccine doses have been holding private meetings in at least 13 states that are home to more than 70 million people. In at least 15 other states, such meetings are open to the public. But even in those states, governors and health officials can modify or override committee recommendations with little or no public explanation.