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Dell EMC’s Dynamic Duo! What can you learn at Puppet Conf 2016?

What can you learn at Puppet Conf 2016?

Cynthia O'Brien

Cloud Solutions at EMC

Two leading platforms are combing forces; Dell EMC’s Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and Puppet Enterprise. What do these two companies have in common? They are both dedicated to simplifying IT processes and removing the hurdles that IT departments face on a daily basis allowing for rapid innovation and development. This common interest and complimentary platforms has sparked a genius partnership.

 

Let’s start with Enterprise Hybrid Cloud. This fully engineered platform combines the control, reliability and confidence of private cloud with the simplicity, flexibility and cost efficiency of public clouds to transform delivery of IT services. Consumers are empowered with self-service access to traditional enterprise applications and IT services via a self-service catalog.  They can simply select the resources they need with their service levels of choice all on-demand. Essentially, resources are at the IT staffs’ fingertips on an as-needed basis.

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Puppet Enterprise is the leading platform for automatically delivering, operating and securing your infrastructure, applications and services – no matter where they run. It’s a proven configuration management tool, that helps customers to keep the configuration consistent and eliminate “drifts”. With Puppet you know exactly what is going on with all your infrastructure and software. And you get the automation needed to drive change with confidence and report on compliance.

 

If this doesn’t sound like a match made in heaven, we don’t know what does! We know that our Enterprise Hybrid Cloud customers already love this match. These two platforms working in tandem create consistency across the environment as well as remove tedious, error-prone tasks. When a new project is initiated IT staff can now hit the ground running. Management of compute, storage and network resources are streamlined and workloads can be scaled efficiently across heterogeneous environments, as well as various flavors of public clouds and DELL EMC private cloud environments.

 

Let’s see how it works…

 

Dell EMC will be attending Puppet Conf in San Diego this October to teach individuals how to leverage Puppet with our solutions in order to:

  • unify physical, virtual and cloud environments
  • make rapid, repeatable changes and automatically enforce the consistency of hybrid clouds
  • use best-in-class provisioning and managing virtualized and cloud environments
  • automate complex application deployments within Enterprise Hybrid Cloud using predefined and supported Puppet Forge modules
  • leverage automation for speed & agility
  • experience enterprise reliability

 

If you are at Puppet Conference, stop by our booth. We would love to hear from you. For more information on the event, view our community network site, or follow us at @DellEMCcloud!

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Do More With Less With Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Introducing the latest Enterprise Hybrid Cloud versions

Introducing the latest Enterprise Hybrid Cloud versions

Cynthia O'Brien

Cloud Solutions at EMC

In today’s digital era innovation never ceases. Customers expect frequent improvements and application iterations on a daily basis.  We hold our developers to the same standards, which is why we are announcing the latest release of our Enterprise Hybrid Cloud today.

The hybrid cloud platform was designed to allow customers to focus on driving business value thanks to automated infrastructure services, workflows and application blueprints. To put today’s announcements into perspective, place yourself in the shoes of a hypothetical IT manager named John working for a national athletic club. Your IT team is developing a new application with class schedules, calorie expenditure trackers, payment portals, and more to differentiate the brand from competition.  The company started with several local gyms and grown to an Enterprise company with tens of thousands of customers with multiple data centers across the country.

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How will upgrading to the latest version of the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud  help?

 

  • Enterprise Hybrid Cloud has increased data center support by 2X

 

We learned a 2 site strategy was only the beginning of our customers’ hybrid cloud journey, so we’re doubling the data center support of Enterprise Hybrid Cloud.

With the gradual growth of John’s fitness company, several data centers popped up in various states to support expansion. Now, he can bring IT operations for up to 4 sites under one roof and centrally manage the hybrid cloud platform via a single self-service portal. He can transition even more applications into a hybrid cloud consumption model further unifying the company’s IT strategy.

 

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  • Change Data Protection Policies at any time

 

Application workload requirements rarely stay constant, nor does each workload call for the same policies. Now, existing backup policies can now be adjusted across multiple sites at any time throughout the lifecycle of a workload – making it easy to adjust service levels as workload requirements change.

