Archive for September, 2016

#62: Dell EMC Customer Corner with Ashley Furniture

Sam Marraccini

Sam Marraccini

Director, Global Portfolio Messasging at Dell EMC
Sam Marraccini is a 17-year EMC veteran and 26-year technology veteran. Part of the Dell EMC Global Portfolio Team, Sam is focused on developing and evangelizing the unique benefits of Dell EMC Products, Technologies and Solutions.
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Dell EMC The Source Customer Corner #2 - Ashley Furniture

VMworld 2016 provided the perfect opportunity to extend the Dell EMC Customer Corner. For the second installment, I was able to catch up with Jason Molitor, IT Infrastructure Architect for Ashley Furniture.

Jason leveraged Dell EMC Converged Infrastructure to address growth and stability challenges while supporting new applications and providing high availability all while moving data centers. Learn more this week on Dell EMC The Source Podcast live from VMworld 2016.Top of Form

Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store.  Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.com

EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)

The Source Podcast: Episode #62: Dell EMC Customer Corner with Ashley Furniture

EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)

#61: Software Defined Storage: ScaleIO and ScaleIO Ready Node

Sam Marraccini

Sam Marraccini

Director, Global Portfolio Messasging at Dell EMC
Sam Marraccini is a 17-year EMC veteran and 26-year technology veteran. Part of the Dell EMC Global Portfolio Team, Sam is focused on developing and evangelizing the unique benefits of Dell EMC Products, Technologies and Solutions.
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Dell EMC The Source Podcast #61 - ScaleIo and ScaleIo Ready node

Software Defined Storage (SDS) is defined as: An approach to data storage in which programming the controls storage-related tasks is decoupled from the physical storage hardware, providing the ability to manage policy-based provisioning and management of data storage independent of the underlying hardware.

Dell EMC ScaleIO is a scalable and performant Software-Defined Storage (SDS) Solution for block storage which delivers public cloud agility with private cloud resiliency. It creates a server SAN from local server storage to deliver flexible, elastic and scalable performance and capacity on demand. ScaleIO is software, software that has been available as a free download since EMC World, May 2015 without capacity restrictions.  ScaleIO is an easy download for VMware, Linux and Windows here www.emc.com/getScaleIO.

While ScaleIO software solutions have been helping Dell EMC Customers deliver scalable, flexible block storage for traditional and cloud native workloads, combining the power of Dell EMC Scale IO software and Dell PowerEdge Server platform is an obvious next step.

The Dell EMC ScaleIO Ready Node is pre-configured and pre-qualified to run ScaleIO Software providing a software defined, all-flash storage foundation for your modern datacenter.

I sat down with Jyothi Swaroop (@jswaroop) and Jason Brown (@FelixNU98), Principal Product Marketing Manager, ScaleIO to get the latest on ScaleIO and the newly released Dell EMC ScaleIO ready node.

Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store.  Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.com

EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)

The Source Podcast: Episode #61: Software Defined Storage: ScaleIO and ScaleIO Ready Node

EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)

Episode #60: Dell EMC Forum Keynote with Chad Sakac

Sam Marraccini

Sam Marraccini

Director, Global Portfolio Messasging at Dell EMC
Sam Marraccini is a 17-year EMC veteran and 26-year technology veteran. Part of the Dell EMC Global Portfolio Team, Sam is focused on developing and evangelizing the unique benefits of Dell EMC Products, Technologies and Solutions.
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The Dell EMC forum event in Dallas, Texas, September 13th 2016 represented the first “Dell EMC” marketing event, the evolution of the long standing EMC forum event services.  The Dell EMC Forum is a one-day free technology event allowing IT professionals to explore business trends, cloud directions, use cases and best practices.

