You wouldn’t drive a racecar without a helmet and you shouldn’t buy an all-flash array without data protection. Organizations usually want flash to accelerate workloads and to support workloads that sometimes require hundreds of thousands of IOPS with sub-millisecond latency. But most traditional backup can’t meet the performance or efficiency demands of mission-critical applications on flash. An all-flash array demands protection without compromise with the performance to meet strict SLAs – including backup windows, RPO and recovery time. Also, the efficiency of flash storage arrays and the applications stored on them should not be impacted by protection. That’s why today we’re excited to announce EMC ProtectPoint for XtremIO – a flash-optimized data protection solution – providing backup directly from EMC XtremIO all-flash arrays to EMC Data Domain protection storage systems.ProtectPoint was designed to protect mission-critical applications and databases, like Oracle and SAP, on flash and its design fundamentally changes the traditional mechanics of data protection.With ProtectPoint for XtremIO customers can:Gain up to 20x faster backup than traditional stream-based solutions, to meet stringent protection SLAs;Eliminate backup impact on application and database servers; andReduce cost and complexity by eliminating traditional backup.At a high level, this is how EMC ProtectPoint works to backup directly from XtremIO to Data Domain.First… there’s a backup agent on the application server, which empowers app owners to control their own backup and recovery. To trigger a ProtectPoint backup, an application owner, like an Oracle DBA, triggers a backup at an application-consistent checkpoint. Unlike a traditional backup, the data is then never pulled back through the host – which means there is no impact on the application server.Then, leveraging the XtremIO in-memory metadata virtual copy (XVC) architecture and EMC RecoverPoint technology, ProtectPoint tracks changes since the latest backup to send only unique data directly to Data Domain over Fiber Channel. During this process, no host resources are used, virtually eliminating performance impact on the database application.Finally, the Data Domain system will ingest and store those blocks and use them to create an independent full backup in native format, which enables greatly simplified recovery. With ProtectPoint, customers get a full backup every time, but only send unique blocks, so the full comes at the performance of an incremental.ProtectPoint brings together a trio of best-in-class EMC technology from our data protection and primary storage portfolio to provide storage integrated data protection including:Simple granular recovery via application agents, which ensures application-consistent backups and recovery via native application integration with Oracle, SAP and IBM DB2Minimal impact on infrastructure via efficient change block tracking and data movement engine, which ensures only unique data is sent directly from XtremIO to Data Domain without impacting the application host or all-flash arrayReduce storage requirements by 10x to 30x and ensure reliable recovery every time with the industry-leading protection storage technology of Data DomainFlash is the future of storage, and EMC ProtectPoint is the future of data protection, providing the performance and efficiency required for the world’s #1 all-flash array, EMC XtremIO.Learn more about EMC Data Protection Solutions for Oracle:http://www.emc.com/data-protection/protection-oracle.htm
We need your help!We strive to make it easier for our customers to quickly locate the important support content they need. We know people use different paths to get to content – some prefer to search while others prefer to navigate to content.As we plan for the future, we want to better match commonly performed support tasks to the type of content you might be looking for within Dell EMC Online Support. We have identified some common customer tasks and a proposed set of task categories. We’d like your help to match them up using a “Card Sort”.To participate, just click on the link below and you will be presented with an online tool where you can drag and drop common product tasks into the different categories. It only takes about 10 minutes, and it’s fun!Participate Now!Watch this two minute video to find out more about this activity.The results of this card sort activity will help us determine if we got our categories right or whether we need to make some further improvements. Help us shape your future support experience! We will post the results within the Dell EMC Support community and encourage future dialog on this topic!Holly AndersonPrincipal Manager of Dell EMC Social SupportFollow us @DellEMCsupport
Dell brings powerful tech and innovation to Sundance; creators discover new possibilities on the big screen and in virtual reality.Every January, thousands of filmmakers, critics and fans fill the snowy streets of Park City to attend the Sundance Film Festival – the largest independent film festival in the United States. While the popularity and cultural reach of the festival have grown immensely since its first screening in 1978, the Sundance Institute – the organization behind the event – remains dedicated to helping new and emerging artists.