Hybrid Cloud – Your Key to the Best of Both Worlds

Audie Hittle

Audie Hittle

Federal CTO, Emerging Technologies Division, EMC Corporation

The DoD and VA healthcare landscape is a dynamically changing realm – and it’s not just because of the Affordable Care Act or the transition from fee-for-service to pay-per-performance.

The Digital Universe for healthcare is big – and growing exponentially. Healthcare represents a significant percentage of the overall Digital Universe, and is growing at 48% per year. New healthcare applications and challenges, higher patient expectations, and continued introductions of new technology continue to drive data growth in the healthcare field – resulting in major and rapid growth.

Traditional IT infrastructures can’t keep up with the data deluge – so, what can? In my experience, the key lies in hybrid cloud.

Hybrid cloud brings together the best of both worlds – providing users with a combination of private and public clouds, and the agility, security, and cost-efficiency needed to operate successfully. Hybrid cloud enables IT to act as the internal service provider of choice and a broker of IT services. By allowing better sharing and collaboration across the continuum of care, hybrid cloud also addresses the uniquely sensitive needs of healthcare-focused agencies – incorporating trusted solutions such as advanced security, integrated backup and recovery, and continuous availability.

As more and more data is added to the healthcare Digital Universe, agencies need to prepare for the coming trends – but how? Agencies should:

  • Empower IT to more quickly provision new applications
  • Implement operationally flexible unstructured repositories
  • Adopt cloud to improve performance, workflows, and processes

To learn more about the capabilities of cloud in Federal healthcare, check out EMC’s white paper on the topic.

Big Data vs. Climate Change – EMC and Citizen Scientists Team Up

Kathrin Winkler

Kathrin Winkler

Senior Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer

In November, a group of EMC and Pivotal data scientists and platform architects teamed up with members of the Earthwatch Institute and the Schoodic Institute, braving the driving wind and freezing temperatures in Acadia National Park in Maine to study bird migration.  The goal?  To showcase how, with best of breed data lake architecture, big data can do more than just predict our grocery lists; it can illuminate and illustrate the impact of climate change on the environment we live in.

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Climate change isn’t always easy for us, as individuals, to get our arms around. For starters, the information we receive can seem maddeningly contradictory. We hear that climate change is responsible for warmer winters with less snow, and then we hear it’s the culprit behind bigger blizzards. On top of that, scientific research is often presented in a way that only a climate-focused scientist can decipher.

This is where big data has the opportunity to make a big impact. This week, EMC announced Big Data vs. Climate Change, a new project in conjunction with the White House Climate Data Initiative. The goal of the project is to take publically available nature and climate data and present them in a relevant and digestible form. In addition, it should enhance researchers’ ability to explore data sets that have not been connected in the past in order to draw deeper, more meaningful insights.

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So why did our data scientists and platform architects need to journey to Maine during one of the coldest months of the year? Besides bringing their unique skill sets to the program’s design, they got to participate in citizen science work. Citizen scientists are a critical component of scientific research, every day adding to the mountains of new data on climate change.

The new Big Data vs. Climate Change program aims to harness the data being captured by citizen scientists and provide analysis and visualizations that help them follow the progress of the research to which they contributed. Through their experience in Maine, the EMC team experienced the genuine connection between their day to day work in technology and the greater good of big data insight. I am delighted that it is through a company-sponsored citizen science experience that they have realized their own personal interests in the environment. Experience inspires determination; it enables action.

As I’ve discussed before, at EMC we see climate change as one of our most relevant sustainability factors. I am so excited that we will be able to leverage our own technology – and our talent – to make a positive impact in the science community. As the program expands, we plan to leverage our solution to allow more people access not only to citizen science, but also to data science, by providing a sandbox platform for learning data analytics and visualization skills using the climate data.

The more that visual data can show us the impacts of a changing climate in a way that is personal and meaningful, the more action we are likely to take in the future.

Hawk CountingThis post was originally published on our sister blog Reflections, where senior leaders at EMC blog regularly on trends in information technology.

Results are In: IDC names EMC #1 in Flash Markets

Karen DelPrete

Karen DelPrete

EMC continues to lead the pack. IDC’s latest report names EMC the leader in both all-flash and hybrid array market shares, listing EMC as #1 in several categories, including:

  • 1H2014 Worldwide Hybrid Flash Array Revenue by Vendor
  • 1H2014 Worldwide All-Flash Array Revenue by Vendor
  • Raw SSD Capacity Shipments by Vendor

The Flash market is “on fire” right now – which proves that vendors, and those in the Federal space, realize the importance of flash’s future in the data center. For starters, agencies must comply with mandates, such as the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), which focuses on reducing the amount of data centers and minimizing power requirements. Flash technologies enable new opportunities for agencies working to tackle such mandates – enabling them to maximize performance and minimize footprint. Additionally, according to IDC, vendors who offer the best platforms for mixed workload consolidations will be the standouts. At EMC, we provide just that.

EMC’s XtremIO took the lead in the All-Flash Market. Bringing all-flash, scale-out storage to enterprise applications, XtremIO storage arrays deliver high IOPS at less than one millisecond latency. This technology helps organizations harness the full power of flash storage – simplifying operations and reducing complexity for users.

