Tech Prediction for 2014: A Battle Cry for Protected Storage

first_imgOrganizations buy storage infrastructure for one reason: meeting application service level objectives (SLOs). Applications look to storage for availability/accessibility, performance, and protection. While these functions may seem simple, a look at all of the different storage system and software offerings in the marketplace shows that it’s one of the most complex challenges for any data center.Most storage service level discussions begin with availability and performance. To meet those SLOs, teams deploy multiple storage personalities and configurations – high-performance block storage or scale-out object storage or raw, low-cost IOPs storage, etc. Then they consider protection.Protection is becoming exponentially more challenging to select and provision. Protection SLOs include a recovery point objective, a recovery time objective, version retention, and geographical redundancy. To try to meet the SLO, each storage array, hypervisor, and application offers multiple protection technologies (e.g., archival, backup, replication, clones, and snapshots). The result is a sprawling set of infrastructure configurations, which can be difficult and costly to manage, maintain, and adapt to the application environment.That’s why, in 2014, the storage market will begin the quest for SLO-Defined Storage with a real dragon to be slain around data protection. The answer won’t be a one-size-fits-all product, but a solution that configures the appropriate data protection mechanisms when setting up the primary storage.In 2014, customers will evaluate storage on how cost effectively their architectures deliver to their application SLOs across availability, performance, and protection.The battle cry will be: “I want to provision protected storage.”—More Tech Predictions for 2014SDx (Software-Defined Everything) by Amitabh Srivastava, President, Advanced Software DivisionSoftware-Defined in Two Architectures by Josh Kahn, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions MarketingBringing Hadoop to Your Big Data by Bill Richter, President, IsilonA Whole New World by CJ Desai, President, Emerging Technologies DivisionTargeting the Value Office to Transform IT Business by Rick Devenuti, President, Information Intelligence GroupIT’s Ability to Evolve Quickly by Vic Bhagat, Chief Information OfficerAs BYOD Matures, BYOI is Waiting in the Wings by Art Coviello, President, RSAService Orientation, Big Data Lakes, & Security Product Rationalization by Tom Roloff, Senior Vice President, Global Serviceslast_img read more

Demanding More from Data Protection

first_imgBusiness expectations for data protection have evolved more rapidly than IT can respond. Initially, CIOs sought to lower operational and capital cost and risk by covering the protection continuum (from availability to archive). Now, CIOs need protection to help accelerate the business and drive revenue.How can data protection meet these expanding demands? Metadata. The future lies with those who gather and leverage all the available information.Cost vs. RiskA few years ago, the person who said, “It’s not about the backup; it’s about the recovery” was considered a king of insight (in the ‘one-eyed man in the land of the blind’ sense).Today, customers recognize a continuum of recoveries: Cloud Compliance: Businesses will move some applications and infrastructure to the cloud. IT fears that the cloud solutions will not meet business and legal regulations, and that those shortcomings will be blamed on them. The data protection team needs to ensure that the application data in the cloud is protected, secure, and compliant – even when the business “forgets” to involve them.The data protection discussion bears little resemblance to the “backup window” conversations of years past. Companies expect end-to-end data protection and availability solutions that deliver insight to help IT better serve the business.Solving Use CasesDespite the overwhelming demands, protection teams can redefine themselves. Metadata, the information about your information, is the key. By leveraging metadata, customers create unified solutions that span the protection continuum. The result is that IT becomes a data protection service provider that tracks, monitors, analyzes, and manages the variety of protection techniques.IT then evolves to data management service provider by unlocking the next generation of use cases tied to the protection metadata. Security: Correlate infrastructure metadata (e.g., who is logging into what systems) with application metadata (e.g., what is running on that infrastructure) and content metadata (e.g. , what data are they accessing/creating) to flag security and compliance issues. Corruption recovery: Rollback an application to a previous point in time, due to a logical corruption (bad database schema, etc.) Availability: The line between “availability” and “recovery” is also blurring. Teams prefer to deploy continuously available infrastructure for disaster avoidance rather than disaster recovery. Furthermore, they want to know – “Will moving this workload compromise the data protection/security?” or “Are the application users and data in different sites, compromising performance?” Granular operational recovery: Extract a single object from a recent (90 days or less) point in time – (e.g., email, file) usually due to users’ ”oops”. Disaster recovery: Re-create an application due to unrecoverable failure. Increasingly, customers prefer disaster avoidance with continuous availability. Security: The line between “backup” and “security” blurs. Companies want protection from both accidental and malicious action, like “Has secure data leaked to unsecured servers?” or “Can we identify excessive data deletion because that may indicate an attack?” or “Can I put all information pertaining to this user and his contacts into a compliance/security case file?” Archival retrieval: Search and retrieve objects from a historical archive, usually due to compliance or legal need.To meet these needs, customers deploy mirrors, snapshots, replicas, backups, and archives. The complexity creates a conflict between reducing operational cost and reducing risk.Accelerating the BusinessBusiness demands an agile, analytic-driven IT environment. Unfortunately, small data sprawl, geographically distributed applications and users, makes centralized analytics nearly impossible. There is another option, however. Data protection consolidates both data and metadata across the organization. It’s time for that data protection lake to evolve from insurance policy to business asset.Over the past year, we’ve seen the following data protection extensions: Availability: Correlate application metadata (e.g., what applications are being created or moved) to the infrastructure metadata (e.g., where is the load going to run and be protected) to predict availability issues. Cloud Compliance: The flow is similar to on-premise security, with one additional requirement. IT must work with the cloud provider to access the infrastructuremetadata. Any cloud provider unwilling or unable to provide access to key log information is not mature enough to trust with critical application workloads.By collecting and analyzing the metadata across the environment, the protection team can expand the sets of services they can offer to the business. They can protect the company from the full array of both intentional and accidental failures and attacks. Even more, with the right strategy, people, process, and technology, IT can become a data management service provider. The future of IT is in accelerating business revenue; the path is paved by central protection metadata.last_img read more

