Dedupe + Compression in Dell EMC Unity All-Flash Storage Boosts Efficiency for Midrange Storage Workloads
When customers purchase data storage systems, there are multiple factors in the buying decision. Features, of course, but customers “buy” into more than just the current set of available features. They’re buying not just for today; they want to know what’s next for the product. At Dell EMC, we’ve always been customer focused and we’d like to give our customers and partners more insight into our future plans for Dell EMC’s midrange portfolio. In today’s blog, we’ll highlight efficiency in our Midrange portfolio with a spotlight on our deduplication plans for Dell EMC Unity, our latest enhancement coming to the industry’s #1 midrange storage portfolio[i]. By combining deduplication and compression, we can offer customers ultra-efficient storage for a wide range of workloads and applications.Forthcoming Functionality Increases Efficiency Even FurtherWe’re excited to announce that later this year we’ll unveil our data deduplication capabilities in Dell EMC Unity. We wanted to give an early glimpse into this technology which will help our customers further advance their IT modernization efforts. These new features leverage a variety of advanced patents to eliminate redundant data. They are optimized to ensure the most efficient use of available hardware resources. In fact, we’ll support these improvements for all current and previous generations of Dell EMC Unity.Dell EMC engineers designed the code to be an extension of inline compression so that applications that have compression enabled will automatically get more efficient. Best of all, deduplication will be available as a no-cost, non-disruptive upgrade. We’re really happy we can deliver the consistent performance levels that our customers expect while lowering costs – a win-win situation.Midrange Portfolio Delivers Exceptional Efficiency TodayToday, customers can reduce their costs at every phase of their IT projects with our industry-leading midrange storage products, Dell EMC Unity and SC Series (Compellent). These products give exceptional efficiency already. Across the board, we offer a range of data reduction features such as thin provisioning, data tiering and space-efficient snapshots that can reduce the cost of storage and maximize overall capacity. We offer software efficiencies through intelligent data reduction technologies which are backed by the Dell EMC All Flash Storage Efficiency Guarantee offering a 4:1 efficiency savings benefit. For lowering longer term lifecycle costs, we offer platform migration and data-in-place upgrades. Together with the Dell EMC Integrated Offerings portfolio, we can extend the management, mobility and data protection capabilities of our customer’s systems. The addition of deduplication makes the current portfolio even better.Automate Your Cost Savings with SC SeriesWe believe the Dell EMC SC Series today offers customers the most flexible flash architecture on the market. With intelligent data tiering running behind the scenes and always-on thin provisioning, customers benefit from the lowest cost flash on the market[i]. Other features offer built-in federation to recommend and live-transfer volumes to an optimal SC system automatically. Together, these give exceptional operational and cost efficiencies to enterprises of all sizes.Simplify and Unify Your Storage with Dell EMC UnityDell EMC Unity is a fully unified, dense 2U system that offers an exceptional feature set, built-in migration capabilities from Dell EMC VNX storage arrays, compression, and built-in data at-rest encryption ([email protected]). Our compression has been measured at third-party labs to show a 2.5X higher compression rate than HPE 3PAR. [ii] With tiering to public or private cloud storage, your snapshots can live forever. This gives recovery options that weren’t possible in previous products.Our customers are truly excited about the benefits they are getting from both Dell EMC Unity and SC Series:“With Dell EMC Unity, we get enhanced performance as well as a number of features that make life easier for me. As an IT manager in a small organization I wear about 10 hats and the modernity, simplicity, affordability and flexibility of Dell EMC Unity helps me to achieve more with limited resources.” – Madsen Wikholm, IT Manager, Society of Swedish Literature in Finland“We chose SC Series storage because dollar for dollar, Dell EMC SC arrays were the most cost-effective and they provide a great roadmap for longevity.” – Steve Athanas, Director of Platforms & Systems Engineering, UMASS LowellBut our customers now want us to take this a step further. With the latest Dell EMC Unity release, we’re making system administrators more efficient and effective with faster installation setup wizards and new features with Dell EMC CloudIQ. Setup takes only 10 minutes and configuration just another 15 minutes. So customers are up-and-running in less than 30 minutes. Together, these advances help system administrators become more efficient, adding value to the business so they can focus on strategic initiatives and spend much less time on storage management. The next step in the efficiency evolution is continuing to provide the most data-efficient platform available.When our customers made the decision to purchase Dell EMC, they embarked with us on a long-term partnership. In that kind of relationship, strong communication is key. With great new technologies coming from Dell EMC, we’ll share more information with our customers and our partners as we reach the next milestone on our IT Transformation journey. Stay tuned.____________________________________________________________[i] Dell internal analysis, April 2017.Estimated street price, net effective capacity after 5:1 data reduction including 5 years of 7x24x4-hour on-site support.[ii] “Handle transaction workloads and data mart loads with better performance”, a Principled Technologies report, June 2017, page 2:https://www.dellemc.com/en-us/campaigns/dell-emc/unity-all-flash-storage-vs-hpe-3par.htm