  • Granular Protection with RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines

The latest release also provides support for RecoverPoint for Virtual Machine protection. This gives users the ability to protect individual workloads from a disaster and roll back to any point in time for either a single Virtual Machine or a consistency group or site thanks to improved granularity and continuous replication. Topology options also allow him to replicate workloads from one vCenter to another.

 

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  • Enhanced virtual machine encryption services

 

In the previous release, John could encrypt data within a virtual machine at provisioning time. With the latest release, he benefits from “day 2 operations” for encryption services with the ability to add or remove encryption for Virtual Machines on-demand.  John now checks the workload’s encryption status directly from the cloud self-service portal.

The integration with CloudLink SecureVM has been also improved with the new vCenter Orchestrator plugin and workflows, so the same Virtual Machine templates for encrypted and non-encrypted workloads can be reused.

At the end of the day, upgrading the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud gives end users direct access to the IT resources they need without delay. With a, streamlined IT operations process John no longer needs to spend time picking up tasks from a queue and pertaining to them manually in multiple management interfaces.  Simplicity has been taken to a new level.

What’s next for Enterprise Hybrid Cloud?

For new customers, a new version will be generally available later this year providing support for VMware’s vRealize Automation 7’s new user interface. This single unified canvas gives users more of what they already love, plus great new features that will radically streamline your entire implementation strategy reducing the time it takes to get things up and running. IT Admins and App Admins both benefit from improved operational efficiency.

 

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Business demands change on a regular basis and in today’s competitive IT environment, time is money. EMC Global Services accelerates time to value for Enterprise Hybrid Cloud with a comprehensive portfolio of services to speed adoption including newly enhanced Implementation Services. Operating model services help customers define and build the roles and processes to evolve from a technology-siloed IT organization to a services-oriented operating model.

Optimizing existing infrastructure and processes reduces costs and accelerates IT service delivery without sacrificing reliability. Time and money can be reallocated towards the next big thing, like John’s fitness application that will set his company apart from the rest!

To learn more, visit our Enterprise Hybrid Cloud resources:

 

 

Turnkey Developers Platform for Cloud Native Applications Introducing Native Hybrid Cloud - A New Way of Delivering Cloud-Native Applications

Introducing Native Hybrid Cloud - A New Way of Delivering Cloud-Native Applications

Berna Devrim

Senior Director, Global Solutions Marketing at EMC at EMC
With more than 20 years of marketing, research and development, market entry, routes to market and technology experience, Berna Devrim currently leads EMC Global Solutions marketing.

Applications are becoming the new face of business. Customers are expecting their favorite brands to create new, intelligent interactions and digital experiences on a daily basis.   To stand out from the competition, enterprises must embrace development models that allow them to rapidly deliver applications, provide constant improvements, and bring new, differentiated levels of service to the market. Many enterprises are struggling to make the transition to this model because planning, designing and building a custom solution for cloud-native applications can be a complex project. That’s why EMC’s Federation created the fully engineered Native Hybrid Cloud (NHC) solution – to set your business ahead of the rest.

Native Hybrid Cloud is a turnkey developer solution designed to accelerate and simplify cloud native application development and deployment, speeding business innovation and time to market. Native Hybrid Cloud integrates and delivers a developer platform (PaaS) and infrastructure services cloud-native(IaaS) in as little as two days, rapidly available for developing cloud-native
applications. It brings developers a rich set of services for deploying, scaling and managing the application life cycle while providing the needed visibility, control and financial insights to IT. NHC helps enterprises realize the promise of a DevOps model by connecting and simplifying how developers and IT operators build, deploy and operate applications through an “it just works” experience.   EMC has invested thousands of engineering hours designing, integrating and testing Native Hybrid Cloud so organizations can quickly deliver cloud-native applications eliminating the cost, time, complexity, or uncertainty associated with developing an in-house solution.