Virtustream: a Transformational Move for EMC

first_imgAs I am sure you have read or heard about by now, EMC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Virtustream, a clear leader in enterprise-class managed cloud software and services. Every business and business unit in the EMC family is absolutely thrilled that Virtustream will be joining our Federation.Why is this so important to our future? Without a doubt, our customers are rapidly moving to cloud computing, and our enterprise customers are overwhelmingly showing a preference for a hybrid cloud computing model, a model which encompasses a combination of on premise private and off premise public cloud capabilities. And, increasingly, enterprise customers are demanding managed cloud options for both on and off premise!The EMC Federation is doing well with both our Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and VMware public vCloud Air offerings, which are both steeped in highly automated software-defined architectures. The addition of Virtustream with its leading managed cloud software and services completes the picture.Just as importantly, Virtustream is highly focused where EMC lives: in our customers’ most mission critical applications, such as SAP. In fact, SAP has successfully partnered with Virtustream for some time now, and SAP is one of our most important and most strategic partnerships. With Virtustream, EMC will elevate our alliance with SAP as we deliver both on and off prem SAP/HANA application environments.Virtustream’s co-founder and CEO, Rodney Rogers, will be the leader of this new managed cloud services business, and he will report directly to me. Virtustream will be a valued resource for all members of the EMC family and our partner ecosystem. Our SI and service provider partners will receive access to Virtustream’s xStream cloud management software platform, which is tightly integrated with VMware software – and our partners will be able to quickly adopt this technology and deliver their branded services on top of this platform.For the EMC family of companies –and of course this is true for most of our IT peers – if you don’t have a cloud first strategy, you don’t have a strategy. We will do this with our partners and that will make us more relevant to our customers by doing it that way. We are incredibly excited. We believe this is a rich opportunity for us. We are all about the cloud.last_img read more