A week after getting upended in Seattle, the Trojans were supposed to return to the Coliseum and take their frustration out on Washington State like a drunken stepfather.This one was supposed to be ugly. The 45.5-point spread was more of a generous suggestion for the Trojan offense, which ripped the lowly Cougars for 69 points last season.When it was all said and done Saturday night, it most definitely was ugly, but not quite in the way USC had hoped.After jumping out to a 20-0 first-quarter lead, the Trojan offense stalled, the penalty yards started piling up and the final 27-6 score was way too close for a Washington State team that needed overtime to defeat Southern Methodist last week.Lingering issues · After USC failed to clean up its penalties and fumbling, Pete Carroll said his team still has plenty of work to do. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanSo what does it mean? Plainly and simply, this USC team has a lot of problems to work out. For all its five-star talent and lopsided depth, there is great cause for concern for USC going forward.“The way I look at this game, it’s great to win, it’s fun to win at the Coliseum, but we’ve got a lot of work to do,” coach Pete Carroll said. “It just was not at all the kind of satisfying win we’d like to have.”And it wasn’t just a few bad breaks here and there. After the first quarter, the Trojans lost their rhythm and their focus across the board, putting up two goose eggs offensively in the second and third quarter before finally finding the end zone one last time in the fourth quarter.The most glaring dilemma taken from the win was that the Trojans did not learn from the mistakes that cost them an undefeated season last week. Their performance in the penalty department only got worse — they racked up 115 yards on 13 yellow flags, almost all of which killed drives and eliminated momentum.It was not the kind of outing USC fans expected, nor the kind the players expected from themselves.“We had 13 penalties overall, so I think when we have those numbers we can always be playing better,” freshman quarterback Matt Barkley said. “We’re gonna look back at the tape tomorrow … and see what can get corrected, but I do believe we can play better than we did tonight.”As Carroll put it, “It’s not stuff that’s indicative of playing good football.”Granted, some of the penalties USC was flagged for were awful calls, particularly a holding call on redshirt junior receiver Damian Williams that negated part of a long junior Joe McKnight run.“I’ll challenge half of those calls,” Carroll said of the penalties called on his team, adding, “I thought Damian’s block downfield on Joe’s big run was a fantastic block. ”Carroll still recognized the magnitude of the penalty problem, but not exactly with urgency.“We need to start practicing now and clean some things up,” he said. “We certainly can give a game away playing like that, so that’s the part we have to get rid of.”Another aspect the Trojans failed to improve much upon was third-down conversions. After failing to convert a single third-down last week, the Trojans mustered only three in nine tries Saturday, and this against one of the worst passing defenses in the country.“We have to get right and we’ve got to keep working at it,” Carroll said. “There’s just a lot of room for improvement.”Red zone scoring was also a problem. The Trojans were stopped twice on fourth down inside Washington State’s 2-yard line, failing to put any points on the board and allowing the Cougars to hang around.Then there were the fumbles. USC put the ball on the ground three times, losing two of them — one by Williams after a reception and the other by redshirt sophomore quarterback Aaron Corp while on backup duties.These are problems the Trojans vowed to fix. These are issues they promised never to repeat. But after one week, the jury is still out on how capable this USC team is of cleaning up its mishaps.After the game, the talk was already turning to next week, when the Trojans travel to Berkeley to face Cal in game that has lost a bit of its value after the Golden Bears suffered a 42-3 beating from Oregon Saturday. No matter how bad Cal looked against the Ducks, USC must fix the mistakes they have failed to correct in the last two weeks or it will be Washington all over again.On that note, a reporter asked redshirt junior linebacker Michael Morgan what he thought of Cal’s loss to Oregon.“Don’t take anything lightly I guess — play everybody,” Morgan said.Meanwhile, Barkley, who was sitting next to Morgan at the press conference, muttered under his breath, “We already learned that one.”After the Trojans’ lackluster display Saturday against the Cougars, I’m not sure they have.“Middle Ground” runs Mondays.