Native Hybrid Cloud is a turnkey developer solution that reduces the weeks and months once needed to deploy an application to just days by integrating Pivotal Cloud Foundry’s cloud-native platform with a choice of on-prem and off-prem infrastructure-as-a-service options – all with the same consistent experience. In addition, all Native Hybrid Cloud components are sustained as one – including single contact support and upgrades across the entire solution. New features are tested and validated across all components, reducing the time and risk associated with upgrades.

Developers can push new code into production within minutes or scale applications with a single command with no effort wasted on building or configuring the environment. IT Operations gains full solution visibility and control through automated built-in features that monitor, manage and re-start system components. Native Hybrid Cloud maintains high availability for all running applications and continuously tracks application health with minimum operator intervention while on-going data protection provides back-up and recovery of applications and components in case of failure. Robust monitoring and reporting capabilities link application to infrastructure consumption allowing IT Operations to proactively improve application performance and capacity planning while showback and chargeback reporting deliver cost transparency.

Built on top of VCE VxRack System 1000 hyper-converged infrastructure, it delivers a robust, on-premises modern developer platform by integrating Pivotal Cloud Foundry with a choice of OpenStack and soon VMware Photon Platform. In addition, with VMware vSphere delivered on VxRack System 1000 with Flex Nodes, enterprises can extend what they already have in production, leveraging industry-leading capabilities and full compatibility with existing tools leveraging in-house expertise. Customers who are looking to run cloud native apps off-premises can choose a managed offering from Virtustream or push apps to Virtustream, vCloud Air, AWS or Azure as an endpoint for Native Hybrid Cloud sharing a common developer experience and management capability with on-premises Native Hybrid Cloud.

Here’s a demonstration of how it works: (embed tech teams demos)

Now that we know developers can get the resources they need to push out applications on-demand, what does this mean in the long run?

cloud-nativeAccelerated development and deployment lifecycles of cloud-native applications enable organizations to deliver differentiated value and business outcomes uninterruptedly. In the past, pushing out a new cloud-native application could have taken up to months where now it can be done in merely hours.

When code can seamlessly be pushed out as soon as it is written, IT can focus on delivering game-changing services that provide compelling customer experiences.

 

BOTTOM LINE….

To achieve success in a rapidly changing digital era, enterprises must innovate faster, empower developers and accelerate IT operations. Native Hybrid Cloud is a turnkey developer platform designed to do just that! Don’t build what you can buy!

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For more information on the Native Hybrid Cloud, view our webpage and follow @EMCcloud.

 

Developers Driving Change The New Leaders of The Digital Era

The New Leaders of The Digital Era

Berna Devrim

Senior Director, Global Solutions Marketing at EMC at EMC
With more than 20 years of marketing, research and development, market entry, routes to market and technology experience, Berna Devrim currently leads EMC Global Solutions marketing.

Did you know that since 2000, 52% of the companies on the Fortune 500 list are gone?

Developers have the power to make or break a business. We’re living in an always on, always connected world where consumers are constantly anticipating new applications that revolutionize everyday tasks. If you’re not meeting these demands, how do you expect your business to stay afloat? The short answer is, it won’t!

Why did expectations skyrocket? Traditionally, developers relied on the IT managers to provide them with the building blocks for innovation for even the most trivial tasks. “We need an operating system, a database, a new web or app server…” the list goes on and on. Don’t forget, each of these things had a price tag, so additional time for someone to cut a check became part of the process, too.

Luckily, in recent years the cost of development has dropped and access to resources has become instantaneous thanks to the “pay as you go” public cloud models. When business decision-makers began swiping credit cards and deploying resources on demand, the pace of development started booming…sending customer demands through the roof, leaving developers little choice but to bypass IT resources to keep up with the needs of the business.

This Shadow IT model keeps developers happy but brings concern to IT managers and security teams. Without proper controls and visibility in place, it’s difficult to ensure workloads follow best practices with proper backup and security policies or if budget requirements are met. There’s no denying developers are under a great deal of pressure to deliver new apps and services at an unprecedented pace, but a security breach is going to have serious consequences.

The good news is there’s common ground! The Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud is your solution to this game of tug-of-war.