This year’s Dell EMC Forum theme is appropriately, “Let The Transformation Begin”.  With an outstanding ‘Keynote Speaker” and breakout tracks including Dell EMC The Source Podcast Episode #60: Dell EMC Forum KeynoteModernize Infrastructure, Converged Systems, Workforce Transformation, Cloud Landscape, Big Data Analytics and Mainframe,  each breakout track offered 6 unique session.  That’s 36 Breakout Sessions, a Keynote, and a Partner expo along with lunch and cocktail reception!!  Not bad for a free event.  To find a Global Dell EMC Forum event near you, visit www.dellemc.com/forum

The Keynote Speaker for Dallas?  The one and only virtual geek and president of EMC Converged Product Solutions Division, Chad Sakac (@Sakacc)

I caught up with Chad right after his keynote; that interview, and the full Keynote Address is this week’s Dell EMC The Source Podcast.

Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store.  Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.com

EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)

Don’t miss “EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.com

The Source Podcast: Episode #60: Dell EMC Forum Keynote with Chad Sakac

EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)

Episode #59: The Edge is Still Bleeding – Chad Sakac VMworld 2016 Breakout Session

Sam Marraccini

Sam Marraccini

Director, Global Portfolio Messasging at Dell EMC
Sam Marraccini is a 17-year EMC veteran and 26-year technology veteran. Part of the Dell EMC Global Portfolio Team, Sam is focused on developing and evangelizing the unique benefits of Dell EMC Products, Technologies and Solutions.
Sam Marraccini
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The Chinese proverb: May you live in interesting times. Well congratulations, we all live in very interesting times. And, from an IT perspective, we live in unprecedented times. What is happening is we have entered into the digital era. This is the biggest shift to happen in business since the industrial revolution”, Joe Tucci, EMC Chief Executive Officer quoted during EMC World 2015.

Together, we have an incredibly powerful set of capabilities. Our goal is to be your most trusted, most innovative partner…We believe we’ve created the next great technology company…and we’ve created it just for you.”
Michael Dell quoted Day One of “Dell Technologies”

Introducing Dell Technologies.

We believe technology exists to drive human progress on a global scale—to create new markets, reshape industries and improve the lives of every person on the planet. Our unique combination and unprecedented capabilities power true transformation for people and organizations everywhere.dell-technologies

These are unprecedented times, and the dawn of a new day as Dell Technologies.  For more information on Dell Technologies, please visit www.delltechnologies.com

EMC The Source podcast will also transform, more details on Dell EMC The Source over the coming weeks.  But first, having just returned from EMC VMworld 2016, I have a tremendous amount of content to share.  It’s important to put that content into context.  VMworld 2016 August 28th to September 1, 2016 was conducted before the official creation of Dell Technologies on September 7th.  While my guests may refer to EMC product announcements and in some cases futures, rest assured all of the products and features will seamlessly transform to Dell EMC products, technologies and solutions.

So while I may introduce a few of them as “Your Source for EMC Products, Technologies and Solutions” the only thing that has really changed is “Dell EMC” and the inclusion of additional products for expanding our already rich technology portfolio.   These are indeed “interesting times” and while I look back and thank Joe Tucci for all he has done, I look forward to the new dawn of Dell Technologies led by Michael Dell.

With that…  Let’s go straight to what I consider the MUST ATTEND Breakout Session of VMworld 2016 in its entirety, unedited audio format, Chad Sakac (@sakacc) the VirtualGeek – The Edge is Still Bleeding.

emc-the-source-59-sam-marraccini-chad-sakac-breakoutSDDC9462-SPO The Edge is Still Bleeding: A face-melting technical smorgasbord of all things Converged, Hyper-Converged, Cloud Native & Software Defined. 

Abstract: So much technology change. So much more business pressure. Do you feel the pace of change is becoming impossible? I do. That means it’s time to make decisions about what’s boring and what matters – and get focused. This is an incredibly difficult and mind blowing task for IT organizations to undergo. In this session, we will discuss all things related to converged and hyper-converged infrastructure, looking at buy vs. build models and what the future holds. We’ll roll up our sleeves to examine Cloud Native Apps and take a look at Native Hybrid Cloud strategies, diving deeper into the Software Defined Storage world and view its impact in the modern data center – which by definition, lives on and off-premises. In typical Chad fashion, we’ll get our hands dirty with tons of live demos and sneak peeks of Software Defined Storage and Cloud Native Solutions.

Don’t miss “EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.com

The Source Podcast: Episode #59: The Edge is still Bleeding with Chad Sakac

EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)