In the hybrid flash market, EMC has led in sales and capacity shipments. EMC’s VMAX and VNX technologies have proven themselves to be best in the hybrid flash market.

EMC shipped 58.7 petabytes of flash storage capacity in 1H 2014, making up for 20.7% of the market. How’s that for leading the market?

For more details on the IDC report, check out my colleague Dan Cobb’s recent blog post on the topic.

To read the full IDC report, please visit http://idcdocserv.com/252304e_EMC.

Video Surveillance at the Edge

Jeff Boudreau

Jeff Boudreau

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise and Mid-Range Systems Division, VNX Business Unit

Did you know the video surveillance equipment market is expected to grow from about $15B in 2014 to nearly $26B in 2018? IHS Technology and many other analyst firms have the surveillance market growing more than twice as fast as the overall IT market. Where is all the infrastructure investment going?

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The largest and fastest- growing vertical markets for surveillance are government and transportation. Another significant growth area is in city-wide surveillance involving vast amounts of people, activity, and vehicles spread across large territories and where you’ll undoubtedly come into contact with thousands of video cameras.

In this type of environment, cameras are everywhere, watching everything and everyone. We call this highly distributed environment “the Edge”. These Edge cameras capture millions of pixels a second—creating an immense amount of data that needs to be easily stored, simple to manage, and highly available – all at the Edge.

We’re extremely excited about how EMC is strengthening its video surveillance solutions portfolio with a robust and purpose-built solution for the Edge that will directly address the many challenges customers and integrators face in this distributed environment including the need for simplicity, affordability, virtualization, and reliability.

EMC is announcing a new storage solution, VNX-VSS100, purpose-built and configured for video surveillance at the Edge. The VNX-VSS100, based on the proven VNX architecture, delivers uncompromising performance, management simplicity, and scale – all at the right price – that will support hundreds of cameras at multiple bit rates with up to 500MB/sec system bandwidth.

VNX-VSS100 is designed to bring ease of deployment to Edge environments with standard pre-configured RAID5 or RAID6 block storage systems with capacity choices of 24TB or a 120TB option expandable to over 300TB. Additional ease of use features includes remote management and automated video balancing – especially important in those unattended Edge locations. VNX-VSS100 also brings the full weight of VNX award-winning virtualization optimization with multiple integrations with VMware and Microsoft enabling Video Management Software solutions to confidently run in a virtualized environment. And speaking of VMS solutions, VNX-VSS100 is lab certified and proven with industry leading VMS Providers like Verint, Genetec, and Milestone with a full complement of documentation including reference architectures, sizing, and deployment guides – all intended to simplify the VNX-VSS100 deployment experience and ensure the highest levels of integration and operability.

EMC is extremely well positioned to give our surveillance customers an open, flexible and cost-effective video surveillance solution at the Edge with VNX-VSS100. And at the Core with Isilon, we’ve got you fully covered—small to massively large, distributed to highly centralized; and always affordable.

Check out the links below for more information, or if you just happen to be in Atlanta at the largest surveillance show on earth, stop by and see us at booth #1352!

This post was originally published on our sister blog Reflections, where senior leaders at EMC blog regularly on trends in information technology.

Prevention and Detection – Fight off Fraud

Audie Hittle

Audie Hittle

Federal CTO, Emerging Technologies Division, EMC Corporation

The statistics are frightening.

On November 19, my colleague, Marshall Presser, Field Chief Technology Officer at Pivotal, spoke at the MeriTalk Stealing from Uncle Sam event – a forum on fraud, waste, and abuse in Federal government in Washington, D.C. At that forum, government and industry panels discussed best practices and challenges in combating fraud. The discussion primarily focused on scams that target Medicare, Medicaid, and tax returns.

Marshall also presented at the EMC Federal summit in late October, and here are my thoughts from his excellent presentation:

There is a huge opportunity for agencies to be proactive in preventing fraud, waste, and abuse. For example, once a crook walks away with Medicaid money they aren’t supposed to receive, reclaiming the funds is very difficult, and costs to the government are extremely high. So, the best strategy is to prevent fraudsters from achieving their objectives and getting away with the money in the first place – whether it’s through identity verification, adaptive authentication, or enterprise content management solutions.

That said, the ability to detect fraud in progress is also critical to effective and efficient operations. Real-time analytics of many structured and unstructured Big Data sources is necessary in order to detect fraud quickly and efficiently. EMC’s fraud detection solutions provide 24/7 monitoring and detection, real-time alerts and reporting, forensics and countermeasures, and site blocking and shutdown. For example, EMC’s Anti-Fraud Command Center (AFCC) has shut down more than 500,000 cyber attacks in 185 countries, and has worked with more than 13,000 hosting entities.

Choosing the right technologies is vital for preventing fraud in any scenario, including identity verification and authentication technologies. EMC identity verification, for example, provides strong authentication and fraud prevention services that validate user identities in real time – reducing the risk of identity impersonation. In addition to reducing operational costs and fraud losses, this solution confirms identities within seconds – making for a fast and efficient strategy to combat fraudsters.

To learn more about how your agency can combat fraud, waste, and abuse, check out our white paper on the topic.