“It takes a lot to process 13,000 submissions. It takes a lot to handle 100,000 guests,” said Keri Putnam, executive director of the Sundance Institute. “That’s why this festival needs a great technology partner.”Dell happily joined forces with Sundance this year, powering various aspects of the festival, including the New Frontier, an exhibit entirely dedicated to cutting-edge augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) works. Behind the scenes at the institute, Precision Workstations and other Dell products were used to create, edit and disseminate video content.Additionally, we opened the Dell Den – a central event destination and demo space where customers, press, and influencers came to experience new technology and discuss the latest trends in film and innovation.The Race to 6KAt this year’s festival, Vashi Nedomansky, a filmmaker and editorial consultant on Gone Girl and Deadpool, premiered his new movie 6 Below – the first feature film to be edited natively in 6K.I’ve cut music videos and short films in native 4K but the challenge of 6K is a brand new beast. It’s nine times larger than HD,” Vashi said. “The Dell Precision Tower 7910 Workstation was the only machine that could give us real-time playback.”From blockbuster studios to indie filmmakers, Dell technology is designed to meet the demanding needs of an ever-changing industry. So far it’s been incredibly successful.Five of the last six Academy Award-winning films for visual effects have been powered by Dell (the list: Ex Machina, Inception, Hugo, Gravity, and Interstellar) while Dell Precision workstations kept last year’s blockbuster Spider-Man: Homecoming swinging.Picturing a More Diverse IndustryOn the first Saturday of the festival, the same day as the International Women’s March, a panel of female filmmakers met at the Dell Den to talk about representation, bias and equality in Hollywood.“What Hollywood will not do for us, we’re going to do for ourselves.ShareRobyn Moreno, Co-President of the Latina Media Ventures told the crowd, “what Hollywood will not do for us, we’re going to do for ourselves.”More and more filmmakers are taking the process into their own hands, creating the stories they want to see without relying on big studios. Moreno went on to add that a rise in diverse, empathetic filmmaking could cross boundaries and change minds.“Storytelling is important,” she said. “It stops the bias, so you’re able to connect on a heart level.”For Ondi Timoner, the director of award-winning documentaries Dig! and We Live in Public, filmmaking is all about taking risks. “I take on projects that are fascinating to me; that answer questions that I might have,” she said. “Most people who create things have to break the rules.”Ondi would like to see more women working behind the camera as well as in front of it. “If every A-lister said ‘I have to work with a woman director this year,’ it would change the numbers real fast.”The Future of FilmmakingAt a Sunday afternoon panel titled ‘VR for Good’, Mike Libecki, National Geographic Explorer, shared his enthusiasm with the crowd, saying, “VR is changing the way I tell stories.” Recently, Libecki and team used 360ᵒ VR cameras and Dell Precision Workstations to capture incredible experiences in remote locations.“We’re paddleboarding next to polar bears in Greenland,” he said. “VR really takes you there. It allows viewers to get as close as possible to actually going on the trip.”VR has rapidly moved beyond gaming to shift the way the health, education and film industries work. VR and AR revenues were in the billions for 2017, while VR headsets passed a milestone of one million headsets per quarter in the 3rd quarter of last year.In addition to sales, the technological innovation is moving at light speed.“One year in AR and VR is like a dog year,” said Gary Radburn, Dell’s director of Commercial VR/AR.According to Kevin Cornish, founder of Moth + Flame and CAA’s first full-time virtual reality director, the possibilities for VR storytelling are extraordinary.“VR is a medium where people can talk to you. It’s a medium where people can share their emotions with you, and you can share emotions with them.”While the film industry itself seems to be on the brink of a major change, Dell continues to create powerful innovation that gives creators more freedom and independence.“We provide the tools,” said Radburn. “What humankind does with them is boundless and limitless.”
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — The Census Bureau’s missed deadlines could spell bad news for Democrats in Virginia and Republicans in New Jersey in legislative elections this year. The unusual election cycle in the two states often provides an early window into the electorate’s view on a new presidential administration. The 2021 election cycle is also supposed to be the first conducted after redistricting to reflect the 2020 census. But the Census Bureau said this week the data will be delayed, so both states will have to use the existing lines. In New Jersey, Republicans say the lines lock in a Democratic advantage. But in Virginia, the existing lines were drawn to favor the GOP.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Eight Democratic U.S. lawmakers are calling for an investigation into “potential scientific meddling” by the Trump administration in its rule to remove critical habitat protections for the imperiled northern spotted owl in the Pacific Northwest. The group said in a letter Tuesday that former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt “appeared to unilaterally act” on his way out of office to remove millions of acres of protected habitat designated for the owl. The lawmakers are seeking a review from the Interior Department inspector general. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is overseen by the Interior Department and didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the letter.