Experience Innovation: How Dell Designs for the Future

first_imgThis year marks the 45th anniversary of what many view as the first “personal computer” and over the decades, it’s become an integral part of our personal and professional lives…it’s how we get work done, how we share and how we stay connected. Dell has been committed to the PC business since day one and our global customers recognize it – as reported by IDC, we recently celebrated year-over-year worldwide PC share growth for more than 24 consecutive quarters.The mighty PC has empowered and connected people and communities, providing a portal to education and work. PCs make it possible to set up and scale businesses, create new experiences in entertainment, inspire new innovation for a safer, smarter world, and deliver major breakthroughs in science and healthcare.The PC is still evolving and how we use these devices in the future will change. We believe that the PCs of the future will support new ways to collaborate – delivering more immersive experiences and becoming even more intelligent, providing personalized experiences that adapt to our needs in the moment.So as personal devices become increasingly collaborative, immersive and intelligent, how do we design for the future? At Dell, we believe in an agile approach to innovation that leverages the brightest and most creative minds across our strategy, technology, business, research and design teams. Innovation, agility, creativity and velocity are core to the Experience Innovation Group I lead within Dell. The next generation of PCs requires experience-led innovation and we have built an entirely new, rapid prototyping process to iteratively develop concepts beyond the next generation of products. These multi-disciplinary teams are collaborating to envision and build the products and solutions that will fuel human progress.Innovation is born from new ideas that iterate in fast sprints. This is the fun stuff – no holds barred technology design and development that is focused on the devices and applications of the future. We’re talking about devices and solutions for the next 5-10 years ahead. We have our failures, of course – but we fail fast, learn what we can, and build stronger concepts and products designed to change the game.We believe in trying new ideas early and digging deeper quickly. At any given time in our various labs, we may have multiple new concept devices and solutions in progress.Dual screens and foldables have been in Dell’s design and innovation pipeline for the last few years, however, as with all concepts, the same thing always grounds – and excites – us; we want to deliver high-quality products that deliver the best, most complete experiences for our customers. That means spending time with customers, seeing how they work, forecasting future industry trends and asking tough questions along the way – will it make customers more productive? Is it intuitive and enjoyable to use? Does it serve a purpose now or could it help prevent future problems our customers may have?The PC experience goes far beyond form factors… it’s also about the innovation and technology on the inside that can be incredibly transformative. For example, our teams brought to fruition Dell ExpressSign-in to speed up the log in process, Dell’s ProSupport Suite using machine learning to predict system issues and engage proactive customer service, and the Dell Precision Optimizer Premium which uses AI to learn about the way you use applications on your workstation to optimize your system’s performance.Innovation is in the DNA of Dell Technologies, but Michael Dell wasn’t innovating for innovation’s sake – his vision 35 years ago was to help customers access powerful technology tailored to their needs. Since then, Dell Technologies has grown to serve customers across 180 countries, but our core values and mission remain the same – the customer experience is what matters. It’s an exciting time to be at Dell and we’re looking forward to sharing more of our design and engineering journey with you.last_img read more

UK tests house-to-house in hunt for new COVID-19 variant

first_imgLONDON (AP) — House-by-house COVID-19 testing has begun in some communities in England as authorities try to extinguish a new variant of the coronavirus before it spreads widely and undermines a nationwide vaccination program. Authorities want to reach the 80,000 residents of eight areas where the variant first identified in South Africa is known to be spreading. They are dispatching home testing kits and mobile testing units in an effort to reach every resident of those communities. Public health officials are concerned about the variant first identified in South Africa because it contains a mutation of the virus’ characteristic spike protein that existing vaccines target. The mutation may mean the vaccines offer less protection against the variant.last_img

Parents whose son died hope new Congress OKs gun safety bill

first_imgHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The parents of a Connecticut teenager who accidentally shot himself to death at a friend’s home are hoping the new Democratic-controlled Congress will pass a federal law requiring gun owners to store their firearms in secure containers to prevent children from harming themselves. All seven Connecticut Democrats in Congress joined Michael and Kristin Song on Wednesday to announce a new push to win federal approval of “Ethan’s Law,” named after their son who died three years ago. The law includes fines and potential prison time for failing to secure guns. Ethan Song accidentally killed himself in 2018 with a handgun owned by a friend’s father.last_img