All of the IT resources the business needs are available through a self-service catalog where IT consumers can request and deploy resources on-demand based on services defined by the IT team. IT becomes the hero, as the service broker who eliminates Shadow IT and brings control back in house. With transparency across the board, costs are tracked down to the last cent and application protection and is seamlessly managed and adjusted on an as-needed basis.

We’ve created a solution that lets developers lead the way while leaving control in the hands of the IT leaders.

Here’s how it works:

To further accelerate application development, the self-service catalog provides access to modifiable application blueprints, eliminating environment inconsistencies between development, test and production environments. This means less time putting out fires and more time creating. Continuous delivery for application release automation allows developers to deliver new services as soon as code is ready.

 

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This shift is reshaping the industry profoundly and the change is being driven from the bottom up. If the business can’t deliver, the company as a whole cannot move forward. It’s essential IT leaders tune into the requests of developers so they can hit the ground running with their new ideas and get their code out the door.

BOTTOM LINE…

Think about how your IT department is running today. In ten years if you continue with business as usual, will your company be among those who fall? Now think about what your company could be doing if you started your hybrid cloud journey today…

 

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To see our solution in action, visit our demo site here. Or, learn more on our webpage and follow @emccloud on Twitter.

 

 

The Fastest Path To A Hybrid Cloud Solution The Benefits Of Buying An Engineered Hybrid Cloud Solution vs Build Your Own

The Benefits Of Buying An Engineered Hybrid Cloud Solution vs Build Your Own

Berna Devrim

Senior Director, Global Solutions Marketing at EMC at EMC
With more than 20 years of marketing, research and development, market entry, routes to market and technology experience, Berna Devrim currently leads EMC Global Solutions marketing.

If you’ve read Part 1 of the Build vs Buy blog series, you understand why the majority of IT leaders are comsolutionmitting to hybrid cloud environments. Assuming you don’t want your company to be surpassed by competition, you’re most likely trying to determine how you are going to implement your hybrid cloud. Principled Technologies has proven that buying the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution is the timeliest and most cost efficient route to this desired Infrastructure-as-a-Service model vs. trying to build your own. Here’s why…

 

Think back to the last time you got a new car. You probably researched online and visited a few different dealerships in search of the best option. Sure, you may have wanted some input as to how the car was built. You wanted to pick the material of the seats, special features, color and rims but that didn’t mean you were going to go out and buy all the car parts and pieces and assemble it yourself. It simply wouldn’t be worth the time and effort. That’s why you put your trust with the car manufacturers. They’ve spent years engineering and testing vehicles that you can test-drive before making a final decision.

These same concepts apply to the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud. An enterprise that chooses EMC’s Federation as their trusted partner can realize 92% faster time to value when implementing an IaaS model vs. building the solution on their own. And just like the car companies, the solution offers modular add-ons and ecosystem extensions to customize the solution for delivering IT-as-a-Service to meet your business needs.   Our own customers have told us that EMC can deliver the solution with its’ add-on options and customization 2 times faster than they could build it themselves. This allows your IT staff to deliver automated services via a self-service catalog with confidence while communicating the value of those very services. Not only will you delight IT consumers with services much like the public cloud, you can reinvest savings from a hybrid cloud consumption model into new business initiatives – that’s a win all around for everyone!

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In recent years businesses have been scrambling to figure out how to make their IT organization more agile without draining funds. Hence, that’s why the Federation spent thousands of hours in our labs putting our solution through stringent development and testing processes.  We also developed professional services to help you with every step of your cloud journey so that your organization can start delivering value to the business faster, more efficiently and realize the savings and benefits of cloud computing even sooner. The Principled Technologies report revealed that an enterprise can save 67% on design, implementation and upgrades over three years with the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution. .

BOTTOM LINE…

While building your own hybrid cloud may initially seem appealing its important to consider the time, cost and challenges you will face to get there. An engineered solution will not only save your company time, money and resources, but it allows your IT staff to focus on business priorities like innovation and gaining a competitive edge. So, which path will you choose?

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For details on the study conducted by Principled Technologies, view here.

For more information on the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution, view our homepage or experiment on an interactive demo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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