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Ask the Expert: Deploy EMC Software-Defined Storage for Data Protection-as-a-Service and Better Performance

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Ask the Expert event. EMC continues to push the envelope with ViPR Controller and ViPR SRM releases for software-defined storage. Now, you can further automate and manage as-a-service offerings like data protection-as-a-service, including at the application level, and bring flash and hybrid-flash storage into the fold–all through a common software platform.  Join this event to engage with technical subject-matter experts responsible for delivering these EMC storage automation and management solutions and get access to some new information like the just-published third-party test report about reducing operating expense with EMC ViPR Controller and ViPR SRM, and new videos.


Meet Your Experts:

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Kunal Kapoor

Product Manager - EMC, ViPR Controller
Kunal has been at EMC for 10+ years in several different roles ranging from engineering development, quality assurance and product management. Kunal started as an engineer working in the VMAX product line. He worked in the SRDF/Timefinder engineering development teams before moving to the VMAX product management team. Recently he moved to ViPR Controller and brings a lot of storage platform and ecosystem expertise to the team. Kunal holds a MS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts as well as a MBA from Babson College.

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Matt Mendonza

Product Manager - EMC, ViPR SRM

Matt has been working with EMC technologies for over 10 years. He started as an EMC field technician and sales associate, been an EMC customer, worked for EMC internal IT and now as a product manager for ViPR SRM. Matt has experience across a wide breadth of IT topics, from low-level data center design, to high-level application architecture and support.

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Gary Roberts

Product Manager - EMC, ViPR SRM
Gary has over 30 years of experience as a product manager and engineer for computer software and systems. For the past 14 years, Gary has been involved with storage management products here at EMC; including helping guide EMC ControlCenter over its amazingly successful lifecycle. Currently he is responsible for setting product and business direction for ViPR SRM. Gary is a graduate of MIT, in both Computer Science and Management.

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Swati Tiwari

Product Manager - EMC, ViPR Controller

Swati has over 10 years of experience working with IT technologies and software. Swati has been leading storage management and converged infrastructure products at EMC, including helping guide ViPR Controller since inception. Swati has an MBA from Darden School of Business, and is an engineering graduate from NIT, India.


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Mark_Prahl
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Re: Ask the Expert: Deploy EMC Software-Defined Storage for Data Protection-as-a-Service and Better Performance

Good day and welcome to our Ask the Expert event about storage automation and management for achieving as-a-service offerings like data protection-as-a-service—and optimal application performance. Over the next ten days our flash, SDS, and hybrid cloud experts will be engaging in conversation about EMC technologies pushing the boundaries in these areas and answering your questions.

Let’s get started.

Flash and hybrid-flash arrays offer high-performance storage and with hybrid, the option to service application needs at costs that make sense.

Experts: How does ViPR Controller support flash and hybrid-flash storage?

tiwars9
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Re: Ask the Expert: Deploy EMC Software-Defined Storage for Data Protection-as-a-Service and Better Performance

ViPR controller allows you to pool the resources from hybrid flash storage systems or all flash storage systems and create classes of storage service for storage consumption. The application admin/end user does not have to worry whether the storage is backed by flash or hybrid. ViPR surfaces the unique capabilities of the underlying array to then define virtual storage pools using them.

The new ViPR controller 2.2 enables administrators to leverage new service level objective based provisioning in VMAX3. VMAX3 is the hybrid array which hides the complexity of disk types, drive types etc. by providing a set of SLO based on the response time. ViPR controller allows these SLOs to be surfaced into policy based virtual storage pools along with other attributes such as data protection through Timefinder which can be delivered to end users to meet their application needs. They can also move from one service level to another based on their evolving response time needs and cost tradeoffs. Additionally ViPR controller also supports high performance XtremIO (all flash) storage allowing similar abstraction to be created for these arrays.

Mark_Prahl
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Re: Ask the Expert: Deploy EMC Software-Defined Storage for Data Protection-as-a-Service and Better Performance

Extending storage automation and provisioning to flash arrays certainly opens up new possibilities. How can an organization take advantage of this automation to improve efficiencies?

groberts1
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Re: Ask the Expert: Deploy EMC Software-Defined Storage for Data Protection-as-a-Service and Better Performance

ViPR SRM can help users make the most efficient, cost-effective use of Flash-based storage, such as XtremIO or VMAX3.  Performance trends and performance alerts (greatly enhanced in ViPR SRM 3.6) can help identify, remediate, and even head-off, performance problems, by assisting the user in making data placement decisions that take advantage of Flash. Additionally, ViPR SRM automates service-level discovery and provides chargeback reports, in order to align the cost of service delivery with business requirements.   And new support in ViPR SRM 3.6 extends automated service-level discovery and chargeback reporting to VMAX3 service-level objectives (SLOs).

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Swanson1
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Re: Ask the Expert: Deploy EMC Software-Defined Storage for Data Protection-as-a-Service and Better Performance

If you’re in need of an understanding of EMC's software-defined storage, please check out this new EMC Software-Defined Storage Overview whiteboard video.

Mark_Prahl
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Re: Ask the Expert: Deploy EMC Software-Defined Storage for Data Protection-as-a-Service and Better Performance

While flash is important, customers still have legacy storage—and lots of it. What does ViPR Controller do for pre- provisioned environments?

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Re: Ask the Expert: Deploy EMC Software-Defined Storage for Data Protection-as-a-Service and Better Performance

Can VIPR provision CIFS Shares with SMB3 CA enabled ?

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tiwars9
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Re: Ask the Expert: Deploy EMC Software-Defined Storage for Data Protection-as-a-Service and Better Performance

WIth ViPR Controller 2.2, you can now manage provisioned volumes exported to hosts for VMAX and VNX into ViPR management. What that means is that all ongoing management of those volumes such as delete, unexport, snapshot or changing class of storage ( add VPLEX, RP, SRDF etc) can happen through ViPR. ViPR will reuse the existing constructs while exporting new volumes to hosts with existing storage.

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tiwars9
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Re: Ask the Expert: Deploy EMC Software-Defined Storage for Data Protection-as-a-Service and Better Performance

Yes ViPR can provision CIFS shares ( refer to support matrix for file arrays supported). We do not specify the protocol. the code is version agnostic.

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