Event presents struggles of war veterans

first_imgIn his song, “Trying to Find My Way Home,” musician and Iraq War veteran Jason Moon sings, “It’s hard to fight an enemy that lives inside of your head.” The College Democrats of Notre Dame sponsored a combination concert and movie showing in the LaFortune Student Center on Sunday to raise awareness about veterans suffering from that “enemy:” post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The event featured live music from Moon and excerpts from the documentary “On the Bridge,” a film directed by professor Olivier Morel that features the stories of Moon and other veterans with PTSD. College Democrats co-president Camille Suarez said she initially conceived the idea for the event after attending a January screening of the film at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. “After I saw the movie, I was so emotionally moved that I wanted to spread the word,” Suarez said. “Like Jason said, people need to just listen. Hopefully after seeing the movie, more people will listen.” At the event, Moon played three songs from his album and answered questions about veterans with PTSD. Moon said the public’s instinctive response of asking veterans about their experiences and trying to relate to them can cause more harm than good, and the best thing those who want to help veterans can do is simply to listen. Moon said Notre Dame can work to become recognized as a school that is veteran-friendly by taking steps to improve resources for returned soldiers, like providing a safe space for them to reach out to each other in dealing with veteran-specific issues like PTSD. “Notre Dame has a history of helping veterans through chaplaincy. Let’s extend that to the whole campus,” Moon said. Moon was deployed as a combat engineer through the Wisconsin Army National Guard in Iraq from March 2003 through April 2004. After returning from his tour of duty, Moon began traveling nationwide to play concerts for veteran and civilian audiences. In addition to local shows around Wisconsin, Moon travels around the country once a month to perform. He also founded a non-profit organization that works to help veterans suffering from PTSD. Moon said participating in the documentary was a challenging experience, but it ultimately led him to use his musical talent to help his fellow veterans. “At the time [making the film] was very difficult, and caused about six months of severe PTSD,” Moon said. “Originally, I agreed to do it because I thought it would be the last time I would have to tell my story, but then the music and the CD came out of it, and now that’s all I do. My plan kind of backfired.” Morel said he was inspired to make the film after hearing a National Public Radio piece about veteran suicide rates and PTSD. “On the Bridge” features the stories of six veterans and their experiences with PTSD. One of the six veterans, Jeff Lucey, committed suicide shortly after returning from Iraq, so his family tells his story in the film, Morel said. “He had trouble dealing with the morality of the things he had to do while in Iraq,” Morel said. “I think Jeff’s story is emblematic of what happens to many veterans when they come home.” In making the film, Morel said he aimed to raise awareness about PTSD and to show how veterans are working to educate the public about those who suffer from the disorder. “I made the film to try and make a difference. My angle was not to have them talk about the war or even necessarily about PTSD, but about the translation of trauma into public expression,” Morel said. “Many veterans are musicians, artists and writers depicting the war in a powerful way. One day we’re going to be aware of a cultural change that comes from the Iraq War veterans’ testimonials and creative expression.” Morel shared the story of a veteran who contacted him through the film’s website after viewing the movie’s trailer. The man said he had served with Ryan Endicott, one of the veterans featured in the film, and wanted to get in contact with Endicott. Morel said he sent the man’s contact information to Endicott, who was able to talk to the man that afternoon. After the conversation, Endicott called Morel to tell him the film had just helped to save a man’s life. “On the Bridge” has been screened at several film festivals around the United States, and won numerous awards, including Best Documentary at Detroit’s Uptown Film Festival. Morel said his favorite part of the filmmaking experience was forging relationships with the people involved. “The best thing was the wonderful friendships. The wonderful people I met are now part of my family,” Morel said. “I was not making the film about them, but with them.” More information about Moon, his music and his efforts to help fellow veterans can be found at For more information about “On the Bridge,” visit read more

