More than ever, I’m excited by the changes occurring in the IT landscape. This year, I see two major technology inflection points occurring simultaneously: data lakes and hybrid clouds.The reason I believe this will hold true is because of the vast amount of data that has been and continues to be generated – driving demand across all aspects and types of storage. Specifically, unstructured data is seeing storage growth more than double every two years, while structured and semi-structured data is experiencing 20%+ annual growth.This growth is being experienced across all industries, from financial services and life sciences to healthcare and manufacturing. And, organizations’ increasing reliance on data for intelligence-based decisions makes storage the most essential component of the infrastructure stack.This level of data growth, combined with its importance as a corporate asset, leads businesses to look at means of reducing the aggregate cost and complexity of storage while ensuring there is no compromise on scaling of capacity or the performance demanded by the current and future applications that call on that storage.The need for balancing cost and performance will lead to enterprises looking for innovation in their storage resource management and in their storage infrastructure encompassing cloud, file, transactional and analytics workflows.Vast binary code SeaData Lakes Replace SilosFrom my vantage point, I see little doubt that the transition from traditional silo-based storage infrastructures to consolidated data lakes that are managed through intelligent software and that can scale to meet massive data growth and performance demands will become commonly adopted.The data lakes, with the support of Hadoop, will enable organizations to obtain value from the vast volumes of data stored in their data lake foundations. Data lakes will drive workflow optimization within the enterprise and provide for an economical means of managing massive amounts of data and obtaining value from it.But the transition to data lakes isn’t one that can be taken lightly. It will require a level of planning and analysis to ensure the foundational data lake architecture is aligned to the organization’s data-types and workflows.Some organizations may incorporate multiple types of data lakes in their enterprise – a data lake for ultra-high performance transactional and analytics workflows; an Exabyte-scale geo-disbursed object data lake; a file-based multiprotocol data lake; or even a hot edge cold core data lake that combines ultra-high performance rack scale flash architectures at the edge and high capacity geo-scale platforms at the core.From a vendor’s perspective it means that we’ll need to provide you with choice and flexibility in scale-out data lake architectures and products, and deliver solutions that encompass block, file, object and analytics workflows. It’s an exciting time to be overseeing the Emerging Technologies Division of EMC!From the Data Lake to the CloudMost enterprises have embarked on a path to a cloud infrastructure for compute, storage, or both. In parallel with data lakes, 2015 will be the year that the hybrid cloud emerges as the dominate enterprise cloud storage strategy, leveraging external providers for bursting and archival repositories from primary on-premise storage.What’s been limiting the hybrid cloud approach is the missing intelligent software management layer that’s needed to seamlessly orchestrate and integrate from the enterprise to the cloud. This is an area where we’re eagerly investing our engineering resources for the simple reason that with this resource management layer, the reduction in management personnel and floor space, as well as decreases in power and cooling resources in the data center is finally realized, with substantial cost savings that justify the shift to a hybrid model.Hybrid model is not just about storage, it is about enabling our customers to build their own cloud computing footprint and deliver infrastructure as-a-service that is fully interoperable – not just compatible – with the leading cloud services. The future of these extensible cloud solutions will be based on OpenStack technology, the fastest growing open source cloud platform on the planet.So there you have my top storage infrastructure predictions for 2015. Have comments or 2015 predictions of your own? I’d love to hear from you.
They say there’s romance in train travel. And I’ve certainly caught some beautiful sights through the eyes of my train-traveling coworker, Susie Gidseg and her personal Long Way Home blog.But, many people ride trains simply to get from home to work and back. Their travel often looks more like this:Man talking constantly on the phone on the train: “One call after another. You know how it is.”“Yes, we all know.“— John Dickerson (@jdickerson) February 9, 2018Share “What’s worse? A loud train ride or a quiet train ride but some guy decides to eat a bag of chips.“— kiwi🥝 (@Laurenk0ala) February 9, 2018Share “Girl on this train has been makin eyes at me the whole ride pic.twitter.com/IgYlbGCIXi“— The Corgi Corner (@TheCorgiCorner) February 9, 2018ShareOk, so maybe that last one was not your typical commuter, but their owner very well could be one of the 475,000 riders our customer Rio Grande Pacific Corporation (RGPC) supports every year. The privately-owned holding company for regional freight railroads & support services is also responsible for an average of 120,000 carloads of freight each year.And whether it’s commuters or freight, downtime is not really an option for them. Modern technology can make all the difference, but this 150-year-old industry has been traditionally slow to change.“It has been a bane of existence of railroads to be able to get the information that they need to make rapid decisions,” says Robert Bach, president and COO, RGPC. “If you’re going to adapt for the future, you have to have the data at your fingertips.”You can hear more from him and other members of the RGPC team in this video where they explain how Dell EMC is helping them take on digital transformation.In an industry where being on time isn’t actually that easy to define, success is measured in seconds. And while measuring those seconds on their own lines, RGPC’s Technology Group also is developing products for others. Dell EMC’s Unity All-Flash has put them in a position to continue such growth.Click to watch“By choosing the [Dell EMC] Unity platform we solved several needs. One is performance. The second is scalability,” said Jason Brown, chief information officer, RGPC, in this second video. “The platform has allowed our mission-critical safety signal systems to run on a robust redundant system.”That’s vital when their team is providing crucial operations and maintenance offerings, including third-party dispatching, signaling and communications, technology solutions and maintenance-of-way (MOW) services, to commuter transit agencies and short line railroads.Deploying technology has allowed them to move from being a cost center to being a revenue center, and create their railway internet of things pulling together systems that were once separate into one dashboard for all of their customers to see.We’re proud that all those systems are being developed on Dell EMC Unity All-Flash, enabling RGPC to speed deployment, streamline management and seamlessly tier storage to the cloud. Visit DellEMC.com/Unity to learn more about what it can do for your organization.
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s caretaker government has raised the price of subsidized bread and flour for the fourth time in less than a year amid a crippling economic crisis. Economy minister Raoul Nehme said Monday the price of a bag of flatbread would be revisited if the local currency gains strength in the face of the dollar or if the price of wheat worldwide decreases. For now, Nehme said a small bag of flatbread will sell at 1,750 Lebanese pounds (20 cents at black market rate), up from 1,250 pounds (14 cents). The weight of the bag would increase by 50 grams (1.7 ounces.)