Day of Man raises awareness, funds

first_imgWhile most Notre Dame students scramble for their hats and scarves on snowy South Bend mornings, the men of Siegfried Hall will break out their summer wardrobes once again during today’s seventh annual Day of Man. The Ramblers will sport shorts, flip-flops and pink T-shirts to raise awareness of homelessness and fundraise for the South Bend Center for the Homeless. Senior Andrew Ritter, a co-commissioner of the event, said the Day of Man is a unique and rewarding opportunity for students to experience solidarity with people who lack basic living necessities. “We are more than glad to be cold one day for those who are cold everyday,” he said. “It is our way of standing in solidarity with them and bringing awareness to the fact that a lot of people are not properly clothed and are having to live outside in this South Bend winter.” Historically, Ritter said the event has been highly successful in terms of both student participation and fundraising, as well as in direct donations to the Center for the Homeless. Last year’s Day of Man brought in more than $5,000. “Siegfried usually has about 175 out of the 240 men in the hall participate, and their efforts go along way in raising money,” Ritter said. “Truthfully, though, we hope to increase [donations] this year in order to contribute more to the Center.” Junior co-commissioner Johnny Dang said aside from the tangible benefits the fundraiser provides for the Center for the Homeless, the event has an equally important effect on student participants.   “[Participants] come to understand that during this time of year a lot of people who are homeless are struggling to find warmth,” he said. “This is one day where they will learn to appreciate the things that they have … and how fortunate they are.” Sophomore Taylor Roberts said he was initially hesitant about participating in the Day of Man, but he was ultimately satisfied with the experience. “You always question yourself when your cup is empty and you’re walking out in the cold,” he said. “But once you get your first couple of dollars, it really sinks in that you’re doing a good thing.” Despite the event’s benefits, Roberts said it is limited in terms of addressing the complexity of homelessness in a holistic manner. “I admit that I don’t think you can feel the full effect [of homelessness],” he said. “There are so many other factors including the lack of food, the lack of shelter during even harsher conditions and often mental and physical illness.” Though the Day of Man may not be an authentic proxy experience for homelessness, Roberts said it provides students with a new perspective on a real issue. “The event does signify a big step forward in realizing some of the hardships that the homeless do experience while also extending a hand and making a difference,” he said. Contact Michael Fernandes mferna11@nd.edulast_img read more

Dept. of Academic Affairs updates policies

first_imgThe Department of Academic Affairs within student government spent the past year as a liaison between undergraduates and Notre Dame administrators, and department director Maxwell Brown said a newly-developed mission statement has offered direction for the group’s future initiatives. “The Department of Academic Affairs is the official link between students and administration through articulation of resolutions and promotion of academics in and outside of the classroom to enhance the undergraduate-student experience,” Brown said. Brown, who is serving his second term as director of Academic Affairs, said several of last years major initiatives involved collaboration with the University’s Academic Council, a group headed by University President Fr. John Jenkins. The Council oversees the Academic Code, among other things, and Brown said he attends the meetings as a full voting member with speaking rights, representing the undergraduate student interests. As a result of one of the revisions to the Academic Code this year, Brown said students will now be able to take the first course of a minor pass/fail. “[This initiative] is really to allow students to be able to comfortably explore things, to encourage this intellectual exploration,” Brown said. “You can take a course pass/fail if you’re interested in it but don’t want to negatively affect your GPA, … and then you can continue [the minor] and use the first course even though you took it pass/fail. “That way, you can just take the four other courses required to complete the minor instead of having to do all five, when that might not fit into your schedule if you’re a junior or senior,” he said. Brown said the new legislature does not overly pad GPAs but instead provides students with a chance to safely explore the academic options available in a “highly competitive research and career environment.” Another key development was improving the advocacy for students put on academic probation, Brown said. “We’re working to make the academic system and the Academic Council as a whole more transparent [so] students know what changes are happening,” he said. “Overall, with these changes there is a lot more attention to advocacy for students and not only streamlining language to make it more efficient and effective, but also to really support the students and advance their interests.” The upcoming library renovation plans were another major accomplishment for the department, Brown said, which was committed to making sure “students’ voices are being heard.” “The survey that went out was extremely helpful … and we had a very effective response [from students],” Brown said. “The information really provided a positive framework to move forward, and it’s really been taken under advisement not only by the librarians themselves who are organizing the renovations, but also the architects who will actually work on it.” Brown said the survey showed student feedback on both the physical aspects of the library and the “intangible resources” available online. “This is one of the parts of the survey that was really interesting, [because] the students who were able to effectively use the [online] resources and meet with the research librarians found that to be overwhelmingly useful,” he said. “But then the other group of students had just never used them or not heard of them, so that’s something that’s really important for us to work on.” In additions to renovating the library building, Brown said the department is also planning to expand the librarian in-residence program in dorms. “The program brings a librarian to the dorms, someone who is available to help with research or answering questions about library databases,” he said. “We just want to help students become more familiar with and utilize the resources available them.” Brown said his department welcomes comments and suggestions from students on all initiatives pursued by student government.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts annual welcome retreat

first_imgThis past weekend, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry hosted a spiritual retreat for first-year students centered on faith, community and friendship, Senior Devree Stopczynski, retreat leader and this year’s student coordinator, said the fundamental themes of the retreat were friendship and community. “Through a series of talks, journal time, and small group discussions, the retreat explores the questions ‘Who am I?’, ‘What is friendship?’, and finally ‘How do I become part of a community?’” The retreat took place at Camp Amigo in Sturgis, Michigan. About 30 first-years and their leaders came together for the 24-hour jouney, Stopczynski said.    Campus Ministry Assistant Director Regina Wilson, who attended the retreat, said the retreat aims to provide students with a positive and meaningful way to begin the new year. “We always hold this retreat as soon as possible after the school year begins because students get very busy with studies and find it hard to get away later in the year,” Wilson said. The religious getaway aims to ease any school stress while strengthening students’ connection with Christ and their Belles community. This was accomplished through interactive activities and retreat team stories, freshman Kathryn FitzMaurice said. “The retreat started with some get-to-know-you games,” she said. “We had about three talks throughout the retreat given by the retreat team on friendship, and community. They were all very relevant to our lives because they were given by students.  They were easy to relate to.” For students, as well as the upperclassmen Campus Ministry Intern leaders, the retreat allowed fellow first-year students to personally connect and relate on multiple levels, Stopczynski said. “I definitely see spiritual and communal aspects within these opportunities,” she said. “When first-years come to campus, they may be very focused on faith, but it is usually the first time they are responsible for keeping a faith life, I know that was the case for me. I think this retreat and other opportunities within Campus Ministry provide first years with an outlet to keep faith life strong and to build a community with other faith filled individuals.” Freshman Paige Spears said a personal motivation for her included finding fellow students with faith as deep as her own. “I was trying to find people that had a faith like mine, a stronger faith, because when you walk around school, you really don’t see thepeople who love God immediately,” she said. “It was cool to see which ones had the same faith as me [and] find those girls in the crowd.” Companionship amongst the students enriched with her favorite exercise, which involved involving Belle-to-Belle honesty, Spears said.     “My favorite thing we did was [an activity] where you had a booklet, and it had open-ended prompt like, ‘What I think of you is…’” Spears said. “You answer to [your partner] what you think of them […] and [the prompts] get deeper as you go.  You just read these [questions] and you just have this really deep conversation with someone.  It was awesome.” Through time together around campfire, singing and a taking spiritual walk, the girls were able to truly experience God’s presence in their lives, Spears said.   “It was so beautiful and we were just emerged in nature thanking God for all he has given us … It was super effective and meaningful.” she said. Self-reflection following two weeks of hectic schedules allows for room in students’ lives for spiritual and collective exploration needed to positively impact their college experience, Stopczynski said.     “I think the first years really enjoy knowing that they are not the only ones going through a change in terms of faith life, student life, and social life.” Stopczynski said. “They get to begin long lasting relationships with other women that have similar views, hopes, fears, and goals.” Students always voice a very positive perception of the retreat upon returning, and they appreciate the opportunity to share a piece of themselves with others they come to call friends, Wilson said. “The students understand and come to know Saint Mary’s is a place that is committed to nurturing faith, to building a community that is empowered by the Spirit and that they are known and valued for who they are.” Wilson said. “They come to build friendships, for many of them, that last throughout their four years.” Spears said these friendships would be rooted in God following the retreat. “God’s there, and we all believe in God.  These girls are there for you, and if you ever need anything, you have a solid select group of 29 friends immediately.”last_img read more